It’s that time again to review the month of January with my kindergartener!
If you want to see what I had planned for Mr. S for this year, click here and scroll down to the bottom.
Homeschooling in January has always been challenging for us, probably because December was full of fun and excitement all the time. It was a good thing that we decided to take the whole month in December from homeschooling off. After a month of no formal homeschooling, it helps to make us crave our normal homeschooling routine, I think.
If you have been following me, you’d remember that the last time I reviewed Mr. S progress in our November homeschooling, he had informed me that he wasn’t having fun in our homeschool time anymore. Initially I got upset, and the mom in me naturally wanted to force him to just get it done. But when I stepped back and just think about it, he was right! And he has every right to voice out his opinions in the matter.
So instead of forcing him to get his “homeschooling” done, we’ve taken a step back and a more lax approach to his learning. We’ve kept what has been working for him and dropped what hasn’t and I allowed him more play time as well during our homeschool time. He is only 5 after all!
Let’s take a look at what we actually accomplished last January with my kindergartener, shall we?
We have been using All About Reading level 1 and continue to do so because it’s working for us. We only do 2 lessons a week and that seems to be just enough for Mr. S. And because he can already read quite well for his age, we usually breezed right through his lessons with ease. So, I’m very happy with that!
We do require our kids to read everyday for at least 30 minutes before they’re allowed any electronics. And besides electronic incentive, we encourage them to read by letting them pick their own books. Mr. S at the moment is hooked on Geronimo Stilton series of books. He is all over the place right now, grabbing what catches his interest and reading it but I included a link here in case you are interested to check it out.
Mr. S doing his activity from AAR Level 1
We continue to plod along with our Math U See primer. He claims that he loves his math! So, hooray for our math! We are currently learning about number recognition and simple addition and getting more familiar with the blocks. Now, we don’t always use our blocks because both boys prefer to do their math mentally which is even better, I believe! But it helps greatly at times when a lesson gets a little complicated for them.
I decided to keep our Canadian Daily Printing workbook for Mr. S’ handwriting practice. He said he didn’t enjoy doing it but I know that we have to keep practicing his handwriting to improve and get better at it. And I also know, that other curriculum will also require him to practice his handwriting anyway. So instead of jumping the gun here and throwing away our book at the first sight of another new and shiny curriculum calling my name, 😉 I, instead asked him to do it only once per week. Then supplemented him with other fun materials and activities that encourages him to practice his handwriting skills for the rest of the week.
I pulled out our Letter Construction set and let him practice building his letters. This link is what we owned but you might also be interested in the magnetic version here, which looks more fun! I also bought him a mini chalkboard so he can practice his letter formations using a chalk. Other days, I just give him a marker and let him write and doodles on our white erase board. And sometimes, when there is a fun themed activity in season, I will print various activities that I think he enjoys doing. I’m just careful not to overload him with too much worksheets because this boy is more of a hands-on learning one!
Mr. S absolutely loves drawing! When he is not busy playing with his toys or his iPad, he chooses to grab a pen and paper and a copy of our Draw, Write, Now book (whichever level) and practices his drawing skills. Currently we are using Level 1 of the book series and really enjoying how easy it is for the boys to follow it, practice their handwriting as well as learn some fun facts about the topics included in the book.
The book now comes with a separate workbook to use for drawing and handwriting. But if you would like the separate worksheet to go along with the books for free, you can go to 1+1+1=1 and get a copy of the separate companion printables. Carisa have all the sets of companion printables for the 8 levels of Draw, Write Now books and those are what we use for our drawing time.
We also use Home Arts Studio whenever time allows. At the moment we don’t follow the order of the lessons, we just pick and choose which one we would like to work on for the day.
Chinese new year dragon from Home Arts Studio
Mr. S also joins me and his older brother for a group study of History Odyssey, Canada, My Country, simple mapping practice using his own map book, The Sassafras Science Adventure – Zoology and The Story of the Bible – Old Testament.
He also does Tae Kwon Do for his physical education, have joined his first tournament this January and brought home gold and bronze medals. We couldn’t be more proud of his efforts!
And that’s the summary of our Kindergarten homeschooling in January!
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Up next, is a look at Mr. M’s progress in my 3rd Grade Monthly Wrap-Up for January. So stay tuned for that!
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