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Homeschooling is a moving target

So I seem to do ok with this blogging thing until we have our first few sunny days and then we basically become unschoolers and, although I still record what we do for my own records, I stop writing anything about it here.  We’ve been having a lot of fun playing outside, we’ve started questing … Continue reading

1st Quarter Report

I just realized that last week was number 11 for this homeschooling year which is roughly a quarter of the way through which means it’s time to take a look at this year’s goals. 1) Reading improvement. At his current pace I expect Brady to be reading at about a 3rd grade level by the end of … Continue reading

Next Year’s Curriculum

© Budda | <a href=”http://www.stockfreeimages.com/”>Stock Free Images</a> & <a href=”http://www.dreamstime.com/”>Dreamstime Stock Photos</a> I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about and researching next year’s curriculum.  Brady has progressed faster than I expected in many areas and I’m always cognizant of the need to find a balance between challenging-enough-to-be-interesting and not-so-difficult-that-it-is-discouraging.  When it comes … Continue reading

Anatomy for preschoolers

Our main anatomy text this year has been “Everybody Has a Body” which has tons of fun activities. Unfortunately many of them are geared toward a classroom setting and so we’ve often just used them as a jumping off point. Our March anatomy theme has been organs and we’ve listened to our heartbeats and used … Continue reading

Geography for Preschoolers

We’re wrapping up our study of US states and territories and I thought I’d share the resources I’ve found that have helped make Geography accessible to a 3 year old. “The Little Man in the Map” by E. Andrew Martyoni This colorful, engaging book helped my son learn the states and their locations quicker than … Continue reading

Our Second Space Week and a Question

Here’s the wrap up for our second week of our space unit. Letter: U Word Family/book: ‘-et’/”Don’t Forget” Number: 20 Unifix activity: We added and subtracted using a whiteboard and unifix cubes again this week, but worked with numbers up to 20. States: South Dakota/Tennessee Time Math: Time to the 1/2 hour Money Math: Adding … Continue reading

Goals revisited

So I realized today that, as of this Friday, we will officially be one quarter of the way through our school year. I decided that this was as good a time as any to re-visit the goals I wrote before we started to see how they are coming along. 1) Sounding out words/reading beginner books … Continue reading

I is for “In My Hat”

That title up there? That is the name of the very first book my boy ever read all by himself. This video is the 4th or 5th time he read it so there was some memorization going on at this point, but the first time he sounded it out.  He just a couple of weeks … Continue reading

Weekly lesson plans

So I’ve finally got all of Brady’s school books and I’m working out our lesson plans for the year. I ordered 3 science books, 2 sort of general science and one called “Everybody Has a Body” that is sort of anatomy for preschoolers and I’ve decided to tackle one aspect of each book every month. … Continue reading