Thursday, March 31, 2011

Just Another Day Around Here

Just finishing up another week around here. Tomorrow is "Family Friday" so school will take a back seat. I mean, there's always something to learn but nothing "official." It will be one of our last family dates for a while as John prepares to head off to more schools for his CO tour. 
Working on letter sounds with our DIY moveable alphabet.

Starfall fun. Turner loves using the computer!

Rexy had to help with our science experiment. I'll let you know how said experiment goes
and post some pictures of our germinating seeds! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

To Continue or Not

So, here we are, just 4 months in to homeschooling.

It's all actually going well. I mean, it's just preschool and most of that is just facts of life type stuff. Turner is doing really well with his ABCs and 123s. His appetite for knowledge is incredibly fun to watch and he's often the one keeping me in check! We're done with all of the checkmarks children "should" know for going in to Kinder and now we're working on the shoe tying, *ahem* rear wiping, handwashing and general chores.
Playing a game. He still had to find the last 'r.' 

I think April is the time for registering for Kindergarten so John and I have been talking a lot about what we'll do for the next stage in Turner's schooling. At first, I wasn't sure John was on board with continuing to homeschool so I brought it up and it seems that he's completely supportive either way! I am lucky to have such an incredible supportive husband but now it's time to decide what to do.

It seems there's a lot to think about: send Turner off to school or continue to homeschool for the next school year. He was, initially, excited to go to Kindergarten but it seems he's more interested in staying home now.

We shall see what road we take!

In the mean time, we're still plugging along with "work." I made my very first lapbook. Until now, I've been printing out Tot Packs from two fantastic resources (Homeschool Creations and 1+1+1=1).

Spring lapbook. 

Life cycles of a plant, butterfly and frog (not pictured). Tracing cards,  things that hatch booklet,
memory game.
Parts of a flower.

Tracing cards. Covered in contact paper, so they're reusable. 

Life cycle of a plant mini book and a corresponding game. 

Life cycle of a butterfly.

Seed Math! I used pumpkin seeds since they're easier to handle. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Little Here, A Lot There

I think I've finally come to understand "go with the flow" for school. Some weeks we get lots accomplished and some weeks, we really go for the "play based" ideas.

At any rate, I have wanted to post more of my weekly plans so I remember the links and ideas when it's Eli's turn. These days, it looks like we might go on with homeschooling for Kindergarten. Turner is getting cold feet and, while I'm on board for continuing, I'm not sure John is.

This week we've managed to accomplish a lot. Turner is able to sit for longer periods and does his workboxes with minimal help. I really think the hardest part of all of this is staying at a preschool level (with some Kinder skills) so he's not sitting board if he does choose to go to a public school!

Even Deacon enjoys the videos from Have Fun Teaching!