How Learning Looked

It’s been a month since I talked about what we’ve been learning. So I thought I’d a recap for myself, and anyone interested.

There was lots of note writing/drawing/painting going on. Tuesday can fully clean her own brushes now, yay! Lots of the notes were on this little boogie board, which we love.

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I find it around sometimes with little things like this. I tried to explain to Tuesday about punctuation, but she said she was ready for bed. No doubt she’ll figure it out on her own, as she did all this. We got this board for our flight with Bennet at an airport gift shop and it was such a hit.

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Over all there are lots of doodles going on. I particularly liked this set I came across.

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And this love note to her sister.

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We played with letters this way too. I have been wanting these wooden alphabet pieces for a while, so when the Wooden Wagon was having a sale I picked them up. They just looked so enticing. Tuesday did have fun playing with them this night (while Bj and I tried our hand at Leonardo sticks), but hasn’t touched them since. I think I need to put them out in a different way for her. I love all the Grimm’s wooden blocks (the coasters might be my all time favorite), but Tuesday isn’t much of a builder, despite repeated attempts to get her into it.

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I used our Montessori sound drawers with their miniatures for this “game”. I don’t think I’ve used them much since this sorting exercise a year and a half ago. This took quite a long time, and I think I could revisit simple sorting before attempting the whole alphabet again (though she did have fun alphabetizing these cards – that’s easy for her now – and doing this overall, some sounds were frustrating). Looking back at that old post makes me a bit wistful for the Montessori method, but it just didn’t work out in practice here. I think some of it might more with Bennet, but Tuesday is more project focused.

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Bennet wasn’t left out of all the letter fun. We stamped with these old sign making stamps in fresh play dough. As you can see we also used a LIBERAL dose of sparkles. Bennet has learned how to operate one of the garlic presses completely independently, she loves it!

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My mom had Tuesday for an afternoon and Bennet and I used the one on one time to stamp. She loved it. I recommend the ColorBox my first ink pads. They are not 100% washable, but the color is good and they are easy to use. I don’t believe they are archival, so this is more of an experience type of project, I recycled the results.

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Bennet wanted a workbook like sissy. She likes the Kumon cut and paste books. She motors through them so I think I need to make some homemade type sheets like this.

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Painting, another project both girls can do. I love projects they can both enjoy!

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Games with Tuesday. This Monopoly Hotel game is so great for Tuesday’s age and skill level. It’s fun, she can read the money amounts, she knows what the cards do. Bj or I played with her quite a few times, but now she can easily play against us on her own. And it’s not another super boring kids game. The one bad thing: worst game box EVER. Trust me, you’ll toss it. I found this at good will for a couple bucks unopened. I get almost all our games there, if they’re duds I just donate them back. I highly recommend this system. Just make sure you have all the pieces (or they are easy to order). I asked Tuesday what she had to say about this game, “It’s fun, but not hard for one five year old. ” hehehe.

I posted a picture from our week in the life but we have also been playing with a regular card deck. Tuesday loves a game called “garbage” which is great reinforcement of the numbers 1-10. “War” helped her understand the order of cards (I found this “politically correct non violent” version at Goodwill, but the cards were too big and unweildly, so I donated it back. We thought it was pretty funny though).

We play A LOT of games. I inventoried all our games by age/ability and added the amount of players needed. It’s kind of an insane list. I think we have around 115 games. I can blame that partially on homeschooling. Games are so great for teaching so many things!

Toddler
-from head to toe (2-4)
-roll and play (any)
-don’t spill the beans! (2-4)
-memory (use as matching)
-same? Different? (1)
-varialand (1-4)
-colorama (1-6)
-break the ice (any)
-Puzzels (floor, big pieces, wooden puzzels)
Little Kid (4+)
-Ladybug Game (2-4)
-color train (2-4)
-moon balance (2)
-feeleez (any)
-Chutes and Ladders (2-4)
-ABSeas (1-4)
-busy town (2-4)
-mighty mind (1+)
-my first rummikub (2-4)
-operation (1+)
-candy land (2-4)
-ready, set, silhouette (2-4)
-secret square (2-4)
-bilbo (any)
-color clowns (2-4)
-ants in the pants (2-4)
-telling time (2-4)
-memory (have lots)
-spot it jr.
-snap (
-continuo (1-5)
-truck puzzle game (1)
-wild craft (1-4)
-boggle jr. (1+)
-sound bingo (1-6)
-chocolate game (1)
-cheesy puzzle (1)
-hi ho cherry-o (2-4)
-lotto zoo (2-4)
-animal upon animal (2-4)
-rivers, roads, and rails (1-8)
-count up (2-6)
-what’s different (1+)
-hue knew? (2-6)
-mystery garden (2-6)
-topples (2-4)
-story cubes (any)
-Thomas and the magic railroad (2-4)
-honeybee tree (2-4)
-cootie (2-4)
-big pick up sticks
-pengolo (2-4)
-3D dominos
-picture dominos
-number bingo (1-36)
-Puzzels (24-100 pieces, layered wooden)
-dingo (3-7)
Reading/older (8?) Kid
-scrabble
-sudoku for kids (1)
-tricky fingers (1-2)
-clue (2-6)
-guess who? (2)
-dimensions vintage peg game (2)
-36 cube (1+)
-Yahtzee (2+)
-Chinese checkers (2-6)
-qwirkle (2-4)
-spot it (2-8)
-scan (2-8)
-uno (2-10)
-mille bornes (2-4,6)
-24 game (1+)
-phase 10 (2-6)
-pictionary man (group)
-catch phrase (1-any)
-spinner dominos (2-8)
-Mexican train dominos (2-8)
-take five (2)
-booby trap (1+)
-fun with sums (1)
-Alhambra (2-6)
-bottle tops (2+)
-hotels (2-4)
-monopoly hotels (2)
-league of pirates (2-)
-gobblet (2)
-connect 4 (2)
-four in a row (2)
-iota (2-4)
-dungeon dice (2-4)
-super mind (1+)
-tri ominos (2-6)
-jenga (any)
-blokus (2-4)
-skip-Bo (2-6)
-draw something (group)
-ticket to ride Asia (2-6)
-dice expansion
-ticket to ride (2-6)
-colorku
-othello (2)
-Puzzels (101+)
Teen (10/12+)
-Scatagories +expansion pack (2-6)
-wooden sudoku
-bandu (2-6)
-apples to apples (4-10)
-snake oil (3-10)
-hive carbon (2)
-rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock (2-8)
-Monopoly (2-8)
-Golf Monopoly (missing the metal pieces)
-Snake Oil
-In a pickle (2-6)
-snatch (2+)
-love letters (2-
-dicecapades (2-6)
-imaginiff (3-8)
-spoons (group)
-card games (klutz book)
-travel golf (2+)
-taboo (group)
-pentago (2)
Adult
-Cards against humanity (big group)
-We didn’t play test this
-puzzle strike
-Rook (3-6)
Also
-game bibles
-book on solitaire games
-girl scout game book
-party game book
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This post is getting long (I need to do more regular updates) so a few more highlights. Tuesday asked to learn more about the states. She wanted to get out our puzzle map and compare it to our wall map. Here she is transferring puzzle pieces onto the control and back. She knows I can never say no to this type of stuff instead of rest time! So rest time has gotten shorter so we have more one on one time while Bennet is napping.
Tuesday also learned about fingerprinting. She made me another scavenger hunt. She has been playing outside with neighborhood kids. She is learning the rules of the road and can now safely bike in line with us to the park on the road. She is just growing and learning so much. I feel like we have big stretches of sort of directionless days and then I look back for these posts and it seems like we are so busy! I sure do love homeschooling! I’m starting to get lots of questions about how long we will homeschool and what our plan is. I can’t really say, and we don’t have one! At this point I would not consider putting Tuesday into a school setting until she is a very strong reader. Our local system is very much based on a kids ability to read, something I’m not worried about right now. So I wouldn’t want her in remedial tracks just because she isn’t ready to be a strong independent reader. After that, who knows. We’re really “following the child” right now and it’s working great.

4 Replies to “How Learning Looked”

  1. To me, it sounds like you are doing a great job homeschooling. I wouldn’t worry about those ‘directionless days’, like you said, overall you are still doing and learning so much. I know our kids, in school, only actually do an hour or two of ‘work’…that’s one of those downsides to school, they seem to waste so much time.
    I love that you have so many games, kids learn so much fun while playing. Our kids love playing UNO, I’m sure that is where our five year old really learned his numbers last year. Funny you should write about board games, I actually just wrote a blog post about the kid’s playing UNO last week – http://theplaceunderthepine.blogspot.ca/2014/11/uno-showdown.html

    Have you heard/seen that logic puzzle game Camouflage – http://www.smartgames.eu/en/smartgames/camouflage-north-pole – my kids love that one too. It is a one person game, so great for car rides or quiet time in their room.

  2. So much creativity going on in your home! Your girls are so lucky that you are encouraging their learning in such positive ways. And it’s fun to watch the process!

  3. Those sticks look awesome (as do the coaster you linked to). Tuesday’s writing looks fantastic! And, I love that she is wearing a necklace where she is writing. I just think she and Miri would get along really well. 😉

  4. I love the way your girls are learning! You really make learning fun, and that’s what its all about. Thank you for the recommendation of games – I have added several to Charlotte’s Christmas list. I am also considering the boogie board for Charlotte!

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