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.

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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.

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}.

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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!

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The Dog Who Had Kittens ~ Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We completed another Kindergarten Literature Unit, The Dog Who Had Kittens!

The Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten Literature Unit Study In Action

I love setting up a central area for our theme focus and my daughter loves it too.  I gather our toys and books together and display them the night before we begin our unit. It helps to draw her in and get her excited about our learning time together. It was VERY simple this time and she helped me create it.  She has tons of dog and cat stuffed animals so I had her choose which ones she thought looked most like Eloise, Baxter and the kittens from the book.

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We also let many other doggies and kitties come along, as well as our collection of cat and dog books.  This is a shot of our “extras” basket.

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Instead of sorting in folders for each day, I put together a binder.  I put the activities in the order I wanted her to do them, but we went out of order on some!

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Day One

We began by reading the book, which is a big time favorite!  We then went on to our first activity, sorting baby and adult animals.

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We then made patterns using images of kittens, Eloise and Baxter…

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Finally, we worked on “D is for…

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Day Two

We began with, the graphing dogs.  She loved this!!

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We did the character connection about being grateful, but no photos! 

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Then she did the story problems, but I also didn’t get a photo of her! She loved this, she is very into math right now.

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Finally we used the “Describe a Basset Hound” page and had lots of laughs together.  During this we also searched online for other pictures of Basset Hounds and she decided she NEEEEDS a “Basket” Hound because they are soooooo cuuuute.

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Day Three

She painted a cat and dog in honor of Baxter and Eloise.

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Day Four

She cut out and put together the dog and cat she painted the day before..

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We then sequenced the story together…

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Finally, we found sight words in the book…

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Day Five

She loved the simple “What did Baxter do?” activity focusing on days of the week.

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We then did the comprehension questions

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Finally she traced as we discussed the Bible verse and how Eloise was thankful to Baxter in the end of the story.

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All of our work from this unit!

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See our FREE printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

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Leave a link in a comment, email me, or share on my Facebook page?


See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!

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A Color of His Own Kindergarten Literature Unit In Action

We completed another Kindergarten Literature Unit, A Color of His Own, recently. It was SO nice to be back to learning this way, we both love it.  We haven’t done a literature unit since before my husband’s accident over three months ago!

A Color of His Own Unit Study in Action

I love setting up a central area for our theme focus and my daughter loves it too.  I gather our toys and books together and display them the night before we begin our unit. It helps to draw her in and get her excited about our learning time together. I usually borrow books from the library but didn’t have time to get there so we used the only two chameleon books we had.

We also didn’t have any actual chameleon toys, so since they are a part of the lizard family we invited all of her lizards to join us! She is a BIG lizard fan so this was very exciting for her!

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Instead of sorting in folders for each day, I put together a binder. 

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I put the activities in the order I wanted to do them and we just did what we wanted to do each day.  I didn’t stress out over how many activities we got done, we just did whatever worked. you’ll see below we finished the unit after a total of 7 different days working together.

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This was a REALLY fun unit, we both loved it!


Day One

We began by reading the book, which is a favorite so she enjoyed reading.  We then went on to our first activity, sorting plants and animals from the story.

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Next we did the “What Begins with C?” activity.  She loves to cut and decorate so this took awhile!

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That was it for day one, she took so long on those two activities, we ran out of time.  I sued to get stressed and would rush my kids.  Now I just try to relax and let them take their time.  We just add days to the unit if needed!


Day Two

Again, we read the book. This time we discussed the friend the chameleon made near the end.  We then did the character connection talking about being a good friend.

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She then put the story in order in our pocket chart!

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Next we read the mini book and used a toy lemon and “chameleon” to practice our position words!

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Day Three

To begin day 3, we watched some videos online about chameleons.  All that we watched are pinned on my Pinterest board for this unit here. She LOVED this!

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She then worked on the 1-30 math activity.

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Next, we sorted chameleons, which turned into a very long activity!

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We sorted them many different ways and also each lined them up in order from our favorite to least favorite!

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Then she asked if she could cut them out and make a scene for them.  Of course!

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That’s me {the stick person} with my big finger holding a chameleon! Winking smile

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Day Four

This day we only did one activity, the labeling project.  She really enjoyed this one too.

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Day Five

Coloring the chameleon was quite the activity!  She asked to laminate her new friend so she could keep him.’

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She also did the painting for the chameleon craft!

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Day 6

The chameleon dried overnight and the next day she put her together!

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She also worked on the color/shape activity!

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Day 7

On our final day we finished everything else up!  First, we did the number line activity!

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She wanted to make it trickier and cover two numbers.  We closed our eyes and took turns covering as the other one guessed the missing numbers.

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We then used the Bible verse printable and discussed how wonderful the chameleon is!

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Comprehension questions were fun!  We folded them up in a little bucket and she chose one at a time to answer!

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Finally, she wrote a sentence about the chameleon.  She wrote, “This is my pet chameleon.”

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She really learned a lot and the other book we used, Chameleons are Cool actually taught us the most. I caught her several times enjoying the books during the unit. 

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All of our work from this unit!

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See our FREE printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

A Color of His Own Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables  Toys and Books to go along with A Color of His Own Kindergarten Unit

Chameleon Pinterest Board

If you blog about this unit will you let me know? 

Leave a link in a comment, email me, or share on my Facebook page?


See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!

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See other Kindergarten Literature Units in action…

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You Can Read Sight Words Unit 11

You Can Read Sight Words continues to be a fun part of our homeschool Kindergarten.  Along with adding these new words, we also reviewed the previous words from unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7, unit 8, unit 9 and unit 10.

You can see how we store ALL of our You Can Read stuff here.

Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Unit 11 with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 11

We are now using these alongside of our new You Can Read Word Family printables.  She is learning 4 new sight words and one word family per week now.  We will slow down if she needs to, but this seems to be just right for her at this time.

Here’s the photo recap of what I captured…

She loves BINGO!  This time we added the cube in from the roll  and graph activity.  We rolled and then marked our BINGO boards!

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Funny fonts with dot paint.

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Color by number sight word

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Putting her words together, using tape because she loves tape!

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Sentence search…

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Word puzzles…

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Choosing which decorated letter she likes best from her Color by number sight word

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Word search…

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Her completed work…

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  Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 11 here

Purchase the You Can Read Bundle here {get access to the bonus items}

See our You Can Read YouTube playlist here

See our post featuring Unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, 1-4 review, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7, unit 8, unit 9, and unit 10!

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See other reading posts below!

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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.

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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!

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Old Wrap Up posts from this year are below!

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Linking to ~ Weekly Wrap-Up