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.
It was a jam-packed filled month as well! We went on lots of field trips – to a pumpkin patch, apple picking, and a dairy farm. And as a bonus, we had our own family fun day a local farm, carving pumpkins for the first time and so much more. The kids also had croup, dentist appointments and their regular bi-monthly physical therapy appointments. I sure am ready for our month long holiday break once Thanksgiving comes along. We have been going strong and I can’t wait to rest and refuel!
This month we tackled units 8-11.
We made one major change this month-we switched out our spelling program. Big Guy struggles with reversals, he did better in Kindergarten but they have come back with a vengeance this year. It has made our spelling curriculum a nightmare for us both. It got so bad that he would cry and beg not to have to do spelling when I would say time for school. If there is one thing I have learned in my 3 years of homeschooling this boy it is that once we are crying all the time and hating school because it’s frustrating you to the point of crying then it is time for a switch. I found All About Spelling online and we ordered the Level 1 package right away. I decided that since the beginning would be review for the Big Guy (which he needs not only to review the rules again but also as a confidence booster) that we would have the Little Guy join in as well. I hesitated a lot on that decision because I didn’t do spelling in Kindergarten with the Big Guy but I’m not so sure that helped him out. So we are giving it a go with both boys and so far it’s been great! They both love it! It is a hands-on learning style, which is so up our alley. We need to love school, I so want them to love learning and be life long learners, too much seatwork just causes them to hate school.
The month focused on rain, thunder and lightning, rivers and beaches. All of which didn’t have a whole lot of science experiments involved. I’m really disappointed by this this year. We love our hands on, so by the time we finished rivers I decided to spend a whole extra day focusing on it. I brought in some help from YouTube. Big Guy watched a few videos on the science of rivers, how the move and meander, etc. Then he ended the lessons with drawing a river scene from a model and then painting it. It was quite an impressive piece of artwork!
The only one that did have a cool science experiment was the rain unit. Thankfully Daddy had the night off so he was able to do this one with us! We created some rain of our own! They LOVED this one! He did it over and over again for them. Making the water on top colder and colder to show how fast the rain forms the colder the clouds are. Pretty neat!
We finally got into some fun art lessons. I was ready to throw this art curriculum in the trash. It was so boring so many weeks, at least 10 weeks and it was so heavy on the reading and prep work for me that I hated it. The last two lessons were the most fun. Here’s hoping we keep going upward. If not, my mother in law gave us an art curriculum set that I’ve already been supplementing with it.
This month was a hard month, not only was spelling an issue but the number of the day activity was creating lots of issues and then they threw in a challenging math activity. It was not a good month, but I’m glad it’s over!
We played the grocery shopping game – they all loved this! But we have yet to play the restaurant game. You win some you lose some!
This month Little Guy tackled apple, cow, dinosaur and octopus. We had a bunch of fun doing the field trips that we didn’t get to do last year when we did it with the oldest.
The dairy farm and apple picking were totally worth rearranging the teacher’s manual layout. Going to a dairy farm in the winter just wasn’t something I was willing to do!
We made butter during the cow unit after we went on our field trip. He was so happy during this activity. I have no idea why, ha!
The boys also did apple painting and we canned applesauce.
He also did the apple graph, this went smoother than I thought it was. He tends to give up easily if something seems hard. He surprised me with how much fun he had with it. I just love that smile!
And thanks to Grandma we did some clay dinosaurs! We skipped this last year too!
That’s it! This month was filled with a lot of ups and downs. I am hoping for a better month 4! See you then!