Monday, September 26, 2011

New Feature: iGeekHomeschooling

The power of play is taking over our homeschool. We are putting away the lesson plans, which didn't work with my super active little man. When I introduced play into the equation, he started to enjoy our lesson time. Today, we were playing while cleaning up his room and he stopped to engage the alphabet puzzle. He said he had to find certain letters in order to win back his super powers.

I've been doing tons of research. Not only will these ideas and activities I'm coming across work for us at home, but they can translate into play time at the library. I'm planning a more formal "play date" time on Fridays when the weather gets colder. The keyword for those activities will be sensory!

I have one more week to plan and we are going to restart lessons in October. We'll be doing a monthly theme with letter, number and color of the week features. As we live in an agriculturally rich community, we'll be taking lots of trips to fields, farms and pumpkin patches. The theme for October is the FARM.

I'll keep you updated on our homeschool adventure, especially fun crafts and activities for the season. For November, we'll do the theme FALL. I'd like to do a TRANPORTATION theme when it gets warmer for field trips. Any ideas for winter or December themes?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Book Review: Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney

It's a llama llama book! These are some of my favorite books to share with my son. They seem to capture preschoolers in their prime. They at least address the phases preschoolers all go through. It started with llama llama red pajama. Llama llama had a hard time falling asleep and was afraid of the dark. Then, llama llama was mad at mama. This one is my favorite, because my son's first tantrum happened at the grocery store. The face on the front could be Bobo's face! Llama llama went to school in llama llama misses mama. I can relate with leaving Bobo with his grandparents while I go to work. He stills asks if I'll be back to pick him up later. My second favorite is llama llama holiday drama. Holiday shopping is no fun for llama llama.

In llama llama home with mama, llama llama is sick. He can't go to school and has to take yucky medicine. After his nap, he starts to feel better but mama llama starts to feel bad. Sharing germs happens with every family. It is so sweet for your little one to take care of you.

As always, the illustrations are fabulous. They tell the story even more than the words. A preschooler will be able to "read" the story all on his own. The text is large print and rhyming. The rhythm is perfect. Can I have them all?