i can tend to read books on education in the same manner i browse pinterest – i read and read and read and get ideas and ideas and ideas and then little comes to fruition. i realize the boys are still quite young but even so, the ideas out there are endless when it comes to teaching kids the basics. i decided to keep my ideas on the budget friendly side this year. mostly there is still a lot of play time in our days. a lot. but we are working our way through Sonlight’s kindergarten read-aloud books, and we’re all enjoying them. they also are enjoying the jan brett alphabet pages.
reading: they’re doing it. slowly (sometimes maddeningly slowly) but surely it’s coming along. we’re taking our time. i’m not a stickler about them sitting still or not moving around. as long as they’re (somewhat) engaged, i’m good. but 12ish minutes is proving to be our max before they act like they need to run a mile or so. i love how their personalities come out even in the mundane business of learning to read. we’re using The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading and they learn a vowel rhyme and a consonant rhyme. i told them that when they could each do it without help from me we would do something special:
asher – my throw caution to the wind kid: (fist pumps while saying) yeah! let’s do it NOW!
me – but you don’t know it all, yet.
asher – who cares, let’s go!
(meanwhile elisha is sitting at the table watching and looking as though he’s thinking through this whole thing)
elisha – nope. i’m good.
asher spent the next few days convincing me at every turn that he knew it all without actually ever really practicing. elisha still is in denial that he needs to complete the task. hilarious.
math: well, this all fell apart at about day 8, so we set the book (Earlybird Singapore which i really like) aside for now. they love counting and sorting and matching but neither boy is very ready when it comes to fine motor skills. no problem. baking together is a world of math skills for them and as a bonus, a world of patience learning for me.