I devour the internet… I know everyone does. But as you can tell by the name of my blog, I love learning new things. The engineer in me always wants to have the most efficient and best proven way of doing – well everything. This make me a sure candidate for pinterest addiction… you can see my 13,000 pins here. The great thing about homeschooling is that there is so much information out there to do fun and exciting things, but the sad thing is that homeschooling takes a lot of planning… I can’t really do everything.
I’m going to try to post a little bit about what we did the previous week that was fun and worked well. We use Calvert homeschooling curriculum for Third Grade and Kindergarten. I get most of my ideas from 1 plus 1 plus 1 equals 1 since she uses Calvert too and I love Confessions of a Homeschooler and Homeschool Creations. And random pins from the web.
Here is what we did this week (I’m doing this Monday before the girls wake up so there has been no editing to the photos!):
The girls had to take tests on their computers for our Cyber School. We get the traditional Calvert Materials for free from the charter school and we have to send in tests every 20 days, but pretty much the rest of it is like traditional homeschooling. I made them write out what they wanted to eat for breakfast and lunch all week so I could plan. Sassy Pants (5 years old) did letters A-C and loved the Pattern Block Letters from Confessions of a homeschooler. My third grader was doing place value so I made up this little game where the place values from a million down were written on sentence strips and then each girl took turn saying how many cards they wanted… from 1 – 7. If Sassy pants picked 5, they’d each get 5 and try to make the biggest number they could and put it on the chart. Miss Thing (my 8-year-old) would have to say the number properly. The person with the most cards at the end took all the cards and we’d continue to play with the whole deck (we used uno cards without the specials like reverse and such). They loved it and wanted to play a couple of days in a row. Sassy Pants is almost 6 and so she can read about 20-30 sight words. So I am using these sight words with her every week and doing some activities with them. I use these sight word lists from Teachers Pay Teachers from Fanciful First grade – they’re free. I really like the words this list uses. So every week I’m going to make her a mini book that uses all the sight words. Here is the book I made her this first week. I drew the pictures and she colored them in. Here is the pdf of the file (sightwordbookweek1) if you’d like the book. Here’s a video on how to fold and cut to make your minibook. One of Miss Things activities was to write down and object from the house that starts with each of the consonant sounds – which is definitely a review. So we made it into a game. Both girls went upstairs found objects that had the beginning sound then Sassy Pants (5 years old) had to write the lower case letter on a small post it on the object. I then had to go up and find all of the objects. They loved it and it gave me 20 minutes to prepare lunch. SInce we belong to the Cyber school the girls get lots of fun resources. The school sent a Physical education bag with lots of fun toys in it so we played hopscotch and bowling one day for recess. I don’t hae a picture but I started a small blog for the girls through kidblog. I write all the lessons for the day and add fun websites and youtube videos for them. They love it. Kidblog is great and you can have a completely private page. I got the idea from 1 plus 1 plus 1 equals 1.
And that was our first week! It was amazing the first 2 days and not so much a tthe end of the week… but here goes for this week.