BJ's Homeschool - Through my Kiddo's Eyes


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We started homeschooling when my daughter was 4.  We did not have a chance for her to take pictures when she was so young, but I did, as she was doing things during her homeschooling day. 

So today, I'd like to share some of the great memories that I have of my daughter's early homeschooling through the elementary years.

Early on, my daughter loved to dance, or jump on and off the couch, after doing a very short lesson......




Here's one of the very short lessons....



She always loved penguins and we went to the zoo all the time....



We used lots of manipulatives, ie small toys, like this activity...She had an illustration from a book that she wanted to create with things that she found around the house....



We loved going to the park, to watch the stream, and we saw that year after year, the salmon began to come back and spawn...


During the elementary years, we did a lot of hands art, like hand sewing, weaving on a small loom, knitting, and the like...




These activities helped with building attention span, concentration, and fine motor skills, and creativity, too....



We did our lessons each day, but then there was time for other things, like cooking together, or making cookies...


Learning at home worked well for us, as it allowed me to meet her sensory needs.  We had a large exercise ball for bouncing across the room, and a small trampoline, too.  

I could also tweet her curriculum to best fit her needs.  One year I asked her to do a big project and she chose a puppet show.  She made the puppet stage, all the characters, and she wrote the script as well.  Doing the puppet show was really kind of an initial lesson in public speaking...



One summer, my daughter did a lemonade stand, which involved math, art, and organizational skills....


We did some parks department classes, a homeschool day (like a co-op) and pre-ballet and tap.  Then in 3rd grade, we started an irish stepdancing class, and the next year, the group started doing performances at local retirement homes....




She made a lot of friends in irish....Then, there was always time to spend in the garden...



And early on, she tried a gynmastics class, and that stuck.  It became her favorite extra-curricular activity to do.

 

These are just a few of her homeschool memories, from the early years, preschool through elementary.  

What does your  young learner see through their eyes, at your homeschool?   What do you want to include to build in good memories?  I love reading your comments.  






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Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

Betsy



Betsy blogs at BJ's Homeschool, where she writes about high school collegeand all the fun of homeschooling the early yearss, too.  As a veteran homeschooler, Betsy also offers homeschool help to families.   


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