But a few weeks ago, Hunter suddenly stopped liking all workbooks except his lower case letter practice workbook. I think we were both surprised at his sudden dislike.
I do NOT want to do anything to quash Hunter's love of learning, so I put the workbooks away. Now I'm finding ways to continue teach him the same things - but without those newly shunned workbooks.
|3:00 means snack time!|
There was room on the back of the folder for Hunter to draw his own happy washing machines, complete with detailed control panels and electrical hookups. He spent about an hour doing this! (C.W-H - if you're reading this you will see his tribute to soap nuts below.)
For math we are just playing around with manipulatives, using Inchimals, and working through the book Gobble Up Math. I call Friday's "science Friday" and we do projects from his snap circuit kits, or something like this experiment with yeast:
In a container with a small opening, add 1/2 c. warm water, 1 T. sugar, and 1 T. yeast. Stretch a balloon over the top. The yeast will eat the sugar, creating a gas, and after awhile your balloon will look like this:
I got that experiment idea from The Big Book of Homeschooling by Debi Pearl.
One other thing is to read a lot together. We've been having fun reading through the Frog and Toad stories again - Hunter and I both take turns reading pages to each other. But also lots of non-fiction books. Books on animals and of course anything about electricity is popular.
Finally, he spends a lot of time on his own making his own inventions and taking things apart and putting them back together (usually). I think this learning stage is crucial for him. Here is one fun thing he did for me - he was listening to a cd in the living room that I wanted to hear too, but I was in the kitchen. (The walls of our old farmhouse are so solid that sound doesn't carry too well across the house.) So he set up his baby monitor set (yes he bought his own set to play with) and put part by his cd player and brought me the receiver. Now I could enjoy the music too while working in the kitchen. (We're currently obsessed with Brother Down's cd "Old Paths New Feet" which is the psalms set to music (guitar, drums, violin). We sing all these psalms on the cd at church, so the songs are familiar.)
|yummy deviled eggs from our chickens!|
Tabby has her homeschool work, plus lots of self-imposed chicken learning and work. Yesterday the boys and I watched her Silkie Bantum chicks for her while she cleaned out their home.
The puppies wanted to help gather up the chicks too!
Soon the chicks were back in their cozy temporary home in Tabby's room:
Notice the mirror - Tabby got the idea from the Fresh Eggs Daily blogpost "Brooder Box Boredom Busters." The ideas cracked us up, but her chicks really are loving the mirror!
"This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it." - Psalm 118:24