I’ve taken a break from blogging lately but I’m hoping to get back to it! We went to Canada for a visit and had a great winter holiday. The kids enjoyed their first proper snow experience! Although Cheeky Girl did not enjoy the -28 temperatures!
Today I took Lady P and Little Man to the park with some friends who also home educate. We went to the playground and had a picnic in the cold. We spent most of our time on the skate park running up and down the ramps. I’ve never seen Lady P so pink cheeked!
Afterwards, she saw some ants outside our house and wanted to know what would happen if she touched an ant. I told her if they are black, nothing. Then she did something she’s never done in her short little life: she touched a bug! Amazing!!! What progress after only 4 days of spending our time outside!
Today we did some school in the morning…
After, we headed to the shop to get Lady P’s much desired gymnastic’s leotard…
We came home and the kids went down for a nap while Lady P finished her learning journal, did some maths, did some imaginative play and read her book!
My parents are visiting and we are enjoying whatever sunshine this coastal city can offer!
We have enjoyed the beach several times over the past three weeks.
We had a family worship night with friends and enjoyed a bit of creation and fellowship on the beach!
Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed the sunset and the tide coming in.
We also spent the day at the beach enjoying the sand, kite flying and getting extremely dirty (my washing machine is full of sand). We are creating wonderful memories!
It’s also the season of parties! We went to a circus party! The girls got dressed up as acrobats and enjoyed the bouncy castle!
We also headed to the Maize Maze at a local farm. There was ride on tractors, a trampoline, a playground and of course, the maze (not pram friendly).
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!
If it involves princesses, lady P will do the work! I found an excellent printable pack about princesses from 1plus1plus1equals1. I printed most of the pack and we are slowly making our way through it. Today we did ‘princess graphing’. Lady P and I took turns rolling the paper die, then we coloured in a block on the graph. We played until one picture got to 10 on the graph. I showed her how to go up each bar, then across to the number to see how many each picture received. This came quite naturally to her. After, she wrote the numbers underneath the picture. She doesn’t like doing this because she isn’t confident at writing her numbers. But I used the number poem pages from communication4all and she really likes the poems. She always requests them when we do our numbers.
Then S began to cry upstairs (she was supposed to be napping) so we played catch the bear in the front room! (I don’t recommend this!). Lady P didn’t want to do much ‘work’ today so we basically just played. I usually let her lead right now as I want learning to be fun and on her terms.
Today I bought Melissa and Doug’s Make-A-Face sticker book for the girls. Even though it’s for age 4+, the girls loved it! Even Baby S got the face relatively in order, though some of her creations were a bit reminiscent of Frankenstein’s monster… Read the rest of this entry
Today I bought Melissa and Doug’s Make-A-Face sticker book for the girls. Even though it’s for age 4+, the girls loved it! Even Baby S got the face relatively in order, though some of her creations were a bit reminiscent of Frankenstein’s monster…
Summer Holidays. I’m a teacher so I’ve got the entire summer off but I’ve been incredibly lazy with regards to homeschooling; but we’ve been out and about a lot– especially at the beach!
Today while not-so-Baby S was napping, I got out the Spielgaben for some free play (I suspect I wanted to play with it more than Lady P).
My goal for the summer is for Lady P to recognise her teen numbers and count up to 20 accurately. She still skips a few. We have been working on 11-13 for now.
She is easily distracted but can count items accurately up to 13 so I was quite pleased.
Next, we did lacing and and tried our creative side with making pictures. There is a curriculum that goes with the Spielgaben but it takes preparation and I’m super lame this summer!!!
Lastly, I found a game at a charity shop called Blokus. It’s great for Lady P because she has to try to figure out how all of the shapes fit together. I can see the wheels turning in her head as she tries to put the pieces together without leaving spaces. I never told her to leave no spaces, she tried this on her own.
At the end of the day, both girls played in the garden. They decided to play with a tarp, two rocks, and a lump of dirt. I guess I’m too far removed from childhood to understand why they played for AGES with these items! But hey, toys are so expensive I guess they are saving me money!!! So I guess for a lazy day, we accomplished quite a bit!
I’m so excited to share the new educational toy that I purchased (thanks to my extremely generous parents!). Spielgaben is an amazing educational experience and I highly recommend it! It is quite pricy (around £200) but it’s well worth it as you get 8-12 years of activities and a whole curriculum dedicated to the Spielgaben toy!