And butterfly, and broccoli, and baby. Since I have Hazel home with me now, at least until I start school again after Christmas, I’ve decided to really try working with her as if she’s in preschool. We are by no means rigorous in approach; our schedule is loose, allowing for a daily walk in the morning and many story times at the Barnes and Noble a block away. What I have been trying to do is incorporate lessons about the chosen letter into our everyday life, in the same kind of way we teach her about food in the grocery store and animals out at the park. Looking up preschool/homeschool ideas led to a scary number of print out coloring sheets (that can’t be all that people do with their kids, right? seriously?), so I came up with a few ideas based on things we already like to do at home:
- Breakfast: I made a banana split breakfast with Greek yogurt, cranberries, almonds, and agave syrup on top of a banana. It’s been intensely popular, and she’s had one for the past three mornings.
- Baa Baa Black Sheep: Hazel likes this rhyme, so we made a picture of sheep with the rhyme, and she wrote in all the letters “B.” Then we used glue sticks (BIG DEAL for ol’ Hazel) to glue cotton balls onto the sheep.
- During our daily walks, we identified all the things that started with the letter “B” and drew them when we got home.
- We completed the two worksheets on “B” that are in her Getting Ready for Kindergarten workbook, because yes, we totally skipped the Getting Ready for Preschool one. 🙂
- We made “B”roccoli stew for dinner one night (and probably tomorrow, too) at Hazel’s request.
- We made a nature “b”ox out of recycled cereal boxes and clear plastic from a Cabbage Patch doll box. Hazel likes to pick up little treasures when we go outside, and now she has a place to put them that isn’t between the couch cushions!
I think this was a fun learning experience for the both of us. When people first become parents, everything seems so difficult. All the sleep loss, the diaper changing, keeping box cutters and Windex out of the baby’s mouth…all of seems so damn hard. It’s only when they get older and you have another do you realize that all that stuff is a freaking cake walk, and teaching your child logic and critical thinking and why some people will actually try to hurt you is way, way harder. Teaching her like this is such a challenge; Hazel is picking up on these things so quickly that it takes my breath away, so I’m off to prep some things to do for the letter “C.” If anyone has any ideas, please let me know! I’ll post our “C” fun too 🙂