September 17, 2016

First Two Weeks

We are done with our first two weeks of homeschool and I am blown away! I wish I had homeschooled them from the start. We have learned a lot and the fact that they are soaking it in and talking about it for days after really shows that the one-on-on attention and lessons are good for them.

I wanted to share some pictures and what we have been doing the past two weeks! It was hard to get several pictures in certain subjects! I did what I could! 

Science
We have learned all about Mammals. They copy notes from the board after we have read through our lesson. Then we usually have an activity or worksheet to work on. On Friday we made kangaroo pouches with joeys in them. They also took their first Quiz this week!

   




Geography
We covered Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, and Maryland. I read from our National Geographic Atlas and they color their sheet about that state. We also review where the state is located and the Capital. 


History
We just finished our first unit. It had 5 Lessons and then a building project at the end. We also started our timeline and did some map work. We learned about The First Americans 2348 BC to AD 1500. The last day of this Unit they had to choose a tribe to build the type of houses they lived in. Austin chose the Inuit tribe that lived in Igloos and Dylan choose the Iroquois tribe who lived in Longhouses.

   
 
    

  

Language Arts

The past two weeks they started their First Language Lessons workbooks. They learned the parts of a book, nouns, and pronouns.


Math

In math they work separately. So one will do independent work while I work on Math with the other. Dylan has been reviewing time, addition, days of the week, and months of the year. Austin has also been reviewing counting money, writing numbers in word form, and odd and even numbers.


Spelling

They each get a grade appropriate list. They have certain activities to practice their words each day and then on Friday we take a test.

Cursive

Cursive is done independently twice a week. Right now they are working on the movements to build certain letters.

Literature

We are reading Charlotte's Web. So far we are on Chapter 8. We were only reading it twice a week but the boys have asked that we read it more so we are going to start reading it daily starting this week. After we read we work on our Lapbook or Activity that is listed in the curriculum I have.



Art

We just started our Art program this week. They colored the cover to their Lapbook and I have read the assigned pages from the Picasso book. 


This was our first two weeks of homeschooling. They are loving it and I am enjoying having them home and actually knowing what they are learning. It's nice to be able to talk about it with them in the evenings as a review.

September 7, 2016

The First Day of School

We started our first day by taking the normal Back to School pictures we have done since they started Kindergarten. 



I went into this first day thinking we are going to have a good day. I am going to keep my cool and understand this is a transition for them as they have been in public school for so long. They blew my socks off with how well the day went. I know that won't always happen but our first day went really well. 


We don't have a set schedule with strict times. Instead, we have a schedule with items that have to be done that day. We started school at 9:00 and we were done within three hours. I felt that was pretty good for introducing their books to them and doing Science, Geography, Language Arts, Math, Reading, Spelling, and Literature. 


We also had a trip to the Library and they were so excited for the books they got they read them on the way home!




Overall I can't say it enough that they really surprised me. I thought I was going to pull my hair out and be way more stressed because they wouldn't want to do what I had planned, but they loved the first day.


We were having breakfast this morning before our second day and they both told me they loved homeschool and couldn't wait to get started today!!

Will update at the end of the week on how the rest of the week goes!