Friday, June 4, 2010

Preschool Corner- May Review

***Please Take Note- I began writing this post at the beginning of may and just never found the time to include my links and finish it!  So, with that said, we are now technically done with school for the summer, but I will be posting soon about the light plans we have and all the work I am putting into planning for the fall!***

Preschool has been going well with R-Man!  We have been incorporating a few new things into school time over the last month or so and for now it seems to be working.

Probably our favorite new aspect to school time has been Calendar Time!  We got some fabulous ideas from Carisa over at 1+1+1=1 and have tailored it down a bit for us.  Calendar Time basically consists of singing some songs (about the date, months, days of the week), talking about the weather, finding the color & shape of the day throughout our schoolroom, doing a quick letter-sound drill (I will talk more about this in the fall), going over our memory verse, and a few other things.  I plan to do a more thorough post on our calendar time with pictures in the fall, so stay tuned!

Another tool we have been using is the Kumon Tracing workbook.  Although I am not a fan of workbooks in general, I really like the progression of the activities in this series.  R-Man really enjoys working in this book which is also a huge deciding factor in using it!  I let him do as much or as little as he wants, but he generally asks to do anywhere from 2-5 pages a day.

For his birthday we got R-Man this cool toy from Leap Frog called a Scribble & Write.  The lights on the screen light up in a progression of how you would actually write the chosen letter or number.  There are also pictures and games- R-Man loves it!

We were doing some reading and activities on Vikings since we saw "How to Train Your Dragon," but R-Man just couldn't seem to get into it.  So, other than continuing our reading for fun, we have pretty much let that unit fall by the wayside.  I don't want to wear him out trying to make him learn about things he is just completely uninterested in.  I want him to have a love of learning and the Viking Unit just wasn't fitting into that plan.

As we head into summer R-Man is spending more time outside and less time doing "school."  Although, as I watch him exploring the world outdoors I know that he is learning far more than he would be at a desk.  He loves "working" with his dad and "doing jobs," and ya know what?  He actually does work very hard at the jobs we give him!   I have been amazed to see him verbalize his critical thinking to figure out how to accomplish what we have asked him to do also!

Our plan is to continue working on a few Kumon workbooks throughout the summer but mainly focus on experiencing the world outside our doors and answering the plethora of questions that always seem to be spilling out of him these days.  More to come on our summer plans over the next week or so though!
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