Okay – I do have a printer.
But it doesn’t have ink, and apparently the ink for this printer – on the when it can be found at all – costs more than the actual printer did.
The case of a certain – achem – impulse buy.
But I decided to not allow a small matter, like a printer, stand in the way of teaching my son. *grin*
So here is how I am homeschooling without a printer.
I can tell you in 2 short words – and then about a dozen pictures:
We usually start the week with practicing the letters we’ve already learned. This does get a little tedious at times, but I feel it is really important that we don’t move on until we’ve reviewed what we’ve learned, so we don’t forget. I’ll probably start picking different letters to review as we get toward the middle of the alphabet. He has 36 letters to learn, as he is learning both the Croatian and American alphabets.
Then I introduce a new letter:
Usually I draw a picture that illustrates the letter (this week is E = Elephant, Eho)
And while my readers are well aware of the fact that I am usually self-deprecating, I have my limits – even there. Seriously, I know I am creative, but my creativity doesn’t even so much as trickle in the direction of drawing.
He tries so hard and he loves school!
Everyday we review our alphabets. This is one of their favorite parts of school. Even my 3 year old loves to recite both alphabets!
We already had this one – it was given to us with some curriculum that I use.
So I made a corresponding Croatian one.
We also review our numbers (notice I left spaces for new numbers – which we will start learning next week)
And colors and shapes
We have finally started to get into a groove. It has been very hard. Between my husband’s ever-changing work schedule and just learning a new routine at home, its taken several months to nail down what this would look like for us.
Plus, I don’t have any actual curriculum. Technically, he wont start Kindergarten until next year. So, I’m making it up as I go along. But I have found some wonderful resources to help me determine what he needs to know before next year.
So, this is what our typical week looks like:
Devotions (prayer, Bible reading, songs and memory verses)
Recite the alphabets, numbers, colors and shapes
MWF – Letter Review
T,TH – Learning ap or cartoon
MWF we do math – like numbers-amounts sorting, jumping and counting, and we have Math U See, that we will start using soon.
We also do History, which is either a Bible story or holiday for now. Then we do music. For music I typically do both rhythm and just singing and dancing.
T, Th we do concpets: above/beneath, in/out, on/off and so on.
I also do matching games like this one:
With this game, you can either find all the “big” or “small” letters, for letter recognition, or match the small letter to the big letter.
I do this with shapes, colors, numbers, and sizes as well. They are super-easy to make.
One day a week we do “manipulatives”: playdough, blocks, puzzles…and then twice a week I do art:
Yesterday we made a sun. He was totally into this craft.
It was the simplest craft to do, but he was so proud of his.
And we do a lot of hanging projects for their room. They are completely mesmerized by them.
We end each school day with conversation: talking about what we did and what we learned. And this is such a special bonding time.
Before nap time, I like to try to read 5 books with them. This not only helps to calm them down, they just love reading!
So, this is what school looks like right now for us. I love it that we don’t do the same subjects every day, and I love that there is a good mixture of independent work and instruction.
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