I’ve always been a big fan of experiential learning. Every year I publish a list of the our curriculum for the following year, and I frequently recommend great Christian books and curriculum. In addition to intentionally choosing good books and curriculum, we make an effort to set up an environment that encourages active learning, critical thinking, and family bonding. Over the next year I plan to put together a list of our family’s favorite learning tools (which sometimes look like toys!) for your perusal.
This list will include some favorite books for toddlers and preschoolers, as I’ve been asked for such a list several times. For all other ages, feel free to review to the Book Review indexes in the tab above.
For this age, I prefer a Montessori approach of natural learning and exploration. We have a shelving system with baskets containing learning toys organized by type/focus so that we can rotate. The girls have learned to play quietly for an hour while the boys and I read aloud in the morning. Mid-morning, the boys do individual work while I spend time with the girls. During the afternoon the girls rest while the boys and I work together on history and science. [Read more…]