My greatest struggle in teaching my son is, and has always been, he learns differently than I did as a child. I read about the different learning styles and gather ideas from other homeschooling blogs and in my head it all makes sense. He needs to move around to learn, he needs the physical connection with his environment. Its really so simple. But applying this knowledge is like trying to speak French to a Frenchman without any experience in speaking French! My son is, in his own way, speaking a language which is foreign to me. (more…)
This morning I was eating my breakfast, browsing Pinterest, the usual routine, when I saw this brilliant idea for small world play from In Lieu of Preschool. She had set up a wonderful scene by painting her bathtub, then using random crafty items (playdough, pipecleaners, glass gems, etc..) to add details. The end result was FULLY. AWESOME.
Only one problem…her scene is based off the book Peter Rabbit. While a wonderful classic children’s story, not something LittleMan would be too terribly interested in. So I pondered. And pondered. And put my own geeky twist on it. Before I knew what I was doing, I was lamely trying to recreate a classic scene from Middle Earth in my own bath tub. The end result of my poor painting skills was laughable. Luckily I had props to supplement my lack of artistic ability. See for yourself. (more…)
There is an endless supply of ideas on the web to teach children their name. People do it using paint chips, bottle caps, and a whole slew of other items. Why wouldn’t there be? A child’s name is very important to them.
I was working on putting together name kits for LittleMan- multiple tactile ways of learning his name as well as names of family members, how to recognize and spell each family member’s name, etc.. When it occurred to me that he might be interested in learning these same things about “people” who are important to him outside of the family. This thought occurred to me around the same time that I found this awesome lunch box at our local Party City:
And so the Avengers Literacy Kit was born. (more…)
Here’s something that I made for LittleMan about 8-9 months ago, which we still use several times a week: