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 24-27. This month we lost our science book. Boo. I have searched frantically for it, enlisted the family to search frantically for it. We tore every room and bookshelf apart. Nothing. So it was a science free month, sad to say it. And because of that, I don’t have too much to report! Hopefully, we will find that book soon.
We are chugging along in our Abeka workbooks, nearing the end in most every book. The Bible Reader and Notebooking increased to three days of the week. Our school days became very full again but since we finally got into the groove our homeschool days it didn’t take up much more time like I was expecting it to. At first, this lesson was a loved one because Big Guy loves art but once it increased to twice a week and longer sentences he dreads it. He hates having his work corrected, so it’s been a good exercise for him to slow down and check his own work. He’d rather be told, “good job” versus the grammatical rules he missed.
During Bible time we are really getting into some of his favorite Bible stories so all the kids are all ears for morning time! Our timeline needs some work! It is definitely not big enough for everything and we are nearing the end of the line when we should only be about half way. I need to add more scroll sheets to the wall! But first, I must find the energy to do so!
The Little Guy tackled zebra, jewel, and vegetable this month. He was so excited to do the letter J because it is “his” letter. Both boys have always gotten way too excited when their early readers have their own name in it, this one was a little more special since the title itself was his name. I couldn’t handle the cuteness. He sure does love making these little books from the MFW studies. They have really helped improved his cutting skills which in turns helps his fine motor skills. I’ve been quite impressed with his growth this year in that area. I will sometimes make him do the lacing from the MFW preschool set so that he can get extra practice. He hates that! Ha!
Zebra was a fun unit since we discuss camouflage and what boy doesn’t love camouflage talk? The vegetable unit was just okay again, nothing special added this time around either. After 2 years I’ve found that there’s no real good way to spice up this unit.
He finished his Abeka Math this week! (You can read my Kindergarten review here on why we supplement with Abeka.) He was very happy about completing a book. There is something about getting close to the end of a book that inspires my boys to just sit there and do the last few pages just to be done. I love the self-motivation so I let them go at it towards the end.
100 Days of School!
Yay! We *finally* hit the 100 days of school celebration. And by finally I mean finally. We had done more than 100 but because the MFW first grade curriculum counts the days differently it took us SO long to get to this celebration. I was NOT a fan. We need our party day to give us that little bit of extra motivation to finish the last 80 days, there is something about knowing the bulk of the work is behind us. We lost the effect this year and I wasn’t liking it.
The kids threw me off this year. They tend to be very predictable in their celebrations – homemade cinnamon rolls to start the day are a must for any special occasion. Yet not this year. This year they wanted to go to Pizza Hut for their BookIt club coupons and then over to a local ice cream shop for ice cream, in addition to our craft time. That was it. And so that’s what we did! They had a blast! I even splurged and let them get mixins in their ice cream-we needed an extra celebration since it took so long to get too, ha!