Simple Summer Homeschooling

Our preschool homeschooling has flowed naturally with the seasons, as we focus on teaching through everyday moments.

With our recent beach trip, we have enjoyed The ABCs of Oceans (from the ABCs of the Natural World series) for much of this summer. Not only emphasizing letter sounds, this book started many other insightful conversations as we explored “scientific” concepts (such as “camouflage”).

Gen has always been interested in sewing “like mama,” and has recently become more proficient in experimenting with a needle and thread. (Her goal is to “sew a shirt,” but I think it will be awhile yet.) :) I’ve found that a Large Tapestry Needle (such as size 22, 24, or 26), threaded with Crochet Thread works well for little hands.

Supplied with scraps from my fabric scrap jar and a button or two from another jar, she loves “sewing” alongside me. (I usually start her out by threading the needle, tying a knot at the other end, and beginning the first stitch.)

On road trips or afternoons with Grandma, I Spy Books have been the top favorite. We all get drawn in, trying to find everything! Once everything is found, we encourage further discovery and imagination by making up our own “I Spy” games.

Along with regularly counting, drawing, singing, and gardening, another current topic has been naming baby animals, as Gen has created many imaginative stories about them lately. (She recently asked, “What is a baby slug called?” Anyone know the answer?) :)

Photo Credits: downing_amanda, AMagill

What teachable moments or resources have YOU discovered lately?

This is #98 in our Living a Simple Life Series. Stop by each Thursday for a new post, and let me know if it has inspired a post of your own!

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