Since we're starting earlier than I was planning, I haven't really done all the research I was hoping to do. I don't know all the buzzwords and I can't spout off the benefits of various educational philosophies. On the one hand, I think that's okay. I am a well-educated person who really enjoys learning new things. My daughter picks things up very quickly and gets a kick out of having "school" in her bedroom. Besides that ... she's only 4. If I were planning to send her to public school, she wouldn't be starting kindergarten for another full year anyway.
The anxious mother in me, though, doesn't quite agree. If I haven't fully researched all my educational methods, she tells me, I have no business trying to teach anything. What will I do, she wonders, when I get into bad habits this year because I haven't fully committed myself to one philosophy?
For my own piece of mind, I've decided to write down what we do every day that might be considered school stuff. I figure this way I can at least see what we've covered and what areas maybe need some more work.
Today's list says:
- language arts
- practiced capital letter formation by tracing A-Z and writing a shopping list
- practiced lowercase letter formation by tracing a-z
- read aloud Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish and Fritz Siebel
- read aloud James 1:19-25 (paraphrase)
- discussed what it means to listen first before talking
- physical education
- visited the park and played on the slide, swings, and climbing equipment
- reviewed basic ballet positions and practiced foot and arm placement
- discussed body parts of a spider
- labeled picture with appropriate parts
- colored picture of a spider
- identified shapes and traced around them