I decided to start Claire's homeschool the week after Christmas week. So we started on the 30th and went through the 3rd. It was so much fun to get back into it. Reminded me to how much we had over the summer with Before Five in a Row. She loved the story of Hannah and Samuel and really seemed to "get it." She really enjoyed the fingerplay for this unit, too. So, we are off and running for 2014.
The first story was about Hannah praying for a little baby. The book said to show the child pictures of themselves when they were babies, hitting various milestones. It was crazy to flip through the pictures. It's forced me to really look at how much she's changed. It was neat and hard all at the same time. I miss my chubby cheeked Cabbage Patch baby but love my smart, serious, fun little girl, too.
For our counting activity, she drew babies faces in boxes and we counted the boxes. I introduced counting by 2s a bit but it was the first time and she didn't totally get that. We'll revisit that, for sure.
On day 4 we played a little game called "Capture the Ark" to tell the story of the Ark of the Covenant being captured by the Philistines and what that meant to the people of God. The idea is to take an object that is to represent the ark and put it under one of 2 or 3 cups. Move the cups around and the child identifies which cup the "ark" is under. At first, we tried to take a ball of yellow play dough and make that work, but it didn't roll like it should and so we switched it out for the playdough container. It worked much better. Interesting activity. Sometimes she followed the cup well and others she didn't track so much and picked the wrong cup. So we'll revisit this, for sure. Probably and easy game I can pair with lots of different lessons!
This weekend, we also started a new thing with Claire, as well. Christian and the girls were waiting for me to finish dinner and I said to Christian, "Why don't you teach her her first lesson from her piano book. She got the Alfred "Young Beginner" book for Christmas. It went well. She stayed pretty engaged. The lesson revolved around teaching her how to hold her fingers and which fingers were her 1st and 3rd and so on. It taught her the black keys first. Really simple. I'm thinking Christian and I can take her through the first couple books and then we will have to have my mom teach her or if she is took busy, we will see about finding her a teacher. But for now, we will do it ourselves as long as she seems interested.
Looking forward to more music and learning in the house this year!