One of the questions I've gotten about homeschooling is how I am going to do it. I've been asked if Cecilia sits with workbooks and the like. Now, I do expect to get to workbooks eventually, but she is still only three years old. But this conversation this morning, I thought, nicely summed up just what homeschooling means right now. Cecilia was playing with blocks while I nursed Elizabeth and did a puzzle with Felicity.
Cecilia: Mama, plus two plus one is (pause for dramatic emphasis) three!
Me: Yep, that's right!
Cecilia: Mama, plus two plus two is (pause for dramatic emphasis) four!
Me: Yep, you are absolutely right. Very good.
Cecilia: It's a new game!
Cecilia recently began trying basic addition on the Disney website for Handy Manny and I've been helping her along with it using the fingers of one hand added to the fingers of the other hand. She finds it to be a fun new game how she can add things. This IS homeschooling. She IS learning at home. She thinks it is fun and is excited to learn new things. She thinks it is a GAME. She likewise has been learning to read words from the Starfall.com website as well as asking me constantly how to spell various words. I honestly don't know just how many words she can read, but I've definitely entered that danger zone where spelling is no longer safe:
Me to James' Parents: Since Elizabeth was born, we have been home a lot. So we have been trying to find a good day to go to the Z - O - O. (I spelled the letters hoping to avoid recognition and any excited anticipation.)
Cecilia: We're going to the zoo?!?!
So much for the safety of spelling, huh? I'm going to have to change languages to avoid detection now. Anyone know the Latin word for "zoo"?