Wow! It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two months since we’ve shared a homeschool update. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, life has just flown right by.
Teacup’s View of Homeschooling
Teacup is continuing to work through the Encompass Preschool Curriculum and loving it. As you can tell she is really a hands-on kind of girls. I’m already thinking how I am going to need to teach her differently thank Peanut. It’s going to be fun!
Peanut’s View of Homeschooling
Peanut has discovered the joy of crafts this month. She is now making friendship bracelets and hand weaving for anyone and everyone. She also continues to be a reading fanatic. Her latest audience? Our dog, Snicker. 😉
Homeschooling together continues to be their favorite part of the day. In fact, more often than not, they choose to do each other’s school boxes together even if that was not the intention. But, when the activity is something like painting the shower wall or a counting race, I suppose I’d want to participate in my sister’s “homework” too.
We are on a roll to read 500 books as a family by the end of the school 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)
- Thirteen Moons on a Turtle’s Back by Joseph Bruchac and Jonathan London–Did you know there are 13 moons in a year and 5 moons in winter? This is a neat set of Native American stories about the thirteen moons (and how to remember them). This book also has great illustrations; my youngest kept asking me to show her the pictures again and again and saying “wow.”
- Hill of Fire by Thomas P. Lewis–Peanut loves this book. It is not the first time she has read this book but the first time she read it by herself. The volcano story still vascinates her. She was so excited to see it in her library bag for the week.
- A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman–Not only is Mary Ann Hoberman a great poet in this book, but Betty Frasier’s illustrations are so creative that my girls didn’t want to turn the page! This is a great book to introduce different types of homes–for animals, people, and…well…anything!
- A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead–This is such a cute book about a zoo keeper who takes care of his animals so well that when he becomes sick the zoo animals come to take care of him.
- Best Counting Book Ever by Richard Scarry–This is an counting book that was good for both my preschooler and my kindergartner. It’s great for just learning to count, adding, or counting by fives. Use it to practice counting at whatever stage your child is.
- The Problem with Chickens by Bruce McMillan–This book is a story about some Iceland women who had trouble reaching bird eggs on the side of cliff and about how they came up with a plan to solve their problem. Some silly chickens are involved in the process. Peanut said she really liked this book because it was fun and silly.
- The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater–We loved this book. It’s about a neighborhood whose houses all looked the same until one man decided to make his house look different. In the end, everyone realizes it’s okay to be your own person.
- No Dragons for Tea by Jean E. Pendziwol–If the title doesn’t reel you in, the story will. Besides just a fun read, this story is a great introduction to fire safety.
- Dr. Seuss’s ABC–The girls laughed and laughed at this silly classic ABC book.
- When We Go Camping by Margriet Ruurs–One of the best introductory camping books we’ve read. The paintings are beautiful with many hidden pictures found within. This book is not only a great book about camping but also for art study. You could look at the pictures in this book for hours and discover new animals all the time.
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)