Last month I shared with you our homeschool monthly wrap-up for September but I’ve combined both my Kindergarten and 3rd grader in it. This time I decided to be a little bit more elaborate and do a monthly wrap up separately instead.
So today I’m sharing with you what my kindergarten had done in the last month. To see what curriculum we are using this year for Mr. S, check here and just scroll down to the bottom.
As I mentioned in my post before, Mr. S is a very good reader for his age that sometimes I forget that he is only 5! However I know how important that he learns the basics and rules of reading. So we continue to use All About Reading Level 1. I love this book because like my goal for him, it lays out the foundation of reading in step-by-step process to him. He loves doing the little activities that goes with each lesson.
Phonics & Sight Words
I love using Ready 2 Read from The Moffatt Girls. It’s the perfect supplement to All About Reading in teaching our kids how to read. It is very visual and hands-on which is the perfect thing for my boys. I remember that as soon as I started them off on this program, immediately they exploded on their reading. Since then, I never looked for another phonics/sight words curriculum to use. And I know that as soon as my daughter is old enough, I will be using the same curriculum.
There are 3 levels on this program and each level has a different theme. We are currently doing level 2. It comes with a lesson plan already made so it is easy to implement. You can work as fast as you can depending of course on your child or take as much time as you need. We do the latter since I find that it’s just enough activities to keep them focused in one sitting.
However, this program requires advance prepping, just so you know. But like I said, it is such an awesome program that I think it’s worth the time you will put into prepping for it. Besides, if you have more than 1 child that will be using it, you only need to do the hard part of prepping one time, the rest you just need to reprint and organize.
We love Math-U-See! We are currently using the primer for Mr. S here. So far, he is loving it just like his older brother did when he started using it. He loves the idea that he now has his own math book!
Math is not my forte so to find a program that can teach my kids math very well is so exciting to me. Even my husband loves this program! And he is the one that is really good with math.
It is also a hands-on and visual program which I like because I think they learn easier that way (I wish I learned math this way when I was in school!).
Math-U-See teaches more than just solving mathematical problems. They teach students why it is solved that way and when to apply the concept. It comes with manipulative blocks to use and a DVD that your child can watch with you. It is also a complete K-12 program which is great because so far we plan to stick with it!
Canadian Daily Printing is a basic handwriting program which teaches him letter formation and lets him practice it on a daily basis.
Draw, Write, Now 1 however teaches him how to draw which he loves while lets him practice his handwriting by copying or tracing sentences. This program by the way doesn’t come with that paper we are using to go along with it. We got the separate sheet from 1+1+1=1. Carisa’s got the companion printables for all 8 books of Draw, Write, Now for free.
Occasionally, when there’s a significant holiday or just for fun, I would print some theme printables for him for some extra activities. He loves doing these kind of activities because to him it doesn’t seem like he is doing “school!” He especially loves doing mazes. So I make sure that I include a few of those as much as I can. I got this copy of Halloween activities from That Mommy Life.
This boy learned how to use a scissor when he was two! I’m still amazed to this day! In here he’s just doing some fun cutting practice using Kumon Cutting workbook.
Reading in a box!
They practice reading everyday, anytime and everywhere! Sometimes they love it, other days it could seem like a chore! But sometimes when you think outside the box to make it fun, they end up reading INSIDE the box! (Lol)
We have accumulated quite a few learning toys in our home but because they are put away they are easily forgotten! What do I do now? I would pull out a bin of learning toys and display it on our shelf as an incentive to inspire them to work hard on their homeschool activities. So far, it’s working good! In here they were working on our Tavoletta Pegboard which is a really neat toy that inspires creativity in kids. You can copy a design from the manual that came with it or make up your own design just like what they were doing here.
His older brother does typing for extra activity and usually Mr. S. sits by him and watch while he practices typing. I guess it was so much fun that he decided to try it himself! He mostly enjoy the games rather than the actual typing practice! Still, he is trying his best in typing the actual letters! We use Typing instructor for kids.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Stay tuned next time for my 3rd Grade monthly wrap up.
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