Homeschooling: Week #1, Lesson #1

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Our homeschooling journey have already started and the first night, I can say, is a success. Look at what we have accomplished.

Homeschooling: Week #1, Lesson #1
Here's the lesson 1 plan for Monday:

1.  Introduce the weekly theme with pictures and post one or two on your learning poster.
2.  Choose one story to read based on the theme. 
3.  Share a poem based on the theme with your child.
4.  Sing a song based on the theme.
5.  Do the gross motor skills activity with your child. 
6. Introduce the vocabulary word & post a picture for it on your learning poster T

And here's what we actually do:

1.  Introduce the weekly theme with pictures and post one or two on your learning poster.

This week's theme is Cow. I showed Matt a picture of cow (it's the photo posted beside his learning poster).  Matt knew the cow so I don't have a hard time introducing him the cow. The photo I printed was actually black and white and I let him color it.  I was a little surprise because Matt already know how to fill in colors. I just reminded him from time to time not to cross the black lines and to look at what he is doing. He kept looking around kasi while coloring the photos.

I also printed the word COW. I let him read it by letters, then I teach him how the word reads.

2.  Choose one story to read based on the theme. 
3.  Share a poem based on the theme with your child.

I tried reading Cow poems and stories to Matt but it seems he is not that interested since I am just reading it from a black and white printout. I should invest in buying colorful books so he will be more interested in reading.

4.  Sing a song based on the theme.
5.  Do the gross motor skills activity with your child.

We sang "Old MacDonald had a farm" while imitating the actions or movements of the cow (gross motor skills). Matt enjoyed this part so much. He kept on laughing, as in laughing out loud.

6. Introduce the vocabulary word & post a picture for it on your learning poster.

The vocabulary word for this week is CALF. I teach him what is a calf. I told him it's a baby cow. I printed the word CALF too. I cut CALF and the COW printouts and post them on the learning poster above under the vocabulary word and weekly theme columns, respectively.. I posted the Matt's learning poster on the wall beside the table we are using.


I get a stick as a pointer then let him read each word by letters. After reading each letter, I told him how the words read. After a while, he grabbed the stick and he do it by his self.

Matt reading the letters
I tried to make the lesson not too formal or strict. Matt is still playful and I waited until he say he is ready. Then we will go on with the lesson. This means, I have less time to crochet but I don't care as long as we are doing  okay.

Also, I realized another advantage of homeschooling and that is you can observe the learning attitude of your child. The close contact teaching gives me a better look of how Matt is reacting with what I am teaching him. Above all, it's a great feeling when I see Matt is picking up the lessons so well. I asked him this morning what we have studied last night. He said cow. Then I asked him what is a baby cow, he said calf. Yey! And let me just add that a lot of PATIENCE is a MUST.

Tonight, we will have shape and color lessons. If you have something to share about homeschooling please do share. I am no expert and I am learning with Matt too.