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 needed to get done with school quickly because we found out we were being forced to move. Again. Another landlord breaks our lease and so school gets put into the fast lane to get done before the move. We were nearing the end anyways but we still accelerated the first grade stuff. Which was easy to do because lots of things drop off and only the Bible reader and notebook are left (we already skip the math and stick with Abeka). We’ve had some fun units that the boys enjoyed, a field trip and last day of school celebrations!
For the last 3 units, the science focused on seeds and plants, just as it did in the beginning of the year. We took the time to do the bean soak and watched sprouts and shoots grow but we didn’t take it further than that due to the move. I have some vegetable planters that I want to grow with them but they need to wait for after the move.
Big Guy’s favorite part of the end of school was that he learned to use a dictionary. It was introduced on the very last workbook page and ever since he has been looking up word means and how to spell things. I *love* it!! I’ve been waiting for this day. He’s an aspiring writer/artist and is constantly wanting to know how to spell things, this lightens the load! I can finally say “go look it up”, something I heard a million times in school, ha!
The month we only had butterfly left to do! We saved the best for the last. Although the space units may be their overall favorite, the butterfly unit wins the most fun and exciting unit award. Growing our own baby caterpillars to butterflies is just so amazing! The kids love it. They already can’t wait to do it again in 2 years when the Little Lady does Kindergarten.
I loved his expression when his caterpillars arrived! He watched them like a hawk and was very protective of them the entire time. One difference I noticed from last year (when we did them when the teacher’s manual basically said to do them) was that these guys were much more active. I’m not sure if it was the warmer weather or just a fluke but it was much more fun to watch them this time of the year. I will be saving this unit for the last again next time.
Such amazing memories. I love seeing the amazement and excitement in my children’s eyes!
The boys made some pretty cute caterpillar books this year. My mother in law got us some of the Very Hungry Caterpillar cutouts and the boys had a blast creating their own books! It took them a few days to make but they just ate up this whole activity.
LETTING THE BUTTERFLY GO PICTURES
As we neared the end of the year for this Litte Guy, we made up some activities for him to help drive home some of the areas that he struggled the most with this year. One of those was with money. He could not get coins names and worth correct all year. It drove me crazy! One day we dumped out all of the school money and he sorted it into each group, named them and counted them. Then he had to circle which one had the most money. It was a great hands-on way for him to see that although quarters have the smallest amount of coins in their pile they had the most amount of money. This impromptu lesson was a hit and he finally understood money!
Last Day of School
We survived the year! I didn’t think that we would! We celebrated by going to McDonald’s for happy meals and then they all got their own hot fudge sundaes. They loved this! Happy meals and ice cream are rare for them, they were in heaven!
And of course, we had to do the traditional questionnaire! I love seeing their answers every year!
First grade was rough. Teaching kindergarten to a strong-willed child with having to teach him how to read and do math was rough. A lot of days I was ready to quit this homeschooling gig and I didn’t think we would make it out alive. You think I’m kidding but I’m not. First grade was a drag, to be honest, there just wasn’t much fun to the curriculum. Which is understandable since they have to learn so many fundamental concepts to continue on in learning. But man did we miss that love for school that we had last year. I have a full review of the My Father’s World first grade coming. But for now we are taking a long break, enjoying the summer and we are excited because it does look like the brought the fun back with their second grade curriculum. But for now, hello summer vacation!