Sep 5, 2009

A glimpse into Alessondra's Home Education

Tracing and writing letters. She is working on following directions, fine motor skills, precision and focus.

She found a frog in the pond and put it in her butterfly home.
I used the opportunity to work on science, the life cycle of a frog and environmental stewardship. She was not happy about it, but she did the responsible thing and let it go back "home".

Here she is helping to make chocolate chip muffins!
Cooking with a child helps to teach team work, listening skills, following directions and math!
She loved that while using the chocolate chips for subtraction she was able to EAT them as we subtracted them!
Teaching a child cooking skills while they are still young and eager participants is very rewarding and pays off in the long run. Not only do they learn cooking skills, but they also learn self-confidence in a job well done.

Painting: Fine motor skills, much needed if she is ever going to have better handwriting than me! Painting also requires her to analyze, organize and THINK about what she is going to paint, and whether the image she paints is complete.

Here, Daddy is helping her work on the letter "E"
That day she learned about eskimos, elephants and used plastic eggs for sorting and counting.

These verses are some of the verses that God used to speak to me about home educating Alessondra:
Our family verse:
Proverbs 24:3-4 (NIV)

3 By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;

4 through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.

Deuteronomy 11:18-19,
18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not depart from it."

1 comment:

Alison Laing said...

I just saw your blog posted on the homeschooling group. This is great what you're doing with Alessondra! Sounds alot like some things we're doing, and you've given me some great ideas to add. I went to school with Jeff, and we stopped by his Parade home today. You guys are doing great things all the way around! Thanks for sharing!