I can’t believe that we have now finished up 7 weeks of school, but yet it still all seems a little surreal! We are settled into a really good routine. There is a lot of flexibility, which I love, but we also have a good flow through our days. We are loving co-op, and Reecey is loving his last year at preschool–but he also really enjoys doing some “school” at home on Thursdays and Fridays too. I’ve learned that the best way to keep Carson occupied is play dough, coloring, snacks, or rotating the toys he plays with right on next to us on the rug. Earlier this week Sarah Ann asked me if I could homeschool her until she went to college, so I guess it’s safe to say that she is enjoying it too! My days are busier than I could have ever imagined, between taking care of our home, planning and teaching, small group, and the kids extracurricular activities, but I am so very thankful for this precious and busy season. Sometimes I feel like I need to pinch myself because I am getting to do all that I have ever wanted to do–be a Mommy, be at home with our kids, and loving and serving our family!
But enough jumbled thoughts about how much I love homeschooling…
Here’s a little bit of what homeschooling looks like for us so far this year. I decided to use a curriculum for math and reading/language because I wanted to ensure that I was covering what I needed to. For math we are using Saxon 1. It is very well laid out and very to the point. Sarah Ann really likes using all of the manipulatives. This summer we finished up “How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons,” so we started the school year with Abeka’s first grade language and letter sounds books. It has been a great review of letters and sounds, but also really challenged Sarah Ann in her reading comprehension, writing, and so much more. Lastly for handwriting, we are using “A Reason for Handwriting,” which uses new Bible verses each week.
For Bible, Sarah Ann is attending Awanas so we are memorizing two to three new Bible verses each week. We are also doing a weekly geography/map activity, which just involves a couple of questions each day. My big focus for the year was definitely having her read, read, read. So I decided to use Social Studies and Science as one of the big platforms for that. I looked through the SC SS and Science standards to help me come up with weekly themes, so that we could incorporate lots of books from the library for Sarah Ann to read. And so far, so good–it has worked out wonderfully, and we have had a great time learning so much!
And now here’s a quick peek into our first two weeks…
During the first week we focused on back to school and getting into a routine. All of our books were about going to school and kindergarten. We also did some fun beginning of the year activities like an “All About Me” information sheet, a beginning of the year self portrait, making bookmarks for all of our school books, and doing our first science experiment with magic paint. We also snuck in some swimming while it was still so warm! It was a great first week with lots of excitement and figuring this whole homeschooling thing out!
Our second week was all about Apples! We learned an apple poem, made apple prints, learned about Johnny Appleseed, read lots of apple books, studied the life cycle of an apple, and did a really fun apple volcano experiment that the big kids absolutely loved! We also ended our week with our first official field trip to Sky Top with Daddy!