As some of you know I decided to homeschool my little ones. I thought it would be difficult and I was nervous. But after starting in Sept, I have found it to be quite simple and lots of fun. We don't put a lot of pressure on ourselves and I school with a child led approach at this time. I have read up on homeschooling and learns bits here and there about no schooling and registered schooling etc. I haven't decided how I will continue but so far with the babies being so young, I have done a mix of Montessori approach, no schooling and some conventional seat work for my 3 year old, who loves it.
Geran and Nashville doing stamping in their art corner. They love the little chairs their size. The often eat snacks there now.
I moved the homemade vine lamp from the babies old room to this corner to light it all up. That way they have a soft light over their work.
All art work get clipped up on this string with tiny clothespins I got from the dollar store. I use them for crafts too. They love to display their artwork. When we change it over, I file their art in a file folder for keepsakes and to show what they have accomplished.
We have the letter of the week that we create and put up in the boys room. I am a bit worried we are going to run out of wall space soon. Geran is always proud to tell daddy what he 'created' today.
I got this shelf off facebook buy and sell. I use old baby wipe containers for math pieces or magnet letters. I have some books and puzzles there now. I change it up monthly so they get a nice surprise going to the homeschool shelf. Nashville really loves putting little letters in and out of containers. He pretends he knows them and says, "A, T, B, P, T" for all the letters he puts in the bucket. hehe Love 19m old's.
We have a parachute, a large room, scarves, slides, trampoline, ride on toys for all their daily exercise activities. They get to choose what exercise they want to do from a container full of ideas. Or they can create their own. Geran loves choosing what he will do for exercise. I don't put it on a timer, they can play for as long or as little. If I help 'facilitate' they often will play longer. Parachute and scarves usually need my attention to help direct and add music to it.
This is the list of ideas. When Geran picks yoga we utube kids yoga and he loves to copy it with mommy. This is one of the links we have used. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cNjAj_o0SI
Daddy and Geran read a lot together in the evenings. We read books every night to the boys before bed of course. But they often read books throughout the day. With Nashy knowing sign now, he tends to sign all his books as well as saying what he sees. Signing has really boosted both my boys language skills. Geran can read small words using phonics. He can read cat, dog, mom, dad, Geran, Nash, hat and other little words like a, the and no.
This is my latest purchase. From Easy Daysies. I got this at chapters. I show Geran the 'shape of the day' and when a task gets completed, he moves the finished task from the left to the right. This helps reduce any anxiety of what will come ahead. Kids love to have autonomy and be independent. This is a great way to have them be part of decision making. I leave small choices up to Geran, like do you want to do centers today (homeschool self or free play) or numbers? Then he picks. If you want more information on scheduling.. http://www.easydaysies.com/
So far I love my homeschool life. I only wish I had more hours in a day to do all the things we love to do.