This week the littles ran hot and cold, one day asking for school and the next showing no interest whatsoever. I’m trying to follow their lead with that. I keep reminding myself that they are young and that the most important goal of homeschooling this year is to keep it fun and never force.
Literacy and Language Arts:
We returned to our lowercase letter crafts this week with c for caterpillar from No Time For Flashcards. I think the girls missed doing them because they were so excited when I pulled out the supplies.
We also continued with our nursery rhymes from Webbing Into Literacy. I’m finding out that teaching rhyming is quite a thing. I thought that since my girls are naturally drawn towards books and poems that rhyme they would pick it up easily. I never really thought of it as a learned skill, but it is, and I’m finding that it is a tricky one to teach. I like the activities Webbing into Literacy suggests. They are fun and gentle but I think they will get the idea across eventually. There are thirty nursery rhymes on their website so there is plenty of opportunity to practice. Each nursery rhyme has a set of downloadable rhyming cards and riddle cards. We printed ours in black and white but they can also be printed in color. For this game I read the riddle and Boo matched it to the correct word. This weeks rhyme was “Rain, Rain, Go Away.” We had a lot of fun taking turns pretending to be the rain and chasing each other.
Cognitive Skills and Math:
We played with our number puzzles again, they are a big favorite. Here Boo is matching our Go Fish cards to our number puzzles. I am surprised at how many numbers she is recognizing because we haven’t spent a lot of time on this.
Science and Nature Studies:
The building team is busy finishing up the lion boma. We have four lions arriving from South Africa at the end of the month which is really exciting – the last time a lion was seen here was in the ’80s. The girls and I got to visit the work in progress a couple of times this week. The following photo shows the waterhole being built. The lions will be kept in this enclosure for three or four weeks to make sure they are healthy and have settled in well before being released to move freely around the reserve. Their reintroduction will make this a big five reserve and complete the animal reintroduction program.
There was a lot of physical play this week. So much in fact that I’m beginning to feel like a jungle gym. The littles have been climbing all over me, jumping on me, using my legs as a bridge between the chair and the couch, and swinging from me. We could really use a jungle gym, but I did get a break on one of our visits to the lion boma where the girls made this sand slide.
After making our caterpillar crafts the littles decided it would be a good idea to dump all the pom poms on the floor and run, dance, and jump through them. I wouldn’t have thought that would be too much fun but you should have heard the shrieks of laugher. It kept them busy for a long time. A while back I pinned a sensory walk from School Time Snippets on Pinterest but I wasn’t sure if my girls would enjoy it, I think we should give it a try.
There was also a request for some shapes to cut out and paste. Boo was so proud of herself when she cut out a triangle without “breaking” it. I was impressed too, it’s really difficult to cut with kiddie scissors – I’ve tried!
And the new game of the week is quad bike riding with my chair! Here Kooks is going solo but they’ve been giving each other rides as well.
I am learning so much. Things I didn’t think needed to be taught do need to be taught, and concepts I thought would take a while to grasp the girls seem to be picking up on their own. There were a couple of times this week where I suggested we do school and the girls weren’t interested. This was a first and it surprised me, but I didn’t push it so there were a couple of days where we didn’t do any planned activities at all. Because of that, I thought there wouldn’t be too much to write about at the end of the week. It turns out we did plenty and more importantly we enjoyed what we did do, including the morning we threw school out the window and played tickle monster instead. I’m so aware that this time is fleeting and that I will miss it when it’s gone.