Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Books, Devotions, Learning

Just for fun, here's a picture to share. We were at a re-enactment last weekend. The blond, curly-haired fellow is my son's best friend.

I promised myself that I wouldn't read any books until I finally finished reading the Bible all the way through. However, I recently felt more pressure on my heart to do devotions with my children. After some thought, I decided to attempt to find a good devotional for pre-schoolers. I simply don't have the time to put together my own Bible study for the kiddos and Bubby's learning style is one that just sitting down and reading from the KJV won't cut it. While some may disagree with me, I'm quite certain that I'm heading down the right path for my family to incorporate daily Bible study and devotions.

For myself, after I finish the Bible, I want to start on The Well-Trained Mind, and start on the Classical Eduction reading list. One thing I've been having a hunger for is studying grammar and how to be gramatically correct. I'm pretty sure I suffer errors in my grammar and punctuation.

I'm also wondering if I should start a more steady homeschooling effort in the fall. It would be unofficial, as Bubby is only 3, but I think it might be good for us to get used to the time, management and discipline needed for the adventure.

My dear son has a very kinetic learning style. Sitting down and doing lessons isn't quite his thing. He needs to be active. For example, a workbook of shapes does nothing for him. However, the other day, I drew a path of shapes with sidewalk chalk on our driveway. I showed him how to hop from shape to shape, naming them as he went. This worked like a charm! I also noticed that he likes to play "teacher" with me and he learns by asking me.

I do find myself comparing him to his peers. "Oh no! So and so already counts to 50 and Bubby can barely make it to 20! He's only 2 1/2 and he already knows his colors!" Etc. etc. Then, I realize that Bubby has his own strengths and weaknesses, too. He sings a handful of songs. He already knows how to drive the lawn tractor (he's VERY mechanical). On top of that, he speaks very well for his age and absorbs anything about farming. He's a lot of fun to teach.


Heather said...

I started preschool with my youngest the year that she was 3 going on 4.
You can never start to early! They start learning from the day they are born! It's great that you've already picked up on his learning style, too!
Counting to almost 20 at 2 1/2 is very impressive to me! My oldest has always been ahead with her learning and my youngest is pretty much "on schedule" with "the standard" and they both have very diff styles and likes/dislikes with school. It's definitely interesting!
Have fun!

Mimi said...

How far into the Bible are you? I read just a couple of pages a night, and then when I get to the end, begin again (I've only made it through twice).

But, I don't bog down.

Enjoy devotions with your children!

Kate said...

I'm in the gospel of John right now. I read what I can when I can.

MomAtHome said...

we plan to start doing some formal homeschool pre-school when our son is ready, somewhere around age 2 or so. we want to do bible devotions with our son when he is a little older as well. my son is very active too, they seem like they may be alot alike!

Bethgem said...

You look so beautiful, Kate.

Your boy is perfect just like he is. I think as long as you keep offering him information in an attractive way, he'll pick it up as he's ready.

I got the entire 5-volume Charlotte Mason home education series. Want me to send you them one at a time sometime?