Special Activities and Home Pre-shool

Recently I wrote about using everyday activities for teaching opportunities. But another part of homeschooling is using your time to do special activities, things that don’t happen everyday and are outside of the pencil and paper teaching. Here’s one my kids and I did recently.

A few weeks ago I decided it would be a good day for a tea party with my daughters who are 4 and 2. We have done tea parties with friends before and they love to play pretend tea party, but today we pulled out all the stops and used real dishes, a silver tea set, fancy snacks and had a good old time. Halfway through the prep I realized how many things I could teach them through a tea party.

We served pineapple tidbits, cheese squares, and crackers with hummus. First I had Caley (4) use her fine motor skills to place toothpicks in the pineapple and cheese, and then carefully carry the plate to the table. This helped her learn balance and using two hands to carry things. She also helped set the table and carry the mugs and saucers to the table. At the table we poured some tea and set in to have a nice party. At first I poured and then let her do it. She also poured tea for Amelia (2). This helped her learn balance again and caring for her little sister. We also listened to classical music on Pandora (http://pandora.com/) which helped them learn to appreciate that genre of music.

During the meal we talked about our memory verse of the week and I also modeled describing the things we were eating. I said, “I like the crackers because they’re crunchy” and then asked Caley why she liked the snacks. She said, “I like the pineapple because it’s sweet.” Learning how to appropriately use adjectives is an important skill and when used in the context of an activity, can have a stronger impact than simply reading about it in a book. In the context of a tea party we were able to touch on such subjects as music, grammar, etiquette, and motor skills. Plus it was so much fun and made for some great memories!

What are some special activities you’ve done with your kids? What have they learned through the process?

(Post by: Addie)


4 Responses to “Special Activities and Home Pre-shool”

  1. 1 Ashley L March 6, 2010 at 6:10 am

    What a special teaching time! I “officially” started home preschool with our little guy this week,and it was quite fun. I love using your ideas! Not sure I’ll sit him down for a tea party =), but perhaps we’ll bust out a fat stick of Russian sausage and dense rye bread and have a picnic in the snow. That would be manly (on a 2 year old level). Good times!

  2. 2 walkinintheway March 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I love how you are thinking of fine motor skills and teaching them to speak properly! I always get comments on how well my eldest speaks and I have actually had people ask if we spent time in Britain! Right now I am trying to find activities for my 4 year old for phonological awareness. I adapt alot of the ideas and games/activites from http://www.theeducationcenter.com.

  3. 3 Addie March 8, 2010 at 5:32 am

    thanks for your comments!

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