So what are you kids learning lately? What are their & your struggles/strengths? Let's talk & chat about teaching our kids!!
We are working on the alphabet, matching, size order, learning to write letters, counting & the learning about the world around us. DS is also very interested in "when" so we are talking about how many minutes until this or that a lot - I guess you could call it the beginnings of telling time.
Ethan's strengths are that he's a fast learner and extremely curious about everything around him. He asks a million questions every day. His struggle/weakness is the ability to focus on one thing at a time. I am guessing that his focus will improve as he gets older though!
As a "teacher" I feel I do well with art projects, finding new things to do/incorporate into our day & taking the time to explain in a way a 3 year old can understand. I struggle with balancing the needs of my younger child sometimes. I try to find things that she can do as well but sometimes have a hard time with stuff I want DS to do, but DD can't. I need to work on this! I also struggle with patience. When DS loses focus I have to keep myself in check to realize he's only 3. Something I'm working on in our entire lives, not just with teaching!
Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
5w3d - October/November 2012
Because I am far away from my grandchildren, I can't keep up with the changes and accomplishments very well. This is what I know:
*First, I was less patient with my own children than with my students. Probably I expected more of them. Not sure that was a good thing. But I did teach my two to not be overly frustrated by their errors. I told them they were mighty clever and could come up with solutions. They did too.
*This is the first week of DSIL's paternity leave, so things are in a state of flux. Also, lots of colds in the household.
*Forrest (6 months) grew a tooth. A sign of brilliance no doubt! Started to sort of crawl too. Wants to eat what 'real people' eat.
*Leo (2 1/2) has enjoyed playing sweetly on a harmonica for the last few days. DD would like to keep up that interest. His verbal skills have increased rapidly of late. He loves books and water play and puzzles.
*Ivy (4 in May) is very curious about numbers and letters. She has lots of books about counting and really seems to understand a great deal about the concept of more and less. She can solve simple arithmetic problems. (If Daddy has 4 carrots, Skyler has 3 carrots and Ivy has 2 carrots, how many carrots do they all have?" Yesterday on the phone she was singing about the alphabet, but got stuck at letter "T". She knows them all and can point them out at reading time. The big issue for DD is that she has read about learning cursive writing before teaching printed writing and the advantages of doing so. So she has a decision to make pretty soon.
Ivy and her Dad love doing artwork together: crayons, paints...all sorts of things.
*Skyler is soon to be 14. He has been working on prisms and finding surface area. Hard stuff for him. Lots of concentration and focusing issues.
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Ivy, Leo and Forrest - May 2013
Ds1 knows his alphabet and numbers, and he can sound out words, but he has trouble running the sounds together to make the word he's reading. Sometimes he does it spontaneously, but I have not been able to prompt him to do it. I figure practice will get us there. Really, we're on "break", because we finished everything we wanted to do for preschool, and I want to star kindergarten at the end of the month.
Science is a big thing for him. He loves learning how things work. Since we had a hb for ds3, we spent time talking to him about fetal development and the birds and the bees. I also had him watch a birth video to prepare him for the experience. He loved learning about fetal development and about different medical stuff from my mw. After the birth, we showed him the placenta, and he was fascinated. Ds3 was also circumcised on Sunday, and ds1 watched the procedure. I was really surprised at that, but it didn't bother him. He was just really curious about it. He's also started having questions about his own ody. So I guess we've been doing a lot with anatomy and biology.
DS 1 b. 1/19/09, DS 2 b. 1/12/11, DS 3 b. 3/3/13
Alyssa (7 1/2) - Is working on multiplication and division, adding 4 digit numbers with carrying, subtracting 4 digit numbers with borrowing, time to the five minutes, temperature, fractions, geometric shapes, money and other normal 2nd grade math subjects and Abeka language. We also go to the zoo weekly and read books for science.
Brianna (Almost 6) - Begining chapter books, adding, time to the half hour, pennies and nickels, counting by the 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's.
Caitlyn (3) - Singing ABC's, recognising letters, recognising her name, counting to 10, and dressing herself.
Abeka is probably one of the most common well known Christian curriculum's. It is used in many Christian schools as well. You can buy just one subject or all of them together. You can buy just the workbooks, or you can also buy the teacher manuals that will tell you exactly what to say and teach. Or, if you do not want to teach yourself you can join their DVD program. You watch all of the classes on DVD of their real school in FLA. You can have it so all of the student's work is sent to them and they keep track of grades and everything and at the end, your child would graduate with a degree from there. Go to A Beka Book :: Excellence in Education from a Christian Perspective for more information.
We do alot of scripture memorization, and all 3 are learning them together which is so awesome! My 4 year old is just starting to read, add, write, and is really good with scissors. Lots of cut and paste! My 6 year old is doing 1-2 grade math, we journal back and forth every day (I ask him a question and he answers/draws a picture), calendar, weather, we just began cursive, reading (BOB books), and we do a little bit of science. My 2 year old loves cut and paste, ABCs, and good old crayons and a coloring book!
~ Kaci, mama to 3 beautiful boys
and wife to 1 amazing man