Jun 9, 2008

Child directed learning

For the past few weeks, we have been sick, we have been on retreat, and we have been busy busy busy with ministry stuff, so school has kind of been on hold. The kids keep learning, though, and having fun doing it, even when I am not actively directing it. These are some of the things we have been doing...

Riding bikes.

Dressing up.

Playing with our pet rocks, which are ALL named: "Rocko". Our creativity and imagination does not extend to name-giving.

Riding horses. Daniel enjoyed his ride with his usual gravity and complacancy. We were very grateful to Jake for taking the time to ride with the babies and make sure they had fun.

Abbie barely tolerated being held by a stranger. Only the horse kept her there. She is such an animal lover. While she waited her turn to ride, she kept waving at the horses and shouting, "Hi!" We also couldn't drag her away from the dogs, which she quacked at.

Building with legos. This is a creation of Daniel's.

Playing with cars. Daniel loves trains so much that even when he plays with cars, he lines them up and drives them all together.

Reading. These are some of Daniel favorite books for school. Trucks, of course, bugs, a silly book about pickles, and triangles (everybody's favorite shape).

Everybody is into this reading thing. Kaytie lives with her nose in a book, and Abbie doesn't confine herself just to picture books anymore.

Playing house.

Playing with the letters on the easel. Abbie loves these letters. She has figured out that she can make them stick on the easel, so she spends a lot of time putting them on and taking them off.

Learning about child care.

Dancing. The boys like to have me put on music for them to dance. The girls will dance even without music.

Making birthday cards for Granny. AKA: being creative. Kaytie made a puppet, complete with tie, feet, and tattoes.

Practicing our writing. Nate is not extremely fond of writing, but he willingly, eagerly even, wrote Happy Birthday Granny on his card. Mommy has to do whatever it takes!

Learning to use scissors. Daniel's favorite part of card making. Whenever anyone else has the scissors, he is not-too-patiently waiting to get them back. He has little idea how to really use them. He can make a pretty mean fringe, though!

And best of all, I found at Dollar Tree, these cool little carnival games and rides. They are pretty "cheap" but the kids loved them and beg to get them out every day. Kaytie combined several of them to make a real challange.

Daniel had a blast giving all of the balls a ride on the Teacups.

And Nate had fun experimenting to find the easiest way to get the job done.

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Jodi said...

I love this post!

It brings back many memories of when my oldest two were preschoolers.

I looked at the rock picture and remembered something that I hadn't thought about for a really long time. William used to keep rocks. He had one that I called the Orange Tiger. He took his other rocks and colored them with marker and named them Red Riger and Green Giger.

I see a much coveted car in that line-up. Joshua has been collecting the McDonalds cars too! Quite accidental, but still it's considered a collection.

You have the most adorable kids! And it doesn't look at all like you have been away from school!

Mama Teaching 2 said...

Hey that was PERFECT schooling! :) My Elijah would line up cars like that to look like the rush hour traffic in D.C. Hee hee...

JulieMom said...

Your children are adorable!

I love the expression on the baby's face in your photo for your profile.

My youngest went through a scowling phase too, and I think it's adorable.



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