D is for Digging Into Curriculum

September 14th, 2010 by Mandi

I haven’t mentioned much about Slow and Steady Get Me Ready lately because honestly, we just haven’t gotten around to doing it. We made a few letter puppets, and Levi, being the little wordsmith that he is, enjoyed playing with them. We also tried digging for letters in the sand, which was fun but didn’t do much for him academically. Covering one letter per week just isn’t working for us. Both boys have already learned this content from Starfall.

Since we don’t “officially” start until October anyway, I’ve decided to approach this differently. We are going to sit down one day and make the full set of letter puppets. Perhaps the kids can color them while I’m doing my work-at-home gig. Then we’ll go through the book and work on the activities that teach concepts they have not already learned.

I’m also going to flip back to the three-year-old section, since Isaac will be there in November. I’m hoping to find more of the life skills type of activities, which is where Levi could use the most work.

This whole situation highlights yet another reason I love teaching my children. I don’t have to worry about them getting bored with curriculum. I remember standing in the corner in third grade because I was caught twiddling my thumbs. During the same year, I remember feeling lost when we covered long multiplication. If at some time we need to take it more slowly, we can do that too. I’m just grateful that I’ll be close by to monitor progress and adapt to their needs.