"Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it." ~ Proverbs 22:6

Fall 2014

Elorah's wardrobe was feeling a bit snug, but luckily so were the tweens'!  After some shuffling and folding, we got her organized into 24 "clothes packs" all tucked into a roll-away!  And given her new assignment of Laundry Assistant, we are settin' up for success all over the place!  

All fresh & ready for the new school year!  Cleaning out the Nursery was no picnic, but we managed it!  Less is more this year, with our little man who loves to get focused on a play project!  

 

Welcome to

Prince of Peace Preschool's Photo Journal

Ideas & Encouragement for Pre K - 3rd Grade

 

 

  • LEARNING STATIONS

    So here we are, at the beginning of the year. At this time, we were at the height of organization, motivation and cooperation! WOW! That's alot of "ations!" This pictures our #1 Preschooler at the "hydration station!" Ha! Just kidding... I'm done now ;)

  • This is what we called "the Numbers Station." (gosh, it seems I just can't stop ;) Since we have limited space, we often create STATIONS in the home. They are just little areas that you carve out for the purpose of luring in a child for activity & explor-ATION!

  • Within the stations you place together items with the same theme, like letters, numbers or colors and allow free, child-directed learning. Here is the baby boy. His "station" was, at this point - his highchair! He has branched out since then :)

  • MIXING IT UP

    You can tell here, by the diminished concentration (and the Christmas tree!) that we are further on in the year! It seems our #1 Preschooler has broken free of the Numbers Station and has begun to "mix" with the other grades!

  • That's okay, it looks like they were ready for a break anyway! This picture well shows one of the challenges of homeschooling - managing everyone's whims. It's not unlike a traditional school, except that not having the herd-mentality govern them makes for some crazy possibilities :)

  • I think it's important to be flexible and allow for a bit of this. It keeps things from getting too intense, and more importantly, it's fun and obviously provides great photo ops! ....Okay kids, come down off the tables, let's move into snack time.

GET COOKIN'!

This is a natural one for us because of our special dietary needs, but even if not, the kitchen is a great place to learn important aspects of good health and practical skills that they will hone for a lifetime!  It's also great to spark creative inspiration, build confidence, cultivate a spirit of hospitality and develop a servants heart!  Let them watch you work, do it themselves, plan menus, host an event.  Some of the most valuable times I've had with my family are in the kitchen!  Don't let this opportunity pass you by! Grab a kid and cook something together - everyday!  

  • NATURE STUDY

    DO a Nature Study with your kids!! Homeschooling or not, this is a wonderful activity. How far you want to take this is entirely up to your own creativity, but we start by picking a location and letting the child look

  • around and see what sparks interest. Once, it was an overturned rock, revealing a slug which led to creating a "sluggary." Now, lest all you slug activists get on my case, the slugs must have been pretty happy in there (ha, or stressed!) cuz they mated - immediately!

  • On this particular event, she chose some awesome elements found in our own backyard, took specimens, cataloged them and learned about each one. Plus how cute is her little penmanship writing the words, moss, sap, soil... ADORABLE!!

  • VINTAGE BOOKS

    This gives me an excellent opportunity to talk about expanding your curriculum with vintage books. I personally enjoy late 1800s to 1970s. I am not just being nostalgic when I say that vintage books provide unique learning ops, Here's why:

  • Particularly in History and Science, older books allow access to subject matter that is free from modern agendas that might go against your belief systems. It is my personal philosophy that we SHOULD ultimately show kids what the world teaches as well...

  • ...but only after the truth has been instilled. Also, in general, you can't beat the classic language, illustrations and diagrams that encourage the beauty of the information itself - rather than the distraction of cartoon characters, media, gimmicks and other hype.

  • GAMES

    My middle child was sensitive - VERY. When it came to games, she had the tendency of getting upset at the concept of taking turns, rolling dice, picking cards, asking nicely, and following rules in general. She was 3 at the time. It wasn't that she couldn't do it, but it would be done very much on

  • her own terms, and not necessarily in compliance with the game. When it came to the idea of winning and losing - forget it. Then I discovered games by Ravensburger, Eeboo, Gamemaster and Haba... I committed to play 3 games a day with them and things turned around in no time!

  • With lots of diligence & patience, they became well mannered, turn-taking, good little sportsmen! Playing games has earned it's rightful place in our preschool-day as a valuable virtue teaching tool and loads of FUN. Pick some great ones and try it!

  • CLASS PICTURES

    One thing I definitely suggest is taking class pictures. All it takes is some black tag board. With the help of some photo paper, you've got an 8x10 for the wall, 5x7 for the grandparents and some wallets for friends. Win-win for all!

  • And, let's face it we all have friends and fam who just don't "get" why-in-the-world we're homeschooling, right? So, it doesn't hurt to have something familiar and endearing to help reassure them, that the kids aren't "missing out on everything" ...now leave it alone already! LOL

  • Another thing that I really like, is making a school logo like the one pictured in the center, which I made on Picasa. Use to make letterhead for correspondence, cards, scrapbook pages, calendars, mugs, even t-shirts.

  • FIELD TRIPS

    Go on great field trips! To this day, I still remember the many field trips we went on as a child. There is just no end to the awesome learning ops available for fun and educational trips: Farms, orchards, zoos, museums, fire stations, humane societies, historical societies, a nearby forest, field or lake.

  • Local businesses or factories will often host tours for your school group. For small kids in particular, I also suggest taking them to the store and restaurants - OFTEN. In the beginning, this need not be done when you need to feed the whole family or have a long list of things to buy...you are working UP to that...

  • Rather take one or two kids at a time, on several trips for the sole purpose of spending the amount of time it DOES take, to teach appropriate behavior in public. The public will whole-heartedly thank you, and you can feel relaxed and confident in going out as a group.

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Many Blessings of Learning ~

Moongarden Mama