This month has flown by. Despite me getting the worst stomach virus ever, we took a field trip to the Oklahoma Mennonite Relief Sale (definitely a Mennonite cultural experience if you are ever in the Oklahoma area during the second weekend of November), visited our town’s excellent safety village where we learned lots of germ, fire, and traffic safety tips, and delivered nearly 70 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes to our town’s drop off with the help of our church and homeschool choirs. We also had our first family visit to Gatti Town where the girls thought the bounce house and the tickets were the best. Finally, they each had opportunities to play in the snow and leaves thanks to God’s crazy Oklahoma weather. In all, this month was a month of memories in the making.
Teacup’s View of Homeschooling
Teacup is continuing to work through the Encompass Preschool Curriculum and loving it. Her personality is really starting to shine, and I am often amazed by her academic knowledge, especially knowing that she is just now the age I started Peanut on the Encompass. She loves cutting, painting, and her workbook activities the best, but she will gladly do about anything as long as someone is doing it with her.
Peanut’s View of Homeschooling
Peanut lost her first tooth this month, and says she feels older somehow now. We switched her math program this month from Singapore Math 1A to Matholia, and she is very much enjoying that change. Have you heard of Matholia? It’s Singapore Math gone online. It’s wonderful. I’m sure I’ll be sharing more about this program in the future, but suffice it to say, it provides excellent feedback and motivation if your child is getting bored with the normal workbook-style math program.
This month, I have enjoyed seeing Peanut begin to take on the roll of the older sister with new vigor. She is now reading stories to Teacup on a regular basis, and “helping” her complete some of her school projects. They are definitely best buds whether it’s doing Cosmic Kids, singing, dancing, playing games, or completing craft projects.
We are on a roll to read 600 books as a family by the end of the year. 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 reading these this month!
Our Top 10 Children’s Books of the Month (In No Particular Order)
- George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans by Janet and Geoff Benge–Oh…my…goodness. I cried. I was convicted. I was changed. Never mind the girls. This is one amazing story worthy of a family read aloud for sure.
- Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel–This story was so funny, so funny it made even this mom laugh. Owl gets scared of a lump in his bed (his feet), thinks the moon is following him, and thinks the upstairs is lonely when he is downstairs and visa versa. All that to say, this is quite a silly story that was a fun read for all of us.
- The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Laskey–Do you know the name of the first person who tried to figure out the circumference of the earth? I didn’t. Neither did I know that this person lived nearly two thousand years ago! This book is a great biography about Eratosthenes and how his scientific equations changed the world’s view of the world forever.
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats--A classic. We’ve read this one many times before, but when it came in the pile of books for the week, Peanut commented, “Mom, those books with Peter in it are still my favorite.”
- Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco–We love this book. It’s about a girl who is afraid of thunder so she learns to not be afraid by making Thunder Cake with her Grandma. My girls now want to make thunder cake too. They just don’t know if they’d like tomato sauce in a chocolate cake. LOL.
- Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin–Cute diary of a worm; great introduction to the diary format.
- Missionary Stories with the Millers by Mildred A. Martin--This book should be on every Christian’s bookshelf as it provides amazing stories of missionaries in a very short and easy to read format. Everyday my daughters kept say, “Keep reading! Keep reading!”
- Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff--A classic; I remember reading this story when I grew up and still love it. Other than the millions of years ago exaggeration, it’s a fun imaginary read for kids. What would it be like if you could play with a dinosaur for a day?
- If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff--My family loves these “If You Give…” books by Numeroff. More often than not you will hear the phrase “if you give Teacup a …” and the girls just laugh and laugh.
- Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee–While reading this I though, “what a great book to give to kindergartners upon graduation along with their own star to place in their pocket.” It’s a cute story about stars and all the things you can do with them.
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)