Little Brother started, at his request, Kindergarten. He is not officially “kindy age” till NEXT fall so if this year doesn’t work out, we can start over then. However, he has been dogging along all last year as may actually be ready (save fine motor which is behind at best).Big Brother returns to First Grade. He actully is about a quarter of the way in, having finished all my Kindy Goals for him in 3/4 of last year. He will be getting some new stuff (such as new Science) but a lot of his work is continued from June.
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He loved art this year (duel enrolled with the Kindy class at the local elementry). He went to art (and PE) with the class he’d have been in if he was not homeschooled. They had art once a week; Big only went second semester. He loved his teacher, and she was really responsives to him. she always took time to really talk to him and she took a genuien intrest in the art he brought in to show her.
But as much as Big really did like that class and seemed to do a great job. i am kinda netural on the whole thing. I am very glad he had fun, and i am very glad he was excited to go each week. I am very glad see too the time to talk to him, and to look at his art and to engage him. She is a great “relationship” teacher and he bonded with her and looked forward to calss and talked a lot of what they did in class.
Nevertheless; the projects do not amaze me. frankly the projects that i could have done with them, all paint and a little glue. he also brough home a number of marker drawings from “free draw time”. again, he has free access to crayone and markers here. So I am coming away with the feeling he did not expereince anything in his school art class that he has not expereinced here with me.
I work really hard to try new things. I was just dissapointed that he didn’t have any new art expereinces in the school class.
I believe they spent 2 weeks on the Kite. I know they made smaller practice kites with crayons to design before getting to the paint.
this is 2 layers, the frog was painted and cut out and glues on to the background.
this fish took 2 weeks (more?) the drew the entire piece in crayons then painted with water color.
this projects was 2 weeks also, the drawing that is, the lady bug is a project Little Brother brought home (the wings move)
As I get ready to move Big Brother into more and more First Grade Work; I have taken some time to review our kindergarten goals to be sure he is as ready as I feel he is for First. He has mastered almost everything we set out as ‘to be learned in Kindy’. There are a few things lacking, but I realized as I went though the list the things he “can’t do” are things I have not introduced or exposed him too.
So after reviewing this, our goals for the year, I feel even more sure he is ready to move on to First Grade curriculum. I’ll intentionally hit on the final few items from this list, and start on First Grade.
Items he has not had exposure to in RED
Items in BLUE he has some skill in, but not Mastery of
|Speech / Communication|
|Language Arts / Phonics /Reading|
|Health and Safety|
|Mathematics / reasoning|
I did this, this past fall so I thought I would again give a run down of our curriculum and activities for thus new semester.
This time I shall be including the activities the boys are participating in, because I feel they add the necessary flesh to our structure of school.
You’ll note that some things have been changes since fall, some I did not like, and some I liked but felt was more than necessary and so, I admit, I have just not gotten worked in, my fault totally.
FALL in review:
- http://www.kidsofintegrity.ca/ Kids of Integrity — DROPPED
Sign & Say: Bible Verses for Children — DROPPED
Signing for Kids — NOT STARTED YET
- Hands-On Thinking Skills — NOT STARTED
- Visual Perceptual Skill Building — NOT STARTED
- Mind Benders Beginning Book 1
- The Usborne Art Treasury — NOT STARTED
- The Everything Kids Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float water
- Play and Find Out about the Human Body – NOT STARTED
Gee looking at THAT summary it looks like we didn’t do anything this semester. We ended up doing a ton of free printable worksheets and cheap dollar store workbooks. A lot of phonics practice, a lot of math drills. We did a great unit on American Tall Tales (I should write that up some time) and also read all of http://www.amazon.com/Around-World-Tales-Saviour-Pirotta/dp/075345999X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325858977&sr=8-1 Around the world in 80 Tales.
So here are the Spring Plans, it will be interesting in June to see how they worked out:
- dual enrolled art with the local Kindy class 30 week (with ST)
- Dual enrolled PE with the local Kindy class 30 minutes a week
- Speech Therapy at local school 1x a week one-on-one
- Little Ninjias (Taekwondo)
- Additionally: 2 to 4 hours in gym time at the local Y
- Dual enrolled per-school 6 hours a week (with ST 2x a week)
- Active Kids at the local Y
- Additionally: 2 to 4 hours in gym time at the local Y
I am looking to start them in swimming lessons in March. I also looked at wrestling for Big but there vas a conflict. Little might get to join the Little Ninja class (he is old enough, but we may let that be Big’s own activity).
- Pathways Phonics
- Progressive Phonics readers
- Dolch sight words
- Exploring the Code workbooks
- Additional dollar store colorful workbooks
- Bible Study for age group: Currently You Want Me to Do What?!: A Bible Study Workbook on Obedience for Ages 6-12r … next: Pressing On When the Pressure’s On: A Bible Study Workbook on Perseverance for Ages 6-12
- Sparksand Cubbie texts from Awanas
- Introduction to Classical Music
- Introduction to the Orchestra
- The Usborne Art Treasury
- MEP continues
- Dollar store, and other, workbooks galore (example: First-Grade Math Minutes: One Hundred Minutes to Better Basic Skills)
- Additional worksheets from mammoth math (in first I think we’ll be using it along with MEP as a 2nd curr)
- Pathways Science path
- Random experiments and reading
Recently we have been studying what seems to fit under the title or heading “God by the numbers”. Last week we looked at Exodus and the 10 Commandments. Momma also escaped withOUT Big Brother asking “what is adultery”. This week, Leviticus, we have been looking at 5 ways to show our love for God.
Today to tie it all together, and give them one more revive and hands-on experience we made a poster.
Momma did the prep work then the boys and I taped the items on to the poster and discussed each of them; one of our better discussions, giving examples of each thing (good or bad) and the reason it is important. Reinforcing in God as beloved father that wants time and attention and that genuinely cares.
The 5 ways to Show God we are:
- Pray and read his word (Spend time with him
- Obey to show we are listening and attending to Him
- Sing (or do art or write or make poems) Praises to his Name
- Give in his Name.
- Give ourselves to Him, lay our lives down for Him.
The boys chose where they wanted to hang the poster in the house.
In search of the perfect slimy recipe; a quest. When asked about what he wants to learn this year, the boy doesn’t sayREADINGand make his momma happy; he is honest and says “SCEINCE and POTIONS”. I have convinced him if he doesn’t learn to read he can not read SCIENCE.
I went in search of good, EASY for MOMMA, fun science that would still teach the boys something. I decided the most important things, in science lab, for the boys to learn is observation and following directions and safety and good listening and careful behavior. These are the habit and skills that they will need as they progress in school and in scince. So I decided to do a Slime Survey.
You remember Survey classes from school; one class on one topic. A little from here, a little from there; compare and contrast. If you search Slime on the Net and find tons of sites, tons of recipes. I have looked at them till my eyes melt, trying to look for differences and the reasons for the differences.
I chose many ‘slime’ and other ‘slime like’ experiments / recipes to work our way though; the ‘goal’ being to try many, see the ones that work vs don’t and to compare them (at least to a limited level in discussion). I thought repeating, in different ways, the same thing; would lead to better observations for Big Brother.
Here is the list I am working from right now:
- http://bizarrelabs.com/slime.htm (excellent explanation of the science of slime)
- http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/polymer.php (good science)
Started with http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howtos/ht/slime.htm — Daddy home too — and tried this one first NOT HAPPY – it did not even remotely “slime” it remain like watery white school glue. BOO.
So today, our first official home educating science day, we tried: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/slime-665589/ — same ingredients, but I do trust Family Fun Magazine and the instructions were different; even easier.
I set everything up before I let the boys join me in the kitchen. I still do not trust Big Brother’s measuring – that is going to take a lot of work; nor can I rely on either of the boys to be patient and allow me to read and measure carefully. So I had all the parts set up for them before they arrived.
The boys did OK at “not doing until asked to” – and the slime successfully became a slike – like – substance, so they were totally HAPPY. They took their slime and went out the door. I later found them playing in the dog’s stock tank with it, and it had become much more rubbery.
(left over liquid)
- First Day of School 2011-2012 school year?
- First Day of Kindergartner for Big Brother?
- First Official Day of school at Scribing Life Academy?
Today was the day. We started officially home schooling, legally registered with the State, for the 2011 – 2012 school year, Big Brother’s Kindy year.
We started right after Daddy left, and were working at the table by 7 am. The boys are just better bright and early.
Today we did a number of “first day of school” activities that will not be part of our normal day (like photos, and drawing a picture of ourselves and so on). So on a normal school day we’ll get to “academics” sooner than we did today. Today school lasted from 7 am till 9:45 with two short breaks. I need to move math and phonics up in the day, of course today we did a lot we generally won’t. This week in general is a bit off; since we’ll be traveling Friday. (Math and phonics and maybe a few thinking worksheets are going with us – 30 minutes to 45 minutes at Grandma’s table is totally doable; even better Daddy can take the Chatter Box).
Big Brother did great: we started our memory verse, talked about the new words in it, talked about what the Bible is and facts about it. We did 2 lessons of math and then practices letter (identification and filling in the missing and putting flash cards in order). Little Brother hung at the table all the time, did not leave our sides for a moment. He chattered constantly, not one to be left out, even for a moment. Big brother counted up to 70 all by himself; I was quite impressed. Little Brother made it to 8 all alone; both boys will soon make their counting goals. I was more impressed when Big Brother counted from 10 to 0 all by himself, without hesitation. So Momma can check THAT goal off LOL.
So now we wait and see if the boys are as cheerful and agreeable again tomorrow.