• Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader
    real homeschool stories,  week in review

    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume Three

    I think we are slowly getting into a bit of a home and homeschool routine with a preschooler and toddler in the mix!

    Thankfully we all got more sleep this week than last week so that obviously makes a big difference in our homeschool.

     

    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)

     

    + My son did multiple TYCTR lessons this week and even did two in one day!

    + We got the flu shot at the beginning of the week so I tried to find some videos on YouTube about vaccinations and we watched a couple but I couldn’t find anything that was really that great.

     

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

     

    + The preschooler learned about the letter B and did a few activities with the letter in his preschool journal including putting simple dot stickers around the letter. (Also, I love that he is obsessed with our Iron Man mask and wears it around up on his head, not over his eyes, almost all the time.) He has been really into the letter B and is pointing it out wherever he finds in. (#winning!)

    + The other highlight of the preschoolers week is still our Usborne Maze book that I got about eight years ago that they no longer sell . . .

     

    Homeschool Myth: Homeschoolers are Socially Awkward - tackling the issue of homeschooling and socialization

     

    + My older two each had a friend over one afternoon. Homeschooling socialization for the win!

    + I got my daughter started with a “daily” journal (just in a composition notebook). I thought this would be both good writing practice and a good way of processing the day for her. I did give her a few different general journal prompt ideas to help her out on days that she gets stuck, like:

    • what you did today (or yesterday)
    • something you are looking forward to
    • something you want to tell me
    • the best part of your day
    • the hardest part of your day
    • something you are afraid of.

     

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

     

    + The toddler was around for most of our schooling this week, one day I taped a piece of paper to the table (so he couldn’t keep knocking it off) and gave him some stickers and a stamp and he was surprisingly entertained for quite some time! Next time I might use our big Ikea paper roll to give him an even bigger space.

    + My daughter also finished her Vienna report from last week, she made it on Canva and had a cover page and a few different facts. It was something out of the norm from what we’ve done in the past and I think it was a nice change.

     

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

     

    + My daughter did division for most of the week in math but there was one day where our math got pushed into the evening and she just wasn’t in the mood for something “hard” so I pulled out this Usborne wipe clean multiplication book I have.

    + Speaking of math, my son really struggled with math this week. Honestly, I think it was more of a mental struggle, I know that he knows the stuff he was working on but he was convinced he didn’t know it. So we left that behind and worked on some measurement instead and it seemed to help his mindset.

     

    INTENTIONS FOR NEXT WEEK

    + Get back into our Bible journaling, it’s been awhile . . .

    + Do some drawing, it’s something we haven’t done for the last week or two.

    + Learn about the letter C with the preschooler.

    + Play some games! This was a goal for this last week and I forgot about it so we didn’t play any. (These are some of our favorites if you need some ideas.)

     

    And that’s another wrap up! Things have definitely been harder with a toddler and preschooler and so I’ve slowly been trying to add a subject back in each week and we’re getting closer to where I want to be. I’m looking forward to next week!

  • Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader
    homeschooling as a lifestyle,  real homeschool stories,  week in review

    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume Two

    I’m back for another review of our homeschool week! I had a lot of fun sharing the first one last week, it was a good process for me now and I think it will be really nice to look back on at the end of the school year.

    Out of all the homeschool methods out there we really are in our own category. There are parts where I feel like we are unschoolers but we do try to do some intentional stuff a few days a week that would help us fall into a different category. How I described it awhile ago was Homeschooling as a Lifestyle and I think that description is still the best for us.

     

    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) – though this week we usually did our school work while he was napping

     

    + This week Monday was Remembrance Day so we didn’t do any school that day. To be honest, we didn’t even talk about Remembrance Day at all this year, I usually at least read the John McCrae poem In Flanders Fields but I didn’t even do that this year. The beginning of the week was very sleep deprived thanks to our littlest foster boy and we were in straight survival mode, hence why not much got done.

     

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

     

    + We had a few nicer-than-average (almost above freezing) days so we took advantage of the weather and went to the playground a few times!

    + We started our letter of the week with the preschooler. Starting things off with A. We used this free printable I found. We made it our own though because apparently his scissor skills are non-existent so instead of cutting out the teeth provided he just cut little strips out of green construction paper.

    + I’ve started a three-year-old journal with the preschooler, similar to the one I did with my son three years ago, we’re putting some of our letter of the week in there and then we’re adding some other stuff as well.

     

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

     

    + One of my goals for this week was to try Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons with my son again. We stopped at lesson 64 months ago (maybe a year ago?) because he just wasn’t progressing. The first day we picked it back up at the story for lesson 64 and he read through it with help on just a few words! That was big! The only downside is that we only picked up the book one day this week.

    + When we were driving one day my six year old asked me if I knew what doctors did when they put tubes in kids’ ears. I had no idea so we ended up looking to our friend YouTube for some answers and came across this very informative video:

     

     

    + The tubes in ears video snowballed into watching a few videos from the Operation Ouch channel, it is totally up the alley of both my nine and six year old. This video about teeth was a favorite:

     

     
    + Last week I decided that I wanted my daughter to work on a larger project. I wanted to let her decide what topic to study and she chose to research Vienna. Normally we would get a ton of books on the topic but life hasn’t been allowing for very long library visits lately so I decided to find a few informational videos for her to watch on the topic. She has been working on creating a poster about Vienna in Canva, I think she should be able to finish it next week.

    + On the days that we did our sit down school work this week the kids did a little bit of math. My first grader is working on addition and subtraction and my fourth grader just started division.

     

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

     

    + The preschooler has been loving all our Usborne wipe clean books, the Mazes and Dinosaur activity books have been his favorites.

    + Friday we ended up having a number of different errands to do and didn’t do any school, so this week we only did three days of sit down work.

     

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

     

    + I ended up buying a few more educational board books for the preschooler this week and we’ve been re-reading a few of them. Some of his current favorites are:

     

    INTENTIONS FOR NEXT WEEK

    Here are some goals/intentions for next week:

    + Learn about the letter B with the preschooler.

    + Do at least three TYCTR lessons with the first grader.

    + Have the fourth grader finish her Vienna project.

    + Play more (or some) games, it’s been awhile since we played any!

     

    And that’s another homeschool week in the books! I am excited for next week and the goals I have for us.

  • Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader
    real homeschool stories,  week in review

    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume One

    Way back when I started this blog I used to do a monthly review of our homeschool and I kind of want to bring that idea back. Over on my personal blog I just started doing weekly reviews and I want to do the same thing here homeschool style.

    Because we don’t follow a particular homeschool method and are a bit more on the unschooly side no week (or day!) looks the same.

    Since we added a toddler and a preschooler into our home* just over two weeks ago things really don’t look the same!

    *Added to our home via foster care, if you are curious you can read more about it on my personal blog.

     

    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)

     

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

     

    + For the first time this year we are fairly consistently using workbooks. We grabbed some MathSmart (Canadian math curriculum) books from Costco a couple months ago and the days we sit down and do school the kids generally each complete two pages. This week we actually sat down four days of the week so they each got eight pages done.

     

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

     

    + My son has been using these pencil holder thingys to help his printing and pencil grip and I have noticed a difference since he started using them (when he’s actually using it correctly and not being lazy). The preschooler is left handed and I’m finding it hard to figure out how to tell him to hold a pencil correctly, it just dawned on me that I should use one of these with him!

     

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

     

    + I actually tried to do our sit down work with the littles this week. So, we’ve been trying to figure out ways to keep them busy. Puzzles, coloring, magnets, mazes, stamps and painting/coloring with water have been the big entertainers so far. I may eventually write up a full post of different ideas on how to entertain toddlers while doing school, this is new-to-me territory.

    + On Tuesday we spent some time learning about Guy Fawkes, I shared a number of resources in this post.

     

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

     

    + This week also involved a lot of Mad Libs! They can be pretty hilarious and are excellent for learning the parts of speech. We got some free printable sheets from this site and I learned from Instagram that there is also a free app which I have now installed and we will use the next time we are in a waiting room or need to kill some time.

    + I made gluten free playdough last week and it has been played with this week as well. I personally don’t like playdough (I can’t stand the feel of it) but kids seem to like it so I made a batch every few months.

     

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

     

    + On the weekend the kids went to a birthday party. It was Star Wars themed so my daughter drew a Princess Leia card for the girl thanks to YouTube channel Draw So Cute’s tutorial. She has been drawing quite a bit from this channel lately, I would recommend it for kids around her age!

     

     

    + I’ve been reading this kids Bible to the preschooler and he’s been really into it. I love the illustrations. It’s a pretty simple Bible, so far it seems like a younger version of The Jesus Storybook Bible and I’ve added it to my to-buy list. (Other books on my to-buy list are this one and this one.)

    + Some more books we’ve had on repeat with the Preschooler include:

     

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

     

    + The first grader is continuing to slowly improve his reading, though I’ll admit that we didn’t work at it very much this week. I think the only book he read to me was this one.

    + Technically it’s Friday so normally I wouldn’t post this until at least Saturday since the week isn’t over but my husband’s family is butchering pigs today and the older kids are going to go there and hang out/play with cousins so I’m counting our week as done!

     

    That’s what I can remember from this week in our homeschool! Do you have any highlights from your week or resources you’ve been enjoying?

     

    INTENTIONS FOR NEXT WEEK

    I thought it would also be fun to set some goals/intentions for the coming week. We’ll see if I actually keep this up or not!

    + Try bringing out Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons again for my first grader. We weren’t progressing any more so I put it away for a long time but I’m curious to see how it goes if we bring it back out.

    + Start a letter a week with the preschooler. I have never liked the whole letter a week idea, mostly because by the time my kids were ready for it they knew all the letters but now that our preschooler came to us with no idea of the alphabet it seems like a good time to try it out!

    + Find a bigger project for my fourth grader. I have no specific ideas at the moment but I think she needs something big to work on, I hope to spend some time brainstorming in the next few days.

     

    There we go, a bit from our week and intentions for next. If you like the weekly wrap up format let me know!