Our first year of homeschooling continues with January kindergarten 1. It's the coldest time of the year in our part of the world.
Our Froebel gift to play with for the month of January kindergarten 1 is Froebel gift 4. This consists of a cube divided into eight rectangular prisms.
I had to point out that it was a different box with 4 on the lid. Right away she noticed the box was the same shape of a cube and the pieces inside were not cubes this time.
She counted them and arranged them back into a cube and hasn't played with it much since. I don't blame her, our new Marble Genius Super Set is more exciting.
Happy New Year!
It was very, very cold this week, so we did not go on walks outside. We did go to the free kids workshop at Home Depot to make a block calendar. This week she has been very interested in a blank calendar book, pretending to take notes in it about everyone's birthdays and all the holidays, so a block calendar was the perfect project for us.
As we celebrated Epiphany in our home this week, in our Waldorf Essentials curriculum, Super Sam was also visited by three kings and made a special cake!
Funny story how we ended up with three kings:
Our original king was lost in early November. We looked everywhere. We thought it fell into a trashcan by accident. I was furious, so I told her to make a replacement with a drawing on a piece of paper. And then St. Nicholas found a king for me. About a week later, we found the original king hiding behind the piano! So we ended up with three kings. I knew the original story called for the king and his two advisors, so it worked out.
The king told Sam that he has a special job for him and wants him to travel to other lands. Sam is worried about who will take care of his animals and house while he is away.
This week we saw a blue jay join the cardinals, juncos, and mourning doves at the bird feeder. On an unusually warm day, we went for a walk in the rain, splashing in puddles.
In our story, Sam went for a walk in the winter forest to pray about who could take care of things while he is away, and he realized which friend is suited for the job.
Feeling more excited about the upcoming trip, he returned home to make a list of what to pack. We also brainstormed and made a list of what things he should take along. She wanted me to write it in capital letters so she could type it on her old keyboard.
She is SO eager to start the alphabet! We start our reading program in March, as I will explain later. With the Waldorf approach, it's like waiting for fruit to ripen. Don't pick too early. You have to let them develop a real desire and thirst for knowledge. Waldorf is all about the right thing at the right time. Reading is something to wait for and there are studies to prove it, as mentioned in the Read Aloud Handbook. We started a really cute chapter book series called Sophie Mouse that I'm reading aloud.
We have been doing more of the science experiments, including giant jiggly crystals and a color changing volcano. There was also a lot of music from the colored bells and piano this week. She is still reading and playing from the holiday songbook regularly.