Quirky Teachers and Underwear

After all our car troubles I have gotten WAY behind on writing my curriculum for the year!! So what am I doing for Labor Day? ย  I’m being a quirky teacher and exulting over coloring page websites and science projects ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s our fantastic science curriculum resource for this year Blue World TVย with Jonathan Bird who makes these fantastic videos:

Every webisode has lessons plans under the For Educators Tab, and many have full curriculum for older ages! ย On OUR science day, we’ll watch a video and color sharks and whales from this great site:
Here’s how my schedule is working out –
  • Monday is MOVE day with piano, scarves and lots of giggles in our dance space,
  • Tuesday is NERD day where we’ll bathe in exciting science explorations,
  • Wednesday is ART day and we’ll get really messy!
  • Thursday is DO day where we get out the door and have an adventure! working in the garden, visiting the aquarium aquarium or learning about dirt in the park :D.
  • Friday will be FUN day, we’ll play games to review all our reading and writing lessons, we’ll whistle while we work cleaning up the house (so we can have some fresh underwear!!) and the yard, color more pictures, visit the library, the list goes on.ย 
Saturday is REST day, Resolved to Evade Sticky Tribulations day (or something like that ๐Ÿ˜‰
Sunday is the BEST Day where we get to worship together and eat with our family.
Homeschool here we come!
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Homeschooling at three

This has got to be one of the funniest and most fun parts of my day. My son is only three but gosh what a perfect time to fill his little world. It’s slow and gradual, he has a schedule but HE doesn’t know it. To him it’s just a bit of work that’s sometimes frustrating but most of the time GREAT! Here’s what we do for writing every other day which are reading/writing/art/music days!

First, I turned art into writing practice. We started with circles, lots of circles ๐Ÿ™‚

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A few days of circles and he started noticing other things which are made of circles! He let me guide his hand while drawing a toy train, starting with the wheels of course.

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The scribble is his little sister’s addition. She sits and reads her books or draws her own scribbles next to us, and when it’s Sammy’s turn to do it all by himself she let’s me teach her to draw.

While we drew the train I told him about lines and squares and other shapes he knows, combining auditory with visual and physical learning. The plan is to lead him to straight and angled lines next. The circles are just becoming second nature. But, to keep it interesting, I added numbers and control. Sounds complicated but take a look!

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I did the first circles in pen (mine need work too haha) he had to draw IN the first circle, ON the second circle, and outside the third circle. This kind of came to me as we worked but it turned out great. He had to led me guide his hand to help the muscle memory but can then go to town with just verbal help! I feel like I’m getting all academic on ya but this was a lot of fun for both of us. You don’t freak out if he does it wrong, he’s three!

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Here’s a veggie tales character he wanted me to draw and then he added the embellishment. See the circles?

The trick is taking advantage of when he is really wanting to learn and have help and then knowing when to back off and let him try. I don’t get it right all the time and we both have our moments. But, this is our second week and he is learning so much.  The alphabet is just circles and lines, so is art! 

The last thing we do, that I don’t have pictures of, is actual letters.  They are big, messy and we do them together and separately. Eventually he’ll have enough interest that I can take him up to the volleyball sand pit to draw and write. Now it’s time to turn on some Beethoven for listening time. Even an hour a day of classical music in the background helps all those little brain juices ๐Ÿ™‚

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Schubert is Samuels favorite. (Schubert is technically Romantic for all you music buffs).