So, I never did post about our pre-Kindergarten review. Here it is – albeit really late. We made a homeschool photo journal with C’s favorite activities. I categorized the photos as Sensory, Art, Pretend Play, Outdoor Activities, Cooking, Reading, Games and Field Trips. C provided captions for each of the photos. I learned a lot about what inspires C to learn. Many of his favorite activities weren’t the things that I had planned. They were opportunities for learning that just presented themselves spontaneously.
Favorite Sensory Activity: Playing with Moon Dough
Favorite Art Project: Making animals with playdough
Favorite Pretend Play Activity: Playing pirates & playing snow ball fight
Fave Outdoor Activity: burying Piglet in the sandbox, flying a kite
Fave Cooking Project: Making the O Monster (Rice Krispy treats with Cheerios & orange marshmallows)
Fave Book: Hug me by Simona Ciraolo
Fave Game: Halloween Countdown & Color matching game with The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
Fave Field Trip: Kidding Around Yoga with Bella
Based on his choices, I decided that kindergarten would involve a lot more active learning. C has never been interested in worksheets. After this review, I decided that we would not go the way of the worksheet. We started a neighborhood co-op, joined weekly P.E. classes and attend field trips at least once a week.
So far, kindergarten has been great! My approach has been a little more structured than last year but still play-based. More on that later.