Here’s how Vicki told me she wants to learn how to dance in her own words: “Wantto learn to dance like that on tv.” “Dancing tv”
A few days ago she was watching “So You Think You Can Dance???” on tv and she said “They’re dancing on the tv” something along those lines. I asked her “Do you want to learn how to dance like that?” Vicki “Yea,Wantto learn to dance like that on tv”
So,as always per my parenting style has always been child led/attachment parenting hence the reason I homeschool is to let her pursue whatever interests and pursue whatever dreams God places on her heart. Even something later like college….It’ll be her choice whether she goes or not. No forcing. I will at least *try* to encourage her to do college classes as part of her high school credits which might lead her to want to go to college but that’ll be up to her. I will support her whether she does or doesn’t.
Now, I am in the realm of looking for a good qualified dance studio that teaches hip hop or jazz from preschool age.I have no idea what I am doing but hey if she wants to learn hip hop or jazz who am I to hold her back….I didn’t have a chance to pursue dance as a career and while I loved dancing when I was younger I didn’t have the opportunity to pursue it as much as I’d like. I’ll just leave it at that.Yes,there are things I’d like Vicki to learn like my ideal would be :Dancing,singing and learning a second language which I will introduce around 5.
I am looking for schools/dance studios with obviously qualified/certified teachers who are professionally trained with credentials that can take her from beginning to a professional should she desire it at some point.
Vicki will be starting it in just a few days and I am very excited to go through another ABCJLM year with her. Of course,it will only be a supplement to MFW All Aboard The Animal Train which we are only on unit 2 but I don’t rush her as long as she’s done some preschool for the day and she almost always does in one way or another I’m happy.She’s starting to really get down the sounds of letters and has almost all the sounds memorized. Yes,she can say 95% of the sounds a-z when prompted already. I’ve been working on this with her fairly lightly for about a year.This isn’t something we do everyday so I’m pleasantly surprised how much she’s picked up on sounds in less than a month’s timeframe.She’s also starting to trace, cuts very well for almost 3(holds scissors properly and straight, rarely tears),her scribbles are starting to look like letters.
Also starting to figure out some things for when she starts K. I already have the homeschool intent form all typed up already and saved. Just need to mail it to the school.Her p.e. will be dance lessons and I am looking to start it up soon. Either towards the end of 2017 or early 2018.Right now, I am looking into potential dance schools one that could be helpful to her towards a professional career if she desired so qualifications will need to meet high standards and reputation.She actually told me she wants to learn how to dance like the people on “So You Think You can Dance?”.Her words were “Wanna dance like that”
Some people question me if I am going to go ahead and homeschool my daughter for the remainder of her education and I will whether it be I do
it all on my own or have the help of online instruction/video instruction.Regardless of the struggles I will likely face due to my own developmental disabilities she will be homeschooled through 12th because it matches my parenting philosophy of attachment parenting and gentle parenting.I have a lot of reasons I am homeschooling but that’s just one of many. Already I can tell you that she is more advanced than some in a typical preschool setting just because I allow “child led parent led type of education’ I look at what kids her age should be learning and more often than not she’s above average in many areas.
This morning Vicki received her Life Of Fred Beginner Readers also known as the Eden Series by Dr. Stanley Schmidt. As soon as it came,Vicki is like “Mom box.Mom box” so we opened it and I showed her that it was more “Fred” books and she was so excited. She said “Mom,Fred,Fred book.”You can see her reaction here:Flickr Homeschooling
She is truly a Fred girl because she brings these books all around the house and is always reading them.
Ok,Ok! So I am sooooo excited to say we are soon going to be owing the Life Of Fred Eden Series for the Beginning Reader. We already LOVE Life of t Fred as the current math curriculum as you can see by our previous posts here. And I have been pondering over the fact if we should purchase it. I’ve looked at Youtube videos of others who’ve used the Beginner Reader Series and it looks great. Plus it teaches a lot of things..Yup math included just like the Math Series. Hopefully if its’ meant to be long term we will use the language arts series at some point in the distant future but that’s still a long way off. I was waiting for just the right bargain to buy and I found it.Can’t wait to receive it and read it to Vicki.I’m sure she’ll love it like the Math series.
I love the Small Ride Toys company. We have several of their products. I got this one to help V identify matches since she’s not too into “busy work”.This is just one way I “motivate” her to learn.If she doesn’t want to “color” or do My Father’s World it’s ok not in a rush eventually we will get through it before we move on to the next level.Just today she did 5+?=7 in a matter of seconds.A few days ago she didn’t do it as fast.She was also able to read 6:00 on the clock in her Apples book which is amazing. This is the current clock she has Shape Sorting Clock and it’s teaching her more about different shapes(encouraging shapes which she’s having a little difficulty recognizing like a diamond, rectangle in the ABCJLM 2 year curriculum)
The previous clock we had was this one Tick Tock Clock and this one taught her mostly numbers, minute and hour hand recognition.
Of course Vicki is only turning 3 in July but I am posting this partly to monitor her progress.The farthest we’ve went so far is up to chapter 4 in Apples and the reason I stopped was she hasn’t mastered enough concepts for me to move forward. Yes,I know she’s super young to even be starting but there are other parents who’ve started their kids on Life of Fred even earlier than I. That being said, we only move forward when I feel like the concept/skill is being mastered. For Apples it means getting the answers right fairly quick 9/10 tries 90% of the time with missing 1-2 questions and being able answer right in like 5 minutes or so.Vicki knows most of the answers to things like 5+2=7,2+5=7,1+6=7(most of the time 75% of the time),6+1=7,4+3=7,3+4=7 BUT has problems when it comes to things like 2+?=7.She’s answered correctly a few times but not fast enough.
She is LOVING LIFE OF FRED!! You read that right!She LOVES LIFE OF FRED! She’s always taking the book everywhere in the house, opens the book and just looks at it as if she’s trying to read it on her own(She recognizes a lot of words as well, animals,objects,sight words, counting to 5 already) but what amazes me is while she’s out and about during the day she’s always asking me about Fred and Kingie or just saying random facts about what she’s been learning.She asks to read it nightly now and in the beginning she didn’t do that. Occasionally she’d say “I don’t like Fred,Kingie.” “Don’t wanna read Fred”.
Most recently she’s overcome her 1 year regression from the Depakene syrup in mid January.To my amazement she remembers everything including recognizing objects like rake, cake to name a few.Last night she was able to tell me “5:00” is the time on the clock.In the apples book it shows a picture of the clock showing 5:00. Now,I’ve told her about the hour hand is the long hand and the minute hand is the short hand(She recognizes numbers 1-10 and we’ve done a few clock toys) but very briefly.Yet she somehow connected all that learning to be able to know it’s 5:00.
Ok,Ok! Less than a month ago we got the Life of Fred Apples and keep in mind that my daughter is 2 months away from turning 3…Got that in mind?Good…We’ve read 2 chapters so far and only move on once she’s got it mastered…It’s part of her bed time routine in addition to the other regular reading books(Sight words, poems,science books, number books whatever is in her room birth-3rd grade reading level)Well…already this girl can do 5+2=7,2+5=7,4+3=7,4+?=7(She said 3!!-No joke.Being serious!!)Is that not amazing from a toddler that’s not 3.She’s not gifted either.Advanced in some areas but far from gifted.I am disbelief!! We are going to use LOF as a stand alone curriculum and ONLY IF needed we will supplement.Always make sure to have games and things on hand just in case. for any subject/skill.Otherwise eventually it’s sold.All just from reading a book…Incredible…I don’t know what it is about Life of Fred but I agree something about it just clicks in the heads of kids.No doubt about it!