Monday, April 23, 2012

Earth Day/ Spring Activities

On Earth Day we enjoyed some lazy time, reading about seeds, and some planting fun.

Because my budding artist enjoys everything about art, we painted our pots first. I asked AJ what colors he wanted and he excitedly answered "Gweeeeeeen" (Green); he must have known how significant that color meant to the world as a whole, and how going "green" is important for him and his little friends generation.

The best part about planting seeds and allowing children to watch them grow.. is the pleasure of eating fruits, herbs and vegetables harvested by your toddler! AJ was so excited, and this morning he ran over to the pot to check to see if the seeds were "up" yet.



What you used for this activity:
Reading "The Tiny Seed"
1. Terra Cotta pot
2. Acrylic Paint
3. Organic seeds (we used tomateo seeds)
4. Organic potting soil and compost
5. Pick a fun book to read pertaining to veggies, planting seeds, or whatever your little heart desires. (we read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle $3.12 over at Amazon.com)

Have Fun!!! =)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

More Reason's I WANT To Homeschool

Today my toddler read a book to me!!! I don't know it was from memory, or if he could actually read it. Either way I'm thrilled!  Together we read numerous books daily! I often point out to him words and pictures, asking him to tell me what it is, what sound is makes, or I tell him stories to help him connect the information.

I continue to play with the idea of homeschooling, although I have yet to (fully) pull him out of the toddler program he is in. I know that being home with me he stands a better chance of being a bright well mannered thriving little boy. Going to school and being influenced by other children, whose parents more then likely haven't instilled the values or morals in them that mine have scares me! Not having an option to focus his studies on his strengths, or cater to what he wants to do that particular day saddens me. He is so beyond and capable of much more then drawing or coloring all day (which is what happens in Preschool)... At this point I am really siding with homeschooling. I know he needs the peer interaction, and he can get it! There are so many homeschool groups, and activities out there it's unbelievable.

I stumbled upon these stats today, and it's interesting:

Stanford University (like most serious universities) actively recruits homeschoolers, and they accept a higher percentage of their homeschooled applicants 

The most recent study on this comes from The University of St. Thomas. They studied their student population and split them into four groups: those who graduated from public schools, those who graduated from private Catholic schools, those who graduated from private non-Catholic schools, and those who graduated from homeschools. Here is a graph that summarizes their major findings




Thank you Dr. Jay L. Wile for this information