The other day we revisited the phases of learning and discussed what each phase looked like. Then I asked the children where they thought they were in the progression of phases. They were pretty excited to be where they are.
Strawberry is most definitely in Core Phase. She is learning about work, good/bad, right/wrong, true/false, family relationships, etc. What did her day look like? A whole lot of play, work along side mom, and sitting with the family for family learning when she wanted to. She helped me load her breakfast dishes, fold laundry, and then she put her laundry away all by herself. Do her drawers look pretty? Nope. But she was proud of herself for her hard work!
Pumpkin Pie placed herself in Core phase closer to the Love of Learning Phase. She spent her day doing her family work, playing, and LOVING her reading and writing lessons and a little bit of math. She also joined us for family learning, story time, devotional, etc.
Butterfly placed herself in the middle of Love of Learning. She needs lots of guidance to fill the educational part of her days, but she spends more time reading and learning than seeking play these days. She still LOVES to play and takes any chance she can to play a quick game of animals or baby or dolls with Strawberry and Pumpkin Pie, but she also relishes her time with a book. Like a true Love of Learning phase child, she reads books of all sorts. (I am so grateful for a fabulous library system so I can check out lots of different books!) The other day she asked if she could have quiet time in the school room so she could read the books on the library shelf without going up and down stairs.
Tiger placed himself transitioning to scholar. He participates deeper with family learning than the girls, works longer on his math and notebooks, and spends even more time reading. He also spent at least an hour practicing piano because he loves it. He has many activities he wants to do and get better at and he sometimes has a hard time picking which of many great things to do. He is working hard in swimming and karate as well as scouts. He is working in his mentor meetings on setting more goals and working towards them in preparation for scholar phase.