Saturday, March 13, 2010

St Patrick's Day: Morning Tea Invitation

One of my goals this year is to make learning more relevant to real life. I just don't understand why children are required to complete an imaginary exercise in a workbook on how to write an invitation for example.

This is such a simple thing to do using a real life opportunity. So that is exactly what we did, nothing fancy, just a simple hand written invitation. This will also include writing out the envelope and mailing them off.

We decided to have a small St Patrick's Day Morning Tea (all family members now is the time to skip this blog post) this coming weekend so that everyone can attend.

We first discussed everything that we would need to include on the invitation. We then wrote out an 'example invitation' to follow.

It was B's job to do the handwriting (K is writing her own name), K and I will probably glue them onto some green cardstock and she can decorate each of them with some clip art images. That is if B doesn't decide to do all of the artwork himself, like he has here.

We decided since it was only close family that we really didn't need to include our address. I have blotted out the kids names, under the smears there. Just realised there is a spelling error, oops!!


Debbie said...

I am so with you on "Why does a curriculum ask for a child to do something imaginary and expect them to really learn?"

This is why yes, we use a curriculum, but I pick and choose what we do. My husband wanted me to enroll her in a program called CLASS, but they expect the child to work every page in the curriculum! After I explained this to him and protested hard enough he gave in to let me do it MY WAY!

Kylie said...

The beauty of homeschooling isn't it!!!

Caz said...

B did an excellent job on that :) Frodo likes doing things like that too, he also enjoys writing out a grocery list if there is something he'd like for us to cook. He will ask me what we already have and then get very serious about listing all the other things from the recipe hehehe.

It's good REAL life activity that he gets writing practice from, as well as being part of our baking session for the week ;)

Anonymous said...

Hasnt B come along with his writing?? Beautiful job kids.

Happy St Paddys Day!!!

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