Today was our first day of school for the new school year. We actually do school year-round at a relaxed pace, but for practicality’s sake, I like to keep the kids’ grades in line with what they would be in public school. It just makes life a lot simpler.
I found these chalkboard printables for the kids’ pictures over at Yellow Bliss Road and just used a picture frame from Jenna’s room for our photo shoot. They are a free download and go from preschool through 12th grade!
This year school will look a little different in our house. In the morning after breakfast, we get together for “Triangle Time”. This is where we do our calendar, 100 day chart, sing days of the week song, and eventually the Pledge of Allegiance. Then, Connor will work one-on-one with me while Jenna is either excused or gets to do learning games on the computer.
My current goals for Connor are: *Learn to sit and focus for longer periods of time. *Work on fine motor skills, using scissors, holding crayon/pencil somewhat correctly. *Learn the names of letters and identify numbers 1-10.
He will spend about 15-30 minutes a day doing school, depending on his attention span for the day. Today he practiced following a “path” in his dry erase book, and counted the blue hammers and then drew circles around them. He was frustrated at first, but soon realized that he just had to try and he could do it.
I made a Beginning of Year Sheet for the kids to do every school year. Part of the pages are cut off in the picture, but the cloud in the upper right corner is “When I grow up, I want to be…” and there are a few more categories in the “favorite things” box.
In addition to what Jenna calls “baby school” with Connor in the morning, she also spends about 45 minutes doing school after Connor goes down for his nap. Waiting for him to nap makes it so I can fully focus on helping her with her work. Right now she is working on Week 27 in the My Father’s World – Learning God’s Story curriculum. We have used My Father’s World (MFW) for the past two years and I really love it!
Because of her age, we are going through the curriculum at her own pace. We started Learning God’s story in July of last year, and I’m hoping we’ll finish it up sometime near the end of October. Then she will start Adventures in US History, which I’m really excited about!
Today Jenna had to write a summary of a story she read in her Bible Reader and then illustrate it. She was trying so hard to replicate the picture in her book!
In addition to what I listed above, we will be adding in science, music, life skills, and physical education throughout our week. I’m also planning out several field trips for the year. Now I just need to get a planner to keep everything straight!