I am a checklist person- especially with our homeschool curriculum.
Each day we do not get each item done on the list for that day. I am learning to be ok with carry over.
My boys are still adjusting to all of the reading that is involved in the curriculum and in turn I have been on the hunt for some solutions that will keep their busy little hands moving. The Sonlight forums have been a lifesaver for asking questions and obtaining some ideas and solutions from moms who have experience under their belts.
Our day always starts with Bible. As you can see here, this is what a week of Bible reading looks like.
We read 2-4 pages each day from the Story Bible. There are pictures so that helps a bit.
I am reading this aloud to them, but still they want something to do with their hands.
As I shared last week, there is a website that Sonlight references in a cd that came with my curriculum. The cd shares pointers and suggestions for each week and references websites for obtaining additional information.
I go to the easy to navigate website and find color sheets (with or without verbiage) that go with our Bible lesson. They enjoy the color sheets and the process helps them comprehend the content even more.
Here is Nick’s color page about Lot and Abraham.
I have heard more than once, we have to color again?
For that reason, I am in the process of putting together a box of hands on activities that Nick and Luke can use during Bible, History and Geography, Science and other read aloud times. I am trying to use items we already have at home or things that I can inexpensively grab at Target or the dollar store. One of the items in our box is Playdoh.
One way I have used the Playdoh during our Bible reading time is to have them create something that represents what I am reading or something we have recently read about from the Bible.
Nick made a cave to represent where Sarah, Isaac’s mom, was buried when she passed away at the age of 127.
Luke created the Earth and the sun with his Playdoh. Our Bible readings give lots of detail about the moon and sun and day and night as the people travel by foot or camel.
(I ask them to use a paper plate when creating so we can keep the tablecloth clean. They don’t always keep it on the plate but for the most part they do. We reuse the plates over and over to cut down on waste.)
Another thing we are struggling with is each child getting their work done at a different pace.
Nick is very neat and orderly about his work. He takes his time because he wants it done right.
Luke is fast and wants to be done first. He is eager for the next set of directions and seems to always be waiting. And waiting. And complaining that he is waiting and that the homeschool fireworks are not exploding in the air eagerly waiting to entertain him. In turn, his work is not always neat.
One solution we have come up with to encourage neat work, keep them motivated, and keep waiting hands busy is giving a stamp for good work.
I have grape smelly ink that I bought a long time ago and a set of You Did It, Great Job, Neat Work, etc., stamps. I let them stamp their own work as we complete a page or a section and we have checked it to ensure it is correct.
In this case, I had to ask Luke to erase his sloppy work, as you can see. He doodles too, but I am ok with that. His father is the same way- a doodler. He does get tired of the repeated busy work like tracing the same numbers over and over again. Nick does too. So I use my judgement and when I see they obviously know how to write the number four, we stop tracing and writing over and over again. Because honestly, there is more tracing and writing tomorrow. They will get the chance to write the number four again and again.
Hope some of these suggestions help you as well and give you a nice glimpse into our homeschool day.
With that said, here is an overview of what we are learning this week.
Homeschooling Week 3:
Memory Work: Colossians 3:20
Bible: The Patriarchs (Abraham, Issac, Esau, Jacob, Rebekah and Sarah)
History: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome
Geography: Egypt, Greece, The Roman Empire
Letter of the Week: M m
Creative Expression: Imagination
Science: Earth/day and night/seasons/tadpoles and frogs
My boys love Science, but I am still searching for ways to keep them entertained with more hands on experiments. Pinterest to the rescue!
Math: tally marks/match tally marks to numbers/right, left, first and last, top and bottom/read a bar graph/1-5 tracing/count objects 1-15/ recognize pennies (front and back)/ colors: red,blue, yellow/shapes: star, square, triangle