Kindergarten School Day #63.
Indie (6 y/o in February) is moving right a long. He has finished both his PHONICS – Explode the Code book 1, and MATH – Math-U-See Primer (started last May) books this week. These are the two subjects I want him to do at least 4 times a week. I usually ask him to do two pages of each, each session. Sometimes he does more but the norm is two pages of each. Daily, we also read lots of books. We start with bible stories. Right now, we are working from the Veggie Tales Family Devotional. This usually starts our school day, on the couch. Then we move on to other books. If we are not reading for a unit from KONOS or Five in a Row, most recently horses, then we read random library books we’ve picked up for the week. We are also working though the Magic Tree House Chapter Books that both kids are into. We usually read MTH at bed time. We are currently on book 15, Viking Ships at Sunrise. We started this series at the beginning of the school year as well. I like them because they take you to different geographic locations at historic times. You learn a little about each culture and/or a famous location or event. They are just fun. Yes, it’s a magic tree house but it’s a fun way for the kids to get interested in history and geography. A lot of the books also have research guides as well.
Indie only does Handwriting Without Tears every week or so but he gets a lot of handwriting practice from doing his math and phonics work, there is a lot of writing with both books. He has pretty good handwriting in general, and he tries hard every time he writes. He prides himself on making good looking letters and numbers. At the start of the school year, I was concerned that he was holding his pencil wrong, and starting his letters in the wrong spot, but he’s gotten better over the weeks. I have to be gentle when correcting him other wise he wants to throw in the towel, and give up. He needs lot of praise before correction. “I love how you make that A, you are doing great! Can you just move your finger a tad to the left?” or “Awesome letter O, next time, lets try to start that O at the top!” 🙂
Preschool Day # 63
Beluga 4, is plugging right along…. having fun. She is right there with Indie and I as we read books, and from time to time she’ll do table work but, lately she’s been more interested in crafts, drawing, painting, and Play Doe, while Indie and I are working on school work. That’s OK. She’s learning every day. There is plenty of time for her to do table work when she is older. I did buy her Get Ready for the Code Book A, and she has a Handwriting without Tears Preschool book that she insists on doing sometimes. She also asks to do Math-U-See sometimes but she is mostly interested in playing with the blocks. 🙂
Indie is also signed up for 4-H were we are learning about birds. We are looking forward to the birding field trips and watching birds on nature walk in our neighborhood and in local parks. We’ll soon be starting a KONOS unit including birds that we are looking forward to.
In addition to school work, Indie is doing soccer 2x a week, and weekly homeschool P.E. class for 3 hours. Beluga is in ballet once a week.
I’m sure I’ve forgotten something but for now, that’s it.