Sunday, March 25, 2012

Tot School Begins

I hadn't really planned to begin "school" with Ava until next fall. She'll be three in May, and if I were planning to send her to preschool I would have started her in a class in September. I suppose I was unconsciously planning to start her formal lessons at home on the same schedule because it's just really hard to unlearn all those nuances from my own 22 years of formal schooling.  

I'm still working on that.

I should have known that we are raising an independent thinker and an inquisitive learner who would generate her own timetable. I probably should have realized that our capricious middle child was not going to conform to some unspoken idea of her mother's or subscribe to the idea that she should begin school in September because, well, why do we do that again?

Nevermind, it's not going to happen that way. Earlier last week Ava approached me in a matter of fact way about her schooling. "Mommy," she asked as I sat at the table doing a lesson with her brother, "when are you gonna do my school?" "In the fall, honey," I replied without thinking about it. (I was up to 86 or so "ones place rods" and I really didn't want to loose count now.) "How about today?" She wanted to know. "Um, sure, Ava. In a little bit." Wait. What? And that is how it began.

She reminded me later that afternoon about our appointment to school, and I quickly printed off some Rainbow Tot School printables I'd seen on 1+1+1=1 that at least sort of connected to our work on weather. She sat with me for a half hour working on shapes and colors (she knew more of them than I'd ever suspected) and she has requested special school time with me every day since.

(As an important aside, may I just thank all of the wonderful homeschooling mothers out there who are talented and generous enough to post the curricula and printables they create online for others- like me- to use? You are such gifts to me.)

Look for a post coming up in the next couple weeks about how we are managing this new schooling adventure, but for now I'll show you a bit of how we're adjusting.

We are using workboxes for the two big kids so that they each have individual activities that they can do without me. This way, Ava works on her boxes while I'm sitting with Ben, and vice versa. This system will take a bit of refining over the coming weeks, but for now here's what I have going for Ava.

Ava's workbox system for now

One box includes a shape matching game

Another includes some lacing cards

Another includes a color sorting game which coordinates with our family FIAR unit of the Pair of Red Clogs

And still another includes some "I Spy" shape games
Then during our time together (while Ben works on his boxes) we work on printables, learn new skills, or play a few of my favorite teaching preschool apps on the ipad.

It's a very different feeling, I must say, having two children old enough for school...

11 comments:

  1. Too funny! Kids know when they are ready, right? LOVE your boxes!!! I think this would be good for me to set up for my daughter too. I just am not sure where I can set it up.

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  2. You know, it just so happened that I had a one foot square space in the school room that I didn't know what to do with, had that cabinet in our upstairs bathroom waiting to be used somewhere, and I saw the fabric bins at the Dollar Tree. Sometimes it just all works out when you want it to! I didn't post pics of Ben's workboxes (because they aren't as pretty...yet), but I just have a bunch of random fabric bins stacked on a bookshelf for him. I just keep telling myself that it doesn't matter what it looks like, just so long as it's functional... :)

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