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 tackled weeks 4-7. First grade is very heavy, there is no way around it. It lays such fundamental rules that take a lot of time to teach. I feel like the science portion took a hit because phonics and math take up so much time. It’s making the Big Guy not love school so much at the moment.
We are tackling a lot of special sounds, compounds and -ed.
As we being month 3 I’m switching up the curriculum lesson plan to make the days shorter. I’m hoping that’ll help our enthusiasm towards school time.
One of the big hurdles we are tackling this year is writing neatly, with consistency and correct spacing and letters facing the correct way. He likes to randomly place capitals in the middle of a word. Pretty much whatever way is easiest to write a letter is the way he will do it. But this year he is working on correctly writing a sentence, with punctuation. Since he has struggled with major reversals since preschool-not just the “normal” ones but most letters and numbers- this has become a major source of frustration for him. He hates to erase and rewrite things. But I know it’s time to tackle it.
With that said, there aren’t many pretty pictures to share this month, since it was filled with tears and frustration for him. But he did enjoy all the hands on math activities. Those are his favorite, next to the science experiments. We worked on sequencing, classification, learning the different geometrical shapes and begging addition facts.
While I thought the hands-on addition was going to be too easy for him since he started addition in kindergarten due to supplementing with Abeka I found that the hands-on activities made him think outside the box to think of equations. I think this is a great skill, one I do not possess, ha!
The majority of our science takes place on Saturday mornings when we go out for our hike. Getting them outdoors to see, smell and hear all the things we are reading about in science really brings the subject matter to life. It’s one thing to read about decomposing logs to actually going deep into the woods and seeing them with your own eyes. We have really gotten into hiking this year since our friends who are going through the same curriculum introduced us to it.
We also started spelling work this month. I eased him into all the subjects, so far studying spelling does not rank on the list of favorite things about school but we can’t write phonetically forever, can we? I printed out some fun superhero spelling test templates to make it more fun and we try different ways to study the words throughout the week.
I brought the fun back with kindergarten. I felt after the first month that we skipped out on a lot of the fun activities that we did when the Big Guy went through it and I felt badly for the Little Guy. This month I intentionally made time for fun science!
We made turtles for our turtle unit. Little Guy loves turtles, especially sea turtles, so I decided to spend more time on sea turtles this time around. That made his unit differ slightly from his brothers last year.
We also did the Us unit, where we learn about the 5 senses. We had fun with this one! I honestly didn’t do any of the activities with this unit last year. So I made sure to do them all this year. I’m so glad I did because his reaction to most of them was priceless. Here is a fun picture of learning about the sense of smell. I opened many things and told them to sniff and guess. I must say vinegar was the most hilarious one!
The last unit we did was the rock unit. This was another one of the units we didn’t get to do everything I wanted to do because it was cold out when we got to it last year. So I moved it up this time around. The best part of the unit was taking them all rock mining at a local farm./park. This was a big hit! They are still enjoying all the rocks, gemstones, and fossils they mined!
We did the sink or float experiment, which was just as much of hit this year as it was last year.
And we wrapped up the month with a volcano experiment! This one is just too fun not to do again and again!
We took a lot of time this month to work on his fine motor skills. He has poor strength in his hands and holds his pencil very loosely which is creating some pretty awful handwriting. Hole punching and clothespin beads were favorites. He still hates lacing.
So that about wraps up month two of homeschooling for us. I can honestly say it has felt like 2 months crammed into 1. School days are lasting quite a long time – which wasn’t expected on my end. I’m not sure if we are doing too much (since we supplement) or if I need to adjust my expectations. But we are changing things up this next month and I look forward to sharing that with you next month and whether or not it worked for us.
Your turn! Do you homeschool? Are you using My Father’s World? How long does your school day last? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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