June 2015 Update

Update

I take the time (hours) to blog for other people, and never get the chance to update my own baby.  I started this blog with the hopes of having dialogue with women (and men) outside of my little bubble so that I could have insight on all things parenting.  I looked back on the (few) posts, and I can’t believe how much has changed.  I will try to add the pictures and activities we did in the past, but I might just have to move forward.  The kids and I are the only ones in my family who are thrilled about homeschooling, so I jumped around with curricula a lot.  I wanted to make up my own, but I was afraid if (when) we applied for them to go to school, the admissions office would want a well known curriculum.  I tried to find a balance between what was right for each kid but was still sort of in the norm.  With V I used A BEKA half-heartedly (just wasn’t for him), My Father’s World K, and my own activities.  For Princess I used A BEKA quarter-heartedly (is that a word?), FIAR half-heartedly, and we read, played games and went outside a lot.  She is 4 years old and reading on a 2nd/3rd grade level.  I want, almost more than anything, to homeschool her for kindergarten and first grade so that she keeps her fervor for learning and is not afraid to want to know more, but financially, that is looking impossible.  I’m going to miss our days at home, our “girl’s club” complete with a secret handshake, using dolls to help us with math, having picnics in her room, cuddling up and reading for over an hour, and all of the other unforgettable moments I had the privilege of having with her.  I definitely digressed just then, but this post is just to let you know that we jumped around in our curriculum choices A LOT, so I will try to update the posts with the pictures and memories that I have, but from this point, my main focus is just getting my PRESENT thoughts, feelings, recipes, and activities out.

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Letter A Review Day

We had an awesome time learning the letter A.  Just a reminder, this is a review, so we aren’t going into the letters as in depth as we normally would.  During the actual school year, we will spend a week on each letter (or word… I think) and do projects, visit places, read books, etc. on the topic.  Right now I just want to make sure my son knows his letter sounds before we attempt to read! 🙂

Take a look at what we did:

First we watched the ABC song on YouTube.

Then, we looked at all different types of the letter “A”.

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We read our quick story about Abraham the alligator.

We had SO much fun, doing our alligator crafts.  We will definitely be checking out some library books on alligators soon. 🙂

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Cutting out our Abraham (the alligator) turned into an impromptu cutting lesson.  Cutting is a skill we REALLY need to work on, he gets so frustrated and starts ripping instead of cutting, so I was very excited that he took it upon himself to start cutting!

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We finished up with some reading.  Here’s V’s finished alligator project:

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This is just a review, beginning in August 2013, you’ll be able to find worksheets I’ve created as well as links and files. You can check out my Pinterest board for some things we’ve done in the past!