Well, another month is up and I am back to do a month-in-review of my Kindergarten!
I do this so I can look back and see how much we’ve accomplished in a month. And to see whether we are on track or if there’s anything we’re missing or need to change and adjust.
It’s one of the beauty of homeschooling and something I am slowly learning along the way. Homeschooling is not about following a set of schedule or detailed plans, although that helps in keeping us diligent. It is about learning in a way that suits our needs. It’s about helping our young learners develop a love for continuous learning. Like they say, “Learning is a journey not a destination.” Click the image for a free printable!
Doing a month-in-review also is a way to show other people what it’s like here in our homeschool. I can definitely tell you though that we are not a perfect homeschooling family. We have our ups and downs. We try and do things that we believe works for us and if something doesn’t, we drop it. This is something that I am beginning to understand and accept slowly.
The reason I’m doing all the “speech” here is because our last month of Kindergarten wasn’t quite as productive as I’d planned it to be. I was informed by my son that he likes his little sister’s activities better because they are more fun! 🙁 So, I thought about it some more because I don’t want to ruin his natural love for learning. Since he was little he’d always been interested in what his big brother was learning. So when we started a more formal homeschooling for him, he picked up on things so easily. Now it seems, that the learning materials I used for his older brother are not working for him anymore. And that’s totally fine!
So, I decided on 2 things. 1) We are taking the whole month of December off, which we are now. Even though our original plan after our last break was 6 weeks. Well, because we are tired and in badly need of a break. And with Christmas coming, I want to make sure that we do enjoy the holiday. I get caught up with so many things from year to year that we end up missing out on a lot of fun stuff during holiday season. And I love Christmas so that has to change! And 2) I’m going to have to sit down and evaluate the curriculum choices I made for him. Well, it’s all boiling down to the fact that I have to change something. So once I have a new plan I will let you all know.
In the meantime, I have here to show you what we managed to accomplished last month with my Kindergarten. To view our Kindergarten curriculum choices that I picked for him this year, click here and scroll down to the bottom.
We are still using All About Reading Level 1 and will continue to do so because he loves this program. AAR comes with little activities to do with each lesson and he enjoys doing those. In here, we are working on letter recognition. I say a letter sound and he finds it on the sheet and mark it. He chose to use a sticker to do this activity.
He also practices reading out loud everyday.
Phonics and Sight Words
We have been using Ready 2 Read Level 2 by Annie from The Moffat Girls. It’s the same program that I used with my first son. The program helped both of them to read instantly! It was amazing! However, it seems that this has become way too easy and too repetitive for Mr. S. Don’t get me wrong, it is still a great program and I highly recommend it! I used all 3 levels for my first son. But now I think it’s time to move on to something different for Mr. S. Although, I might still use some of the activities included in the program like this game, tic tac toe that Mr. S and I were playing. He loves the games!
We use Math U See primer and he also loves it. He usually opt out on using the manipulative blocks with our previous lessons, but in this particular lesson, we pulled it out for him to use. As you can see, he was quite excited and that’s always a good sign!
I picked Canadian Daily Printing this year for Mr. S to use. But according to him, it’s too boring! I guess this is another one that’s going to be replaced.
His handwriting is getting better every time. But he still makes mistakes on the letters that are closely alike such as b & d, p & q and on some of his numbers like the 2, 3, 5, 7. It’s ok, we’ll continue to work on those.
Mr. S loves drawing! This picture here was his creation from imagination. He gets those days when he gets the urge to just draw a picture whether it’s something he thought of or he copies from the book, Draw, Write, Now. Which is what we have been using to help him learn how to draw and practice handwriting at the same time. We are using the 1st book in the series. And according to him, he enjoys this handwriting program more than the other program we are currently using for his handwriting practice.
We also do group work for our science, history and bible reading. And he does a little bit of the activities that are included.
They’ve finished a season of swimming lessons and Taekwondo as well and continue to love those 2 extra activities.
Remember what I said earlier about Mr. S declaring that his little sister’s activities are way more fun than his own homeschool to do? Well the photos below is a proof of that! Every single day, he picks his little sister’s tot trays first and I had to remind him about his own activities to do.
So towards the end of the month of November, I decided to try to create a learning pack with the Christmas theme for him. The photos below shows our Christmas Fun Learning pack in action. He loved them which made me happy!
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