Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up March 2015

Another month of learning!  Below you will find highlights from our March homeschool fun!

Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up March 2015

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

All-Together-Subjects-Homeschool-Cur[1] 7th-Grade-Homeschool-Curriculum-Choi 3rd-Grade-Homeschool-Curriculum-Choi[1] Kindergarten-Homeschool-Curriculum-C[1]

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All Together School

We have a wide grade and age range between our three kids, but I am thrilled to say that we have found quite a few subjects to learn all together! 

We do the following subjects all together, and I will share mini updates below!

 

Mystery of History

Our Mystery of History time together continues to be a favorite of mine.  We do lessons 3 days a week, and then work on our timeline and review on the 4th day.

We recently began using the blank notebooking pages together, all three kids are loving them!  I love how they work for each child, despite the age differences. Below you can see a collage we shared on Instagram showing my dry erase board notes as well as a shot of each child’s page. Top right is Ladybug {K}, bottom left is Krash {3rd}, and bottom right is Pac {7th}.

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Another fun thing we did recently was listed to the Maestro Classic’s Tortoise and the Hare after we studied Aesop’s Fables.

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U.S. History ~ Ben Franklin

We use YWAM’s Heroes of History as our U.S. History foundation. It is novel based and a perfect fit for us.  We finished William Penn recently and are now reading Ben Franklin. We all LOVE these books and this way of learning together. We read together 2-3 times per week, and the kids all get to play with something quietly while we read. Lately we have been able to sit out on the porch and read!

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World Geography

We finished the book Passport to the World!  I also shared our geography country cards printables here!   We have moved on to using Children’s Atlas of God’s World! I shared our printables and how we are using them along with our book here!

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North America Printables


7th Grade

PacMan is almost entirely independent this year thus making him the least photographed child.

The one photo I did have from this past month was a shot of him doing his Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra. Daddy oversees this too and helps when needed.

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We finished reading The Hiding Place together.

Everything else is moving along, with the end in sight.  He has completed his vocabulary book and is itching to be finished with spelling and grammar.  He is close.  Science and math will last into the summer, but he is anxious to be done with the rest, for now!


3rd Grade

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All About Spelling continues to work really well for him.  We are well into level 3, and he is really absorbing the rules. We plan to finish level 3 and use level 4 next year.

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Working on vocabulary with the dog makes it much more enjoyable.

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He finished The Wright Brothers and really enjoyed it.  Below he was working on a book report using a printable I got here.

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Kindergarten

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I do specific posts for much of Ladybug’s Kindergarten.  Here’s direct links to the posts showing her in action during March {click on the graphic to see the posts}.

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Bible Verse Printables M is for Mighty Ephesians 610  Bible Verse Printables N is for Neighbor  Bible Verse Printables Letter O Psalm 11944

Goose Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action Mr. Cookie Baker Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 12  You Can Read Sight Words Unit 13  Playful Learning with Spielgaben March 2015

 

She also has other Kindergarten fun that we don’t blog specifically about, and I will include in the wrap up posts here!

Lately we have been back to our work drawer method. I set up 6 drawers for her, and printed her some new dinosaur labels, which she loves. I made a very simple rotation plan for myself : 1 – AAR, 2 – Literature Unit, 3 – You Can Read {rotate between sight words and word family}, 4 – RLRS, 5 – Daily Literacy Page, 6 – spelling workbook.

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Daddy is now in charge of box 5 & 6 and has been working on her daily literacy paper and spelling workbook with her. She isn’t always thrilled but he does an awesome job and I am so thankful he is playing a part in her homeschooling!

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Last summer I got this spelling workbook using points I had from Zulily, and it turned out to be the perfect fit for her right now.  She just began using it in March.  I am not quite ready for her to do All About Spelling 1 yet, so this is great for right now!  She really likes this book which makes it even better!

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In our last monthly wrap up I shared a bit about why and how we are using both All About Reading and Logic of English Foundations, you can read that here.

We are moving right along with All About Reading Level 1 and she LOVES it.  Really loves it.  We are up to lesson and moving quickly because she begs for more than one lesson a day and she loves the stories and usually wants to read ahead!

The little activities with each unit are fun for her and she enjoys them.

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She still doesn’t love the fluency pages but they work and she likes playing our “get a fruit snack” game while we use them. I am not a big fan of rewards of food during school and rarely do this, but in some cases I do and this is one of them.  She gets a snack anyway when we are done, so we just use the snack to make it more fun! She collects her snack one section at a time. Here’s more ideas for making the AAR fluency pages more fun!

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In March she completed the first reader and was so proud!  We are now almost done with the 2nd reader already!

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We came back to our Logic of English Foundations lessons picking up around lesson 30, when LOE focuses more on blends.  She really loves the mini books with the pictures to glue down so she was excited to see them back again!

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You can also see much of our everyday homeschool life on Instagram!

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Old Wrap Up posts from this year are below!

Monthly-Homeschool-Wrap-Up-K-3rd-and[2]  Monthly-Homeschool-Kindergarten-Wrap[2] 

January-2015-Homeschool-Wrap-Up41  Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up February 2015

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World Geography ~ North America Printables

Free North America Printables

In continuation of our world geography studies this year, we have a new set of printables for you that go along with the next book we are using!  We finished up the book Passport to the World and are now using Children’s Atlas of Gods World.  Since our country cards were such a great tool for my kids, I knew I needed something for them to work on as we learned. 

This new book is divided by continents so I made a notebooking page for each continent and then the countries featured in the book. I added a flag, a map, and some basic facts about each country we read about.

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Today I am sharing our North America printables with you!  You’ll find a notebooking page for North America, U.S.A., Mexico, and Canada. I also included an answer guide at the end of the PDF file. These printables are specific to this book so I would definitely recommend using these alongside of the book. If you looking for a more generic North America printable set, try these North America printables from Homeschool Creations!

Here’s a few action shots, showing my kids working with me. Right now we are working on one page for a week, studying a country or continent 2 days per week  We do this all together at the dining room table.  My kids are Kindergarten, 3rd and 7th grades. They each have their own worksheet and follow along with me as I write notes on the dry erase board.

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Below you can see the book we are using in the bottom left corner and the Children Just Like Me book that we pulled in to study the Inuit people on the day we did Canada. We are directly using Children Just Like Me a lot wit this study as we come to a country that has a child featured in this book. This was shared on Instagram here!  

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Ladybug mostly draws for her empty boxes, so I try to give her an example.  Sometimes she wants to copy words too.  The boys both copy the words or write their own.

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My Simple Geography Goals

  • Find the country on a large map
  • Identify the capital city
  • Identify the continent the country is on
  • Color the flag
  • Discuss facts presented in the book we are using currently

Be sure to grab our country cards and see what we did using the book Passport to the World as our focus.

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These are the other books we have in our collection so far to use together as we learn.

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Download the World Geography Country Printables here!

Scroll down to the North America section and look for this…

“North America Printables {Children’s Atlas of God’s World}”

See our North America Pinterest board here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Continent Box ~ North America on Pinterest.



Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up ~ February 2015

Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up February 2015

Another month of learning!  Below you will find highlights from our February homeschool fun!

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

All-Together-Subjects-Homeschool-Cur 7th-Grade-Homeschool-Curriculum-Choi[1] 3rd-Grade-Homeschool-Curriculum-Choi[1] Kindergarten-Homeschool-Curriculum-C[1]

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links are used}


All Together School

We have a wide grade and age range between our three kids, but I am thrilled to say that we have found quite a few subjects to learn all together! 

We do the following subjects all together, and I will share mini updates below!

 

Mystery of History

Our Mystery of History time together continues to be a favorite of mine.  We do lessons 3 days a week, and then work on our timeline and review on the 4th day.

At the end of February we had completed through week 17, lesson 51.  I just love this time of learning with my kids!

 

U.S. History ~ William Penn

We use YWAM’s Heroes of History as our U.S. History foundation. It is novel based and a perfect fit for us.  We finished John Smith and are almost done with William Penn now.  We all have loved this book, lots to learn about this amazing man of such integrity!

We read together 3 times per week at least, and the kids all get to play with something quietly while we read.

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Sometimes I find some interesting shots on my phone when we are done.  My kids will sometimes play with my hair while reading.  Apparently this day my oldest had a little too much fun.

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World Geography

We finished the book Passport to the World!  I also shared our geography country cards printables here!

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We have moved on to using Children’s Atlas of God’s World!


7th Grade

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PacMan is almost entirely independent this year.  I teach him writing and Who is God? and the rest he does independently.

Daddy continues to be in charge of overseeing Pac’s science {Apologia General Science}! I caught them one day learning together. They were both obviously so very thrilled with me.

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He is doing really well with Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra. Daddy oversees this too and helps when needed.

We are really enjoying reading The Hiding Place together, I don’t normally read aloud to him but I love this book so we are reading together this time!


3rd Grade

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All About Spelling continues to work really well for him.  We are well into level 3, and he is really absorbing the rules. Below you can see him working on a page from the Homophones workbook.  We pull these out whenever they show up in the lessons.

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He is reading a book he is really enjoying now, The Wright Brothers.  I just love when he gets into a good book.  It is hard to find ones that really lure him in, and thankfully this one did!

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We continue with Write Shop D for writing and it is going well.  Still not my favorite thing to teach but we are moving along. The hands on lessons are our favorites, but he still struggles when it comes time to write.  Not his favorite thing.  Although if you give him a blank notebook and no rules, he will write his own chapter book!

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We are almost through First Language Lessons {starting with book 1 and moving quickly} to work on oral comprehension and solid grammar skills.  In addition to this he is using Growing with Grammar 2 which I am loving. I like to do both with him since one is auditory and one is a written workbook style. Below he is working on Growing with Grammar.

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Kindergarten

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I do specific posts for much of Ladybug’s Kindergarten.  Here’s direct links to the posts showing her in action during January {click on the graphic to see the posts}.

ig word family fun 2  op Word Family Fun 2

A Color of His Own Unit Study in Action  You Can Read Sight Words Unit 11  Playful Learning with Spielgaben February 2015  Bible Verse Printables L is for Light John 812

 

She also has other Kindergarten fun that we don’t blog specifically about, and I will include in the wrap up posts here!

Recently I bought the Daily Literacy pack from one of my favorite TPT sellers, Lavinia Pop.  I just love her work and whenever I want something in my head but don’t want to create it myself, I check her store.  I had been wanting to create daily literacy work for years and finally figured it was too late for me to make my own and I just loved hers, so I bought it! Ladybug does one page a day {most days} and it reviews handwriting, letter ID, sight words, CVC words, and beginning sounds.

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I’ve gotten some questions recently, since my Instagram has been showing Ladybug using All About Reading Level 1. I did not give up Logic of English Foundations A to switch to AAR, we are using both.  It’s complicated, I know.  But you see, I was given AAR to review back when Krash was younger, and we loved it.  Then this past fall I was given LOE to review and decided to use it with Ladybug, and we loved it.  So I used LOE up until I felt she had a solid phonics base {all letter sounds, how to blend CVC words, identify beginning/middle/end sound} and then we put LOE away and started AAR 1.  We still have ten more LOE lessons left and we will do these during AAR 1.  The last ten lessons of LOE pull in consonant blends, and when AAR gets to that point we will tie the two together.

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With Krash I began AAR 1 a little too early and he struggled in the beginning and we had to slow down a lot.  With Ladybug it was perfect timing and she is soaring! The foundation she got from LOE was awesome.  So, I know the big question is, “"which one do I like better?”  The answer is both!  If money wasn’t a struggle for someone,  I would recommend using AAR Pre, then LOE Foundations A, then AAR 1. They are both amazing programs, based on similar thinking in regards to teaching literacy. You really can’t go wrong with either one of these programs.

So, for now we are using AAR every day, she begs for lessons.  At the end of February we had completed through lesson 10.

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Anyone who has used AAR knows the fluency pages are a struggle for some kids.  I had this struggle with Krash and after the first day of struggle with her, I decided to make it the best time of the reading lesson and pull out the fruit snacks.  I am not a big fan of rewards of food during school and rarely do this, but in some cases I do and this is one of them.  She gets a snack anyway when we are done, so we just use the snack to make it more fun! She collects her snack one section at a time. Here’s more ideas for making the AAR fluency pages more fun!

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I love, LOVE the All About Reading readers.  They are beautifully illustrated, simple and fun.

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I still use Lessontrek for all of our weekly lesson plans.  It’s so simple and I love it.  For Ladybug, I have general subject areas and then add in what we actually did each day in pencil on the sheet.  I have a very loose plan for Kindergarten and this method works well for us. {use code OPO3 for 3 months free to try Lessontrek yourself!}.

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Lately she has been reading on my bed a lot.  I give her a stack of books and often she will be there for an hour or longer! Lately she has loved getting a stack of AlphaTales books, Brand New Readers, Bob Books, and Scholastic Folk & Fairy Tales.

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You can also see much of our everyday homeschool life on Instagram!

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Old Wrap Up posts from this year are below!

Monthly-Homeschool-Wrap-Up-K-3rd-and[1]  Monthly-Homeschool-Kindergarten-Wrap  January-2015-Homeschool-Wrap-Up4

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World Geography Country Printables

World Geography Country Printables Free Cards



I wanted a simple world geography homeschool curriculum to use with all three of my kids in Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 7th grade. I started with purchasing Geography & Cultures while at the Teach Them Diligently Convention last spring. Two really awesome books came with this set {Passport to the World and Children’s Atlas of God’s World}, as well as a lesson guide. Soon after this purchase I bought another world atlas {National Geographic Kids Ultimate Globetrotting World Atlas}, and also dug out my Children Just Like Me book.  We also still use and love our Little Passports resources.

If you know me, you know I had to create some country printables of my own and that’s what I am sharing with you today!  I went through the books, and our Little Passports packets, and made a list of the countries included {49 countries total – which isn’t all, but most}.

Each card includes the name of the country, a place to fill in the capital, and a place to write in the continent.  There’s also a flag to color as well as a graphic of the country in blackline form.

Here’s a peek…

World Geography Flashcards

I started out in alphabetical order but then realized I forgot a few countries in my initial list and it was hard to shift at that point, so you’ll find a few out of order at the end — sorry about that!

I printed one set for each of my kids, on cardstock. I punch a hole in the corner and when they are done we add the card to a metal ring.

We do two countries per week, going over just simple basics as we read the book we are using.  We started with Passport to the World and just completed this book last week! This is what our learning usually looks like during this time.  We all sit together as I read to them.  We also get our big map down and find the country.

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They each have 26 countries on their ring now!  We use these to review easily also!

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My Simple Geography Goals

  • Find the country on a large map
  • Identify the capital city
  • Identify the continent the country is on
  • Color the flag
  • Discuss facts presented in the book we are using currently

The first book we used, Passport to the World is an alphabetical book with a language of the country as the focus {also being the alphabetical part}.  My kids were thoroughly confused when The United States of America showed up for letter C.  Took a lot of explaining that this was for the Cherokee language ~ that’s what the C was for!  They are used to it now, but at first it was confusing! Below you can see a few other photos from our time with this book.

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Seriously it is such a simple way to do world geography all together.  I hope to get even more in depth with some of the other books as we move forward this year and probably next year too with a similar plan.

You can easily use these country printables with any book or geography program, just choose the countries you want to use.  I may even add more so if there’s a country you’d like to suggest I add, please leave a comment.  no promises, but I’d love to get a list together of countries to add.

These are the books we have in our collection so far to use together as we learn.

Passport to the World   Children's Atlas of God's World

World Atlas   Children Just Like Me

Download the World Geography Country Printables here!

Look for this graphic and click to download!

World Geography Country Printable Cards



Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up January 2015

January 2015 Homeschool Wrap Up

Now that we are mostly settled into our new house, I wanted to get back on the monthly homeschool wrap-up wagon! This post will share our learning that happened during January.  We are in the middle of my son’s competitive gymnastics season so we take some days off here and there and then make them up when the season is over.  We didn’t have a full four weeks of school, but close!

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

All-Together-Subjects-Homeschool-Cur 7th-Grade-Homeschool-Curriculum-Choi[1] 3rd-Grade-Homeschool-Curriculum-Choi[1] Kindergarten-Homeschool-Curriculum-C

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All Together School

This is our group shot from the beginning of the year, they’ve already changed SO much! Especially my biggest boy!

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We have a wide grade and age range between our three kids, but I am thrilled to say that we have found quite a few subjects to learn all together! 

We do the following subjects all together, and I will share mini updates below!

 

Mystery of History

Our Mystery of History time together continues to be a favorite of mine.  We do lessons 3 days a week, and then work on our timeline and review on the 4th day.

At the end of January we had completed through week 13, lesson 39.  We obviously got behind this year and will get as far as we can and continue on with volume 1 next year if needed and then move on to volume 2.

One of the highlights of the month was watching corresponding What’s in the Bible DVDs as we went through certain lessons! The kids LOVED this and it helped so much!

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Specific lessons we matched with videos recently ~

Volume 5 ~ Israel Gets a King went nicely with MOH Week 11 {David, Solomon, Saul}

Volume 6 ~ A Nation Divided matched up with MOH lesson 35 {The Kingdom of Israel Divides}

As I went to get links for this post I noticed they have an incredible sale going on for the DVDs right now {ends 2/15/15}!

 

 

U.S. History ~ William Penn

We use YWAM’s Heroes of History as our U.S. History foundation. It is novel based and a perfect fit for us.  We finished John Smith and are in the middle of William Penn now.  We are all loving this particular book since we lived in Pennsylvania for the past 10 years before moving!  This is a GREAT book.

We read together 3 times per week at least, and the kids all get to play with something quietly while we read.

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Even the dog often joins us for reading time.

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World Geography

We continue to use the book Passport to the World to go through countries and languages from around the world.  Such a simple thing we do twice a week but we are all learning and remembering so much!  The book is a launch for many discussions. We are almost done with the entire book and will move onto Children’s Atlas of God’s World next to do the same thing ~ just read and learn together!

 


7th Grade

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PacMan is almost entirely independent this year.  I teach him writing and Who is God? and the rest he does independently.

Daddy continues to be in charge of overseeing Pac’s science {Apologia General Science}! This is so great for me {the mom who dislikes teaching science}. Pac continues to set up, and clean up his experiments on his own, it is wonderful!  He even invites his sister to sit in when he can!

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We continue to slowly creep along with writing {Write Shop 1} in the afternoon together, and it continues to be a struggle.  I just don’t like teaching writing.  Love the curriculum, it’s just me.

He is doing really well with Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra. Daddy oversees this too and helps when needed.

We have been bad with reading lately and he just picked up his first novel since we moved, he is currently reading The Hiding Place.


3rd Grade

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Krash spends a lot of time in the gym, and his gymnastics team has many homeschooled kids.  There are homeschool gym hours 3 days per week so we get a majority of his schooling done on his two non-gym days each week.  He also schools with us on the other three days, but his most intense days are Tuesday and Thursday here at home.

Daddy has taken over a few subjects with Krash since our move ~ Life of Fred Math {they are working on book C right now}, Vocabulary, Science, and math. He is doing well with Teaching Textbooks Math 4, but we have made one change for him.  Daddy now goes over the lesson in the textbook with K each morning before he goes to the computer.  He needs this extra walk through most morning just to clear his brain and help him focus.

We continue with Write Shop D for writing and it is going well.  Still not my favorite thing to teach but we are moving along.

We are almost through First Language Lessons {starting with book 1 and moving quickly} to work on oral comprehension and solid grammar skills.  In addition to this he is using Growing with Grammar 2 which I am loving. I like to do both with him since one is auditory and one is a written workbook style.

All About Spelling continues to work really well for him.  We are well into level 3, and he is really absorbing the rules. A recent change we made was putting the board on our table instead of propped up.  he likes this SO much better!

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Krash has been joining in with Ladybug for calendar time for some review. He is a good helper to her.  He has a modified Calendar Notebook again, and is working on a few simple things each day.  I plan to write a post soon sharing exactly what he and Ladybug are doing with calendar these days!

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Kindergarten

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I do specific posts for much of Ladybug’s Kindergarten.  Here’s direct links to the posts showing her in action during January {click on the graphic to see the posts}.

AT Word Family Fun _et Word Family Printables2 

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 9 You Can Read Sight Words Unit 10 Playful learning with Spielgaben January 2015

 

She also has other Kindergarten fun that we don’t blog specifically about, and I will include in the wrap up posts here!

We continue to use and enjoy Logic of English Foundations A. Her progress is just where I want it to be.  She calls it “dragon school” because of the dragon on the front of the book.  She enjoys the lessons and does really well. It has been a fabulous foundation in phonics for her.

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She loves using our Perler Bead letters on the worksheets now!

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A new aspect of our homeschool is read aloud time with Daddy each afternoon.  Since my husband is now home more, he reads her a stack of books each day after lunch.  They both love this time and I feel so blessed to have him home able to do this!

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You can also see much of our everyday homeschool life on Instagram!

1plus1plus1 on Instagram

 

Old Wrap Up posts from this year are below!

Monthly-Homeschool-Wrap-Up-K-3rd-and[1]  Monthly Homeschool Kindergarten Wrap Up

Linking to ~ Weekly Wrap-Up