Homeschooling is new to me and I have found some bumps in the road to getting my five year old to sit down at the computer and work. Sam is a more physical, outdoorsy kind of kid. So when I found myself struggling to maintain patience with his lack of I decided it was time to think outside the box.
We’ve been told time and again that kids so have a limited time in front of a screen whether it is a tv, computer or video game and now all of a sudden we are supposed to encourage them to sit in front of a computer for hours on end and expect them to learn something. Sam has been having trouble with virtual learning because he doesn’t seem to be a visual learner. He’s more of a hands on type. Realizing that I began thinking of positive ways to learn his alphabet without sitting at the computer all day long. Don’t get me wrong he still does his required lessons, but now it doesn’t take him as long because he is learning away from the computer.
One week one we decided to have a party to celebrate the letter A. The party was to be done on Friday after a full week of learning about A. The first day I introduced him to the letter and gave him coloring pages with items starting with A. Below is a coloring page my 18 year old daughter drew for Sam for his A week. To save it, right click on the image and select save as to save it to your computer.
Encourage your kids to thinks of A animals and see what different ones they can come up with besides what we have down. Getting those thinking juices flowing grows the mind and learning in a fun and creative way will make them want to continue to learn.
On Wednesday we decided to come up with a list of snack that begin with the letter A. These snacks will be our party food for the end of the week. Below is a list of 15 snacks that begin with the letter A:
- Animal Crackers
- Apple Pie
- Apple Cobbler
- Apple Dumplings
- Ants on a Log
- A&W Root Beer
- Apple juice
These are just a few snack ideas beginning with A. Its fun to come up with your own list. It’s ok if the kids don’t know what something is because it will be a learning experience for them, but we’ll get more into that on Friday.
By Thursday your kids should have a pretty good understanding of the letter A. Now its time to dig into some paperwork. Yeah, I know it’s not as fun, but it’s something that has to be done. Right click the image below to save to your desktop and print.