Well, it's quite a surprise to find myself getting back "into the swing of things." A lot of big, BIG changes in my personal life had pretty much solidified my decision to put the boys in private school, rather than homeschool. Transitioning from stay at home mama, to single, working mama never making it to Germany with my husband, and trying to juggle the important task of educating my children really felt like too much. But.. As I was pulling out our Nancy Larsen Science stuff, thinking it might just be fun to do in our free time, my would be kindergartener started dancing around, begging to do school again. We did a few science lessons on the fly, and he asked for math and reading... What!?! So here we are, Monday morning after just a day of planning beginning our kinder year! We are lacking a lot of components for subjects like geography and AAR 1, so we'll be holding off on those for a little while. We've also decided to hold off on tot school just a little while longer, until all of our fun new toys make it back to the states, and just have the little man tag along with us, soaking up what he can! Wish us luck!
MATH U SEE: Alpha
FIVE IN A ROW: The Story About Ping
I love rowing books! We do things a little differently than some, just going for exposure to great literature along with some fun, themed activities. So far though, reading and playing the same story each week has REALLY gotten the boys interested!
Why did the boy in the story wear a barrel on his back when he jumped into the water? So he would float, not sink! We played a looooong game of SINK OR FLOAT, this week!
AAR: Level Pre
We have made it to the lowercase letters of our level pre. I had originally decided to skip this and move on to the next level with Gauge, as he has been great with letters for quite some time now and Vash isn't at all ready for lowercase, but since we do not have everything we need to get started with that, I figured a little review/exposure never hurt anyone!
JUST FOR FUN
We spend a lot of time outside, especially in our fabulous new outdoor space! Both boys were loving learning about bowling and baseball, and Vash had an opportunity to show off his color sorting skills!
All in all, this week was a TOTAL success! I learned a lot about myself last year, and though I felt like a failure at times, I think I have come out better prepared for the real deal- KINDERGARTEN! I have to remind myself to give us all some time to get into the swing of things, and figure it all out. I have to remind myself not to stress too much, and keep things fun; and I have to remind myself that this really is my calling, so even when things get tough, I am right where I am supposed to be!
Happy homeschooling, friends!