Thursday, July 5, 2012

S and T...

S is for Simplicity
As many of you know, I try to keep things simple and light as we begin homeschooling.  My children are so young, I want them to understand that learning can be fun, and I certainly don't want them to get burnout before the "hard" stuff even begins.

One of the ways we do this is by not covering every subject every day.  At Iron Man's age, there's no reason he needs to be sitting at a table doing every single subject, every single day.

So the way we try to keep it simple is by only planning to do a few subjects every day, and the rest only once or twice a week.   We do Bible and Poetry together, usually over lunch. (I'm not together enough to do it in the mornings.)  Then Iron Man has Reading Instruction, Math and Handwriting.   We aim to do Spanish a few times a week, and since right now it is a video or music, we often do it over our afternoon snack.

As for the other subjects, I try to schedule Literature, History, Science, Music Appreciation, Art and Handicrafts once or twice a week, depending on how much material we want to cover, how much we like what we're doing and want to continue it, or how short we want the week to be. That's not to say that we don't sneak learning opportunities into our day in other ways (bedtime readings = literature, car rides = Spanish or music CDs, nature study = science, you get the point), but by spreading activities throughout the day or week, we keep the sit-down time to a minimum and keep the mind fresh and interested.

T is for Talking
I strongly believe in talking to your children.  Not just talking at them, but talking with them.  In very young children, it builds their vocabulary and their listening and communication skills.  Just as important as talking to your children is allowing them to talk.  Let them tell you about their day, their friends, what the dog did today, their favorite toy or their latest masterpiece.  Let their imagination run wild as they tell you about their made-up games and imaginary friends.  Never will they be so innocent again!

"A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to." -- Robert Brault

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  1. As often is the case, you and I are in agreement. I love your simple approach and your reasons behind it.

  2. "Talking" is a great choice for the letter kids talk, and talk and talk all day long and I talk and talk and talk to them to answer their many questions...we have to have talking breaks at times in order to get any peace and quiet. ;-) I sort of hoped my 4th (still a baby) would be the quiet one in the family, but if his personality as a baby is any indication, he will talk just as much as the other three! :-)