One of the many concerns I had when we were still on the fence about homeschooling was how much it would cost. When I was in public school as a child I remembered there were field trips to plays, expensive science lab equipment, and of course using math manipulatives to learn basic addition and base ten concepts. It was a relief to find out that many people homeschool for a mere few hundred a year, and I’ve even read articles by women who have homeschooled on a zero-dollar budget.
Kindergarten math is one of the easiest subjects to teach with very little monetary investment. In fact I’d venture to bet that I could have taught the entire year using less than $5 worth of tools, though I do admit that I splurge from time to time on seasonal things to make it more fun.
Last week I picked up these cute little paper bees from Mardel and used them to recreate a game I’ve seen all over the web: sight word smack.
Combining gross motor activities with learning is something we strive to do on a regular basis. I’ve written before about our alphabet mat which is obviously a learning activity.
There are other gross motor games that can be used for learning, such as (more…)
Last week I saw this alphabet puzzle at Staples for $1 and it reminded me of an activity that I saw several months ago on Little Hands, Big Work.
So of course I had to buy it! And this morning I was poised over a tub of pinto beans, ready to pop the letters out of the puzzle and mix them in when out of the corner of my eye I spotted SunnyGirl collecting balls from around the room and returning them to the ball pit. Inspiration hit. (more…)
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…)