Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Grandma gave Jonah a bunch of preschool/kindergarten workbooks that she had bought for his cousin, but had never gotten used several weeks ago. Although he does go to preschool two mornings a week, Jonah LOVES to pull out his "school" and work away at the table.
So much, in fact, that I often have to dissuade him. Seems rather silly, but since we have to sit together and work through much of it, sounding out words, sounds, letters, etc., I just can't sit there for two straight hours and complete an entire book with him! But I am grateful for his enthusiasm. I was an avid reader, and although that often isn't the "stereotype" for boys, they love books and reading now, so I am eager to give Jonah a strong start in phonics and beginning to sound out words.
My plan is to work through what we currently have, and once those are done, start in on "How To Read in 100 Easy Lessons" that my mom gave me. We get lots of questions on if we are going to homeschool - just as Eli and I both were - and I always respond that I am glad I don't have to make that decision just yet! I value the socialization Jonah is getting at a Christian preschool currently, along with learning to listen to his teacher and work alongside several other children. He was/still is often attached to my leg, so having some time away from me has really increased his confidence. In a year or so, we'll be tackling that decision, but for now, we'll work on things at home, and he'll work on things alongside peers ...
He is a diligent worker ...
and of course little brother has to get in on the act!