Thursday, July 22, 2010

Homeschoolin'

Whenever I bring up the subject of homeschool, I inevitably hear the word "socialization"- generally in protest. I would never argue that social interaction is unimportant for a child. I would only humbly posit that there are many ways to achieve it.

But that's not the point today.

After a lot of deliberation, I decided to preschool the J-bird at home and supplement with social activities. He's taken to it really well and is learning up a storm. In addition to workbooks and flashcards, I make a lot of his materials. It's fun for me, and J likes to help. Here's some of what we're doing.

Math with Pez! Addition and subtraction. He gets to eat the pieces at the end of the lesson.




Sorting, comparing and spatial reasoning with puzzles. (Plus, they're fun).



The parts of the body. I traced him on a big paper, then gave him labels to tape to the various parts (elbow, shin, calf, heel, forehead, etc...). We're still working on getting them all completely learned, but this was a good visual for him.


Sounding out short words, beginning writing letters, memorization with Bible verses, nursery rhymes and songs....


And following lists. I sent him out in the back yard one morning with his magnifying glass, a bag and a list of things to find.


Another day, I set up a "store" with all his play food, gave him a list on which I had drawn pictures of the things he was to "buy" with numbers of how many.




He did a pretty great job and enjoyed it tremendously. I love to help him learn and to watch him blossom as he does!

4 comments:

becki said...

that is so cool~ another fun thing is to play hide and go seek with letters! Get a newspaper, write a large letter, like "e", on the top and have him circle all the "e's" that he finds in the paper!

Toshi said...

Your write up really made me think twice about sending my step-son and future children to school. Eventually I'd love to be a stay at home mom... and love looking at thinks to do with my little buddy at home. You gave some great ideas, so thank you.

Toshi said...

Your write up really made me think twice about sending my step-son and future children to school. Eventually I'd love to be a stay at home mom... and love looking at thinks to do with my little buddy at home. You gave some great ideas, so thank you.

Bursts of Bubbles said...

I've really enjoyed reading about your family but decided to comment on this post as I work in a school.

I don't have any children yet but with seeing all the going ons, it actually really scares me to think my child will be treated the same way. Plus I really disagree with the way schools are becoming very computerised as there will come a time when children will struggle to write because they've been encouraged to use the computer so much.

As for socialising you can encourage him when he's ready to choose some hobbies like joining a karate, soccer etc... club, learning to play an instrument, etc... and he will meet other children there and gain more then any school will teach.