Sunday, March 4, 2012

Shelter and primitive fire-making, Valentines Day, Friends, Baking, Cookies and Shoveling Snow

We went to a homeschool program at the Damariscotta River Association  on 2.13.2012 - For part of it we went outside to build shelters.  Here is one of the participants with a shelter he is in the process of building.

Kanoa wanted to head back inside as the temperatures were VERY cold....maybe in the teens and windy.    Notice that there is no snow in this picture?  There were patches of snow and plenty of ice, but the ground is typically covered in white this time of year.

Primitive Fire Making Skills

 Li watching people attempt to make fire.

There was a table that said Do Touch with many shells and sea creatures.  The skate egg cases I have  seen before do not look like the one labeled there though.  I do think it might be incorrect.  

Li, Charles and Makana - It is always fun to hang out with friends!  We had met a couple of homeschooling families we know at this program.  Afterwards, we went to the library and then to Charles' house to play.  A fun day!  Charles was so sweet...he gave Makana, Li and Kanoa sweet valentine's day cards and a special chocolate rose for Makana.  That was such a special surprise!  We are so lucky to have such good friends!  

Our Flat Stanley package for my niece Cheney's school project.

We all put together a special place for Daddy on Valentine's Day.  'Caus we love him so much!! 

Makana hiding Kanoa in the warm laundry.

There he is!!

Li is in baking mode...finding the right sized measuring spoon.

Getting his batter ready...  He LOVES to make (and eat) various chocolate cakes and brownies...German Chocolate Cake, Sour Cream Chocolate Cake, Homemade Brownies, Storebought name it!  And it is not too shabby being able to eat some myself!!  Homemade icing too!

Found this when I was cleaning the bathroom..must be old!  Katie  wrote it a long time ago.  

Diaper Head Man....

Some pictures from Makana and Ruby's Sleepover - they love being with Ruby in person or via skype!  Lately, they all like playing Roblox together!  Li and Kana both wish they lived closer to her and look forward to visiting whenever they can!

Eating a double stuffed Newman O....

Li wanted to earn money and was excited to go out and shovel walkways.  He earned five dollars!  Makana went along to help and got a dollar.  

Thursday, March 1, 2012

First Homemade Books for Children about themselves

I thought the idea Laurie Block Spiegel had for creating a child 's first book was a nice idea.  Here is the link, but scroll to the very bottom. If you click on the 2 homemade book titles, there are pictures of each page.  I bet my little guy would love a book about him, especially one where I am playing a find Kanoa type of game.

There would be no coaxing my child to read or pronounce words.  We would be reading for the pure pleasure of it as long as he wants to and is interested.  We may play a find the letter game as he sometimes likes to find a certain letter like a D for Daddy or a K for Kanoa.  I believe that the ability to read will happen when my child is developmentally ready as words and books and all sorts of things that provide information we wish to know surround us and most of our family often models reading.  I also believe that when a person is developmentally ready is different for each individual - and if we have expectations we are holding on to, we can practice being patient and accepting where our child is at and how they learn.  Many kids don't read until later, and in a short time you can't tell the difference between "early" and "late" readers.  And if we force a child to do things before they are ready, they will become frustrated and might learn to hate whatever is being forced upon them.  Better to let them learn with ease, when they are developmentally ready, when whatever they wish to know has meaning to them.  This helps them learn that they can do and find out about what they are interested in and keeps their passion for learning in general alive.  This doesn't mean don't do anything to help your child learn and find interesting things though.  Do make the effort to find things that your child shows interest in or even introduce things to your child that you think they may be interested in.  Don't have an agenda, but do offer, introduce and explore together and help when needed.  Be a partner and a friend.  Not only is that a great way to help children happily learn, but it is enjoyable and can even strengthen your relationship.

Here's a link to Peter Gray's blog about children teaching themselves to read.

And somewhere in this blog I think I wrote about how Katie learned to read around age 3.  Li learned slowly over time and I'd say he was reading well around 9 yrs old.  Makana (6) is still learning, although she can read some words.  Kanoa, 3, likes letters.