• Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader
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    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume 9

    This week was a little different for us.

    We didn’t do much school work on Monday or Tuesday because I was running a bundle sale over at Intentional Bundles and was monitoring my email more than normal.

    On Friday the big kids went to a homeschool gym time with some friends and while they were gone our social worker called us to say she would be reuniting our foster boys with their birth family and would be picking them up in a few hours to do so.

    (You can read about our fostering journey on my personal site.)

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

     

    For reference, here’s the low down on all the kids:

    The Daughter – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    The Son – he’s 6 and in grade 1
    The Preschooler – he’s 3
    The Toddler – he’s 2

    (The preschooler and toddler came to us in the fall via foster care.)

     

    Here’s a recap of our week:

     

    + my fourth grader is participating in a reading challenge I created for myself, this month we are each reading (at least) one book that is also a movie, I told her I wanted her to read Bridge to Terabithia but not to get mad at me when the book makes her cry.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + speaking of reading, the first grader started reading Penny and Her Marble to me. It was one of the first books that made my daughter realize she could read so I thought it would be fun for him to read to me. So far he’s not enjoying it, for some reason he thinks he can’t read when he actually can. I’ve requested some other books from the library for him to try soon that may be more up his alley.

     

    + I’m constantly trying to work on my son’s fine motor skills and we use drawing for practice a lot. One of our favorites are Art for Kids Hub videos.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

     

    + we also pulled out the Handwriting Without Tears book one day this week and did a page, I need to remember to get him to do that more often.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + after our foster boys left us on Friday we spent the rest of the day and the weekend playing family games. We played Colt Express, King of Tokyo and Apples to Apples.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    There’s a little peek into our week and some of the resources we’ve been using! What are some games you enjoy? What is something that’s been working in your homeschool lately?

    You can check out all our homeschool weekly reviews here.

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    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume 8

    This week we had a mix of what I would call “school days” and “extra curricular days”. 

    We had a field trip to a museum one day and went sledding with one morning with a bunch of friends.

    It was really a perfect balance this week where both my introvert and extrovert got a bit of what they prefer.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

     

    For reference, here’s the low down on all the kids:

    The Daughter – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    The Son – he’s 6 and in grade 1
    The Preschooler – he’s 3
    The Toddler – he’s 2

    (The preschooler and toddler came to us in the fall via foster care.)

     

    Here’s a recap of our week:

     

    + one evening my daughter decided she wanted to make brownies, so she grabbed a box mix and got to work. Baking is one of my favorite sneaky ways for kids to work on their math skills (also, life skills!).

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + one day this week the kids played Chroma Cube for math. It’s a good deductive reasoning and problem solving game. I kind of wanted to shove them over and play myself . . . (You can see more of our favorite game here.)

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + we continued with our Bible journaling, and like I had planned last week I read out of the Action Bible for them and they drew pictures and wrote a summary of the story in their own words. I would still like to find a good, comprehensive children’s illustrated Bible. I have a couple on hold at the library, we’ll see next week if they are good or not.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + we played another math game one day. I just dealt the kids a few cards (the same number) and they tried to make the largest number they could with their cards. We did it with a variety of different numbers of cards so they could practice saying larger numbers (like 353,837) and it was a good reminder how important place value is.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + while our preschooler and toddler had a family visit one morning I took the older two to the same children’s museum we went to last week and they had a lot of fun in front of the green screen.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + one thing my six year old pulled out a few times to play with on his own this week was Snap Circuits. He has spent so many hours creating different circuits with this kit.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + I’ve been proof reading Harry Potter for my nine year old and this week she started in with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + a friend of mine was telling me that she often lets her grade one class watch a video from Storyline Online during their snack time so one day while I was making lunch the kids watched one. Of course my Lord of The Rings fan wanted to watch “Sam” read a story:

     

     

    + lately my six year old has been reading to me from the Usborne First Readers, like Mole in a Hole and Goat in a Boat.

     

    There’s a little peek into our week and some of the resources we’ve been using! What is something that’s been working in your homeschool lately?

    You can check out all our homeschool weekly reviews here.

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    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume Seven

    I feel like we finally started to hit our post-Christmas homeschool groove this week. Plus the -30 C/F temperatures from last week gave way to -5C (23F) temperatures so that was also really helpful!

    One thing I hope to add in for next week is the beginnings of a morning basket. I asked for some input over on Instagram the other day on what people’s favorite items are in their morning baskets and I’ve been pulling a few things out for ours.

    Anyway, let’s chat about last week before I get too excited about a week that hasn’t even happened yet!

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

    For reference, here’s the low down on all the kids:

    The Daughter – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    The Son – he’s 6 and in grade 1
    The Preschooler – he’s 3
    The Toddler – he just turned 2!

    (The preschooler and toddler came to us in the fall via foster care.)

     

    Here’s a recap of our week:

     

    + We started back into our Bible journaling this week after taking a very unintentional extended break from it. I was feeling like reading directly from the Bible was going a bit over my six year old’s head so this week we used a children’s Bible which I think was too below my kids so I think for next week I am going to try reading from The Action Bible and we’ll see how that works.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + Speaking of Bibles, I finally picked up The Beginner’s Bible. I know this is supposed to be a Bible to read to preschool-ish age kids but I thought it would be perfect for my six year old to read from. It seems to be a really good reading level for him.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + One day this week we went to a local children’s museum. This was my six year old’s reward for finishing his reading lesson chart that I created for him. He gave the place a rating of 194/5 stars so I guess it’s a good thing I bought a membership. There were a few different areas the kids liked, this section was filled with tubes of air that you could stick giant pompoms into and watch them shoot through the tubes and come back out.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + With the weather so much warmer we spent some time outside playing at the playground, it made me excited for spring but I need to remind myself that I still have to wait a few months before spring actually arrives.

    + The kids continued on with math this week and like I decided last week on Friday I gave them the option of doing two pages in their math workbook or playing SushiGo. Oddly the six year old decided to do the workbook so I played with the nine year old.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + I am working on letters A-D with the preschooler, I’m very impressed with how quickly he has been catching on to everything I’ve been teaching him in the last couple of months. One of our favorite alphabet books for young kids is Dr. Seuss’s ABC.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + My nine year old does a lot of reading on her own that I don’t usually mention every week (I do share many of them in my monthly reading wrap ups on my personal blog though), because she reads so much I don’t often assign her books to read but one thing I have challenged her to do this year is read through the Bible (my husband and I are also doing it as well). Most days she has her Bible reading done even before she gets out of bed in the morning. In case you are wondering, the Bible reading plan we are using is via the Read Scripture app.

     

    There’s a peek into our homeschool week!

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    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume Six

    We finally started easing ourselves into homeschooling again this week. With Christmas and then spur of the moment dental surgery for one of our little guys and then pneumonia for another one we were kind of forced into a longer break than I had originally planned for.

    It’s just a good reminder for myself to appreciate once again the flexibility of homeschooling. I can’t imagine trying to get my school aged kids to school every day when we had all this other stuff going on.

    Of course, we jumped into homeschooling in what will probably be our coldest week of the winter. The temperature barely got warmer than -30 all week. School buses weren’t running but kids are still expected to be at school (and I was so glad I didn’t have to drive mine!).

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

    For reference, here’s the low down on all the kids:

    The Daughter – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    The Son – he’s 6 and in grade 1
    The Preschooler – he’s 3
    The Toddler – he just turned 2!

    (The preschooler and toddler came to us in the fall via foster care.)

     

    Here’s a recap of our week:

     

    + we learned about cheetah’s and caracal’s thanks to Wild Kratts. In the winter while hiding from the freezing temperatures we tend to use a lot more technology in our homeschool and as someone who does not appreciate the cold I am totally okay with that.

     

    Puzzle - Homeschool Week in Review

     

    + the winter always feels like the perfect time to work on a family puzzle so I pulled out this 500 piece Norman Rockwell puzzle that I picked up at Dollar Tree in the fall. So far we’ve just tried to do the outline and I’m not too impressed with the puzzle, it’s nearly impossible to tell if the pieces go together . . . I may end up getting rid of it and pulling out a different puzzle. 

    + each of the kids did a little bit of math out of their workbooks (we use some that we found at Costco). We’re starting back slowly so my daughter is doing some multi-digit addition and subtraction review and my son did some addition and subtraction up to 20 review.

     

    Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons - Homeschool Week in Review

     

    + my six year old continued on with the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. We’ve taken this book slow over the last year or so because he kind of hit a wall for awhile. Learning to read has not been an easy task for him but he has made so much progress. He still mixes up the sounds for b/d/p quite often and struggles with some words that he’s seen thousands of times but can read bigger ones (like, he has no problem reading the word “little” but almost always stumbles over “the”). He hit a bit milestone this week though but completing a sticker chart that I had made for him quite awhile ago, as a result we are going to be going to a children’s museum next week!

    + the preschooler has been obsessed with naming the colors of everything lately. When he came to us less than three months ago he didn’t know any colors (or really how to speak at all) and now he knows most of the colors. He’s had a huge learning curve and has loved it.

     

    Sushi Go - Math Skills - Homeschool Week in Review

     

    + because the temperature was so cold for most of the week one day I let the kids have the option between doing math from their workbook or playing Sushi Go. Not surprisingly, they chose the game. Sushi Go involves using a variety of math skills while playing and it was a good trade off. I might make this a Friday tradition for the winter. (You can see more of the games we like to play here.)

     

    I would love to hear about your homeschool week, let me know what you learned about and/or some of the resources you used.

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    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume Five

    We’ve had a virus go through our house in the last two weeks that has slowly hit one kid after another and as a result it through off my December homeschool plan a bit.

    Thankfully I didn’t plan for an intense academic month, my main focus for the month was the Christmas season and we have been able to do that. But because of the sickness I thought it would make sense to put our light two weeks into one review.

    Also due to the sickness we relied more on technology for our academics, I am thankful that we have the ability and resources to turn to things like YouTube when kids are lying on the couch recovering from fevers and we all learn a lot.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

    For reference, here’s the low down on all the kids:

    The Daughter – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    The Son – he’s 6 and in grade 1
    The Preschooler – he’s 3
    The Toddler – he’s 1 (almost 2)

     

    Here’s a recap of our week:

     

    + I wanted to learn about stars a little this month, nothing too in-depth but the topic just seemed fitting with Christmas, this is when we relied heavily on YouTube, here are some of the videos we watched:

     

     

     

     

    + We played Castle Panic with the fourth and first graders one afternoon. It was difficult with the little boys around but we managed to play, though we did die to the monsters so maybe we can blame that on the distraction the little ones cause.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + The six and three year old each drew Batman. Because the three year old has only been with us for a month and a half I wasn’t sure how it would go for him (skill wise) and it was pretty hard so I ended up just putting my hand over his and we drew Batman together, he was so proud of his drawing when we were done.

     

     

    + The fourth and first graders both worked on math most days. It was almost always in their workbooks but one day I wanted to take my son to the chalkboard and show him how easy it was to add 10 with a one digit number, it was something that wasn’t coming quickly to him but once we started doing a few problems and I showed him the pattern he totally got it.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + After the light week we had I wanted to create a bit more of a plan. I like to just use a notebook or a piece of paper and write out all the things I want each kid to accomplish. Honestly, we didn’t even get all that I had listed done this week but I am okay with that because we also added some things in that I didn’t plan for. Oh, and that Danger on a Silent Night book I had planned for my daughter to read over the course of a few days? She read it the first day, she also requested we get more of the Imagination Station books.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + The toddler has been big into building towers out of blocks and the preschooler has been going through some of our wipe clean books, his current favorite is one I got from the dollar store years ago.

    + Also big on the preschooler’s radar right now is StarFall. I bought the full version for the year and the nine and six year olds are also playing it, probably partly out of nostalgia because I bought the full version for each of them when they were four.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + My daughter spent some time doing some Draw So Cute videos, truthfully, sometimes they stress her out and she usually doesn’t like the look of her drawing while she’s in the middle of it but by the end she is smitten. I think her Hermione is adorable.

     

     

    I know we did more in the last two weeks but this is all I can remember at the moment. We’re going to have a pretty light week next week and the week after we’re going to take off completely for Christmas. I doubt I’ll post a review next week, if I don’t the next one will be right around the new year, crazy to think about!

    I do still have one more educational gift guide which I will post next week!

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    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume Four

    A few words I would use to describe our homeschool this week: worn out, uninspired and boring.

    Ha! Sounds too good to pass up, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, not every week is like this one!

    Most of the reason for the feeling worn out was due to our two foster boys, I was just plain out overwhelmed this week and that feeling just flowed over into our homeschool.

    Since we are Canadian I can’t even blame our lack of academics this week on Thanksgiving like my American friends can . . . 😉

    Even though it feels like we didn’t do a whole lot this week I still like to review the week here.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW

     

    For reference, here’s the low down on all the kids:

    The Daughter – she’s 9 and in grade 4
    The Son – he’s 6 and in grade 1
    The Preschooler – he’s 3
    The Toddler – he’s 1 (almost 2)

     

    Here’s a recap of our week:

     

    + On Monday my husband had his EDO so he took the six year old to a local free homeschool skating. In the past we’ve gone almost every week in the winter but now with two littles without skates we hadn’t gone at all. Hopefully the two of them can go a few times throughout the winter.

    + The preschooler seemed to really be lacking in sleep this week and he didn’t do a whole lot of work. That being said, I introduced him to the Starfall app and he spent some time going through some of the letters of the alphabet on there.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + Playdough is always a good toddler distractor when we are trying to get things done. I have a super simple gluten free recipe that I use though after it’s been in the bag for awhile it needs some more corn starch added (thus all the white powder in the photo).

    + I’ve been attending a weekly women’s Bible study that wrapped up this week. The kids like it because there are some other homeschooled kids that are there so they get to hang out together each week.

    + My son did a decent amount of reading this week. We worked a little bit out of TYCTR but mostly he read out of Little Bear.

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    + One of the books my daughter is currently reading (not for the first time, I have no idea how many times she’s read it) is Hugo Cabret. It is one of the few books she considers a five star book and if you’ve never seen inside of it you need to get your hands on it, it is over 500 pages long and alternates between written chapters and pages of pictures.

    + If you’re interested in what we read each week, I share a monthly reading wrap up over on my personal blog and you can also sign up for my book-ish newsletter.

    + My daughter has been writing in the journal she started a couple of weeks ago nearly every day, it’s good writing practice and it seems to be good for her mentally to get some of the thoughts out of her head (just like her mother . . .).

     

    Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader

     

    INTENTIONS FOR NEXT WEEK

    I pretty much failed at last week’s intentions, let’s hope I can do better this week. My over all goal for the month of December is pretty much to focus on Advent/Christmas.

    + I got Danger on a Silent Night at my library in the used book section and am planning on getting my daughter to read it this month (it will probably only take her a day or two).

    + We’ll be reading through one story a day from The Jesus Storybook Bible and I may get the kids to do some Bible journaling as we do so.

     

    How was your homeschool week? Do you have any good resources you think we should check out in the upcoming weeks?