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.
The first month was honestly pretty boring, ha! Talk about keeping real. The first 3 weeks are review and it seemed like it lasted forever. We couldn’t wait to get into week 4.
Although the phonics is heavy review, I saw that I needed to work on letter formation a little bit more with the Big Guy. He writes his letters in such a strange pattern, so I suppose it was good to have that time to catch that. Now I make him practice writing his letters with our dry erase Leap Frog learner – similar to this but I only paid $1. I snagged this at Target, so keep your eyes open for deals like that. They are so handy!
My initial reaction to the first grade is that it’s not as fun as their kindergarten. The science activities seem much lighter. I’m hoping it all picks up in the coming weeks.
This month we focused on insects, plants, and soil. My mother-in-law got the boys this cool root viewer before school started. So we did that one afternoon. They had so much fun creating dirt. I even let go and let them use their hands. That was hard, ha!
Unfortunately, it has been awfully hot here this summer so nothing grew. We did get some baby plants but they didn’t make it. So we bought some more seeds to try again. The idea is that the white piece is removable and you can see the roots growing in the soil through the plastic. I love the idea. I think they would really enjoy it so I am hoping we have more success the second time around.
We had lots of time dealing with soil. Another experiment was to collect a soil sample, mix it with water and let it sit for a day. If done correctly the different layers should seperate. And this worked! It was pretty cool actually. We collected our soil from one of our hikes and I had little hope of it being successful but I was wrong.
One day I let them choose a science craft from the book, The Amazing Outdoor Activity Book, because I felt like there wasn’t enough fun built in and I don’t want them to dread school. When there is too much review they complain about it being a school day. So I built in the fun.
We spent a week talking about the different seasons and he created his own seasons book. He is a little artist and definitely enjoyed this! He is also loving the art lessons. He is always asking if it is an art day.
On our flower week, he dissected a rose. He LOVED this. I loved having roses on my counter. It was a win-win for both of us.
I loved his reaction the flower stem with no more petals.
He sorted them, counted them and looked at everything with a magnifying glass.
He painted some flowers on the last day of the unit because I felt like the science experiments were a little out of this world crazy so we went a different route.
The month ended with a Read and Do game. This gets their motor skills involved as they read and follow the directions. Honestly, I wasn’t a fan. Sip milk from a mug? Uh, no thanks. Lay in the tub. Uh, it’s wet from my shower, skip. So he basically read them and laughed hysterically at them. So did his brother.
I love those faces.
I found that the Little Guy remembers a whole lot from tagging along with his brother last year. I haven’t decided yet if I’m just going to combine the science for them both by using the first grade curriculum only and then do each boy’s phonics work at their grade level or not (this is what My Father’s World recommends). This would definitely make my job easier juggling both boys. I’ve found he doesn’t like repeating some of the activities. I’ll let you know what I decide next month!
This month Little Guy did his creation introduction unit, nest, and leaf.
He did leaf painting, dyed leafs, and created a few books.
He also created a tree picture with leaves and a nest. He loved getting to use the dot-to-dot markers. These are a big hit, I highly recommend them! He’s being very spunky this year, can you tell?
And of course his reaction to beating his siblings in ABC Bingo.
I am loving the science file folder games we picked up on Amazon. My boys love science and math so anything fun that encourages their interest I definitely want to invest in. The come with worksheets and full instructions on how to do a few different activities with them.
Once again the Little Lady keeps us on our toes trying to keep her happy entertained. This year it’s been a tad easier as her Grandma bought her the Abeka pre-preschool set (K3 I believe it’s called). Now she thinks that she is doing school just like her big brothers. She loves workbooks and worksheets, it makes me wonder how she will like MFW in a few years.
And she is constantly trying to get attention from us all.
That’s all for this month’s update. Kinda long and picture heavy! Do you like that or should I cut back on the pictures and just highlight a few activities? Let me know what you think!
Your turn! Have you started school yet? How was your first month? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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