Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Summer Lessons

I've been promising a post on our "Summer Lessons", so I thought I might as well just quit procrastinating (ahem, yes...I do that...A LOT) and get with it. So here goes...

In an attempt to continue my 5 year old's love of learning and keep her skills where they are/need to be when she goes back to school, I decided to plan a summer of fun learning lessons. I've also tweaked them a bit so that I can work with Patrick (3 year old) on things such as letters, numbers, etc. Things a 3 year old should be doing. Poor Baby Lam, I didn't adjust things for her...she gets to be a couch potato or waste away in the Land of Barbie's and Hotwheels.

Before I start let me give this little disclaimer: I AM NOT A TEACHER. Nor do I plan to be a teacher, I'm just doing what I know to do to keep Katie's skills up and to teach Patrick to read/write letters, numbers, etc. I'm not claiming to be educating my children in the sense that school does. I'm just supplementing.

Each week I have a lesson plan that follows the theme for the week. Our little lessons take about 30 minutes. It is summer after all and the kids want to have time to play and be kids. Here's what this week's looks like:

This week's theme: Nature
Letters we're working on: R, I, K
Numbers: 4, 5
Words: dirt, tree, flower, bird, bug
Activities: planting flowers, naming different types of flowers and trees, nature walk
Sight words: earth, color
Art: leaf rubbings
Religion: story of Noah's Ark

I could try to explain to you what we're doing with the letters for a 5 year old vs. a 3 year old, same with numbers and colors, etc. but that would make this post too long. Let's just say that all of our worksheets and activities revolve around these things, and like I said a adjust things so they are age appropriate.

So there it is in a nutshell. I have all 12 weeks of our Summer Lessons planned out, so hopefully Katie will be able to pick up right where she left off and Patrick will be doing calculus and biophysics when school starts back up in the fall.

If you have any questions or need ideas, leave me a comment or email me and I can go into more detail for you or tell you what the rest of my lessons are for the summer. I'm all about sharing ideas...one mama to another, right!

Now, in the words of Forrest Gump...that's all I have to say about that.

One more quick thing...not sure how many of you are blog "super users" (a.k.a. read many blogs from across the country/around the world), but if you are, in light of whether a certain blog is a scam or not, I would like reassure you that I, in fact, am a real person, really do have three kids and a great husband, and two dogs and a cat. Yep, I'm real...so real in fact that I'm going to wrap up this post because I've got to go pee! (I know, TMI).

Love ya--get ready for tomorrow's What Would You Rather Do? Wednesday. It's gonna be gooooooooooooood (just make sure you put on your steel stomach, it's a little gross)! hee hee!

Love ya like a lemondrop! See ya tomorrow!


Kathleen said...

I am so impressed right now. I think Jackie is lucky that I have you as a mommy example. :-)

MommaAmma said...

Wow, that is so great! You must have put a ton of effort into this! What a great mom.