My daughter just turned 5, and she isn't supposed to start kindergarten until this coming september. I decided to "try" teaching her at home, this way she can have a little head start. If we love it, we might continue with homeschooling her further on. We want to take it one year at a time.
I love spending one on one time with her. Sometimes we can get so busy with all the things we need to do, that we don't really spend any one on one with with the kids. Sure we eat dinner, pray and read a bed time story together at the end of the day. But I wanted to do more. More then just playing polly pockets with her. I wanted to invest in her education. I want her to grow up with Jesus in her heart. I want to teach her how to write her own name and how to read.
I homeschool Monday-Thursday. We usually get through the lessons in about 2 hours.
We typically do our lessons in the mornings, after breakfast and chores.
Sometimes, when we have errands/appointments, etc.. we don't do lessons until the afternoon and there have been days where we have skipped them all together.
But my daughter is so excited to do her lessons everyday, she keeps me on my toes. She keeps asking when we are going to start.
I bought her a preschool activity book, but Emily got very bored with it. Which showed me that she is ready for something more. So I have been finding her activities and printables online. Most of the printables are from Confessions of a Homeschooler.
I read a lot of blog posts online about Sue Patrick's Workbox System. This is what I decided to do.
I bought our cart on amazon
I have 10 assignments/activities for her each day:
First we do calendar time:
Emily fills out her daily calendar sheet:
We have been signing this song to practice her days of the week:
After we have finished each assignment, Emily takes off the number from the workbox and puts it on her chart. This way she can see how many more things she needs to do
Next we do bible time. I don't have any bible workbooks for her yet. What we have been doing was reading a bible story from her bible every day:
Next she draws something from that days bible story. Today it was about Moses parting the sea:
I write a caption for her:
Next we do reading time, I am really enjoying this book that I found on Amazon, It teaches the sounds of letters and helps the child read:
After reading I have her practice her scissor skills (we use the Kumon cutting and pasting book):
After a little break we work on letter of the day. Currently we are letter L:
After writing, We move on to math:
Then we work on a craft. Today we made lanterns for the letter L:
I love their expressions:
After craft, I have emily do one last hands/fun activity, today we worked on these worksheets:
By the end of the school day, Emily's chart is all full:
We did all this from 11:30-1:30pm. That includes breaks and snacks.
After the school day, I take 10 minutes to refill the workboxes and get everything ready for the next lesson plan. That way, I am not scrambling and wasting time trying to figure out what she should do next.
If you homeschool, what curriculum do you use? I have been thinking about My Fathers World, but there are so many choices, that I am overwhelmed.
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