As homeschoolers we have the pleasure of owning our time. Our kids doesn’t need to wake up too early. We can go outside and play when we don’t feel like doing “school” that day. We can go run errands in the middle of the day if we have to. But occasionally we would bump into somebody who would ask my oldest, “Do you go to school? What grade are you in? Which school do you go to?” He would hesitate then would reply with, “I go to school at home.” That’s when I get the “I’m confused look” or “Really?”
Even though homeschooling is becoming more popular, apparently, there are still a lot of people who doesn’t know and doesn’t quite understand the idea that it is a perfectly acceptable way of learning.
If you are one of those people, you must have some questions in your mind. You must be curious to see what goes on in our home learning. So I thought I would share what happens in our homeschool.
Every first week of a new month I will share with you what we have learned and what we have done in our homeschool in the past month.
It will be like a monthly review for you all to see. It’s also a way for me to reflect on our past month and actually see how much we’ve done and accomplished. It is especially important for me because as their teacher and their mom I am constantly running around-the-clock. And oftentimes I become unaware of how much our kids have learned, changed and grown in just a month.
So today, I want to share with you what we have been doing in our homeschool this past month. I know that 4 weeks is a long time and a lot of things happens in that time frame. However a lot of the things we do in our homeschool are also the same. I just don’t want to become too repetitive. But we will see as we move along in our year.
First Up, Mr. M! Mr. M is our oldest child, he is 7 turning 8 by the end of this week! And he is in 3rd grade this year. Last week I shared with you his curriculum choices for the year and you can check that out here.
Here is what he had been doing in the last weeks.
He continues to practice with his cursive handwriting. He also enjoys drawing using Draw, Write, Now Book 4. He is learning more about mapping and he likes to read-aloud to his siblings (when he is the mood)!
We also have a new add-on to our usual curriculum this year, his typing lessons. We use Typing instructor for Kids and he is having tons of fun with it. I have only scheduled him to do it once a week but he asked me if he can do it everyday, so I said yes as long as he finishes first what was already scheduled for him for the day.
Next up is Mr. S.! Mr. S is 5 and is in his kindergarten this year. You can find his curriculum list here.
Mr. S also do a lot of school work by himself. Yes he is only 5 but he is pretty independent. He can actually read very well for his age. I only introduced him to sight words and phonics last year and then before we even finished the year, boom! He just exploded with his reading! We are so amazed and really proud of his achievement!
In the above photos, you can see him reading a chapter book. At that time we were reading Knights of the Round Table as part of our medieval history study. Me and Mr. M were taking turns reading chapters. When we got to the last chapter, Mr. S volunteered to read it for us!
However, even though he can read really well, I still take the time to teach him the basics of reading just to make sure that he understands them. We just go through them super fast! 😉
Also, like his older brother, he is enjoying learning how to draw with Draw Write Now Book 1.
We have been working on our group study of History, Bible reading and lapbooking with science as well. Some days they also try to squeeze in some play time with their baby sister (but I think they were more interested at what she had for activities)!
We have had some nice weather as well. So we took advantage of it and played outside or collected some materials for our science experiment like Mr. S was doing at the picture below.
Here are some of the projects and science experiments we’ve done.
We finished our first lapbook about grasslands in The Sassafras Science Adventure – Zoology and we are halfway through the desert lapbook. We’ve performed the scientific demonstrations of a cat’s eyes (the one with the flashlight), giraffe saliva (2 glasses with sticks inside it) and reptile egg (egg soaked in vinegar for 24 hours). And so far, we’re enjoying our science adventure with the Sassafras twins!
For our medieval study, we made another medieval outfit, a cloak (also known as cape which was worn throughout most of Europe during the Middle Ages). For this project we used what we have on hand for materials which was a plastic table-cloth leftover from a party we held before and a piece of string. I know it doesn’t look so grand but it did the trick and that’s all that matters!
The boys also have been participating in swimming class and taekwondo and they are loving it so far. We only go twice a week but let me tell you, it’s plenty enough!
That’s all for today! Stay tuned again next time to see what the new month holds for us.
If you are curious to see what our baby girl has been up to while big brothers does homeschooling, come back tomorrow! I’ll be sharing tot schooling with little O.
I hope you enjoy this post! As always, I would love to hear what you think, so comment below!
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What about you? What have you and your family been up to this past month?
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