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Delightful Learning

I love natural learning. I love teaching when children don't realize they are being taught. That is my goal and my passion in my homeschool. Learning to read through creative play is my vision for my preschool program that I am creating for my soon to be 4 year old son, Malachi, and his soon to be 2 year old sister, Eliana, who will play along and probably learn more than I can imagine.

I am so excited! First, I want to share my inspiration for the ideas that are currently running through my head: Our Homeschool Creations is a delightful blog! I hope to join The Preschool Corner as soon as I get my first lesson planned. I have the first lesson all mapped out. I am going to base each weeks lesson on a letter from the alphabet like Jolanthe did here with the Letter I. I am beginning with the letter F and will follow the letters through Get Ready for the Code - Book a.

I did these with Dylan when he turned four. The books A, B and C are primers for the Explode the Code Series. They concentrate on the consonants and by the time they are finished, they are ready to explode the code! Dylan did not like to do all of the writing and I did not make him. I had him narrate many exercises to me and this made it a delight to him. His fine motor skills were still developing and it was more important for him to be able to express himself verbally at this age. I did a lot of hands on, creative play activities with Dylan and did not teach him how to read. In fact, I did so many pre reading activities with him that he figured it out on his own! When he started Kindergarten, he began with I Can Read It Book 1, a first grade reader published by Sonlight Curriculum Ltd. These are great books for learning to read.

I plan to use this blog as a way of recording and sharing what we are doing. My goal is to plan a week at a time and post as we go along.