Saturday, September 18, 2010

Our Homeschool Happenings ~ Lesson One, Week 1-2

As I've made mention of in previous posts, I chose to use My Father's World's Kindergarten Curriculum for Katie this year.  In order to spend adequate time on each skill being taught, I have chosen to spend 2 weeks on each lesson in our curriculum.  Each lesson has 6 days of work, so Katie and I have 3 homeschool times per week, plus her weekly Friday co-op classes through MHCS. 

Up until this point, we have been quite laid back with our approach to homeschooling and our schedules.  It has taken much more planning to get used to our new schedule, but we are all enjoying it greatly! 

This week ends Lesson One of our material, and I thought it would be fun to share with you all at least some of what we've covered so far:
  • worked on the letter "S", it's sound, and how to correctly write the letter.
  • focused on the Sun and all that it does, including how the Sun makes raisins
  • learned that Jesus is the light of the world, where that is in the Bible, what that means to us, and how we can be lights to the world.
  • reviewed our colors and painted by using specific patterns.
  • read as many books as we could find about the Sun, read poems about shadows, and had a little "shadow" fun!
  • learned a new "a-a-Apple" song, which reinforces correct letter sounds in a fun, catchy way {Katie's new favorite song}.
  • reviewed our numbers up to 16, while learning the days of the week and months of the year {an ongoing calendar project!}
  • working on learning "how much is 100?", by counting and adding popsicle sticks to our cup for each lesson.
  • played matching games with our upper-case and lower-case letters, and Katie is closer and closer to knowing them all perfectly!
  • used our Cuisenaire Rods to help mature our counting, pattern-making, and critical thinking skills - Katie loves this activity!
  • enjoyed learning about Mozart and Allegro piece of music, while trying to be "graceful" by balancing beanbags as we move to the music.
We're excited about our homeschooling journey and look forward to sharing more of our adventures (and more pictures) SOON!