But then, during the summer, I had an amazing experience. I felt God calling me to this work, and I knew that if I brought Susannah home that it would truly be HIM working on us both. And He is so faithful! None of my worries or fears have come to pass. (That’s not to say there’s been no mischief since August. Susannah still has a knack for getting into the most interesting scrapes and situations.) During the school day, however, she is eager and focused and pleasant and diligent.
What a fun first quarter we’ve had. I was not sure what to expect from this year with Susannah. She was so happy at her PDO “class” that I feared that homeschooling would bore her. I worried that her excess extroverted energy would create a problem and lead to messes and mischief.
We’ve been doing Hubbard’s Cupboard literacy work, with their themes as a general guide for the flow of our week. I made a few tweaks so that she could learn about knights & princesses during the weeks that Jonas has been in the midst of the High Middle Ages, but in general we’ve been doing fun topics along with character traits. These relate to the trade books I read to her and Abigail at Circle Time, and to the sight-word predictable readers that she works through each day. Her sight-word vocabulary has expanded, but her phonics skills have really surprised me! I think I underestimated how ready she was for this work.
I purchased A Beka K4 math and phonics workbooks, but she has flown through that material. I pulled out the K5 math book this week, and will be ordering the K5 “Writing With Phonics” book for her to begin after Christmas Break.
Susannah loves her workboxes! Keeping most of her “school tasks” hands-on, fun, and broken into small periods of time is perfect for her learning style. Many of her activities are games and materials we already had around the house. Some are materials I’m creating week by week to coordinate with the topic or theme of the week. And some are simply tactile or creative experiences, because she’s just that kind of kid. 🙂
I’m especially proud of her memory work this year. We’ve been working on Scripture verses, nursery rhymes and songs, and “real” poetry. She has mastered ‘Fairy Voyage’ and is about halfway through ‘Trees’ by Joyce Kilmer. When that one is under her belt, we’ll begin ‘Thanksgiving Time.’
Enough chatter — picture time!
Putting felt letters on a felt palm tree for “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.”
Sorting upper- and lowercase A’s
Stamping the alphabet on a sentence strip
matching numeral word cards and creating a set of dots to match
Discovery Toys “It’s A Match” game — no longer available, but an AWESOME resource!
animal alphabet stamp game – with a bit of help from little sister
we made bunny listening ears during the week we focused on “attentiveness”
Camping theme week – a dry erase campsite
camping theme week – painting paper-roll binoculars
camping theme week – reading sight word books by flashlight in our tent
tagging along on big brother’s science activity — making bird feeders
bird feeders ready to be observed just outside the schoolroom window
black and white beans sensory bin
we tinted the shaving cream with drops of food coloring and then pressed paper into it for colorful coats (the week we studied “forgiveness” we talked about the story of Joseph)
our “knight’s quest” board game