Today was one of the first time Vicki has shown kindness since starting My Father’s World All Aboard The Animal Train.Today we went to the store and on the way checking out the cashier told her how pretty she is so here is my daughter smiling underneath her pacifier. The cashier kept telling her “You’re so pretty.” but Vicki said “You’re so pretty.You’re so pretty.” That was the sweetest thing she has said to another person. Something about MFW clicks with her. Glad to see progress from it.
We have re started doing “preschool” after about a month of hospitalizations for seizure control.Since then we’ve kind of resumed the All Aboard The Animal Train studies and the All About Reading Pre Reading program.
The first unit focused on love and Vicki caught on really fast to 1 John 4:21 “Love God and love others” very fast.One of the things that drew me to My Father’s World-well at least for preschool and lower elementary-is it really focuses on character building and that is something I have always wanted to focus on even before becoming a mom.As with homeschooling, I knew long before becoming a mom I intended to homeschool just because the education system is the worse I’ve seen particularly Common Core being one issue but I won’t get into that.If there is one thing I have seen people in general in the current generations of the past 20 years is lack of respect and namely character in general. I feel like its’ not emphasized enough more than likely at home from the time kids are brought home from the hospital until they graduate from high school. I feel it’s so important to take our jobs as parents seriously because if we don’t raise them to have good character who will…This is a huge reason I chose to homeschool and not even send my daughter to preschool.I even considered Montessori. On one blog and I don’t recall which one it was, it stated the reasons a mom should not send their child to preschool and one that stood out for me is-A teacher at school might discipline one way and at home a parent might discipline another way.If it’s not the same the child will not respect you…..(moreorless the same wording but not exact) and that is a huge one for me.
Respect and obedience is something I want to instill in all of my kids while instilling character and God in the education.Of course there’s everything I listed on another page on the site of what I look in a homeschool curriculum as well and so when I saw MFW’s really enforced character it is what drew me to buy the curriculum.In all honesty,I have been a little more strict with my daughter because I really want her to grasp the concept of obedience. Of course, she’s only 2 but high expectations is something I’ve always had for any kid I raise from birth. An example would be putting away her playdough.For awhile I’d let her play with her play dough but then it really did become an issue.Every time she’d play with it soon we had to throw several containers away because all of the moistness was dry.Bascially she was forgetting to put it back in its’ container when she was done playing with it.So since we have been working on obedience I decided why not get her to put away her play dough in its’ containers when she’s done.Now,if she plays with the play dough and I see she’s not put it away properly I’ll say “Vicki,come over here and put away your play dough into its container.” Vicki:”NO!” Me:”V,you need to come over her right now and put the play dough away now.” Vicki “NO!
Me:What did you just say?Did you just tell me no?If you choose not to come and put away your play dough you can go to your room.” With that,I picked her up and put her in her room with the door shut. After a few minutes I went back in there and said are you ready to listen and follow instructions? She said yes. So I told her “When Mommy tells you to do something you do it the first time I ask.I shouldn’t need to ask you twice.Do you understand me? V:”Yes,Mommy” Me:When I ask you to put away play dough what are you supposed to do?”V:”Put away play dough”. Me:”Good girl. Now tell me your bible verse…”V:”No” Me:Ok,you can say your bible verse and repeat it after me or you can stay in your room until you are ready to talk..” V”Talk.” Me:Ok,say your bible verse and repeat it after me. Psalm 119:55 I will obey the law. I will do the right thing” V:”Psalm 119:55 I will obey the law.” Me:”What will you do?” V:”Obey.” Me:”Good girl let’s go up…”I have found that having her repeat a bible verse while correcting her behavior helps a lot because she can connect the word with the character being taught. She still remembers the first one 1 John 4:21 Love God and love others.I really like the progress I see with this curriculum especially the character.It’s super helpful in training her to respect me.
Once she kind of grasps it like 25% of the time is what I am aiming for we’ll move on to the next unit.As she gets older I hope to instill more obedience in her and hopefully her listening will continue as well.All in all she listens very well and communicates very well. Up until about a week ago I was feeding her “solids” whatever I eat I’d kind of feed her but she’s almost 2 1/2 so I am trying to get her to feed herself 50-75% of her solids.I will feed her some but not as much as before.I have never really did the “babying”but always high expectations and by the time she’s 5 I hope to have her feed herself about 90% of the time. The following acronym will give you an idea of how I parent
Love,Encourage,Affection/Affirmation and Praise
Along with attachment parenting,gentle parenting,positive parenting, and natural parenting.
Today was the last day of My Father’s World All Aboard The Animal Train 2s and 3s Unit 1 which focused on love and rabbit. Just a short review on this unit and my thoughts how I think she did with it.
I think for the most part it went really well.She grasped it fairly quick and if we really pushed which we didn’t we could’ve finished in maybe 2 weeks. With most things I let her go at her pace and just guide her. This unit took about 4 weeks.
She’s gotten the heart and circle down though she has known her shapes and animals for awhile even before starting My Father’s World since it’s also focused on in ABCJesusLovesMe 1 and 2 year.She’s did the 1st year and now doing 2nd as a supplement to MFW.She got rabbit down as well, the concept of Love and the bible verse “1 John 4:21 Love God and love others” whenever she treats anything with disrespect. I got this idea from the Duggar Family which really encourages their children to learn characteristics.See,this is an area I felt was lacking in my childhood and hopefully I can instill in my daughter by training her early to follow God’s work and lean on Him in the good and bad.
We also use supplements from many homeschool moms that are super helpful. I try to only use the pages to help V understand more where she’s at and not above her capability to frustrate her.I think it helps with her understanding as my goal for all concepts is mastery based. What I’ve learned is mastery is best because when its taught little by little it stays in the memory a lot longer and how I’ve learned this…I went to Kumon Math and Reading when I was younger and though I did get frustrated I kept doing it over and over till I got it and only then was I able to move on.I recall I was able to do 3-4 digit subtraction in my head without pen and paper.Unfortuantly due to medicine side effects from an epileptic medicine I previously took,I can no longer do this but the fact I was able to shows that a mastery approach does work!