Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chutes and Ladders, Math and Story Telling

This week we've been slowly getting into the groove of things.  M's been visiting all her favorite trays (that haven't been changed since Jan!) and D has been brushing up on Language and Math.  We've spent quite a few afternoons playing a couple of board games, days that have been too cold to get outside that is.  I purchased this Vintage "Chutes and Ladders" game at a yard sale, last summer for a buck.  It is in a nice wooden case with a neat spinner.

Apart from the obvious Math lessons that can be accomplished on side while playing, we had a bit of story telling fun too! You see, in this version of the game, the board has pictures of children doing good deeds and as a reward you go up the ladder when you land on the square and there are pictures of children of doing bad deeds and you go down the chute when you land on these squares.  The pictures range from planting trees, helping a sibling, etc for good deeds and pulling a friend's braid, fishing where you aren't supposed etc. for bad deeds.  So D spent a good part of the time while we were playing, imagining and narrating a story around each of these deeds! Was a lot of fun!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hello and Happy Spring!

Hello All!

Hope you remember us! We were on a 2 1/2 month break from blogging as well as traditional homeschooling that started way back in February.   We've been visiting family abroad and it was real nice to spend time with the grandparents.

Anyway, now we are back and after a week of taking rest and getting over the jet-lag, we started with school today.  There was tremendous enthusiasm and we started with some handwriting practice and basic grammar work.   I am going through what we were doing this past January and will create works based on that for the rest of this month to brush up on things.

It is Spring and once the weather gets warmer, I suspect that we will spend a ton of time outdoors, so most of the schooling will happen outdoors.  We've missed schooling and I've missed blogging!  We are glad to be back and getting on with our routine!