This school year I almost home-schooled Kiwi.
Then the charter school we put her on the waiting list for called to offer her a spot. My initial thoughts were: Awwww, and WHEW! Dodged a bullet on that one!
I had been gathering supplies and preparing myself for a few months to make this change and was getting excited...but I wasn't ready at all and still had a number of things to put together. Plus, Kiwi has always been a social girl and home-schooling wasn't my first choice. So I put my disappointment behind me and enrolled her.
Now I am finding consolation in putting those educational efforts into the younger set at home. Well, mostly the three year old. I hope to share a few of our little projects throughout the year. I also plan to share a few of our failures so other moms can know what works and what doesn't. I'll start with our favorite thing so far.
THE WORD WALL!
Each week we are focusing on a letter. Mr. S is fascinated by letters and the alphabet. He knows all of them by sight and has learned a majority of their sounds by playing Starfall
. On Monday we talk about the letter, practice writing, and then label things that begin with that letter. At the end of the week we put the words on his word wall in the room.
We've done four letter so far, and this is his favorite activity by far. We did H today and put a label up "high," on his brother's "hair", and above the dress-up container full of "hats."
Plus we get to decorate the big empty wall in his room at the end of the week!