For Hanukkah this year we were very intentional with the presents we gave Bram. We celebrated each night by lighting the candles on the Menorah and saying the blessing at sunset. Then he opened one gift which was a great way for him to focus and play and enjoy that one thing while Lee prepared dinner. Having our play area in the kitchen allows everyone to be part of the experience.
The great thing about Hanukkah is its pretty flexible in terms of when you celebrate with extended family..there are 8 nights to choose from! We got together with Bram's 3 uncles, and his grandparents on Friday night. It was chaos with 11 adults, 3 kids, and 4 dogs. All getting gifts, eating latkes, and having conversations, fun and warm chaos but chaos still.
This area is the "breakfast nook" in our kitchen on the main level of our townhouse. It has been his "playroom" since he was born. It held the pack n play as an infant, the baby exersaucer, the toddler play kitchen, and now its his hub of learning. I believe there is no line between play and learning... playing IS learning. Even 'just playing" is important at his age, at any age! So in this room not only are their workbooks, there are art supplies, crafts, various types of building blocks, super hero figurines, and even an Eagle Castle that has Scottish accented sound affects.
You can easily and quickly fall into deep dark rabbit hole when you start to research various methods or philosophies of homeschooling. Waldorf, Classical, Charlotte Mason, Religious, Unschooling, on and on. It can be very intimidating and confusing…. Just like any other important parenting decision. We learned very early on as parents that how things will go or what Bram needs to succeed or be happy rarely plays out exactly as we had envisioned or planned. So as much as we can try to prepare for the type of homeschooling we want or can provide I’m sure things will change along the way. What he has shown us is that he is extremely inquisitive, and when he is interested in something, he is ALL IN…. and when it’s something that doesn’t interest him it’s a challenge to keep his attention for any length of time.
is a kiddo who still lives with his parents and dog in a suburb of Washington, DC.