This is what our school looks like today… from a distance.
Up close, this is how it looks:
Today is a big day. Today is the day that our little one has managed addition all on her own!
Of course, the little ones always want to do ‘school’ alongside their older siblings, so learning as a way of life seems to come a little easier for them. But today, our little girl wanted to move up from copywork (printing numbers) to real addition. So, I pulled out the Math-U-See manipulatives, pointed her in the direction of the green single unit cubes and found a colourful workbook for her to use. She very quickly figured it out and went to it!
I snapped this picture and came over to the laptop to share the news with all of you. (I really needed to post an update after such a lengthy break!) While I was typing the first sentence, she came to me with a purple 6-block and said “Ugh… Mom? These ones are ALREADY six units so I don’t have to count all the green ones! And look, I found a book with bigger numbers!” That first one is 6+4 and she correctly wrote “10”. She turned four in July. I may just have another Smarty Pants on my hands. Isn’t it amazing how learning really happens on its own? Children have this natural desire to learn… how wonderful when we can just let it happen on the kids’ terms!
We’re venturing into the land of copywork and recitation. Right now, we’re working on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
And the eldest is doing some break-out (on his own) Science work on biomes. He got all excited when I told him he could use the apologia website, the dictionary and our bookshelves to write a notebook summary page plus one extra page on each of the five major biomes. I love when kids get excited about learning!
So this is how home learning looks for us today. Messy? Yes. Laundry piled up? Oh yeah. Cobwebs and dustbunnies? You bet! But this is WAY more important!