Schoolish: Now We Are Four

A friend mentioned a few days ago that she had recommende this blog to another friend about activities for preschoolers and it made me realize I haven’t really written on that subject for awhile.  We’ve been plugging away at being “schoolish”, which is essentially just fostering a love of learning at home, but it looks a little different than it did last fall.

Play:

There’s still a big emphasis on just enjoying play.  I really think we’re starting to emphasize a little too much on having early, advanced learners at the cost of letting kids just be kids.  No my four year old is not reading yet and that’s okay, but he’s plays some pretty great games and acts out some silly stories.

He went up a big curve in the last few months discovering puzzles and games.  It’s a little exhausting to have “play” Cootie and ROCK ON! (Geology Bingo) on repeat, but I’m glad he has found them.  He even likes to take out the adult games and make up games with the pieces.

 

Writing:

He’s never been that into drawing, coloring or writing, but we crossed a big hill a few months ago when we finally got out our Usborne Books & More. Wipe-Clean Starter Collection (7) and discovered Dot-to-Dot.

What works now is to ask him if he wants to do DtD or the Wipe Clean books while I’m prepping dinner or lunch.  He’ll do three or four DtD pages on his own in that time, and his choice between letters, numbers or any of our other wipe cleans.  I feel pretty good with this as it’s the same amount of work he appears to do in a day of daycare (their pre-preK work) or more.  So the, maybe, 15 – 20 minutes he spend on it 3 – 4 days a week feels right.

Books:

We hit a slump in our reading materials a few months back, but I feel like I’m finding my grove again (so hopefully that means a book list in the future!).  Collections seems to be the word on the street here and anything with at least five stories in it he likes to sit down and hear.

Just So Stories
Okay, we’ve been listening to these for Just So Stories, but it counts!

Usborne Books & More. Stories from Around the World for Little Children

My Book House, Volumes 1-12 Volume 2: Story Time is wonderful.  I hadn’t been using Volume 1 very much, but finally thought to see what Volume 2 contained and it was just what we needed.  This has gotten me thinking a lot about the types of stories we give our children as examples.

Hoping to get a couple of these collections with some Usborne credit I’ve been saving next month.

Music:
I just started back to focusing on music in the home again after noticing that My Book House recommends classical and folk songs in the footnote/small print.

We’ve been enjoying

Schumann’s “Album for the Young”
Beethoven Lives Upstairs
 
 
And that’s what we’ve been up to recently!
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  1. This is great. My Henry is four and he *just* mastered the alphabet song last week. He doesn't know his letters and he can only count to 13. Up until recently he has been completely uninterested in anything academic (the complete opposite of David who I did not have to teach any of those things to!) but I'm not worried. Once he's ready then we'll start! I've got the books for Elizabeth Foss' Along the Alphabet Path program and I think we'll start doing those and hopefully learn those letters during David's last term this year….unless he hates it in which case we'll just try again in the Fall 🙂

    And I've been trying not to buy any non-essentials during Lent but thanks to you I've got Shumman cd's and Rock On sitting in my cart. Maybe for Easter baskets? Well played Molly.

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  2. Just listen to Schumann through Spotify like I do! =) They have the Jim Weiss cd's too! As for Rock On, I'd definitely recommend it for Easter…. though it does come with it's own rocks (which is so cool), so you might want to consider how to divy those up between the boys ahead of time unless they understand that they stay with the game or are “the families” =)

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  3. My oldest didn't read until halfway through first grade. There's some science showing that the brain can sometimes take until around age 8 to be able to read. We didn't force it and she became a voracious reader after only a few months in. She's 9 now and reads everything she can get her hands on….except her math book 🙂

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  4. I think they're lovely! I found a never been opened set on Ebay for I think $50-ish last year. I really like how they age with the kids. I could snap some pics and show you on FB if you'd like?

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