Homeschooling my children over the past year has been a very rewarding experience. Each of them has made significant progress in the areas of math, language arts, social studies, reading and science. In addition to these areas, each of my children has also developed their life skills, whether it be cooking, sewing, knitting, or even helping with the laundry. Many people may argue that such skills aren’t important or even necessary anymore. I strongly disagree and would argue that being able to take care of oneself is just as important a knowing the quadratic equation.
I was thrilled when I looked over our Mother Goose Time Curriculum this week and saw that my little guy and I would be working on just these things. If you recall, last week we focused on food groups. This week we would be learning all about how to prepare, cook, and serve food. Mother Goose Time did a fantastic job of turning these somewhat menial tasks into fun and appealing activities.
Throughout the week we learned about cleaning, mixing, measuring, and even baking. However, my son’s favorite was learning to slice and dice. Mother Goose Time provided us with a set of slice and count cards to be used in conjunction with play dough. During this activity, my son worked on not only his fine motor skills but also got a chance to practice his counting skills.
Most importantly this activity helped my son gain confidence in his knife skills. At lunch, he demanded (very politely) that he be allowed to slice his own banana. I very happily obliged.
Later in the week, I was also able to introduce my son to the concept of setting the table, under the guise of playing restaurant. Mother Goose Time provided us with paper food cutouts and menus, and we used our own plates and such to create an exciting dining experience for his brother and sister. Since this activity, my little guy has been helping me set the table before each meal, and now has his very first household chore!
I haven’t spent much time working with my little one on things like setting the table or slicing his own food. It’s just been easier and quicker for me to do it myself. This week has given me just the nudge I needed to get him acquainted with these skills. Exposing him to these skills was a great way to build his confidence and independence. My son was thrilled to be able to set the table for his family and proudly boasted this achievement to his siblings at dinner that evening. His technique still requires some refinement, but I love seeing him be contributing to our family life in a positive way. Now I just need to figure out a way to get him to take care of the laundry, and I’d be one happy mama.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief synopsis of our week’s activities. See you soon for more Chaos on the Creek.
Disclaimer: I am so grateful to have found this curriculum and am excited to share our experiences on the blog. In exchange for my unbiased and honest reviews, Mother Goose Time has provided us with the curriculum free of charge.