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post #41 of 143
We do a mix of planned and unplanned activities.

This past week we have-

Gone on a walk around the neighborhood where we found pinecones. We took them home and covered them with peanut butter and birdseed and hung them out for the squirrels and birds. This was by far the favorite activity of the week. We watched while a squirrel took 3 pinecones and hid them around the yard.

Played outside a lot.

Painting- finger painted oceans. Then we glued sand and shells to the ocean. Then we glued paper sea creatures in our ocean. We also finger painted with red and white to make various shades of pink. Then I cut the pages into hearts to hang all over the kitchen.

Valentines- the kids sponge painted cards. My dd (4) signed her name to them. My son (2.5) stamped his name on one card then got tired of stamping We put them in envelopes and my dd put the stamps on and mailed them.

Sand play- I have a large sterilite container filled with sand and shells. The kids added their little plastic sea creatures to the box and played for almost an hour.

Cooking- the kids made meatloaf cupcakes for the family for dinner. They did all of the pouring and mixing and they filled with cupcake cups with the meat.

Washing dishes- dd washed dishes, ds washed his plastic animals.

We do a preschool homeschool group once a week (we just started, so we've only done one week so far). This month is ocean themed. So last week in our group we did some ocean themed yoga and then played with playdough, sand, and ocean animals. This week we will do some more yoga, play a game with a large blue sheet (the ocean) and some inflateable sea creatures (think parachute- we will all hold the sheet and bounce the creatures in the sea), and do some sand art. My kids love theme months. We get tons of library books out on the topic. I have a table in the living room where I put the basket of books and some themed items. This month I have a glass bowl of shells and some magnefying glasses. The sensory box is filled with sand and shells. Later in the month I'll add some salt water, but I don't want to make a giant mess of the sand until we are almost through with ocean month.

Beading- both kids love beads. We did valentine themed bracelets. We will do ocean themed this week. They also pull out their beads often and make non themed creations too.

dd has been using her notebook to practice letters lately. ds watches her intently. He's getting a notebook of his own for Valentine's day tomorrow am.

dress up- we bought a garment rack this week and hung all of the dress up clothes in the playroom where the kids can see/reach them. dress up has been very popular since we did this.

a few little transferring activities- marbles from bowl to bowl with a mellon baller, rocks and shells from dish to dish with tongs, feathers with tweezers, pompoms into an egg plate with tongs, etc. The kids really like this and will play with it for a while- first transferring then pretending it's food, etc.

It seems like a lot when it's written down, but honestly, each activity doesn't last long. The longest we spent on anything was an hour with the sand play.

As for messes- I've decided that I don't care about messes. We love love love glitter. My kitchen floor was covered in birdseed on Thursday, and my kids were covered in pb and birdseed. The floor was covered in sand on Friday. It doesn't take much to clean it, but the kids really enjoy the making of the mess. I do leave them alone to create too. But mostly because I want a few minutes to myself every now and then.
post #42 of 143
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Originally Posted by nov05mama View Post
We have done the ice cube painting with Kool-Aid instead of tempera. I usually have pre-mixed tempera in the house, and not powdered tempera, so Kool-Aid is where we have always turned. Can you do it with ready made tempera?

Aimee- you just sprinkle the powder on the paper (I usually lay the paper in a cookie sheet) and then they 'paint' with the ice cube and as it melts, it mixes with the powder. At least, that's what we have done before
i will have to try that
post #43 of 143
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Does anyone not really do anything? I am trying to teach my children about the home before we actually homeschool the grades. I do have a craft table set up with crayons, markers, scissors, and paper they have free access to without problems.

Some days (most days cough cough) though we just do nothing formal. It makes me wonder if I'm the only mother of young ones who does this. Granted, in the nothing formal catagory there is reading books and lots of snuggling, cooking, cleaning, and the likes which they do learn from. When it's not raining the "nothing formal" includes going outside and enjoying our 45 acres and just "being" in nature, caring for the chickens and animals, planting plants, etc which they also learn from.

Please oh please tell me I'm not alone in the nothing formal category.
We don't do anything formal. I do purchase Seasons of Joy, just to have some ideas on hand for when we get bored since it's so reasonably priced and I like to support a MDC mama. Usually, if we do anything besides housework and play it's related to the season, and that's just to keep life from becoming to monotonous. I also have a dd who HATES being taught anything, so we're very much into unschooling Waldorf-style.

Now, I'm off to dream of 45 acres . . .
post #44 of 143
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Originally Posted by LuxPerpetua View Post
We don't do anything formal. I do purchase Seasons of Joy, just to have some ideas on hand for when we get bored since it's so reasonably priced and I like to support a MDC mama. Usually, if we do anything besides housework and play it's related to the season, and that's just to keep life from becoming to monotonous. I also have a dd who HATES being taught anything, so we're very much into unschooling Waldorf-style.
That sums me up in a nutshell as well including the DD who HATES being taught.
post #45 of 143
Whenever I get tempted to try something "formal" (like the lapbooking experiment), I end up disliking it I do use books like BFIAR and PWB to come up with good books to read and some related poems and songs, etc... That reading/singing accounts for like 20-30m/day, and gives us lots to laugh and talk about. (Like recently, I can get DD dressed quickly and without drama by presenting her choices to her as "dress like Jesse Bear" or "like Goldilocks.") Everything else is normal life, cooking, art projects, imaginative play, going to the park... Even trying to expose her to Spanish fits into "normal life" for us, b/c it's a family value, family heritage thing, and not at all structured.

ETA: I think I would call myself "intentional," b/c I just enjoy watching DD learn and b/c I need a little structure/routine to keep life interesting & sane With as many acres as you have to enjoy, I doubt you have to do much to keep life interesting!
post #46 of 143
Okay I've got a question. How do you deal with disappointment? We've moved a lot in the past three years and we are just starting to make friends where we are (back to where we started from) for DS. This week we had plans on three days- a first in his life- and two of them canceled, including his GodMama who was going to teach him how to ski. I don't want to give him a jaded view of the world but how do I explain to him that people cancel sometimes (I'm big on doing what I commit to).

He really wants friends but he isn't big on group activities so getting people to do things one family at a time is really amazing. So every time something happens I feel really bad.
post #47 of 143
Hello everyone! I'm currently homeschooling my 4yo dd. She's never been in preschool and she WOULD start kindy this fall, but we aren't sending her. Which is causing the distress of certain grandparents... Actually my husband's parents don't know yet and my parents do NOT like the idea. I have my mom reading that book Family Matters which was recommended to me by someone here (thank you to whoever that was. Loved that book), but she's a kindergarten teacher and:
1) Feels that saying "I'm not a teacher but can teach my own kids" is the same as saying "I'm not a surgeon but can do my own surgery".
2) I think she is confusing the MEANS by which most kids learn with the REASON, if that makes sense. She keeps emphasizing how dd needs a regular schedule, she needs to be with kids her own age every single day, and we need to use specific curriculum.
3) she thinks dd would LOVE kindy and so she thinks we should just "let her try public school first" before deciding to homeschool. Yet dd is an anxious kid and when I merely mention to her the possibility of going to school, she gets very upset.


There's more, but I'll keep it short. I'm very frustrated by all this because I feel that dd is already doing so much even with my lazy no-curriculum, do things when we feel inspired to do so set-up. We also do a lot of extras like gymnastics, dance, and some library classes. I just think she does so much already and has already been told she is ahead, why are people are so worried?

Ack. Anyways, that's where we're at right now. Anyways, I'm sure some of you are going through the question over and over "so is s/he going to KINDERGARTEN in the fall???" It's as if we're finally "out".
post #48 of 143
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Originally Posted by haleyelianasmom View Post
I just think she does so much already and has already been told she is ahead, why are people are so worried?

Ack. Anyways, that's where we're at right now. Anyways, I'm sure some of you are going through the question over and over "so is s/he going to KINDERGARTEN in the fall???" It's as if we're finally "out".
I think that people "worry" about what you choose for your kids in the same way they care about a lot of the other parenting choices you make. If it bothers them, it is usually because they feel your choice is some sort of judgement on them, and they don't like that. I don't think my choices are judgements on other peoples' choices, but people can feel really attacked by non-status-quo choices... I'm a year behind you, so we're not "out" yet. I don't even quite have my DH on board, so who knows...

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Originally Posted by Stacey B View Post
Okay I've got a question. How do you deal with disappointment? ...I don't want to give him a jaded view of the world but how do I explain to him that people cancel sometimes (I'm big on doing what I commit to).

He really wants friends but he isn't big on group activities so getting people to do things one family at a time is really amazing. So every time something happens I feel really bad.
I totally get what you are feeling. We have a number of friends/family members who just do not take their commitments as seriously as we do. You book a visit with me in 2 weeks on Tuesday morning and I will be there, if we talk about it again beforehand or not. Most people I know here just don't operate that way (so I suppose I don't either, because I do confirm with them because they don't show up!!). I think it has something to do with cell phones and email, but it seems like people in our area just don't commit and they are really comfortable with backing out of commitments too.

I generally don't tell my kids about stuff until shortly beforehand. I wait until things are re-confirmed with whoever, and then tell them. It really cuts back on the disappointment.

HTH

Tjej
post #49 of 143
Dh brought us shells from the GA coast.

so I am going to get some sand -- and we are going to do a beach unit.

some beach / shells books

play in sand and shells

ANY ONE HAVE ANY ART IDEAS for sand and shells ...

not this week -- maybe starting next week -- i like ot gather my stuff before we dive into something new.
post #50 of 143
I've heard of people making candles nestled inside shells - could probably find the craft idea if you google it Doing rubbings, tracings of the shells could also be kind of fun... Sand art... We play "going to the beach" every once in a while, with beach blanket, beach ball, shell collection, etc., on the living room floor. It usually involves nudity with DD for some reason, but that's optional

We're doing "Good Morning Chick" from PWB, after our visit to the new farmyard friends exhibit at the children's museum, which DD really enjoyed. So far we've just read the main book, and I pulled out her Little People farm set, which she hasn't seen in a while. The book sparked a few fun little conversations, about kinds of birds that don't fly and why, and about how "daddy" birds are often more colorful than "mommy" birds... I still have to actually look at the PWB suggestions, and get to the library for tie-in books this afternoon. I'd love to do some food and music activities for this one, too - like maybe making our own butter from cream... I've seen that online, have to google...
post #51 of 143
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I've heard of people making candles nestled inside shells - could probably find the craft idea if you google it Doing rubbings, tracings of the shells could also be kind of fun... Sand art... We play "going to the beach" every once in a while, with beach blanket, beach ball, shell collection, etc., on the living room floor. It usually involves nudity with DD for some reason, but that's optional

We're doing "Good Morning Chick" from PWB, after our visit to the new farmyard friends exhibit at the children's museum, which DD really enjoyed. So far we've just read the main book, and I pulled out her Little People farm set, which she hasn't seen in a while. The book sparked a few fun little conversations, about kinds of birds that don't fly and why, and about how "daddy" birds are often more colorful than "mommy" birds... I still have to actually look at the PWB suggestions, and get to the library for tie-in books this afternoon. I'd love to do some food and music activities for this one, too - like maybe making our own butter from cream... I've seen that online, have to google...
making butter is fun and EASY

take hevey cream -- and put in a baby food jar -- put top on and shake and shake and shake and shake and shake and shake

we've done it with goat milk (straight from the goat actually)

or store bought hevey cream

it takes a long time but it fun.
post #52 of 143
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ANY ONE HAVE ANY ART IDEAS for sand and shells ...

not this week -- maybe starting next week -- i like ot gather my stuff before we dive into something new.
You could do a painting with glue and sprinkle the sand on it. Or find a shoe box top and create your own little zen garden.
post #53 of 143
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making butter is fun and EASY...
... it takes a long time but it fun.
Thanks!
post #54 of 143
So I really like CM stuff, but I also really like some of Montessori's "child-friendly environment" stuff... (CM advocates just having the child live in the normal, adult-oriented world.)

Anyway, today I finally got DD's art supplies organized in a much more accessible way on low shelves... And I cleared out the lowest shelf of the refrigerator door for her snack supplies, so she can self-serve. 2 clear containers with snapping lids for veggie options, 1 for fruit, plus access to some seed butter and cheese, and a steel to-go bottle she can pour her own water from... Her plates, etc., are already on a low shelf nearby. I'm feeling very excited

And since she's really in that phase where she wants to "help" all the time, I put a plastic bin near the sink to collect her little dishes in - I'm going to start asking her (offering, really, since I won't insist) to help me wash them on her learning tower when I'm doing the other dishes at the sink. I think she'll like the idea!

Oh, and I got some fun books to go along with the farm book - DD's favorite so far is called something like "A Calf is Born."
post #55 of 143
i have seen several time a book refered to

something LIKE

learning to draw with brown bear

but i can't find the correct title

anyone???
post #56 of 143
We just read one called "Drawing Lessons from a Bear" - maybe the one you're thinking of? DD loved it, and always ran to get her crayons out afterwards

ETA: Author name McPhail, maybe?
post #57 of 143
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We just read one called "Drawing Lessons from a Bear" - maybe the one you're thinking of? DD loved it, and always ran to get her crayons out afterwards

ETA: Author name McPhail, maybe?
THANKS

post #58 of 143
Making butter:

We do this all the time and love it! Just set out a pint of heavy cream overnight to sour (this will save you a lot of time). Pour into a mason jar and shake for a while, or (this is what we do usually) put it in a bowl and mix with electric mixer. It will start to look like pudding, then all of a sudden it will curdle into curds and milk. Beat for a minute longer after this point, and then strain off butter milk (we use a handstrainer over a bowl so we can save the buttermilk).

Disappointment:

I agree with a pp that I usually avoid telling dd of anything until it's confirmed. If something comes up the day of, I just say it in a very empathetic sort of way but don't dwell on it: "Grandmama called and said she was feeling sick today so we're going to move our playdate to next week. How about we do something fun together?" I like offering a fun alternative as a way to take her mind of the disappointment.

We're currently battling the sneezles (probably flu for dd--ugh!) so we haven't done much this week other than Lent. Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday were huge successes. We re-set up our "nature" table for Lent with a picture of Jesus, crown of thorns Lenten calendar, and a cross with purple ribbon. Dd even invented her own Lenten calendar which involves removing a pipe cleaner from a vase each day until Easter. On Easter, we're removing the crown of thorn and will replace it with a crown of roses. Once we're well, I'm planning on planting shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day (they take about a month to grow). Most of our library book stash this week has been about maple syrup making--probably a little early for that but dd has enjoyed them. Yesterday, dd read the word "lot" on her own by sounding it out, which I thought was really amazing.
post #59 of 143
Where did the week go?

We've kept up the science and art theme around here. Plus a long day at the art museum, morning with friends and then we decided to go back for another few hours after lunch, love having a pass. Yesterday was a damp snowy day so we stayed home made play dough, built train tracks, did house-y stuff and cuddled a lot. But honestly I have no idea what we really did this week, though I know we had fun.

Tomorrow Year round Farmers Market and the Train Expo.
post #60 of 143
I have found the most delicious site. I'm currently thinking of scrapping Enki for kindy-2nd and building my own curriculum from resources from here: http://www.yesterdaysclassics.com/ca...catalog=nature . For kicks and giggles, I came up with a listing of books for kindy today:

Crafts and Movement books through Enki
Handwriting Without Tears
Come Follow Me music CDs
And Nature Stories and Literature from Yesterday's Classics (Nature: Dooryard stories, all the "Among the ..." stories, like Forest People, etc.) (Literature: For the Children's Hour, Kindergarten Gems, A Child's Own Book of Verse Book 1, Mother Stories, Reading Literature: The Primer)

I'm not really comfortable with dd doing math at the kindy level, so I think we'll wait until Grade 1 before introducing math through stories, and then at Grade 2 we'll do math with manipulatives. I'll probably change my mind next week, but it's fun to just plan (I'm very weird like that).
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