Homeschooling has been keeping me pretty busy. I have not given you guys an update in weeks…. because frankly I am still trying to work some of the kinks out.
easy easier days.
There are hard days.
I have not regretted our decision at all- not even once. But this process has not been a walk in the park either. I am learning just as much as they are.
We did decide in early August to also purchase Sonlight’s preschool curriculum for Matthew. This age group does not come with any workbooks, just a simple reading schedule and an amazing selection of books to add to our home library. I will share some pictures of all of this soon.
So far, I just let Matthew get up to the table with us while I am working with Nick and Luke. There are days he wants to and days he would rather watch Sesame Street or play by himself. I am not pushing it at all- on his timetable. Because really, I can read the books with him at any time- during the day or at night before bed. I see it as extra one on one time with him.
But, there have been many days these last few weeks that Matthew climbs up to the kitchen table with us and wants to do cool work too (school work). He wants papers to write on and workbooks to draw in. I have some preschool workbooks on my self that I bought 3-4 years ago when Nick and Luke were little. Some books are for tracing, some for cutting, some for coloring…. you get the idea.
Generally I hand him the book and he goes to town and makes up his own lesson. Well yesterday I opened the book to a page covered in triangles. There was a place to color and draw triangles and then there was a place to trace the word triangle. I just opened the book, gave Matthew his crayons and continues to teach Nick and Luke how to count by 10′s. We were smack dab in the middle of our Math lesson.
Well, Matthew sees Nick and Luke trace their numbers and letters in their workbooks. I had no idea this sweet little 3 year old knew how to trace. We all look over and Matthew has used his black crayon and traced the word triangle.
We were all so proud of him!
And he was so proud of himself.
Learning is not just by saying and doing, but from also watching. He watches his brothers every day and he is learning from them. Obviously I knew this would happen, just not so quickly. I am amazed!
Today Nick and Luke were doing their letter mazes with their dot dobbers. Matthew wanted a sheet too.
Matthew had seen where I wrote the letters Aa on the dry erase board.
I never said Matthew, put dots on the Aa’s. I honestly just gave him the dobbers and the paper so he could be a part of what we were doing.
What do you know…. he yells, “Momma, look. I do cool (school) too!“. He was dotting all of the big A’s with his green dobber.
His motor skills even more developed then I realized.
This process is truly amazing to me!