This week has been a blur! I’ve been visiting my mum and dad in Canada with Little Man and the girls have been home with daddy!
The home education officer came for the first time and it went really well! So we are pleased about that!
Lady P and Cheeky Girl have been busy doing all sorts of exciting things. They’ve been flying kites! The weather has been wonderfully warm so they’ve been outside a lot!
Lady P has started reading the BFG and is enjoying doing crafts and activities around it.
She has also been doing an underwater theme because we have inherited a fish tank. She has completed some colour-by-number maths sheets and fish crafts.
It’s been a busy week but lots of fun!
I have been searching for beginner readers that are REAL beginner readers. What do I mean? Well, the Oxford Reading Tree books that are used by most schools are good but I find that Lady P is still not getting it because they make things too complicated and colourful.
‘But I thought colour was good!’ You may say! And you are right,for most kids! But Lady P is very easily distracted…by everything!!! Including pictures that have loads going on!
I once read somewhere, by another homeschooling mum, that she had to switch reading programmes for each of her children because they all had a different way of learning. Lady P is a very active child and struggles to focus for any amount of time. I finally found a programme that works for her. Besides doing the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Lessons programme (which she enjoys), we are reading the BOB books every night before bed.
I bought Set 1, which go through the alphabet in a step by step fashion, starting with 3 consonants and a vowel and adding letters in each book. Set 1 starts with simple CVC words and only 5 sight words. The pictures are mostly in black and white with 1 colour added, making them simple and non-distracting. Lady P was so excited when she read her first story all by herself! What a confidence builder!
I recommend these books for children who are struggling to put the pieces together. For instance, lady P knew her letter sounds, knew what words started with but couldn’t quite put it together to read whole words. Once she gains some fluency, I’ll let her try the Oxford Reading Tree books again.
I may even purchase the pre reading books for Cheeky Girl to start on.
I suppose the biggest challenge for homeschooling parents is teaching our children to read. Some children seem to learn how to do it on their own, others are reluctant. While other parents talk about reading readiness, I come somewhere in between. I’d be lying if I said I have no problems waiting for Lady P to read ‘when she is ready’. I think most of us can admit to wanting them to read as soon as possible. So trying not to push them before they are ready, is quite difficult. So I guess that is why I am enjoying her new reading lessons as they force ME to wait. She goes at a pace she is comfortable with and I’m not over doing it with the expectations.
I am also trying to let my children play without interruption. Especially when they play together and are deep in imaginary land (as I like to call it). I hate to be interrupted when I’m doing things I love so I TRY to let them play without interfering when I can (plus it gives me a break).
So I guess I am learning as I go along what makes my children happy and what makes them want to learn! That’s one of the goals for our family: to create self-learners!
Lady P is in nursery today so I spent some time with Baby S doing whatever she wanted! First, we played with play doh making Minnie Mouse bows (she wanted a mummy bow, a daddy bow and a baby bow).
Afterwards, we did her alphabet puzzle and did all the letter sounds together. Then we did sandpaper letters. I got her to trace them (barely) and say the sound of s, a and t. She knows s already because of her name. Then I asked her to point to each letter which she did. But then she didn’t want to do anymore.
After this, she chose her new rainbow toy that someone bought her. We practiced making a rainbow and I asked her to pass me the colours. So far, she knows orange. Then she made a tunnel using the pieces from the rainbow.
While I did laundry, Baby S watched The Letter Factory and managed to sit through the whole thing! Now she’s having a nap! So that was my very simple toddler school! All accomplished holding a newborn!
I came across a really good Montessori activity that I thought I could do with Lady P, on the spur of the moment. Lately, my life is chaos and survival is the name of this game! The kids get sick, my hubby gets sick, I get sick and repeat! I have 7 weeks left of my pregnancy and I need an easy life. Read the rest of this entry
We had a busy day yesterday! We enjoyed a play date in the afternoon, followed by a nap (I had a whole hour to myself!) and then the girls wanted to do their Montessori activities. Read the rest of this entry
I finally finished my moveable alphabet and I am super happy with the results!
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I love Montessori manipulatives. They are so beautiful but so expensive! I especially wanted a moveable alphabet because I think it really helps children to understand how words are made: patterns, letter combinations etc. A small moveable alphabet costs about £27 (not including shipping or the storage box) from Absorbant Minds but I really don’t want to spend that kind of money!
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Hello fellow homeschoolers!
Today is a bank holiday but Lady P still wanted to do some school. Today we worked on patterns in her Gold Star Starting Maths workbook. She is still working on patterns and since there is only one page in her book, we did a bit more with duplo blocks to practice her new skills.
We started with the simple pattern in her book that had a the pattern ABAB. This was easy for Lady P so I got out the duplo and started making more complicated patterns for her. She found them a bit tricky but seemed to understand the basic concept by the end of the lesson. She did a ABBABBA pattern and then we tried a ABBBABBBA pattern. I started the sequence for her and she finished it. She really enjoyed the activity. Obviously, this could be done using any blocks or counters you have available. You could use dried beans, beads, fruit, whatever you have on hand! The best time to do this activity is when they don’t know they are having a lesson. You could do it during breakfast with dried cheerios and some other cereal.
Colouring in her pattern
Doing a sequence with duplo bricks.
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