- New School Year
- Search/Purchase of a New Home
- Fertility Stuff
- Coach’s New Year (1st day was quite eventful)
- All the teachers/school workers/students
I’ve worked out our summer school schedule, so here is what it will look like:
[Orange represents days of no school/School days are blocked in yellow]
Once I get all my lessons laid out for the summer I will go in and field trips and library days. You will notice after the first full week of August I stopped blocking out days in yellow. This is because this will begin our ‘regular’ school year. So from August 12th forward only holidays and special days will be noted.
Can you believe our first homeschool year is coming to an end within a couple months!?! It’s bittersweet really. We have had a fun year of learning, but a chaotic year as well. We’ve had one great week of school, followed by one no existent week. However, we somehow managed to hold it together throughout everything and keep moving forward. It really is amazing to see how much Sassy has learned and improved this year. One of the reasons I’ve come to love homeschooling is because we get to run on our schedule and end up finishing “school” early in the year. Now this doesn’t mean we take off until August. We are going year around, baby! So by the end of April Kindergarten will be gone and we will take a short break and get back to work with brand new first grade material. Isn’t that exciting?! It is….yet it is quite daunting as well. That means that over the next few weeks I will be doing major prep for the new phase of schooling. It means lots of research into curriculum, lots of organizing, tons of printing, and cleaning up and clearing out. If you’ve ever been a new homeschool family, you know how scary it can be trying to choose between hundreds of great looking curriculum. I can honestly say I’ve been very overwhelmed with it, but after hours of work this afternoon, I feel better. I was able to narrow it down and organize my thoughts, and even put together my rough draft of the curriculum I’m interested in purchasing. Hopefully within a week I will have my mind made up so I can share with you what I plan on doing for first grade. (I keep wanting to say ‘next year’, but it hasn’t been a year yet.) Most people would tell me I’m no longer a rookie at this homeschooling stuff, but really I am. It has only been seven months. Not to mention is was Kindergarten and a curriculum I designed myself. But now that we are in first grade and I’ve seen how much time away from my family my planning takes, I’m buying the curriculum this year. At first I thought I’d just pick one and do a big boxed curriculum and viola it would all be there for me. However, once I started looking into the curriculum a little more I found that I liked this programs ELA materials, another programs Math and History, and a totally different one for Science. Thus began my many lists and endless research to piece together the “perfect” curriculum for Sassy. Over the last year or so I had heard of many families doing this ‘piecing together’ of their curriculum. I didn’t understand why they would do that when you could just buy the boxed ones and have to do virtually no work. Well…boy was I wrong! The biggest perk to homeschooling is that you can teach to your child’s specifications…literally. If in five months Sassy needs 2nd grade math and science, but is still working on 1st grade reading and history, that’s fine. I can order our materials accordingly from as many different publishers as I so choose. There is just so much flexibility in it. And of course you want to pick things that will work best for your child. You wan them to succeed. So, needless to say…I need prayer! Prayer for guidance in choosing our materials, in setting our schedule for next year, in getting it all organized and together, and for the strength and wisdom to be the best first grade teacher to my baby.
If you have any suggestions/advice…I’m open!!
I figured it was about time I get back to sharing our homeschool adventures, lesson, and projects with you. So…here is sort of what our lesson plans look like this week:
Monday: ELA – little book, discuss parts of a book & play simon says book parts, review nouns, singular/plural, rhyming words; Math – addition, subtraction, shape review, first & second; Science – What are physical features?; History – define scarcity
Tuesday: ELA – little book, review parts of a book & make/construct your own w/ all parts, singular/plural; Math – # writing practice, counting by 5’s & 10’s; Science – list physical features; History – copy definition of scarcity and use it in a sentence
Wednesday: ELA – little book, identify parts of a book, singular/plural, punctuation; Math – counting by 5’s; Bonus Work – sound patterns (*Wednesdays are our short days or off days!*)
Thursday: ELA – little book, rhyming words, syllables, punctuation; Math – Time; Science – draw yourself based on physical features listed on Tuesday; Health – Recycling
Friday: ELA – little book, opposites, punctuation, review singular/plural; Math – opposites, time; Science – Use any craft supplies to create yourself based on your list of physical features; History – review scarcity
On Tuesday we will be starting a new character study: arguing. I’m excited to start on this study with my daughter because she has reached the age of ‘I know it all’. She hasn’t gotten to the teenager level, but I’m sure you know what I mean. I really want to instill in her early that arguing is not okay and there is right way to talk to people and get your ideas across. I also want her to understand that we don’t always know it all and we don’t always have to be right. Our key verse this week is 2 Timothy 3:15-17
We also have a library day scheduled for Friday. We love to visit the library! Later in the week I will be preparing for Dr. Seuss week. I should have lots of fun stuff to share from that week!
Shame on me…I almost forgot to share with y’all our Christmas crafts we did yesterday.