Today begins our second week of homeschooling. That also means, today began letter A week! I decided that each week we would do 1 letter A-Z. With that, each week we have alphabet books we read, like this week we will work on reading the A book, The Adventures of Abby Alligator. We also do an end of the week craft with that letter of the alphabet, and each week we have a character quality that begins with that letter, and a bible verse to memorize. So this week’s quality is accepting, and our bible verse is “Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you.” -Matthew 7:7 It’s fun stuff! Of course we also do our typical lessons is math, history, science, reading, writing, and health. So no everything is letter themed, but we try to letter theme as many lessons and activities as we can.
When I did a rough draft of lesson plans, I figured up that we would do a total of 40 weeks of school. If all goes accordingly, Riley Grace should have all of her Kindergarten skills, plus what I’ve added, all done by week 33. From there we can focus on any weak areas, and/or move onto 1st grade material. And truthfully, she already has a lot of the K skills, we are just working more detailed, and I’ve added in things that usually aren’t taught in Kindergarten. For example, last week she learned all about the American Flag–how many stars and why, how many stripes and why, etc. This week she is learning all about her great state: Louisiana! Today she learned about the state flag and state flower. Each day we will add to our list, and at the end of the week she will construct a booklet with all of her information she learned.
It usually takes us from about 9:30 – 11:00/11:30 to finish all of our school work. Then we have outside time, lunch time, nap time, and snack time. Afterwards we do manipulatives to work on fine motor skills and phonics, and she gets computer time. She spends computer time playing on starfall.com, which is fabulous for phonics practice! If you get a chance, check it out! This week we will be using some of that time to work on reading skills, sight words, consonant clusters, letter blends, etc. I would love to have her independently reading by January!
P.S. – Sorry I haven’t been around much, our internet only works every now and then. It is terrible! Anyhow, I’m not even going to get into that. Have a fabulous Monday!