01 April 2014

Charlie's Schooling

Charlie has been learning lots of things in his little school.  My main goal with school is to introduce the ideas to him and so the second he is ready to learn something he will already have a background in what it is.  Another goal is to teach him to follow a routine in school and be able to sit down and pay attention.  He does this part perfectly.  He loves school so much!  He will tell me multiple times a day that when Henry takes his nap that he gets to do school.  Anytime that Henry cries for whatever reason Charlie immediately tells me it is Henry's nap time and that he wants to do school.

Charlie likes learning the nursery lesson each day and coloring the picture.  I cut open a plastic page protector on one side and taped up the bottom so that I could slide it over the coloring pages in the book so I don't have to photocopy the pictures and I just have to wipe the page protector clean at the end of school.

Charlie loves learning what the animal-of-the-day is.  We are almost done with animals and will soon get to start working on the solar system.  I am pretty excited for the solar system.  We are also going to start another section of school introducing and maybe memorizing the LDS prophets.

Each day we review some relatives.  Either a family or a set of families.  Charlie always asks to review my sister's family.  Why?  I don't know, maybe because they have kids about his age and he knows them the best from spending so much time with them at Christmas.  Or maybe because he seems to really like Colleen since she and I look alike.

Charlie is enjoying learning about his body.  He is more specific now when he gets hurt.  He has learned his facial features (eyes, mouth, nose, hair), bones (minus his skull, that will be later),  lungs, and the digestive tract.  He knows all about his digestive system and has no qualm in telling us about how it works while we eat our meals.  Next we will add the heart and blood, kidneys and bladder, skull and brain, and muscles.  I am super excited!

Charlie knows all of his letters and is pretty good with their sounds.  We are now working on basic reading.  He enjoys sounding them out and is starting to memorize what they look like.  At the bottom of the board are five plastic holders for index cards with words on them.  We make new sentences and read them each day.  I write the sentences on a paper and Charlie traces the words and will then draw on the rest of the paper.

He learned his colors, shapes and numbers so we started combining the information in lots of different ways.  On the left of the board is where we counted 10 different shapes in 10 different colors.  I had him write the numbers on every shape.  It was a great activity.  We are currently using Rummikub tiles to help him to recognized each number visually and not just know the order by sound.

(sorry it is blurry)

On the right of the board we learned about reading the clock.  I have the hours from 6AM to 7PM in digital format and then next to specific hours we have pictures of waking up, meal times, and bedtime.  He is pretty good at reading the clock and being responsible for when he eats.  Now I don't have to be the "bad guy" when it isn't time to eat yet.

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