Kk is for King

January 3, 2011 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

We are back in to the full swing of schooling! Dig and Charlie were both excited to have this time of learning again after our little holiday break.

I want to encourage any one who is thinking about doing school time with their little ones but thinks it sounds overwhelming. Dig is just now 3 and Charlie is tagging along at 18 months. We do not spend a lot of time doing these school projects – their attention span wouldn’t be up to a full day of school, never mind the fact that I couldn’t come up with that amount of projects. I spend very little prep time and we spend anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour doing school time. It is totally doable if you want to do it. I read a lot of parenting books and books about children and learning and school – the young child’s job is to play. They do not need formal schooling at this age at all. I am simply facilitating that play time with some crafts because that is what my boy likes to do. And I am following the alphabet simply because it helps me come up with ideas for that craft time and be a little more organized.

One of the best things I have done for my children is to let them help. It is hard for me to do because it always takes longer and sometimes required more work from me, but children learn a great deal from being allowed to stand at a sudsy sink with a scrubber and some dirty dishes or mix a batch of cornbread or cookies.

Today was the start of this week’s letter Kk. We talked about the sound it makes and that it would be the start for k-k-king. The boys liked coloring in the king‘s crown and the big K and little k. Then Dig got to use his handy scissors (he could sit and cut paper for hours!) to cut out different colored “jewels” to glue on a paper crown.

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Entry filed under: homeschooling.

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