Last week Bella (5), Seth (3) and Noah (6-Down syndrome) all started homeschool Kindergarten. This is year two of kindergarten for Noah, and I’m happy to report academically he is much more ready for typical kindergarten work than he was at this time last year.
We’ve decided to try Weaver Interlock for our curriculum. It’s designed for preschoolers and kindergarteners; directions are given for modifying activities up or down depending on your child’s readiness. How perfect is that for our family! Even more perfect is the fact that I picked this rather pricey curriculum up for $2 at the thrift store several years ago. Let’s hear it for homeschoolers who believe in passing along their used curriculum!!! (And actually, I don’t believe this was even used – it looked brand new when I bought it.)
So last week was a busy week, but we had a blast. Triangles were one of the things we learned about, and on day 1 of triangles, we made these cute little fellows:
I predicted this would be a busy work craft with little value, but I was wrong. The kids were very focused on these triangles once they had their eyes stuck on and listened attentively as I pointed out the three sides, points and angles.
This was a quick craft. One thing I learned at AWANAS last year was that there is no shame in pre-cutting and prepping projects for children. If the point of a craft is more important than the skills practiced from start to finish, go ahead and do some of the work yourself before hand. I had already cut the triangles before the craft, so all my little ones did was glue on the stick and the eyes. Nobody lost interest, and I didn’t lose my mind. That’s the mark of a successful activity around here.
I am liking the Interlock curriculum, but I am surprised by how thorough the lesson plans are. As I glanced over it in preparation, I thought we’d whiz through the different activities in 15 minutes. So I was having a great time on Pinterest looking for ways to supplement the material. Turns out I’m going to have to find another excuse for stalking Pinterest.
Hmmmmm. I’ve picked up machine embroidery again – now that would be a fun Pinterest board search!