Saturday, August 28, 2010
Here is what his kinder year will look like.
I'm sure Lance, will have a fun time learning to read.
I also like that it looks to be a gentle way of introducing the letters. I think in the first 40 lessons they are playing around with a handful of sounds (sorry, to lazy to go check about how may sounds are introduced)
For math I wanted something colorful. This is the first year that any of my children will use a colorful math program. Well, actually we did use a year of Calvert and that was colorful, but that was so long ago and I don't think we finished it. I was a "grass is greener on the other side" homeschooler at the time and I believe I switched all the kiddos to Math-U-See.
Friday, August 27, 2010
For Language Arts, which consist of grammar, writing, copywork, dictation and reading, we will continue with The Phonics Road to Reading and Spelling.
I think the boys are going to enjoy the Little House study that goes along with it. I haven't watched much of the dvds only the first few. What I have seen is a very thorough language arts program. It has everything I'm looking for. The boys will continue to their phonograms and use them to improve their reading and spelling.
Brent, was actually asking when we were going to do his spelling again. I was surprised because as much as they did like it last year, they only liked it as much as a boy could like language arts. Meaning he did it willingly because he knows that's required of him but it wasn't like he was jumping for joy. I'm actually looking forward to starting Phonics Road (PR) as well.
Edited to add that we are switching mid year to Spelling Workout B and MCP Plaid Phonics. I still believe that PR is one of the best Language Arts programs. I need something that is easier to administer to Caleb and Brent. Just math sessions alone with my students take over two hours.
For math I chose Bob Jones Math 4. I really wanted to use McRuffy Math but with Bob Jones (BJ) it just seems easier to combine. From what I hear, Bob Jones assumes that the child hasn't been introduced to a concept (it's considered a more mastery approach) so they teach that concept from the beginning. Even though Brent is in 3rd grade he'll (hopefully) be able to keep up.
I also purchased the review book, so they will continuously be reviewing previously taught lessons. I don't think that four pages of math is going to go well with my boys. My dear hubby on the other hand thinks it a good thing. Since the boys will most likely be done with school in two hours (with their basic studies of Language Arts and Math) they should be able to complete the Review page later with out complaint. This program I really, really liked but for his 5th grade year I decided to have him use Math-U-See because he could watch Mr. Demme. Having him watch the DVD is a HUGE help for this busy homeschooling mama ;)
For Bible they will study the book of James along with their older siblings.
Science, I'm going to attempt a science program. I chose McRuffy Science 2nd grade. Why below their grade level? Well, science in my humble opinion is gravy. Meaning it's an extra subject. Here at Homeschooling6 our core subjects are Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Science & History are add-ons.
McRuffy Science 2nd Grade, looks fun and they are still learning. My boys are late readers so a regular textbook would be too hard. My boys are growing up and I want to do this with them. I don't want a science program that's overly challenging. I want fun, games, mom spending time with them.
Well, I tried, but science this year consisted of audio books, read aloud books and DVD or Netflix.
Besides, there is so much science all around us. Watching the ants or a spider going after it's prey. Watching the clouds float by. We have a whole shelf of science books, plus we have audio books (the whole set of Jonathon Park)
Penmanship- A Reason for Handwriting B.
Art (my sis is sending some stuff, so I'll have to edit)
And that's about it with the formal stuff. The boys will continue to learn about survival, animals of their interest, herbs and more as the year progresses.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I explained to each child as we were going through their drawers that mom has been lazy in this department of parenting. I talked how God is a God of order and we should be orderly as well and this includes their drawers and how we take care of our clothes.
Each child has three drawers. I took all their clothes out and we threw any clothing away that was torn or stained. If it didn't fit them anymore we put it a side to be packed for the next child. I found some containers that fit in their drawers and showed the boys how to fold their undies. I mentioned that dad prefers their undies folded and it's a good thing to discipline one self even with the small unseen stuff.
I also helped with getting Annette, Caleb and Ethan's room cleaned up. They had so much junk all over the place. You could barely see the floor. We threw away a lot of paper, broken toys or toys that had parts missing. We found a home for everything. If we couldn't find a home for an item we got rid of it. Now their room is clean. I told the children that every night I'm going to check their rooms and drawers. Again, I was being very lazy about this before.
While we were cleaning the room, I had the other children pair the socks. In Annette's room we would just lazily throw all the socks in the drawer. I didn't have the children pair them up because I didn't want to deal with it, so again, I told the children that we need to be more disciplined and start pairing up those socks.
Now we have lots of paired socks in a container. All the socks that didn't have a partner we put in another container. Later after we do more washing we'll bring the container down to see if we can get some more pairs.
Then we tackled the living room. Up high I have three container one holds small legos, another has small playmobiles and the 3rd has army men, horses, plastic tents and so forth. These toys are only allowed down if they ask. They have to put all the pieces back in the container, come and get me to put it back up. Every once in a while we will find a toy that belongs up, so I have a small index card container that we put those in. Next time the toys come down we can take the pieces we found from the index box to the container. This is going back to everything must have a home.
I am really trying to get the house in order before school starts. I told the children that once school starts we all need to work together to keep the household running smoothly. This is why we are finding a home for every toy, paper, school stuff etc.
The five older children will be responsible for their own laundry. When they see that they only have one Pj left then that is a sign to do a load of their laundry. I'm showing Ethan, how to do laundry before school starts. Ethan, will need some help with the dryer because it's pretty high. We have it stacked on the washer.
Tomorrow I plan to finish the living room. Once the house is in order, I'm going to start on the school binders and finish getting the schoolbooks organized.
Grandpa also brings lots of goodies for the children. Last week it was watermelon and peaches but this week, well, lets just say we all probably have gained a pound or so.
Here is Lance, with a donut and some milk (gotta add the milk in)
Grandpa with the grandkids. Enjoying more sweets.
Annette with her cousin.
This one was taken today. See Josh, in the back? Grandpa is telling another story.
He replied, "It's not easy finding good syrup. I searched and searched until I found that one." he replied with a cute smile.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I folded an index card in half and the children decorated them with markers and stickers.
Here are some that have been completed.
Look, Lance wrote his own name. He decorated the back but I took a picture of the front so we can see his name. I'll add the rest later. Right now my computer is acting up.
I told the children that these are to be used with kindness and respect for one another. They are not for tagging seats rudely or rushing to get the seat you want. These are to mainly let someone know a seat is taken. So, no running or rushing to the table to mark a seat.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Here is what I did.
Many people seem to file by weeks. I decided to file by subjects instead. I ended up with three crates.
I have six children. Two children per crate.
Here I have Lance (K) and Ethan's (2nd) crate.
I filed McRuffy Phonics Kindergarten, McRuffy Science K (two workbooks), Saxon Phonics 1, McRuffy Math K & 1st grade.
I filed McRuffy math but did not take the workbooks apart. I filed the reproducible pages and there is a folder for all the games. The game cards I put in a small container, so I can easily pull what I need for that week. I didn't take a picture but I placed some library pockets in my main file folders to hold any math or phonics cards.
McRuffy Science I did take apart the workbooks and filed them by lessons with any reproducibles. Again there is a file folder to hold the games and a container for all the cards.
Saxon Phonics I had the binding cut and paper clipped all the lessons together. All the game cards are in a container.
Next I have Caleb & Brent's Crate.
They didn't have to much to file because we use The Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading I didn't feel the need to file that. It's already in a nice binder ready to go. What I did file was Bob Jones Math. I took the book apart. Paper clipped the workbook pages, the Review pages and test. I also filed McRuffy Science 2. I did take the science book apart. I three holed punched them so they would fit in their binder. I paper clipped and filed any reproducibles along with the workbook page. I put all the game cards in a container.
Since they didn't have as much to file I put some teacher manuals in the back. I also put file folders so I will have a place to return any charts, visuals, test answer keys and so forth for next year.
Along with all the science stuff. It's in the same container.
Last but not least I have Joshua and Annette's crate.
In this crate I filed Bob Jones Math, Heritage Studies 5 & 8, Saxon Grammar 5 & 6, Sonlight Science 5 and Intermediate Language Lessons. I had the binding cut on Saxon Grammar so I can easily put each lesson in a binder. I filed all of Bob Jones Math with the test.
As you can see in the photo above I filed by subjects and clipped the lessons together or clipped a whole chapter.
What I did was take a handful of lessons from each subject and put them in my main mama folders.
I have three hanging file folders. Two kiddos per hanging file folder. The handful of lessons I took from the crates will go in this file box. I have a file folder for each subject. In the front I have my teacher planner. The planner is for me to use mostly with the two youngest and also to add any reminders for the olders.
The crates are in the kitchen next to the my school desk (the table). I have the crate that holds Caleb & Brent's stuff on top because their crate also houses the teacher guides and manuals.
Hopefully this will keep me from running around the house trying to find a lost teacher manual.
This year the older children are going to try something new. Instead of having planners of their own we are going to use library cards and pockets. They will have one library card for each subject. The library pocket will be glued to a divider.
The one above is for Annette and for Grammar. I'll write the lessons for that week and she can put a small check mark next to it when she completes that lesson. I decided to divide by subjects, so each divider will have one of the library pockets and cards.
All pencils are labeled with names. No more, "I can't find a pencil."
And glue, markers, crayons.....all labeled.
Lastly the children will put any books or workbooks that weren't taken apart and their binder in a backpack. All their pencils, erasers, glue, scissors etc. etc. etc. will go in their backpack as well.
And that's all folks!
I'm almost done. I think this is the last of the filing. I still have Joshua's Heritage Studies but I'll finish that later this year.
Once done with filing I'll start working on their binders.
Pictures and how I filed coming soon.............
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I should be caught up today. Yay! Thank you Lord for my sweet hubby and six hearts!
Ethan, cut out a Micky for me.
I was in my bedroom reading my Bible when he told me that. We (meaning all the children and I) have had some great discussions lately about being a child of the King.