We are into our official homeschool year. We started somewhere in May, right after #4 birth and took until the end of June to finish the first week. Oh, I was feeling some fear that maybe I was in over my head. My thought was that even though I have this great passion and desire to homeschool my children, what happens if I never get to it in our day. well, we are getting better and of course, we still have no real set routine yet. I hope by Christmas, we will find it or maybe Santa will bring me one.
As we are moving forth in the lessons, I am excited that I am coming together mentally with the planning and physically with keeping it together. I will say, right now we are homeschooling either on the living room floor or at the coffee table. I do not have some awesome cool, eat your heart out classroom. I am going to make a makeshift display area over our tiny dinner table to help us review and gloat over our hard work. I had hoped to use the bulletin board squares that you tape up, BUT the darn things keep falling down. SO I am patiently waiting for my husband to make a board to put them on.
Here is our stuff!
Calendar. Part of our morning routine is to put the date on the calendar. I originally bought a calendar set from the Dollar Tree and had it all together on a poster board. Having only a few places to hang it and having guest knocking it down, I opted to get rid of it. I found this little gem at Staples for $3.
A small hiccup it that #3 likes to erase the numbers when no one is looking.
I don’t actually mind, because now #1 is getting a lot of practice writing the numbers. Bad mommy?
I took the example by Melanie at www.treasuresunseen.blogspot.com and set up all my unit lessons like she did.
I love being part of the My Fathers World Kindergarten – Yahoo group. Group members share files and ideas and help with keeping the mommy’s chin up. In that group, there is a weekly summary of each unit study. So I print mine and put the week we are working on attached to a clipboard. I also clip the pages we will work on behind the summary.
The generous mom who made this, created a somewhat standardized form that she added weekly details. One thing to note about MFW-K is that it operates like a letter of a week program that is combined into a unit study and submerged into the bible. For that, I am in bliss to teach my children this program.
Now I never meant to do this but my daily workbox just came to be and is working fine for now. In it I have:
- tactile numbers
- teacher manual
- box of crayons
- box with scissors, glue, pencils
- letter box (this is the envelope box, plan to make it pretty later)
- 3-hole punch
- paper items for the next craft project
- books from the library that go along with the study
- a game (cooties mini version from wal-mart) to celebrate the end of our lesson for the day. [I am finding that ending with a game helps motivate us to stay on task and helps me to remember to have fun]
Now I can not forget that I have to keep a portfolio of #1 work. So here is a 3-ring binder from one of my college courses.
We are moving along. And I am already amazed at what I am seeing. #1 is very good at knowing the sounds of letters, so we should be moving into blends rather soon. #2 is really pleasing me. We are using this year as his Pre-k, so I plan for him to do a lot of just sitting in. Well he is very determined to do things perfect. He is more than happy to do what ever #1 is doing and I believe he would try to take over her work. I think the most important task for him right now is to just sit back and listen and mimic her. I hope #1 gets just as excited. She is doing it to please me, she is a pleaser. But I also know given the chance, she would much rather be doing something else. I hope as the routine gets more in place, she will come around.