Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer means video games! MAYBE!LOL

Ok, well in my kids world it does! Typical teens and LOVE video games!
Now don't get me wrong...I love my share as well! Heck, I was around when Pong and Pacman started! Yep, I am OLD! It is ok....I can handle it!LOL
But, we are done with school for a 2 month hiatus! Of course during that 2 months, they are getting a mild break, then headed to grandparents for several weeks, home for our family vacation and then a couple weeks more off and we will be back to our high school homeschooling! During that time, they will be sure to get plenty of 2 player games under their belt!
Their friends will also be online, so technically....they will be 4 player games but both my boys will be on their console! Call it what you want!LOL
Now, this Mama will not let them just sit and vegitate for the whole Summer! They have park days with friends, camping, working in our garden, taking care of the chickens, ducks and rabbits. So plenty of fresh air, sunshine and vitamin D!
I don't know about you but Summer when I was a kid, meant outside time from June to August! I rarely was home, home was food and bed.... otherwise I was outside making forts, catching lizards and bugs, chasing my brother, saving baby bunnies from our cat and being a kid! It meant riding my bike until my legs hurt, bandaids on knees most of the time and smelling of water from playing in the creek!
Kids have it different nowadays and that is ok, because we were different than our parents and they were different than theirs. We evolve and expand and grow, but I still want to make sure my kids get a chance to be kids!!
So, get out and enjoy Summer and Happy Homeschooling!

Teaching preschoolers!

Ok, next to my own boys and teaching them high school homeschool, teaching preschoolers is my next FAV thing to chat about! As you may or may not know...I run a childcare out of my home and teach basic preschool as part of my deal!
Most of our day is play but what you may not know, is that play is learning games for preschoolers!
My childcare motto is, Learning to Play and Playing to Learn! Why is that? Because just like homeschooling, kids learn best when done at their level. Preschoolers want to learn things like letters and numbers and colors but they are still kids and they want to play.
They use role play, imagination, learn sharing, taking turns, socialization and many other ways to learn during their daily play!
We sit down and discuss what color something is. We read a book aloud and then discuss what the next step might be, or where something has gone to. We draw a picture with crayons and I restrict colors and they need to use them as instructed. We build with blocks and count how many we are using. A simple game of hide and seek is counting, socialization, working as a team.
Play with the play kitchen and dolls is imagination and role play!
Puppets are imagination and creativity!
So the next time you or someone else says your child is just playing...NO, they aren't!
They are learning, they are growing and they are being kids!
At toddler/preschool age, homeschool is play!
Happy Homeschooling!