I just took a quick look back at my posts. Have we been making any progress? Are we really doing anything? And am I still able to “home school” when my kids attend school???!!! I think so….
When I look back, I see that much of our time in the last two weeks has been taken over by sickness (and often tiredness for myself because of little Alfie), and some days by visiting grandparents, and more recently, the snow!!!!
What have we done? The first week we continued our topic of fairy tales, and the second week we should say that our topic was snow!!! After all, as I mentioned previously, seasonal changes are the greatest educational experience, and being “in” them and exploring the senses through them, is way more beneficial than noting the changes on paper. Also, with seasonal learning, one must grab the experience when we can – there’s no point learning about rain if it’s sunny outside….
As for grandparents, well that’s another learning experience. The importance of family, and learning how to socialize with people of different ages and backgrounds will help us to grow in many ways. Our grandparents have lots to teach us about, and lots of stories to tell, for they have lived longer and experienced more – just as kids can learn from babies and younger children by learning how to take care of them, take responsibility and share with them. We would become very closed people if we were to always socialize with people born in the same year – how much would we really learn then?
Sometimes I look at the activities and I think perhaps they are too easy, perhaps not challenging enough (particularly for Leon), and many of the activities have been initiated by the children themselves, and not organized by myself at all! Is that okay?
Well, I think so. I am learning with my children too. Perhaps Maya will enjoy an activity more, or perhaps she will simply show this more, and Leon will go away and think about the experience, and then come up with an idea a few days later? Would he have made a labyrinth from lego if we hadn’t read “The Minotaur”? Would he have made a forest inspired “looking -box” if we hadn’t made a forest scene inspired by the Elsa Beskov books? Would we have drawn and discussed snowflakes if we hadn’t read the picture books?
And yes, perhaps “The Gingerbread Man” is too easy for Leon, and perhaps he has made gingerbread men many times in his life – but does this matter? Is it not good to have fun, and re-read books, and re-do activities with people who are close to you?
And as for child initiated activities, would many of those creations above have been made if it wasn’t for this? In my opinion, this is another of life’s great learning experiences, not just for children but for adults too! What do we learn? Everything! Problem solving, social skills, creativity, language, motor skills… the list is endless depending on the activity. And many people teach themselves more than others can teach them, and Leon is a prime example of this type of learning.
What to do this week? Possibly wild animals of sweden as a continuation to what Leon’s class are learning, and possibly a few Christmas activities, as of course, it’s that time of year….