Friday, January 21, 2011

And the Journey Continues...

Can't believe that it is 2011 already. My how fast time flies. Our days have been full and busy. Lately, we have been homebound by the weather. Too many days inside sometimes gives all of us cabin fever.

Luckily, today the sun came out and gave us the opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise. It was a cold day today but being in the warm sunshine was worth being cold.

The sunshine made me remember a funny song that my son came up with when he was about 2: "Sunshine, sunshine, don't know what to do in the sunshine". Priceless. I love it when they make up little songs or stories.

We have been playing games together. The favorite one right now is UNO. This is a great game to play with younger children because it teaches colors, numbers, and how to follow directions.

Other games we enjoy are alphabet bingo, chutes and ladders, go fish, memory, and hi ho cherrio. Playing games teaches children about taking turns and sportsmanship. I tell them that it doesn't matter about winning (although it is fun to win); it matters that we have fun.

In August I purchased a kindergarten curriculum from Sonlight. My homeschool journey began before the birth of my first child. I began researching and learning about homeschooling and gathering resources. I have a ton of things that I downloaded from other sites and tons of information from some very good blogs, websites, and businesses. When I found Sonlight, I fell in love. I ordered the catalog and poured over the pages. I used the catalog as a guide to check out books from the library. The books are great, the schedule is flexible and Sonlight has done a great job organizing and giving parents help.

One part of their kindergarten curriculum that I LOVE is the science. The books are Usborne science books and are easy to read and have great photos and information. There is a science DVD called Discover and Do that is so good. It is full of experiments and things that you can do with your children. My children LOVE the dvd and watch it over and over. The science guy does the experiment then explains what he did and why.

The other books that my children enjoy are The Boxcar Children (made me cry), The Usborne Internet-linked Children's Encyclopedia, and the 20th Century Children's Book Treasury.

The internet-linked encyclopedia is a cool resource because it takes you to websites to expand the subject that you are exploring. The treasury book is a compilation of children's books, many of which are classics like Where the Wild Things Are, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Engine and many, many more.

We are having a blast exploring and learning.

My children are 6 and 4. This year my focus is going to be on penmanship, reading, math, science, and geography. Once they can read and write, the whole world is at their fingertips.