Back to school

So, we’ve “taken a break” from planning/recording anything for about a month. We’ve traveled a decent amount, had multiple visits from out-of-town friends and family, had her birthday (which ended up being about three weeks of celebrating!), she had a gymnastics camp and swim lessons, her first piano lessons started in June, you get the idea. We’ve been busy.

In the past few days, though, she’s been bored. Wandering around like a little lost soul, unable to focus on any play or reading, just not like herself.

I mentioned to her last night, “So, tomorrow we’re going to do some school.” That was it — just a drop in.

This morning, we had a leisurely start to the day. I told her around 9:45 that we were going to finish up what we were doing and start school. Apparently when I was getting dressed, she asked Daddy when she could start her work. I knew it! I knew she needed to be engaged again!

We did a couple of easy, hands-on tasks. We worked on decomposing 10, 9, and 8 into number pairs using unifix cubes (see photo below).

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We also used a moveable alphabet to spell out the answers to some riddles and practiced critical thinking skills. My little dino-lover wrote questions with the answers “sauropod” (7 questions) and “dilophosaurus” (6 questions). My favorite was a dilophosaurus question: “What species of dinosaur had a crazy neck fan?”

She spent some great time working on her “bunny puzzle” which she loves and is great for critical thinking skills. We also read a Judy Blume book together and she spent some time on Starfall’s website. We went for a nice, long walk at a local park (longer than we meant because while we weren’t lost, there was awhile when we weren’t really sure precisely where we were). We played and ate dinner, and now we’re getting ready to watch the third episode of the new Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson. After a story, bedtime for the munchkin.

That’s how we homeschool. There’s not a ton of “curriculum,” but she’s clearly learning. Also, she’s happy and that means the most in terms of keeping her engaged with learning. I adjusted at several points during the day to her mood and we had a pretty harmonious time. Bliss!

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