When Connor was three, we put him in the best private preschool around. I assumed that a pricey start to his education meant a better start to kindergarten. But the opposite was true. The basics weren't covered and Connor started behind rather than ahead. Lesson learned. Now that Pearce is four, instead of a preschool, I decided to started home schooling him. This is what I have been using:
Workbooks from Kumon for writing numbers and letters.
Pearce was so upset with himself when I showed him he got two answers wrong. He got up from the table and ran into his room. I explained he still did really well, but he wasn't happy until he wrote in the correct answers. Eric and I apply very little pressure on Pearce, so I have no idea why he's so hard on himself, but he's been like that from birth.
Then Pearce started giving himself smiley faces for good work.
For the letter tests, Pearce had to write and name the letter and then give a word that started with that letter to get a star a.k.a a correct answer.
Pearce's concentration lip. My mom says I did the same thing.
Video clip of Pearce writing his name.
Pearce Mastering his name after practicing for a couple of weeks. He was so proud of himself.
The PBS Kids Computer Curriculum includes seven major areas:
1. Healthy Development (emotional development, self care and safety)
2. Creativity ( art, reasoning and problem solving, music, invention and imagination)
3. Science (inquiry skills, life sciences, earth and space, and sound and light)
4. Language (Vocabulary, listening comprehension, and sentence formation)
5. Literacy (letters, early reading, rhyming words, phonics skills and spelling)
6. Math (patterns and classifications, measurement, numbers, geometry, adding and subtraction)
7. Social studies (history, maps and direction, rules and fairness, people and environment.
*also promotes computer skills.
Pearce loves the computer. He has since he was 1, when he'd sit and look at pictures or videos of himself all day. He still does that.
I also have Pearce using the computer program Hooked on Math.
Thanks Mom and Dad for sending it to us.
In the past, Pearce and I had only been into arts and crafts, not really anything with drawing. I decided to try and change that. This picture journal we started will be some of his first drawings. He comes up with the pictures, then tells me what to write. It's been great so far. It's helped channel his creativity, learn to identify his pictures with captions, learn to write in sentences that he creates himself, and gives him practice writing his letters. I also have him sign his name after each entry, giving him extra practice, and trace the sentences I write for practice.
Pearce's illustrations started off mostly monochromatic and simple. He'd sign each with PP until I taught him how to write his name. I like these entries because it really shows his progress.
Sometimes Pearce wanted to do more than one journal entry a day. Like his Karate Kid entries. They could have been never ending. We just saw the Karate Kid Movie and he was all charged up.
I love the red blood.
After watching Monsters vs. Alien Halloween special. Pearce watched it like 70 times in a row.