I have decided to resume our study of artists. We started a project on Ted Harrison mostly because he’s originally from England but his art is all about the Yukon in Canada; a nice joining of cultures, like our family.
Lady P loves art so she always enjoys learning about artists and mimicking their work. We watched a YouTube video that took her through the process. I paused it so she could catch up and then resumed.
We have also started a new routine of writing a daily scripture every morning with the date. I copy the scripture in yellow for cheeky girl to copy and Lady P writes it herself. We help her find the scripture in the Bible then she copies it out. She feels grown up because she’s finding it in the Bible. Also, we help her to read it and discuss it. She draws a picture to help her understanding of the text. This incorporates a lot of different skills and topics. Art, bible study, reading, writing and maths (finding scriptures requires her to understand number order).
Unfortunately, both girls have a severe case of chicken pox so our homeschooling may include many films this week depending on how they feel! We’ve just acquired a massive supply of Barbie films which I find tedious but they love!
Today Lady P did some addition questions and then coloured Elmer the elephant with colours that corresponded to the answers. Lady P has to do her work out loud. She gets distracted otherwise. She also sings in between each question. Needless to say, this sheet took a very long time. And she only managed a few questions due to her being highly distractible.
Cheeky girl enjoyed doing puzzles and was very focussed! I loved watching her do them. She’s only just turned 4 but she was managing to complete them on her own! And Little Man was able to do a two piece puzzle on his own. He found the two pieces that were yellow and put them together! He surprises me everyday! He’s so independent! I thought boys let you do everything for them (or so I was told repeatedly) but not him! He lets me do nothing for him!
Just goes to show, you get what you get with these babies! They have their own unique personalities and if you work with them instead of against them, there’s no telling how amazing they’ll become!!!
Yesterday we got back to business (after getting our hair done) after having this nasty vomiting bug going around!
Lady P was ready to work! She did some Maths at the board so she could stand instead of sit. I began to notice her struggle with counting backwards while doing subtraction. So I decided to get her to jump backwards as many jumps as she needed to subtract. So 12-4 meant she jumped back 4 while counting from 12. I realised this took quite a bit of coordination; however, she enjoyed this activity and kept asking for more subtraction problems. Her brain moves at a mile-a-minute so this helped her to focus! All the movement really aided her understanding!
I also have come to realise that when I teach her something new, it seems to take a few days to sink in and suddenly, she can do it! Patience and perseverance are the basis of teaching! I find that difficult when it’s your own child!
We also started our work on Little Red Riding Hood. We read one version then started writing a brief storyboard. I have researched ADHD a lot and one thing that stands out is that they have wonderful ideas but their hands can’t write as fast as their minds move so they forget what they want to write. So I get Lady P to tell me what she wants to write, then I remember it for her so she can focus on writing instead of remembering. This has taken the stress out of writing for now. I am researching programmes for the iPad which will type what she dictates as she loves telling stories!
We have had a brilliant start to the year! Lady P is working well! Im trying not to make anything too tedious for her! She has calmed down now that she has a regular routine! The summer of no routine didn’t make her overly happy!
This week has been warm so we spent lots of time outside!
We also did lots of work! She is progressing through her Reading programme. We are doing daily calendar time; maths using all sorts of manipulatives including our Spielgaben! We do daily bible activities and some sensory stuff for the littleuns!
Yesterday cheeky girl got her immunisations and was allowed McDonalds for being brave! She was excited to have mummy time! Then she had swimming lessons. How has your first week been so far?
Today we did some school in the morning…
A rhyming puzzle and our daily learning journal…
Then we headed to the play place for a play with other friends who homeschool.
After, we headed to the shop to get Lady P’s much desired gymnastic’s leotard…
We finished up at our best friend’s house for lunch and a play.
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 husband and kids have all been ill the past few weeks and I’ve got it now! I’m missing the new Star Wars tonight because I get horrible coughing fits at inopportune moments!
I was getting antsy and wanted to do some schooling today, even though I’m sick as a dog! We started with painting. The girls painted trees with black tempera paint and when they dry, they will colour in the white spaces with oil pastels.
Next, they made flowers using watery paint and blowing it with straws. They love painting.
After this, we did some number work. Lady P did some adding and sorting in her workbooks and Cheeky Girl did some Montessori activities. I’m quite impressed with her actually! She knows more than I thought! She’s obviously been listening when I teach Lady P! She can probably do algebra!
Later we are reading Hansel and Gretal and making a gingerbread house from scratch…our first one! The collapse might be great!!!
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.
After we did this sheet, she just wanted to play so we read The Frog Princess from an anthology of princess stories we got from the library and acted it out with her stuffed animals.
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 had to work so hubby homeschooled Lady P. I have 1 more day until I finish for maternity leave and I’m so tired I can see through time! Needless to say, it’s all about survival these days (and trying not to lose my rag). Being pregnant and having a toddler and preschool age child is extremely tiring but I’m not complaining (or trying not to 😉 and WHY are girls so loud? Can anyone tell me? Maybe it’s just my kids because they got my loud gene (I seem to remember my mum telling me to be quiet a lot ha). Read the rest of this entry
Today the girls seemed ready to work! Lady P loves workbooks and actually prefers them to other activities. Read the rest of this entry
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!