I have a lot of people ask me how homeschool is going. I’m working on a post about my Probably Irrational Homeschool Fears, but all in all, it’s going well. I can’t stress enough the positive difference in schooling with a 5 and a half year old versus a nearly 5 year old. For the most part our school days go smoothly…as smoothly as anything goes around here…. I had a friend ask me how I keep the “babies” (almost 4 and 4 years old) out of the way, quiet, and not attention-hogging. I had a really easy answer for her: I don’t. We just work around, through, or with them as needed.
Backwards: What we did last week
This was a light week. It was our first week back from after our vacation and we had co-op and MOPS this week both of which are new activities to combine with schooling. We’re also working on some character issues, which will keep taking precedence for the next week or so, if I’m not mistaken. So we’ve had more interruptions than normal.
Bible Story & Memory Work: Bible stories we did every day and we did the memory work three times.
History: Twice, including co-op. This is a lot less than we usually do and we both missed it this week.
Read Alouds: We finished Dr. Doolittle which Peanut LOVED and we highly recommend! I meant to finish the lapbook we started about it, but we didn’t get around to that. We are terrible at lapbooks. We also read selections from two poetry books and have been working through a collection of Beatrix Potter which all the kids have loved.
Science: Once at co-op (WHOOPS, lol)
Readers: I’ve changed what I’ve required Peanut to do in regards to reading aloud several times. Skill-wise he’s probably somewhere on the second grade level although he does need more “white space” on his pages, but for awhile I was pushing too hard with the reading and having him read two assigned stories a day. He was capable and I liked the amount of time that it amounted to in reading minutes, but he started resisting. I know he has the skill to read, but I want him to have the desire to read. Now we only do one assigned story a day and we alternate those with “Peanut’s Choice” reading days. Now we’re ‘behind’ the curriculum, but he’s enjoying reading more again.
Spelling: We’ve been putting spelling off a lot because it is a subject that we need to be undisturbed for and that’s hard to come by. Again, lucky for us, he is a good speller (for a five year old, lol) and so I haven’t worried too much about this. We probably have about two months left in our spelling program and the end is significantly more challenging than the beginning so we’ll probably need to start being a little more steady with this. We did official spelling once this week and then co-op using a lot of writing as well.
Math: Three times this week (usually 4) and a day of playing games on the computer for math. I have a few ipad apps that are okay, but we haven’t found one that hits it out of the park for us yet.
Additionally: Peanut is taking French in co-op, we did some “home-ec” where I let him help me chop vegetable with an actual knife. There was lots of wincing (from me) but no blood! We played board games this week, he did lots of drawing, played soccer with Andrew, and made and painted a treasure chest from clay.
Homeschool Forward: We’re looking forward to starting to learn how to draw maps, starting a new read aloud, and finishing one of his readers. We make a mini-big-deal any time we finish a book. We’re going to do last week’s and this week’s science experiments and if I’m really brave we’re going to paint macaroni necklaces.
How about you? What did you get done last week and what are you looking forward to this week?