"The future is as bright as your faith."
-Thomas S. Monson
So, after examining the pumpkin plant each morning, Little Boy and I move on to ABCs. We learn a new letter sound each week (I'm pretty sure we could go faster, but Mommy's a little...lazy. Heh.). He's already figured out several of the letter sounds that we haven't done yet. He's a stinker like that.
Anyway, each week we make a new card with the new letter on it, learn the letter sound, and then for the rest of the week we play games with all of the letter cards that we've accumulated so far. We're learning "P" this week.
Sometimes, if Mommy's really on top of things (in other words, not very often), we point out the letter when we see it in real life, too.
Little Boy and I have "learning time" every day after breakfast for about half an hour (usually it stretches a little longer, but let's not quibble). Really, it's home-preschooling, but try explaining that to a 3 1/2 year old. So, to him, it's "learning time."
Since learning time is a big part of our day, and Little Boy enjoys it so much, I thought I'd share a bit of what we do. I'm going to break it down into a few separate posts, because, really? I'm too tired to write a big, long post right now. And I bet you're too tired to read a big, long post right now. You're welcome.
Anyway, the first thing we do is take a look at the pumpkin seedling Little Boy's been growing. We point out the different parts of the plant, and count the leaves to see if there are any new ones, and water it if it's dry. [Don't tell Little Boy, but the pumpkin plant is going to be moved to his Grandma's house sometime soon. We do NOT have room for a pumpkin plant on our back porch! And...we'll figure out some other science-y thing to do.]
"Temple marriage covenants do not magically bring equality to a partnership. Those covenants commit us to a developmental process of learning and growing together—by practice. . . Equal partnerships are not made in heaven—they are made on earth, one choice at a time, one conversation at a time, one threshold crossing at a time. And getting there is hard work."
Bruce C. Hafen