It is already time for our next homeschooling post! This is the time of the month that I give my readers a sneak peek into our homeschool days throughout the month. Telling you what we loved, what we didn’t love and what we added. We are going through My Father’s World First Grade as well as their Kindergarten God’s Creation A to Z.
This month we were full blown focused on school again. We are nearing the end and we can not wait. We’ve had some fun units that the boys enjoyed! I did a little better with taking pictures this time around.
This month we tackled units 15-19. We ended our first science book and we were excited to start the new book “Science with Water”. So far it seems to be a better, more exciting fit. We’re excited to do some fun science experiments with this one.
This month we continued to go through the name and main theme of each book of the Bible. The Bible notebook has increased from one line to writing a small paragraph about the story he’s read. I like that! I like that it’s getting more challenging to keep him engaged. He loves to spend time on his Bible notebook because anything art is just up his alley. He’s always drawing or coloring something!
Speaking of art, we are completely done with the art lessons in Drawing with Children but the boys love to still do art so we have been using this Art with Purpose fairly regularly now. They are always asking if it can be an art day. I’m so glad I have this book on hand to keep them happy. Ha!
He is loving adding new things to his timeline. I didn’t think we’d be faithful to this but we have been keeping right on track adding things. We all really like the visual cues of which stories came first, etc. And of course, he gets to color each one so that’s a plus! Next year will be interesting because we plan on using this timeline again for the Adventures in US History lessons but the Little Guy will also his own. I’m going to swimming in these timelines this time next year!
I love how the Bible lessons are brought to life with this curriculum. This month Big Guy created his own Tower of Babel and also learned about camels feet and how useful they are while walking in the sandy deserts. These concrete lessons make the Bible come alive, that is why I so love My Father’s World!
Another favorite of this guys school days is his math work. He has always loved math and begs for me to teach him harder things. Well, this month he started adding multiple digits and more about place value -the smile on his face priceless. He LOVED it!
We also started music lessons. Honestly, this is a lot more complicated that I thought it was going to be. It’s definitely a lesson I have to force myself to get done. He takes piano lessons and choir so I definitely don’t feel too bad. My only complaint is that the story line moves fairly quickly and has multiple instruments going at times and that causes a lot of confusion right off the bat. His job is to listen to the instruments and point out which ones are playing. If he’s still stuck on one the story is always moving on and he misses who’s talking for the next round. It gets confusing. If they could just listen to it then it would be less stressful, at least I think so.
The Little Guy tackled goat, yellow, horse and elephant this month. We brushed over yellow last year since it was at the end of the year and we had to move unexpectedly. This time around I let them do a lot more of the craft stuff for that one. I even had Big Guy join in since I knew he missed out on them last year. Anytime we create a rainbow of some sort they get real excited. So we had a lot of fun with the unit.
The goat and horse units are sort of bland units, especially in the dead of winter when you can’t go see live animals anywhere. I again incorporated some Pinterest packets on goats. I really like this one because it has sizing classification in it and they don’t seem to get that anywhere else. I also like to add in some fun pattern sheets that correspond with the units.
For horse, we ended up watching a couple Youtube videos. Mainly because the Little Guy seems to like horses a bit more than his big brother and it’s a great way to throw in some fun in a bland unit.
This month the 2-vowel rule really sunk in. We had been working on it for a few months and I never thought it would sink in. Since he’s my strong willed child, I needed to take a break and hand over the reigns to my husband. He would practice reading with him in the mornings and any evening that he was home. Whatever he did really worked because now reading is becoming a breeze for him. This next month we start to delve into special sounds (consonant teams like br, fr, pl, etc.) and I’m hoping that clicks a lot faster so that he can read with ease and get better each day.
All in all, it was a pretty good month! Both boys are doing fantastic with our spelling curriculum, their math and phonics are improving each day and they are learning so much about the Bible along the way. It’s hard to believe we are starting the third quarter. The end is in sight and we are so ready for summer break already!