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Theme of the Week: Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

It is Dr. Seuss’ birthday this week.  So we’re keeping it easy and doing some Seuss stuff.  We’re reading Seuss books, making green eggs and ham and maybe watching Horton Hears a Who.

Theme of the Week: Clouds

Friday, February 24th, 2012

We had a cloud week.  We just started our theme-of-the-week schooling, but we had a good time integrating it into our day.  We did several crafts.  We tore white paper and glued it to blue construction paper to make clouds.  I was also trying to explain that clouds can sometimes look like things, but that didn’t go over very well.  We glued cotton balls to blue construction paper in different shapes.  Read several books from the library about clouds, including a little science book about the topic we happened to already own.

There were some subjects we didn’t cover, but this was a first week of doing this preliminary type of schooling.


Theme of the Week: Introduction

Friday, February 24th, 2012

This week we started more formal schooling of John.  At his age of 2.5yrs, I’m not doing much; on purpose.  There are so many great looking worksheets and things out there, but I believe they overwhelm a child, stifle creativity, and generally are not productive.  So what I’m doing, like I said…at this age, is loosely doing themes around multiply subjects.

We’re doing a lot of reading, talking about the date and weather, science, fine motor, outdoor time, language and Bible story.  I’m trying to tie our theme for the week into each of those “subjects”.

Our Own Little Homeschool Starts Today

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

So John is only 2, but I’m beginning today to be a little more “teaching centered” in my everyday interactions with John.  We’re also going to be doing more crafty stuff and create more purposeful learning opportunities.  All the while remembering little guy is only 2!!

This morning John mashed the bananas for the banana bread we made (good hand-eye coordination opportunity).  Then he dumped ingredients into the mixer while I briefly showed him tools of measurement in the kitchen.  We played with puzzles.  Read our daily Bible story.  Now he’s down for a nap!

Later this afternoon he’ll get a bath and we’ll play outside briefly since it is raining.  John gets a little stir crazy if he doesn’t get outside everyday, even if it is for only a short time.

On tap for dinner is pork stir-fry.  I’ll slice cabbage, red peppers, onion, carrot and broccoli.  Saute it lightly in a big pan with some strips of pork and add a stir-fry sauce I bought recently and want to give a try.  For dessert we’ll have some of that banana bread.  It turned out to be a pretty awesome recipe.  I used Tyler Florence’s Banana Bread with Pecans recipe which is available on Food Network’s website.  I’ve tried the old Betty Crocker and Better Homes & Garden recipes in my cookbooks, but they leave much to be desired.  A friend gave me a recipe which tastes pretty great, but it never finishes cooking on top before the bottom burns.

I’m also finally feeling like the house is recovering from Hurricane Irene and being without power for 85 or so hours.