First let me say that, although I am a long-time Amazon Prime member (would NOT want to be without it!), this is the very first time I have shopped the Amazon Prime Day sales. When I received an email from a fellow blogger talking about Amazon Prime Day deals, I was curious. I tend to be a person who is skeptical of sale signs and "deals" because the "deals" or sales usually aren't steep enough to tempt me. (And you thought Rachel was the frugal one! ha,ha) Anyway, I clicked over to Amazon and read through the Prime Day promotions beginning Monday, July 16th. Many of them were the typical electronic gadgets-- most of which did not interest me nor did I think would interest our readers.
Then I saw a promotion saying that STEM toys would be going on sale 20-40% off for Prime Day. I decided to check it out and I'm so glad I did! I found some of my family's favorite, most-beloved educational toys for, not only 20-40% off, but upwards of 50-70% off!!
So, here we are, in the middle of a history lesson. We are experiencing productivity at its finest. My six-year-old is coloring quietly. The four oldest are sitting around the table filling out history timelines while I read aloud. Occasionally someone asks a questions that sparks some interesting discussion. The toddler is---wait a minute! Where is the toddler?!
When I realized my little guy was showing signs of preschool readiness, I decided to create My Big Book of Learning. He really likes the idea of having his very own school binder, just like the older sibs. But, up to this point, it's held mostly coloring sheets and "busy work" to keep him quiet while the older ones are working.
This year he's ready for more.
For the last 15 years we have participated in the Summer Reading Program at our local library. The program is free and each child receives a book upon completion of the program. When all of my children were younger, it was a great way for me to be reminded to read daily to my children during the summer months. More often than not we would drag a blanket outside under our favorite shade tree with an enormous stack of books and read until somebody needed to go inside to use the restroom or a baby fell asleep in my lap.
The early years of homeschooling are so fun! Teaching letter and number recognition is like playing with your child when you incorporate do-a-dots, messy fun, and lots of games. Many times the child doesn't even realize they are "working" because it's just having fun with Mommy.
Every year our family participates in a local Homeschool EXPO. It is similar to a science fair, except the children can present on any topic they choose. Each child is expected to prepare a visual display and a 3- to 5-minute oral presentation on their chosen topic. It is always a very positive experience for the kids. It is not a competition; rather, each child is given a participation ribbon and slips of paper from several parent "judges" with comments regarding their presentation and visual display. This has been a wonderful opportunity to help my children gain confidence in public speaking!
There are more shades of "normal" than shades of color in a paint store. Some children seem to learn phonics and letter recognition overnight while others need more repetition and practice.
This is Part III of the series Teaching our Children to Work. Click on the links to read Part I or Part II.
Have you heard of the Moore Formula? If you have not, I highly recommend doing a little research on Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore or reading one of their books, Better Late Than Early or The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook. They have some very interesting information on the effects of modern education methods.
This series shares some practical ways to teach children to work. Part I of this series, At What Age Should Work Begin?, can be found here.
42 Age-Appropriate Tasks for Children
In the last post, I shared some of the tremendous benefits of teaching children to work from a young age. To be fair, I suppose I should admit the drawbacks. (Sadly, there is rarely such a thing as a win-win situation in life.)
Here are my Top 5 Reasons NOT to Teach Children to Work:
At What Age Should Work Begin?
Teaching our children to work is a vital task that will last most of their childhood. There are so many facets to this, that I will be posting a three-part series on Teaching Our Children to Work, with several printables and charts for you to use.
The first question is when do we teach our children to work?
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