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
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.
+ 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.
+ 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.
+ 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.
+ 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:
- Usborne Look & Say: Big and Little
- First Concepts Numbers Lift-the-Flap
- Duck & Goose 1, 2, 3
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.