This is a wrap up of our week trying to find a balance between doing school and just having fun.
Bebop is 5 years old, Magoo is 2 1/2, Doodad is 8 months.
This is our first week of Kindergarten! I had originally planned to start in August, but the boys both asked to start now. This is our soft start, doing just bible study and reading every day. I’m still waiting until August to start everything else.
We started with Grapevine Studies Old Testament Overview. I’d seen reviews for Grapevine studies for a few years and always planned to do it with the boys at some point. Bebop loves to draw and this is a stick figure/symbol based approach to learning bible stories. Its a perfect fit for him! I also amazed at how well it captures Magoo’s attention.
I made Bebop a book report sheet based on the Teaching the Classics questions. He really understands the stories and is able to answer the questions fairly easily. I created the book report sheet with a large space for a picture so Bebop could draw his answer. I gave him the option of writing a sentence himself or dictating to me. I was surprised he chose to write himself. (Writing has been a bit of a battle lately because Bebop’s desire to write is ahead of his physical ability and he gets really frustrated.) This assignment was a hit, so I’ll be making more variations with additional questions.
On Monday we had our septic tank pumped and our neighbors had a tree cut down. Magoo loved every minute of it! We had long discussions about what a septic tank is and how it works. Now every time he goes to the bathroom Magoo has a running commentary: “My poop goes to the backyard right?”
I didn’t plan anything specific for Magoo to do this week, but gave him lots of options for open ended play. He either wants to play in Doodad’s treasure box or do the same thing Bebop is doing. There was even a huge meltdown because Magoo didn’t have his own workbook for bible study. I rearranged the kitchen and the living room to create a more toddler friendly Montessori inspired space. Magoo (and Bebop) now can reach the plates, bowls and cups so I have the boys unloading the dishwasher and setting the table. I also made some big changes in the set up for tot school, but you’ll have to wait for next week to see pictures.
Doodad’s week has been full of sensory experiences. I made him a new box of red objects as well as letting him play with the wooden train and blocks. He even got an unexpected treasure box at the gym (play food and plastic dishes). In the bottom right picture, Doodad is playing with a whisk while in the waiting room at my doctor appointment. The nurses though it was strange that I gave my kid cooking utensils to play with. What do you keep in the diaper bag as your go to distraction for babies?
Doodad is (still) almost crawling. He has now figured out getting up on his hands and feet. On occasion he manages to alternate hands and make a bit of forward motion. As you can see in his expression, this is an extremely frustrating process. I’ve realized how un-baby proof our house is this week, so I hope Doodad takes at least a few more days to figure out crawling so I can get things put away.