Monday, October 12, 2009

Afterschooling

...or in our case beforeschooling, since Josh attends PM young 5's. School is going great for him. He is enjoying it, LOVES his teacher and is actually learning quite a bit! He knows more about frogs then anyone would ever want to know! However, we still feel the need to enrich his learning with more. He is way ahead of his class in both math and reading. They are currently learning to count to 20. He could do that at 3 years old. So here is what we are doing...

Science- (as previously posted!) We have chosen several areas to study and are doing one a month! (September Biology plans, October Physical Science plans)

Geography- Landforms and the Continents using Continent Boxes, Continent books, and any other resources I dig up!

History- Story of the World We are enjoying this but I am having a hard time preparing ahead. I just need to sit down and get things ready for the month in a basket or something so I can just grab!

Music- To our dismay, due to scheduling, Josh does not attend Music at school this year! Therefore, I ordered Story of the Orchestra : Listen While You Learn About the Instruments, the Music and the Composers Who Wrote the Music! and am really excited to get started. We plan to begin tomorrow. (Just got it Friday!)

Practical Life- Remember these? I plan to start back up working on Josh's cookbook. Today was my b-day so I am thinking of having him help make a cake tomorrow (good excuse, right?). We also want to continue working on skills such as...

  • tying
  • cutting with scissors
  • cutting with knife
  • pouring

Math- Our main focus right now is on addition and heading toward subtraction. On our shelf you would find...

  • Addition Strip Board (info)
  • Addition Snake game (info)
  • Hundreds board (video)
  • Other manipulatives such as counters, dice, etc...

Language- This is the easiest and most natural! We have a reading night planned for Tuesday where we all pile into my bed and read to each other until bedtime. However, he reads to us or we read to him every night before bed normally. So I am not really planning anything extra...yet!

Art- Want to work on a few drawing skills and of course we will do seasonal crafts. We are happy with his school's art program so just having fun here for now!

Really though, this seems like a lot. But we have the entire school year and all summer to accomplish these things. Some weeks we do a ton and some weeks (like last week!) we get NOTHING done. Either way, we are not stressing. Our intention is to have school for an hour 4 days a week before lunch. ...but sometimes...the Lego's just need more attention than the dining room table...ya know?

6 comments:

Koko's mama said...

Shannon,

Happy Birthday! I am so glad that things are going well with Josh's school and your before school activities sound great!

Kylie said...

Well firstly Happy birthday, secondly that all sounds fabulous and I am now off to check out the music link to amazon, sounds interesting :)

aly in va said...

Happy belated birthday. We are also afterschooling Montessori. Fortunately for us though is that is there one other really advanced student in daughters class, so the two of them receive extra lessons and usually work together in the afternoons. We are looking forward to next year being in the 1-3 grade room though, and all the opportunities that will present. Glad Josh is doing well.

Shannon said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes! We have conferences tonight so I guess we will see if school is going as great as we feel it is!

lynnette said...

I'm impressed with your ideas/motivation. I had great intentions at the beginning of our school year and now it feels good if we have our shoes on before it's time for lunch! Maybe I'll get there, sometime. :)
Happy Birthday!

Shannon said...

Oh Lynnette, do not be too impressed. We will not get to everything. Most weeks we are lucky to do 2 activities. And, I have a sink load of dishes, a pile up of laundry and a dirty bath tub. You know, we all do the best we can. And also, remember, Josh is an only...