Spring is in the air and we can hardly wait until the weather is consistently warm so that we can do our schoolwork outdoors. In fact, my hubby has gathered a load of wood to make us a picnic table to do just that this spring. I can’t wait. We love being out under the trees listening to the birds as we do our reading.
Teacup’s View of Homeschooling
Teacup is continuing to work through the Encompass Preschool Curriculum and loving it. We’ve covered everything from O to T, played with cloud dough, and even gotten pretty good at singing the A-B-C Song on our karaoke machine.
Peanut’s View of Homeschooling
Peanut has firmly decided that reading is her favorite past-time, but she still really enjoys our favorite preschool app and new music appreciation course too. And, if the opportunity allows, she likes thinking of ways to make you laugh too.
Homeschooling together continues to be their favorite part of the day. I’ve already decided that next year will consist largely of subjects both girls can learn together. Playing with cloud dough (and making a HUGE mess on the kitchen/living room floor), painting rocks, completing Popsicle experiments, and making Abraham Lincoln puppets were just a few favorites from this month.
We also had some time this month for a few visits to Papa and Meemaw’s houses, and a couple field trips to the Oklahoma Science Museum and the Oklahoma City Zoo. Goose also added a bucket to our play set so the girls have had fun pulling things up to the top level and rolling them down the slide.
We are on a roll to read 400 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)
- The Empty Pot by Demi. While not seen at first, this story has a great moral–telling the truth is more important than looking good. An emperor has to choose a successor and since he loves flowers, he decides to let the seeds make the decision for him. Who will be the next emperor? The result may surprise you.
- A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman. We love Corduroy books. This one is no exception. It also spurred on discussion about some new vocabulary words: “laundromat,” “beret,” “manager,” and “hesitating.”
- Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. I completely understand why this is a Caldecott Medal winner. The verbal expressions and illustrations are both beautiful. Have you ever gone owling?
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judie Barrett. This is a cute and very imaginative story about a town that rained food. Sounds to me a little like the manna from heaven only this manna got a little out of hand. When the story was over Peanut asked, “was this story real?” LOL. It was so imaginable, even a 5 year old started to believe it.
- Stella and Roy Go Camping by Ashley Wolff. This book provides a wonderful introduction to wildlife. My favorite parts were the animal tracks and the animal descriptions provided at the back.
- The Napping House by Audrey Wood. This story builds upon the previous and reminds me a bit of There Was an Old Woman only this story is much cuter and has such a funny ending. We had fun finding the different characters in each picture, looking how the window scene changed throughout, and taking a guess at which room in the house the story took place in on the last page.
- The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Anice N. Harrington. We loved this book, both for it’s cultural accent and fun-loving main character. My daughter loves chasing chickens when she visits her Papa’s house so this fit right in with her personality. The fabric patterned artwork was also a neat edition to an already great story.
- Uncle Wiggily’s Story Book by Howard R. Garis. “Read another one! Read another one!” That phrase followed after EVERY chapter. These cute stories are about a rabbit who can hear and understand boys and girls, and how he helps others in whatever way he can. They are great stories for setting an example of the second greatest commandment!
- I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse. Do your kids ever try to compare themselves or place you in the middle of the battle? “Mom, who do you think is the best at…? Who do you love better?” Well, if you experience this kind of questioning in your home then this book is for you. Hint: Love is like mixing colors…red and blue make purple. I love you the purplest!
- Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig. Bullying seems to be everywhere these days. We’ve even had to curb a few bullying tendencies in our own home. We really enjoyed this book because it not only told a story but shared ideas both in how to handle bullies and how to stop being a bully. For the subject at hand, it was very well written and explained.
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)