Computers - True to most children his age, he is fascinated by anything electronic. Computers are used often in our home to enhance the learning process, whether it be through you tube videos, Minecraft or various educational games.
|Exploring with interactive "life-sized" touch screens at New England Aquarium.|
Legos - We use legos any other building toys to demonstrate educational concepts. B has always been a builder and he really soaks up information when he is able to get hands-on with the lesson.
|Exploring landforms and bodies of waters using legos during our Geography Club.|
|A great discussion on engineering was the result of this tower build at Legoland.|
Lots of hands-on exploration: Building on usage of manipulatives such as legos, we also try to incorporate hands on whenever we can. Sensory bins are a great way to stimulate the senses and offer opportunities to explore an endless variety of topics.
| Mining for Gemstones. |
|After a visit to Fort Ticonderoga he was ready to play Revolutionary War soldier.|
|Visiting the local landfill.|
|Although clearly we are just goofing here, there were so many educational opportunities during our Disney trip last fall and we took advantage as many as we could.|
Book Learning: In case you were curious as to whether we do any book learning, yes we do. I do not believe book learning is necessary for children during the younger years if they are not developmentally ready. That said, I am a huge advocate of teaching children to read as soon as they are able so that they have that extra tool to help themselves learn. Some of my children are ready sooner than others. We've tried a number of different programs to help get him going but for now have settled on Seton phonics along with McGuffey, BOB Books, Faith and Freedom Readers, etc. We also use downloads from Teachers Pay Teachers and other websites to spice things up in our homeschool. Of course we always prefer free, however I know a lot of work goes into making these materials and I don't mind paying for materials when I know its something that we will use again. We really enjoy downloads from The Moffat Girls on TPT, especially their reading program. It really compliments what we are doing already and gives us plenty of hands-on activities. We read aloud in our home using living books as well as the classics, but we don't restrict "twaddle" either.
|Using McGuffey's Primer along with videos Easy-Peasy All-In-One.|
For math, we use Seton math as our spine and do lots of extra enrichment for him using Hands on Standards materials purchased from Learning Resources. It was an investment we made years ago for my now 4th grader during his preschool years and these books and manipulatives have already paid for themselves over the course of the years. We started with the preschool aged books and manipulatives and have just added in when we needed to as my oldest progressed through them.
The list of all we do for any of our children is a mile long, but this is generally what is working for us now. Given how B is constantly keeping us on our toes it wouldn't surprise me if this list was completely different in 6 months.
So, what works for your unique learner?