This was our very first week of homeschooling and it went … er … okay? It went better than I thought, but we had a little drama yesterday. Mostly because the three year old wanted attention (which, I had just finished giving her) and the nine year old just didn’t want to do what I had asked of him. For the most part though, it was a positive experience. I learned a couple things from my homeschool mama friends though:
- KEEP IT SIMPLE
- Start simple and be upfront about what the schedule is.
In light of the whole “be upfront about schedule” idea I’ve decided that I need to buy a bigger whiteboard and keep it in an obvious place. I brought down Xander’s desk and am ready to hang a whiteboard above it. I will keep track of our daily expectations on there so it’s obvious and will hopefully help us both keep better track.
We used two of the workbooks that I picked up for English leaving the third that I bought for later. We also did the first two lessons in the Saxon 5/4 math book (although, I printed off the pages since Amazon hasn’t shipped me my books yet!)
For History/Science/Geography we started off our “Around the World in 26 Letters” with Australia! We watched a show on Netflix about Australia called Australia: First Four Billion Years (NOVA). I also purchased a unit study country pack from Teachers Pay Teachers (Country Pack (Egypt, Australia & Russia)) and used the worksheets from Australia. Some of the words from the worksheet weren’t familiar to Xander so those words, combined with some of the words from the show made for a great exercise in finding definitions and learning how to look up words in a dictionary and online.
For my little Pre-K minion (Juliana) we did a lot of tracing! I bought her some new dry erase markers and used a print-out of her name in a clear, plastic sheet protector. We also sorted colors with the super cute Paint Brush Matching Lapbook via Confessions of a Homeschooler! Little really enjoyed working on her own schoolwork while Big Brother did his!
Next week we’re heading to Brazil!