I was inspired by the new blog Over and Around Us to create a plan for our week. She wrote a list of the activities she planned with her 5 and 2 year old. The list resonated with me. While I am interested in unschooling as a way of learning, I will feel more confident if we have a plan. Most days we just play and read. We read and talk about the books. I am not worried that Cate isn't learning but I want to put some structure into our week so that at the end of the week I can look back and survey our accomplishments. So here is my list and at the end I have a couple questions for which I am seeking advice.
1. Make a birthday card for our babysitter (art project for the week)
2. Learn the concept of "a dozen" using a clean egg carton and objects and numbers. (Math)
3. Read Why is it Cold?
This "Just Ask" series is part of my science "spine." I found the complete set (at least I think it is the full set) at the Goodwill last week for a quarter a piece. I plan to focus on one book a week over the next 25 weeks or so and then use them again with more complex material in the future. Does anyone know these books? I can't seem to find a concise web page to explain them but they answer questions like Why is it cold?, Why is it Hot?, What is a Rainbow? I first found a couple at the Goodwill and have been searching for them ever since. I see them all the time on eBay. They were published by Weekly Reader.
4. Slow and Steady Get Me Ready, (Week 2 age 3) bouncing a ball and catching it as it comes up, not using the body. Sometimes I think the lessons in this book are too simple for Citcat but so far I am pleased with the result of doing them. What I discovered in an early attempt is that she does use her body to catch a ball. The exercise encourages the child to use their hands to catch.
5. First Day of March-change calendar, talk about the month ahead. Make a countdown chain for the Spring Equinox.
6. Use food coloring to change the color of a carnation. Read this wonderful book entitled Step by Step. I am thrilled about this book. It is a first reader with all the steps and directions for coloring a flower. There isn't a scientific explanation just the magic of the flower changing. I think I will tell Citcat about how water travels up the stem. I found a decent answer about the science here. I didn't really understand the reason myself. Transpiration and Cohesion. Am I the only one who doesn't know this stuff? ;)
Tuesday Gym class at the YMCA & maybe Story time
Wednesday Story time
Thursday Music Class (am) & Dance (pm) and a playdate
I am thinking about doing an artist study. Right now I am leaning toward Monet because there are so many books to support the study. What artist did you first study with your children? I am thinking about doing one artist for 3-6 months.
In the post I mentioned above she listed the books that she plans to read to her children. I am sure she is reading more than listed however her list got me thinking about how we read books. Sometimes we read a library book only once, sometimes 10 times. I am wondering if we aren't reading too many books (I know-is that possible) and we are losing something valuable by not focusing on a smaller selection of books each week. What do you think?