I don’t know if you’re interested in this in the SLIGHTEST but I love this new thing that Max and I are working on. We are going to make a game/poster of his daily routine.
I came to the point this week of realizing that he desperately needed to get back to his regular routine. He was wobbly and a little whiney.
That’s a combination heading only for trouble.
So, hello routine. It was time. Mini is an easy going baby and such a delight, let me tell you. She’s content and only has one or two fussy times during the day. And she does pretty well at night (so far). Oh, I have to say (so far). I know better than that!
But she is sleeping in her crib and enjoys her pacifier. I wish someone would invent some kind of robotic arm that hangs over the crib and senses when that thing falls out so I don’t have to get out of bed and thomp! thomp! thomp! down the hall to put it back in place, but I can’t complain. I like that she is sleeping in her own room and we can cross that transition off the list (for now). Oh, I have to say (for now). I know better than that.
Anyway. I got a little sidetracked. What was I talking about?
Max’s routine. It’s imperative that we get going on this right away and for us to do that, I need his help (and to even make it look like it’s his idea).
So, I thought a project would be good. I have been taking pictures of him doing things on his daily schedule and since he seems to like having his picture taken (and always has), we’re off to a great start on this project. The plan is, we’re going to print out the photos, mix them up, then give him a chance to put them in order and glue them to a poster board. It will be a game and we’ll probably make popcorn because hey! let’s have an excuse to make popcorn!
I’m figuring out that playing games is key to Max’s learning style. He’s engaged, he can wiggle around all he wants, and it’s just fun. He is what you’d call a kinesthetic learner.
For instance, this is how he’s learning to count to 100.
I stick my foot out and every time he spins around and touches my foot (like a board game spinner) he says the next number.
I could never do this. I’m what you’d call NOT a kinesthetic learner. I’d just fall over dizzy and die, I think, before I’d use this method to learn how to count to 100 (good thing I already know how to do that).
But I’m willing (and even excited) to try to understand his learning style so that we can have a great time Maxschooling. Hey, did you see what I did right there? I made up a new word. I like it.
I’m looking into a Montessori math curriculum next year called Shiller Math. Anyone have any comments about it?