Writing: practice tracing letters and words and then writing it without placing it on anything and although she is still currently learning how to write she helps with writing out holiday cards, making up grocery lists, writing letters to great Nana, using magnadoodle, tracing dotted letters that I wrote, Target workbooks, school zone workbooks and printouts from different websites. Pinterest is your best friend!
Reading: reading books, playing letter sound games, treasure hunts,sight word games, sounding out words together, talking about words and how they work, Target dollar workbooks, reading comics, reading signs and such on walks together.
Math: collecting and counting money, cuisenaire rods, mama-made worksheets, playing with calculator, abacus, rulers, protractors, measuring tapes, pom pom math, word problems while driving (usually made up involving favorite characters, etc.), cheap workbooks, computer printouts
History: books, talk, shows on Discovery, etc., Magic Treehouse series
Science: playing with magnets (many types including marbles, clear colored dots, circle ones on a stick that repel/attract.) magnifying glasses, gardening and plant experiments (growing seeds(we did a lot of seeds from food rather than the packaged seeds) celery in colored water, weeds in various circumstances, burying veggie scraps), chemistry kits, rain collecting/ experiments,Discovery Channel shows, many science and body books, Animal Doctor computer game, Dino digging computer game, experimenting outside, nature walks, bird watching, science experiments via email and web sites
Art: Daily art activities with a variety of mediums.
Fireworks painting, Leaf stamping from nature walks, collages with leaves and flowers found on nature walks, homemade kinetic sand, coloring and drawing with different mediums, color tissue paper mosaic art etc. A lot of options!
Teach your monster to read website
Teach Your Monster to Read- website
Kindness Curriculum book
Art for Children books
Different science experiments for children books
nature studies books
Signing time and my smart hands American Sign Language video our second language
Magic school bus
Preschool prep meet the phonics/ meet the math facts.
Flash cards which she oddly really really loves!
Rachel and the treeschoolers
Various ASL work whether it be DVDs YouTube videos books or just our daily interaction using signs instead of words.
Between the Lions (reading)
Liberty Kids (American history)
Diamond Head inactive volcano
Saw sea Turtles by North Shore
Lot of field trips- Lagoons, parks,beaches, rainforest, Animal Lighthouse, piers, pumpkin patches,farmers markets volcano, culture centers, Museums/Science Center.
The biggest thing we use is talking We talk about everything and I use a lot of analogies to make it easier for her to understand. Use a lot of references to her favorite movies or TV shows. We also read a lot!
A few times throughout the day some are just for stories like bedtime stories others or passport to reading type of books so that she can pick out the couple words she knows.
Why your town exists and since when
Where grandparents grew up and why
Any Relatives in military
Where car came from
People living in different places with different accents and languages
The history of miles and how it’s calculated
Movies – why did cowboys wear bandanas
People and what they do, believe,wear.
Mountains, rocks, rivers, and where rivers are empty.
Can you look at “Mediterranean” and figure out why they called it that?
What animals and plant are where and why?
Who has oil, diamonds, gold, or uranium?
Where do we get bananas, pineapples, oranges or dates?
Why are some cities big shipping centers and others not?
Where are the hub cities of railways and airlines and why?
What parts of the world are crowded and which aren’t?
What makes places dangerous?
Why are some places more technologically advanced?
How did smoke signals work?
How does weather prediction work?
What knowledge did space travel add to our knowledge of our planet?
SCIENCE is DISCOVERY!
Rescuing wounded birds
Drawing pictures of clouds
Taking photos in different light
Growing a garden
Training a dog or litter box training a cat
Looking through binoculars
Waiting for a crystalis to open
Making a sundial
Making a webpage
Flying a kite
Building a campfire
Finding out how a truck works.
The history of it
The physics of it
How instruments work and the different sounds they make
Song lyrics and their mental triggers
Dancing in the backyard
Singing in the car
Going to listen to a band
Going to a street festival
Listen to different stations
Watch musical theaters in person or on video.
Visit music stores or pawn shops
Video games involving music: Karaoke Revolution, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Dance games
PHONICS; WHOLE LANUGAGE
Why words are formed in everything we study.
Book Reports – Happen naturally as you talk about what we’ve read.
We don’t need to require they are written down. If a child can orally give a report great. He or she can write it out if they choose.
Letters – Will happen naturally, they can see examples online,tv,books,signs etc
Cursive – “School cursive, called in my day Palmer penmanship, had evolved from an elaborate decorative script invented for engraving in copper, a very slow and painstaking form of writing that had nothing to do with speed. Someone, somewhere, decided that it would be nice if children learned to write like copperplate engraving, and the rest, as they say, is history.”
Children will learn cursive & calligraphy if they want.
Puppet shows,live plays, on video. Acting out at home or in groups.
Historical novels, fairy tales, fables, mythology, science fiction, short stories, other novels, graphic novels, screenplays, movies.
Books, movies, magazines, articles, newspapers, etc.
Happens naturally as children live life, read, talk, play. They become better as they read more.
Math is best learned naturally with money budgeting patterns, proportions, deductive reasoning, graph-reading, real life problems, etc.
Board games, video games, dice, cards, singing games, money, budgeting, etc.
Create a home in which algebraic thinking is a standard part of conversation. Our interactions are analytical and involve factors and projections. Then the kid will see the concepts and they use them without ever saying the word, “math”.