So far we have not had any major issues come up that have gotten us off track. I have a fear of getting behind so I work hard to keep us going. I feel like organization is a big factor to being successful in homeschool. If I'm organized and prepared our days go much smoother and we can get so much more work done. I think I might over organize just to keep myself sane. ha
This week in Bible we covered the stories of The First Miracle and The Paralytic Man is Healed (where the friends carried him to Jesus and lowered him through the roof). We learned a new song "There Were Twelve Disciples". Our doctrinal drill was on assurance.
In Language Ben learned the letter "L". His memory verse for the week was Isaiah 45:22 "Look unto Me, and be ye saved." We start each lesson with a few phonics songs and end with a phonics game.
letter matching on his phonics mat
he really enjoyed making this lion craft
learning about things that start with letter L
he made a lamb puppet from our Abeka Art book
Cruz began the week with a language assessment test. He did very well on it which made me proud. Our language arts curriculum gives assessment tests regularly to make sure the kids are on target. This helps me know what his strengths and weaknesses are as we go forward. It is a great help to me! His new lessons focused on reading and writing numbers 1-10 and the colors. His vocabulary and reading had him focusing on words that end in ay (day, may,pay), y=i (cry, try, my), and gy, gi, and ge (giant, gem). His grammar lesson covered classification of persons and things (ex. mom, boat, man, flag).
number writing practice
Ben is learning to write numbers 0-14 and counting to 50. He is also learning to skip count by 10's, 5's, and 2's. The skip counting is not a part of his lessons but he hears his brother do it and wants to learn also.
number writing practice
Our History lessons were fun. We learned about Francis Scott Key and the Star Spangled Banner. We sing that song often at the beginning of our school days so I enjoyed teaching them the history behind it. We learned a lot about the flag- what the colors mean, how many stars and stripes, and the different flags over the years. We learned how to respect the flag like saluting it and not letting it touch the ground. We learned what it means when the flag is flying full mast and at half mast. We also reviewed the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our activity was making a watercolor flag. The instructions had them drawing stars on their white paper with a white crayon. They fussed and did not understand the point of it until they painted over it with the blue paint and saw how the stars popped out. That fascinated them.
painting an American flag
"I can see the stars now!"
We learned about two States this week- Iowa and Wisconsin.
Our Science lesson was on wind. Our experiment was called "Blow Wind Blow". We gathered several items to test (a feather, rubber bands, leaves, tissue paper, grass) and first went outside to see if the wind would blow them. It wasn't very windy that day so they didn't blow very well. We then tested everything again inside using a fan. We first used a small fan and then a larger one to see the difference in the wind speed and how it made the objects move.
letting a feather blow in the wind
testing our objects with a small fan
testing our tissue paper and rubber bands
I hardly ever take photos of our Health lessons so I often forget about it when I am blogging. After the Christmas break we began a study called "My Safety". So far we have had lessons on our safety at home, safety away from home, and safety on the street. In our lesson on safety away from home Cruz began to learn David's cell phone number in case of an emergency. After the second day of teaching him the numbers he asked me "mama, is anybody going to understand me if I tell this to them?" I didn't realize that I was teaching him in English and not Spanish. We then switched gears and I began to teach him the numbers in Spanish. Silly me! I am glad my child is thinking clearly on days when I am not. ha
Lastly, here I am on a recent afternoon organizing our lesson plans and getting things ready for the upcoming weeks. I usually only plan out a few weeks at a time in case something comes up and I need to make changes. It can take me a few hours at a time to get everything ready. It is a lot of work, planning, and organizing. David is always good to take the boys off so I can work on school with a clear mind. That helps me so much! A lot of my time and energy these days goes into homeschooling my boys. I work really hard to make their education fun and engaging. I hope they are storing away some fond memories of our school days because I know I am. What an amazing task I have been given to be able to teach my boys. Being able to pour the Word of God into them every day is something I treasure. This is such a short season in their lives and I am glad that I don't have to miss a minute of it.