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post #81 of 190
We had one of those rare days when everything just goes right. We did the bestest funnest craft ever. Such a good craft that it excuses the bad grammar.

DS is OBSESSED with Robin Hood. I knew that we haven't done a letter craft in a while and DD is "reading" the Moncure Little F book. So we did F is for Fox. Then we made clothes for our foxes and they turned into Robin Hood and Maid Marion. Oh so cute. DS hasn't been into crafting so it was heart warming to see him love one so much.
post #82 of 190
Hey, I just wanted to check in and say I have really officially started preschool homschool with DD (3yo-- 3.5 in two weeks; she's very excited ). She adores that we're homeschooling; right now she can't get enough of it. I'm just sort of figuring out what works for us. Right now I'm trying themes for each week; we started with Autumn last week, and this week will be the five senses (which, when she heard, she started demanding right away... eager beaver). It's been fun thinking of activities to do in each theme, reading stories, making a book, crafts, songs, math, etc. I'm waiting on a few new (well, used) Italian books and craft/art books, which I hope will add a lot to our fun. DD is good about insisting on what she wants, like doing math and science, or reading books for a while, or whatever. She's having fun, I think, figuring out what makes for "good homeschooling" like I tell her playing is important, and other fun stuff we do anyway. It's been good so far, forcing me to find interesting things for us to do-- I've been just sort of floating along, taking advantage of how much she'll just play (I've had terrible sciatica and am getting close to full term with this baby) but making myself be organized helps me get off my butt and find fun age appropriate activities to do, new books to read, new stories to learn together, all good stuff I want to be doing. DD has always been into academic stuff and learning, so it's interesting to balance that with my instinct for just play based fun at this age. But anyway, it helps me be patient with having her help with stuff around the house, instead of just trying to get it done, and I have found if I just jump into something, she's happy to watch, if she can't join, and she sees this as learning, too. Cool

Anyway, I figure I'll be checking in more regularly now that it's official. DD's enthusiasm with all this has been endearing. I do wonder if she'll get sick of it, but we're really just mixing the fun with our other fun of play and library and park, and I think she's sincerely into it.
post #83 of 190
Thread Starter 
stupid question.

if i get a bigger pencil sharpener -- like for the big fat penicels we used when i was in kindergarden in the dark ages -- cani sharpen fat crayons?

I have the 64 box and it has the shaperner for the skinny crayons, but we still use a lot of the fat ones too and i love them and hate that they are so hard to do anything with as they loose the point

HLEP
post #84 of 190
Sure, why not? I know sometimes crayons get jammed a bit in a sharpener (I remember that from when I was a kid), but we did it lots so it wasn't a big deal.

Tjej
post #85 of 190
You can get universal sharpeners (we found ours at a hardware store, I've never seen them in stationary/office stores) that do any size pencil/crayon.
post #86 of 190
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Greenmama2 View Post
You can get universal sharpeners (we found ours at a hardware store, I've never seen them in stationary/office stores) that do any size pencil/crayon.



ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
post #87 of 190
I love ours
post #88 of 190


Hi. I'm K, mama to my DD (2/07) and DS (2/10). I'm not sure we're homeschooling as much as keeping our daughter out of preschool for the most part. I don't have a curriculum or educational goals (beyond that I'd like it if she learned to wipe her butt after she pooped, lol). I just enjoy spending time with her and figure most of what she needs to be learning right now she learns from playing, helping around the house, listening to stories, and spending time outside. We just came home from camping last weekend. Right now, our big thing is working on her Halloween costume. She wants to be a zombie, though it's changed several times in the course of the last month. Hopefully, we'll make a few decorations, too. After watching me knit, she's learning how to finger knit - and doing much better than I thought she'd be able to do. And of course, we're trying to enjoy the last of the warm weather of the year. Well, that's us!
post #89 of 190
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Originally Posted by Momma Aimee View Post
stupid question.

if i get a bigger pencil sharpener -- like for the big fat penicels we used when i was in kindergarden in the dark ages -- cani sharpen fat crayons?

I have the 64 box and it has the shaperner for the skinny crayons, but we still use a lot of the fat ones too and i love them and hate that they are so hard to do anything with as they loose the point

HLEP
I got a plastic one specifically for crayons at the Dollar Tree. Can't remember exactly when I got it, so I don't know if they still have one. It does the fat ones as well as the skinny ones. I think I've seen one made by crayola as well (maybe look at Target? Michael's?)
post #90 of 190
Thread Starter 


The boys and I did leaf prints

http://scribinglife.wordpress.com/20...-prints-day-1/

that is from yesterday,

tried again today -- i'll do the blog about that tonight as i got better step-by-step photos this time --


considering a round loom thing for the boys 9older mainly) for chirstmas -- like this http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/...om-set-588012/ nothing fancy by any means -- any thoughts older is 5 in Nov.
post #91 of 190
We're doing a modified Montessori HS.

Today we did a bunch of activities Mommy invented for us...

Successful Activities:
- Cotton Balls in a toilet paper tube. He put them in and poured them out. This was a lot of fun.
- Water Pouring. Always a blast.
- Throwing blocks in a clothes bin.
- Playing with acorns. He transferred them from a bowl with water to a dry container and back again. He also took them out and set then carefully on the table and grabbed them back again.

Unsuccessful:
- Coloring. We just wanted to eat the markers.
- Stacking cups. Those went right into the Pack-n-Play
- Sweeping cotton balls. Why sweep when you can just throw them around?


It's hard finding things to do with an 18 month old...
post #92 of 190
AF Wife - for ideas check out What did we do all day if you haven't yet. There is some good blog suggestions on the sidebar as well.

It's funny. I have a hardtime thinking DD is PK. She's 5 now and if we still lived in Cali (and public schooled) she would be in K. She shows many K tenancies. But I'm still trying to think in PK terms. I'm doing well fending off the Waldorf guilt and staying away from Waldorf blogs. In doing this more Waldorfy stuff is inking it's way back into my life: happily this time with balance. We sooooo aren't pure Waldorf. Just the right bit of "inspired"

Unfortunately, DS has been sick. Dreadfully sick. So any activities around here have been stuck in here and there when he fells decent. We've been sick since Oct 1st and I'm ready for a healthy house again.

We did manage to make cupcakes like the "flowers" in the book Minerva Louise's Halloween. (DS didn't eat them.) Gluten, dairy, and soy free of course. (bangs head). The kidlets thought this was great since we have a chicken named Minerva Louise.

Momma Aimee - your blog rocks!!!! I just wanted to say that. Thank you for the work put into it.

As for as Christmas presents I would love to here other's ideas. We are thinking a lap harp for DD and this for DS who is 3.
post #93 of 190
I totally forgot the best part of our "home learning" week. I was tending to sick DS and got to watch DH and DD build fairy houses out of blocks. It was for snow fairies because it was a igloo fairy house.

That was the best moment of my week.
post #94 of 190
Im sorry I haven't posted the recipe yet! Our computer bite the bucket and Ive been searching for it ever since.. I haven't found the exact one I used but here is one similar:
HOME-MADE SALT CLAY

You will need:

* 1 cup flour
* 3/4 cup salt
* 1/2 cup water
* 1/4 cup cooking oil
* Food coloring

What to do:
1. Place the flour, salt and oil in a mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon.

2. Combine water and food coloring then gradually add the colored water to the flour mixture.

3. When you have created things with the clay, you can bake them to harden the clay. Put the oven on low heat (300ºF/150ºC) and bake for 1-2 hours.

Im not going to be able to do it this year though, DD1's hands are just to big it would take a rather big piece of clay which wouldn't make a good ordament. Instead Im doing tree picture ordaments. We are taking our Christmas pictures really early this year so I can get the ordaments done in time!
post #95 of 190
What can I expect from an 18 month old boy as far as focus and learning goes? I have NO idea if he's on track or not. He seems so scattered. He won't sit and "learn" (like, sorting colored leaves was NOT something he wanted to do...he preferred to throw them)

He doesn't know body parts (well, he does know "nose") or anything like that. He won't sit still long enough for me to even try to teach him anything.
post #96 of 190
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Originally Posted by AFWife View Post
What can I expect from an 18 month old boy as far as focus and learning goes? I have NO idea if he's on track or not. He seems so scattered. He won't sit and "learn" (like, sorting colored leaves was NOT something he wanted to do...he preferred to throw them)

He doesn't know body parts (well, he does know "nose") or anything like that. He won't sit still long enough for me to even try to teach him anything.
Take a deep breathe..........ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

18 month old boys do not sit and "learn" at all. They do, they play, they learn by playing and discovering. They move all around. They wiggle, they try to run, they laugh. Give him cups, like you did, and let him decide what to do with them. Some people have good like guiding 18 month olds to "learn" but I do not. I feel it's better to let them discover on their own.

I look at it as "exposing" them to different things. Tactile experiences are big at 18 months. Giving him different things to hold, feel, touch, with different textures. Don't try to force him though. If he refuses something one day he might not the next day. "Expose" him to the different body parts by singing and playing games. I wouldn't expect an 18 m.o to know them yet but it's a good time to play games about them so he can naturally learn. Lots of peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake!!!

Give him new places to practice his new found walking/attempts at running. Barefoot in the grass, sand, gently rough terrain, climbing stairs, etc. His body/brain is really focused on that right now as well.

Giving him extremely simple chunky puzzles and blocks are good. Resist the urge to guide him. He will discover the same things on his own if you don't and it will be much more deeply ingrained.

IF he does sit down to "learn" I would read to him. My DS (typical boy) wouldn't sit for a book until 3 though. But I still tried when he was younger.

Make your house more Montessori friendly (since you indicated that was the direction you wanted to go). Baby proof so you aren't saying "no" all the time and let him discover the items within his reach. There are some good Montessori books on this out there but the titles escape me at this moment. They go through all the different rooms and list things you can do to help with the practical life aspect.

Does that help? Feel free to ask any more questions.
post #97 of 190
We're pretty child-friendly. The only time I say "no" is when he's destroying something like the blinds or purposefully making a huge mess (with my back pain I can't clean it up 100% of the time right now)

Right now he's running around the living room, picking up items, and running to the pack-n-play (we set it up for possible time-outs) and throwing them in it... We tried "schooling" today like we did yesterday and he WAS NOT having it. Pretty sure it's teeth.

On a side note: the living room is ridiculously clean at the moment


Sometimes I see blogs with children around my son's age (or younger) that seem to "know" more than he does... He's really physically advanced (like, runs well and can drink well from a large cup if he's careful) I know you're not supposed to compare children (even against siblings) but I can't help but wonder if I should/could be doing more for him...
post #98 of 190
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Sometimes I see blogs with children around my son's age (or younger) that seem to "know" more than he does... He's really physically advanced (like, runs well and can drink well from a large cup if he's careful) I know you're not supposed to compare children (even against siblings) but I can't help but wonder if I should/could be doing more for him...
Hold on, you just opened a can of worms.

If you go back in this thread of on the learning at home area you will see I HATE BLOGS!!!!!!!! Ok. I love reading reading blogs. It's a little addiction of mine. But I have to be careful. Some make me feel like the worst mother, worst homeschooler, worst everything. A big reject. I like reading blogs where A) They are realistic and B) honest. I like hearing that you had a bad day as well as I like hearing about your good days. I see some blogs as a big competition. My child was reading the new york times at 3. Oh yeah! Mine was writing for them at 3. You can write anything online and create this perfect life accompanied by pictures. But these "blogs" nearly took away my happiness because I was trying to live up to an impossible ideal. This ideal is rampant in the homeschool blogosphere and I think it's a problem that needs to be addressed. New homeschoolers who don't know what to expect (like you and me) can get overwhelmed. It tells us homeschooling is complicated and that we will never do enough. Things are pushed at a younger and younger age. Celebrations are pushed up. In mid October I first saw people posting about Thanksgiving activities so they could be "the first" I guess. I was confused by it.




On a trying to be helpful sidenote: I personally noticed that my children were advanced physically wise (early walkers, etc) but lagged in language. I have friends with children with early language and thinking skills but lagged in physical. I had a friend whose son could count to 30 at 12 months but couldn't walk until 15 months. Every child is different. Of course. She bragged that her son was a glowing genius and that was in a blog. What wasn't mentioned was his other struggles in other areas of his life.
post #99 of 190
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Originally Posted by AFWife View Post
We're doing a modified Montessori HS.

Today we did a bunch of activities Mommy invented for us...

Successful Activities:
- Cotton Balls in a toilet paper tube. He put them in and poured them out. This was a lot of fun.
- Water Pouring. Always a blast.
- Throwing blocks in a clothes bin.
- Playing with acorns. He transferred them from a bowl with water to a dry container and back again. He also took them out and set then carefully on the table and grabbed them back again.

Unsuccessful:
- Coloring. We just wanted to eat the markers.
- Stacking cups. Those went right into the Pack-n-Play
- Sweeping cotton balls. Why sweep when you can just throw them around?


It's hard finding things to do with an 18 month old...
I think what you have described so far sounds great for an 18 month-old! Try not to have too many expectations and if he's interested-great, and if not, no worries! Have you seen this about "tot trays"...http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.com/TraysforTots.html

You may be interested in taking a look at it and see if it gives you some ideas. Just remember, he is learning through play even if it doesn't appear like "school"...playing is his "school"!
post #100 of 190
We just got back from a vacation to Nashville to see my grandfather for his 95th birthday, so we learned a lot about airplanes and geography.

Today we made http://weefolkart.com/content/projec...-dough-veggies salt dough pumpkins (thanks to another MDC mama's link) and they are in the oven now. We will paint them on Thursday with our HS co-op.
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