Our School Journal-Entry 21

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

I’m officially past the first trimester of my pregnancy, and am gratefully saying goodbye to most of the nausea. It seems as though we’ve got another wiggler on the way. Every ultrasound shows the little one bouncing and moving around, so much so that the  doctor couldn’t find the heartbeat with the doppler this week and had to opt for yet another ultrasound (my third so far). Everything looked good; I’ve just got a very busy baby.

We had our first outing with our homeschool group, visiting a house that was in a skirmish during the Revolutionary War. You could actually see the bullet holes throughout the house. The tour guide mentioned that during the skirmish the family (wife and children ages 6 months to 18) were actually in the house. The children stood inside the chimney for cover from the flying bullets, glass, and splintered wood; and the wife actually worked out the terms of surrender to keep the house from being burned to the ground with them in it.

In our homeschool this week…

Let me just say, that as nice as breaks are, I do love our school routine. It has been so good to be back to school. They both have done exceptional this week, really exceeding my expectations in so many ways. We’ve been studying the country of South Africa, learning the first five books of the Bible, coloring a Renoir picture of “The Girl with the Watering Can,” and dancing the wiggles out to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”

The little one has done a great job, too. She joins us for Art/Music and geography, and she has a fifteen minute segment of time with me toward the beginning of the morning. We go over her letters and numbers, sing some review songs, and review some charts and flashcards. Then, the rest of the time she’s pretty content to work through each of her workbox pockets all on her own. Her favorite activity seems to be the Do-a-Dot pages, designed to be used with the Do-a-Dot markers, but we use circle stickers.

My son says that his favorite is “everything.” He’s just thrilled to be back to our normal schedule. As far as his Kindergarten work, it’s gone much better at our new pace, but I’m still not totally happy with it. The party animal in me just isn’t having enough fun. While the little one does colorful clip cards and number puzzles in the floor, my son only has time for flashcards and worksheets. I did include one of her lacing cards in his last pocket of the day yesterday because he has been begging me to let him do one. And I also put in a fun number puzzle. It put him doing school longer than his sister, but he didn’t care. He happily worked on his “fun stuff” while I made lunch.

We did have fun practicing his spelling on the chalkboard, and spelling out his special sounds with our felt letters. I love that look on his face in this picture. Can you see the intensity? He takes his work seriously.

My favorite moment…

Last night at supper, my son was telling Daddy: “Did you know that Lesotho and Swaziland are actually inside South Africa? They’re kind of punched in.” It just seemed so out of place to hear my four year old saying that.

Questions to ask…

What are your favorite websites for free Kindergarten resources? I’ve been playing around with IXL Math (which allows you 20 questions a day for free) and, of course, Starfall.com is a favorite. But any other ideas for online games or free printables?

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5 thoughts on “Our School Journal-Entry 21

  1. Hey there! Great recap! I found you through Homeschool Creations.

    We use Reading Eggs (paid subscription, but after a trial period you can get 50% off, and it’s a really good price for one year!). I have a 6 1/2 and 4 1/2 year old and they LOVE using stuff from Homeschool Creations and Confessions of a Homeschooler.

    This site is also pretty good for keyboarding http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html. And we sometimes let them play on PBS kids (games only :D).

    • Post Author Tracy

      I do love Homeschool Creations and Confessions as well and have used a lot of their printables with my little one now and with my son in the past. It just seems that we’ve maybe moved past a lot of their printables with his Kindergarten work, unless there’s something I’ve missed. I’ve never heard of Reading Eggs. Thanks!

  2. What a great week! I love the photos and the story about the Revolutionary War house. There are a lot of revolutionary sites near here (we are outside of Philadelphia). I am so glad that we are doing American History this year, so we can take advantage of it all! 🙂

    As for free printables, Enchanted Learning allows some of their material to be printed for free. For a $20 annual membership, there is unlimited access. How about Donna Young’s website? All of it is free, and there is SO much for homeschoolers there. She was as homeschooler herself!

    Hope that is helpful.
    Many blessings,
    Lisa

  3. I am so impressed by your lessons! That is so cool that you are teaching about South Africa! I would love to see your lesson plans for that.

  4. We also use the Learning Games for Kids site mentioned above. We use it for tons of things though, not just keyboarding. My youngest likes the state games and the brain games too. 🙂

    Another online resource we use is VocabularySpellingCity. (http://www.spellingcity.com). We use it along side our curriculum, as many do. You can create and save your own word lists, and use them to play games, print handwriting worksheets and more.

    HTH, at least a little. 🙂 Have a great year!!

    Katie

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