While no decisions have been made as of yet how my JudeBug will be schooled come September (he just turned 5) and certainly nothing decided on Moon’s schooling (just turned 2), We have “learning time” here and its where us as parents put a special effort forth to teach something. This doesnt always come in terms of sitting in front of a workbook or a computer. It’s simply a period of time that learning takes place from either practicing recently learned skills or learning new things.
So we try to get creative; we really don’t want them bored of it 🙂
Just thought I would share these for you, the ones I happen to have pictures of, to show what we do around here. For the few who might be looking for some insight.:)
Side Note (located at the end of this…just to be a pain) when uploading my pictures of our San Fran Adventures at the Science Academy and the Exploratorium, they upoaded in random spots. so the cool interactive things you see are from there (if you EVER visit san fran with kids, go to the Exploratorium. this is the most amazing educational place. You will also see pictures from Aviation Museum of Seattle, OMSI in PDX, Childrens Museum in PDX, Gilbert House in Salem, and the zoo in PDX too. but apparently I cant control my uploader. BOOOOO!
there are quite a few, and ill post more when I find the rest 🙂
We take trips a lot to places like this one above, the air museum. this one is in seattle we went there on a trip to visit family.
We baked up some ornaments with applesauce and baked them up.
Bath Crayons. Simple as that. look what he did unprompted, when given the tools 🙂
lots of blocks and building and things.
this toy was cool. I got to teach him about lightning bugs even though we dont have them here.
again with the blocks! 🙂
candyland! teaching strategy and rules! along with taking turns!
playing and learning shapes with candy.
this was the childrens museum in Portland. We love it there!
Dont be afraid of technology. technology is a tool that keeps giving us more and more. dont let them be a boob to the tube or anything, but embrace the new learning opportunities that they have now that we didnt as kids.
draw. WITH them. 🙂 they learn from example and things broadening their imagination.
this was at a trip to the corn maze. it was fun to work together and follow a map!
building with crayons. this is a slide 🙂
after we learned about digestion I did a “drawing quiz” and had him draw what digestion looked like. this is what h came up with ^^.
we go to the beach and see the tidepools a lot. this was a stop in southern Oregon on our way to California for a trip to San Fran ( a trip with a learning event a day!)
Dinosaur exhibit at the fair!
encouraging writing, even wrong, builds skills.
She so desperately had to craft with me.
this helped him practice his writing skills, spelling skills, reading skills, and drawing skills.
Dress up is HUGE! its so much more fun to learn about different occupations when youre dressed up as it.
Educational Easter Baskets!
encourage. encourage encourage!
More Draw Something!
Sesame Street Live!
tractor fun! My daughter LOVES tractors and while at the farmers market learning about food and where things grow (in person) we checked this out, decked out in hero capes.
The Grand Canyon with blocks!
love notes at dinner!
You learn more as a smart superhero of course!
also…LOVE giant benbags.
Theres a boy in there!
When Santa leaves you a handwritten letter on your new Easel, you must read it to find out what it says right?
Magnets! i love magnet fun!
Playing match for memory help!
More magnets! creating sentences with available words. its a favorite these days!
Mount Rushmore in Blocks!
“Jason Mraz” inspired ukelele playing!
Julian wanted to “marry” mommy, so he had to go pick out a ring, and when we talked about what love is.
More ornaments (why are these pictures jumbled?)
Superheroes. Nuff Said.
encourage the art. right now he wants to be an artist. one day that will change. for now, i am soaking this UP.
If you want to wear a tutu, wear a tutu man.
some of his first spelling and reading tests.
Puzzles. Puzles Puzzles! hand eye coordination and problem solving!
this was fun! he loved having a tangible example of how many he got right.
Rock Climbing for Physical Activity!
Mama had to make some inspirational art for his room. theres about 5 more like this.
Julians Share Jar. part of character bulding. he earns money for doing good deeds for others around the house (cleaning up his sisters toys, getting her milk, feeding the dog) without being asked, and then after he has a bunch he can take it to the humane society (or anywhere he wants but usually the humane society) and donate it to others.
He wanted to know why i left with my laptop. I explained I go to school and needed to do homework at starbucks. he asked if they could do theirs there the next time. Of COURSE! we had a blast! they had to be superheroes too. Maya Said 🙂
The Easel has a been a great tool. Dry Erase and Chalk sides. he hasnt picked up on my ubliminal messaging yet. but he IS working on his past tense 🙂
Daddy time learning special games.
We write to the soldiers often and draw them pictures, having them included to write out the thanks or the drawings, Im sure boosts the oldiers spirits and also helps us to be thankful and to be practicing our letters and words.
I made Julian a treasure map with directions he followed around the house. at the end was a jar of simple goodies! (pennies, a notebook, erasers, etc)
Love the expression.
“helping daddy” shows good hard manual labor is A OK. and helpful 🙂
This was our initial learning about vegetables. we talked aboutj it, then drew it so we could visualize it, then took a trip to the farmers market to see it in person that fruits and vegetables come from the ground!
This was the vet clinic at one of the learning museums around here. he LOVES it.
At Bring Your Kid To Work Day, i wrote on the paper at the desks and we practiced reading, because Daddy does a lot of reading and writing at work, and Mommy does a lot in school.
this became somewhat of a tradition after Julian read his first word. for any gifts we give him, a word is written on the packaging. Its been awesome.
Just some old fashioned workbook.
This was on our san francisco trip. I got to show my 18 month old, birds and water and boats and sky. Blue and Brown and up and down. it was fun to get her in the beautiful breeze!
More Workbook. we have about 15, he chooses any given day.
Baby J writing with grandma back in the day.
Magna Doodle fun. unprompted. again, if they have the tools, they will use them!
more writing to the troops.
After my boy lost his first tooth, we wrote a letter to the tooth fairy with the tooth, and then the tooth fairy, Lucy (like loose-y haha) wrote him back ad instead of money, she gave him and his sister new toothbrushes and special wrestling cards since he loves wrestling.
The next series of pictures came from a couple stops on our trip to S