Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is place in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse in to the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it's soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,--she would see that in all God's world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her." -JR Miller

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Autonomous January

Its' been difficult to get back into the swing of things since Chrsitmas! We had the LEA visit, and I'm trying to declutter the house and get it back into order as I was feeling stressed in every room, we've also helped my friend move and had to "bury" a hamster (which we'd only had a few months)
So I've been letting the children follow their own interests, I haven't got the school books out much - just a couple of times but I'm wanting to spark that love of learning back as the flames seem to be just flickering a little at the moment.
I've also had my confidence boosted with a great report from the LEA and I'm feeling quite relaxed - my children are enjoying reading, and rather than force it I am just taking every opportunity - if they pick up a book then I find time to help them read it, so much more fun and enjoyable than trying to sit down and make them read!!
Even my 4 year old was looking for words in a book earlier today (peppa pig though it may have been lol) - I have a feeling she will be an earlier developer than my older 2!

Here are some pics from our "autonomous" learning during January

We've done baking and cooking

We've played games

We've worked on the computer

We've been sewing

We've been out and about (a little) to the pond and to the library

We've also done a lot of dancing, and making dens and making up stories and shows that I haven't got pics of - I think my children are far more "creative" than "academic"

so all in all though we haven't done much in the way of book work we've done lots of hands on activities and I truly believe children learn so much more through play and conversation than through reading "dry text books" and forcing them to write pointless information!

1 comment:

Deedee said...

Sounds like a GREAT month to me! Enjoy every minute - they pass so swiftly! We must catch up soon........