Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Home sort-of-schooling

Well, Alanna's almost three and I started some homeschooling preschool stuff this week. We're not "unschooling" but we're not using a set curriculum or sit-down-and-do-your-papers type, either. Somewhere in between. Right now I'm supplementing my ideas (and what I did before, just more of it now) with Letter of the Week and soon Sound of the Week. It's free online, sort of a general guide/ideas for teaching phonics and reading.
Over the weekend we used Play-doh and Alanna learned how to make snakes. We played outside and kicked a ball around, and talked about the garden. Yesterday we played with an alphabet puzzle set Alanna got last yearb ut wasn't ready for--a lot of lowercase letter pieces and some word puzzles with pictures. So we got to work on the lowercase letters and sounds, as well as puzzle work. And we talked about what sounds different animals make, and had Alanna pick her favorite animal and draw it (she picked a dragon, LOL, and said dragons go raaaaaaaaaaaawr rawr, and drew it with lots of pink and red). We also played outside a bit--Alanna had a long play at the playground by lil' bro's apartment, mastering the mini-cargo net. So far today we've talked about animals--what color turtles are, what do horses eat, talking about how turtles pull into their shells when they're scared, and we got to run around the house like horses or cheetahs, crawl around like turtles, and jump around like cats. Now I'm online for an alphabet coloring page. I think we'll read more this afternoon, and work on more counting/basic addition.

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