We have just wrapped up our first month back to school! We have a blast with all of the activities in our curriculum choice! It is so important to find the best curriculum for your family. It can make all the difference in the world.
We have decided to do a year round homeschooling schedule. It was important to me that our little two have the chance at enjoying all the fun outings that their brother got to before he started school 5 days a week. Therefore, with a more relax schedule I can easily take them to the zoo, park or have a play date with friends during the week. Its been working out wonderfully!
Its so nice not to have the added stress of a certain time table over my head.
This month we finished the Creation Introductory unit, the Sun unit and the Moon unit in our MFW Kindergarten.
I decided to add a few crafts that I found through Pinterest for most units. You can hop over here to follow my Kindergarten board and here to follow my Preschool board for all of these ideas and more!
I loved how the curriculum eases the students into learning. The time you spend each days grows so its not so overwhelming and exhausting from the start. I thought this idea was brilliant! Especially for kindergarteners who are not yet used to doing so much school work!
My boys had such great fun learning about the Creation story and being able to make so many crafts during this unit.
Most days are paired with an activity to do. Many of the Creation ones involved getting outside to explore nature.
We got to go outside, lay on a blanket, look up at the clouds and observe them! All in the name of school. One day was go to the pet store to see all the various fish they have. So perfect.
Each day we created a page to add to our Creation Book. I let each of my boys make their own book. I like to see each of their personalities come out on each page. We didn’t let their Daddy know that we were working on this long project. When we finished them, we told him we had a surprise and each boy “read” their story to Daddy retelling the Creation story. It was a fun night!
I added the days of creation activities in on each unit. Many were extra crafts that we added in. They were challenged by the puzzles but were able to complete them with some extra help. I really liked that they were summary puzzles. Gave me hope that what I was teaching was actually being absorbed. It helps to have some positive feedback.
Another fun activity that we were able to do was to go on a family hike. We were able to go to quiet area and enjoy the trails along with flowing water. It was a lot of fun! We don’t go on many hikes so we definitely enjoyed this. The best way to make God big and amazing to children is to get them outside in this big beautiful world and point out all the amazing things God has created for us to enjoy.
The last day in this unit is a Zoo day. I decided to take them on a day trip out to a new zoo near us. They have a larger selection of animals and we go to our local zoo all the time. We had such a great day. They all loved seeing new animals. When we came up to an animal I would quiz them and ask them what day of Creation did God make that animal. They surprised me with remembering all of them!
I think out of the three units we got through, that the sun unit was the favored one. My Big Guy was so intrigued by learning so much about the sun. He soaked it all in!
He was shocked to learn that eh sun is actually a star and that it was made of hot gases. I am loving watching his curiosity grow.
We went on a field trip to the Planetarium to see a Sun, Stars and Moon show. They had a great time exploring everything in the lobby. They were in awe over the show. The Big Guy has asked to go back already!
One of the activities involved was making raisins out of grapes. I have had a child nearly die with grapes so we opted right out of that one! Instead we made (decaf) sun tea, which was super cool to the kids and two out of my three actually liked it.
Another one was an experiment to see if a plant would grow best in the sunlight or in a dark cupboard. Well as soon as I read that to my son, he knew exactly what would be the outcome. So I went back to the drawing board, my husband had the brilliant idea of testing man made light to God’s sunlight. That instantly made our Big Guy curious. He couldn’t decide what would happen.
He ended up learning that of course the sunlight makes plants grow much much stronger and faster.
Another really neat activity that we did was making a sun dial. I almost opted out of this one yet again. But my husband encouraged me to do and I’m so glad we did because my son loved this one! He was so fascinated with how the shadow moved across the plate making turn into a clock.
Needless to say, we really enjoyed learning about the sun. Since there were so many great activities in the lesson plans I didn’t add anything extra to this unit.
We continued on in our learning about space by studying the moon next. The way these lessons are laid out is so perfect. I love how they connect it to a godly character trait for the kids to learn. These traits also build on themselves in such a logical way. I’ve been very impressed. I ended up incorporating character cards copy work . My Bug Guy loves to draw so I knew he would enjoy these. I like the extra exposure to the character lessons that it gives him as well.
The most delicious activity that we did for the moon was creating the phases of the moon with Oreos. Needless to say, they all loved this one! The lesson plan calls for this activity but Pinterest took it to another level when I found the Oreo idea.
With My Father’s World the lessons are very hands on. I believe this helps the kids connect to what they are learning about. It is one thing to hear me tell them that moon is covered in a dust like substance and how craters are formed but it is a whole new level when he gets to go outside and get his hands dirty in flour and make his own craters similar to the moon’s surface. He played with the activity until there was no more flour left in the container!
The last activity we did in this unit was building a cardboard spaceship! Thankfully my husband has his own pharmacy and is always being shipped things in bigger boxes. That made this activity achievable for us. This was one of those activities that I had to let go of perfection. We were going to go much further with it with spray paint and such but the kids have had such a blast playing with it that its already in poor shape so its staying as it is until it greets the curb.
This one definitely let me win the cool mom award for the rainy weekend. I’ll take it!
My Big Guy said to me today, “I really like Kindergarten, I didn’t think that I would like it but it is fun and not too hard.” This made me so happy. We had a rough preschool year with him and to hear him say that he loves school again was so amazing. Kids should love school and learning in the beginning years! MFW has definitely made that happen for our family.
In the next few chapters he moves into start blending words and sight words. So we will see how he feels at the end of our second month! Visual learning is a challenge for him so we are hoping he is still in love with school when more challenging things start coming.
Our Little Guy is learning his letters in the same format that his big brother is. So he learned the letters S and M this month. He has a hard time with motor skills and writing so we are doing a lot of the motor activities from the Preschool set.
I will probably focus on this with him for half the year and reintroduce writing the letters later on in the year. Right now, he is tracing and doing letter recognition along with their sounds.
I plan on giving you our monthly recap of our curriculum, letting you know what worked and what didn’t, and what we added! I love seeing what others are doing and how their curriculum works for them.
Your turn! How was your first few weeks of school? Has the newness of it worn off yet or is it still fun and exciting for your kiddos? I’d love for you to share in the comments below!
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