This month marked the beginning of our second nine weeks. I can’t believe we are almost halfway finished with this school year. That is unbelievable!
Last month I promised to share an update regarding our modified workboxes, and so far it’s going great. Instead of using workbox towers we created just one box for each person, and one we complete as a family. Each have their assignments on a sheet of paper, and they know they just have to accomplish everything in their ONE box. This has worked so well because its portable, so much easier to load, and it keeps me from filling up ten boxes “just because I have too.” In addition, it doesn’t look nearly as overwhelming when its only ONE box instead of TEN.
Teacup’s View of Homeschooling
Teacup is continuing to work through the Encompass Preschool Curriculum and loving it. She’d still like to do more than one day’s assignment at a time, but I’ve been able to slow her down some with some additional painting and workbook time.
Peanut’s View of Homeschooling
This still remains the girls’ favorite part of homeschooling. Together they’ve been able to create and shop at a grocery store, build lakes and rivers in the sandbox, go on a scavenger hunt in the library, and play with our now many cardboard box houses.
In addition, Peanut has taken it upon herself to learn to roller-skate and Teacup, in turn, has begun scootering on our still favorite scooter of all time. Oh and yes, sometimes the girls even have their dolls studying right along with them. It’s so cute!
A special highlight of the month was when we were able to go camping with one set of grandparents. The girls had lots of firsts that weekend including swimming at a lakeside beach, having s’mores, singing campfire songs, and Teacup catching (and filleting) her first fish.
We once again read over 50 books as a group and have developed several new favorites so for those of you looking for some great reading material for your 3-6 year old, I highly encourage you to try some of these favorites. My girls loved them!
Our Top 10 Children’s Books of the Month (In No Particular Order)
- Voyage with the Vikings by Paul McCusker. This is the first book in the Focus on the Family historical Imagination Station series and a great introduction to Vikings. Peanut loved this book about as much as those in the Magic Tree House series. The plus side with this series though is that they are from a Christian perspective.
- My Body is Private by Linda Girard. This book provides a very blunt but respectful way of explaining that a person’s body is private. It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read or shared with my children in that regard too. If your child is of the age where they are ready for this conversation, I highly recommend it to help present the concept appropriately and clearly.
- Bread and Jam for Francis by Russell Hoban. These Frances books are cute, teach great simple truths such as saving, telling the truth and the like. This particular book is a perfect read for a picky eater. Maybe it is not so fun having bread and jam for every meal all the time after all.
- Walter the Baker by Eric Carle. We love nearly all of Eric Carle’s books and this one is no exception. Did you know that the pretzel is based on the ancient position for prayer in which the arms were folded across the chest?
- Mike Mulligan and More by Virginia Burton. These book is a treasury of the great books by Virginia Burton. We love each story and have read these stories numerous times over the years. It is amazing how much you can learn about cable cars, bulldozers, and more from these classically illustrated picture books.
- Least of All by Carol Purdy. I just have to reiterate that I LOVE this book. It’s a book about a 7 year old who taught herself to read in early 1900s on a Vermont Farm. She in turn was able to teach her entire family to read.
- Haircuts at Sleepy Sam’s by Michael Strickland. I liked reading this story to my girls because it gave “us little white chicks” a little insight into hair styles of African Americans. Do you know the what a bald fade is?
- Daddy Goes to Work by Jabari Asim. If your child ever asks you what Daddy does all day, this is a great introduction to that discussion. In it, a girl goes to work with her daddy and learns all about the hard work he does every day.
- My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann is a Caldecott Award winner, and a just plain funny book. “Not to worry, Mouse! I’ve got an idea!” And boy are his ideas big…and messy. LOL.
- The Little Train by Lois Lenski. Do you know the difference between a train’s conductor, fireman, and engineer? This book does a great job explaining the in’s and out’s of a train in a very easy to understand manner. Even I learned some things about train workers.
So that’s what we’ve been up to this last month.
What have you been up to?
Thy testimonies are righteous for ever: Give me understanding, and I shall live. (Psalm 119:144)