We did it! We finished school for the 2014-2015 school year! Can I just say how excited we are…I am?! Ha! Here’s a look at how our year ended up.
Teacup’s View of Homeschooling
Can you begin to see that ornery streak come out in her pictures? 😉 Teacup is learning to beat her own drum for sure and that even included telling me, “Mom, you can get rid of my toys. It’s okay. I don’t want to have to pick them up anymore.” Yes, THAT is my daughter…my daughter who now has a bed and several bare shelves in her bedroom but can give loving hugs like no body’s business.
Peanut’s View of Homeschooling
This month Peanut turned 6, and you can definitely tell that magic number matured her in some way. She is more helpful than ever, and she values friendships like never before. This month we discovered a new play group, and she is soooo excited to be able to potentially make some long term friendships some place else besides just church.
This month was filled with LOTS of fun togetherness time–field trips, a birthday, crazy weather, and more. Here’s just a taste of what our adventures looked like:
- Peanut made me a fancy Mother’s Day lunch. Okay, so I helped, but it was her idea, and she did most of the cooking and set the table all by herself. That girl could very easily be developing the gift of hospitality.
- It rained record inches here in Oklahoma making it SUPER fun for playing in puddles. By the way, can you see our new picnic table in the corner of that pic? My hubby has been hard at work. It converts from a picnic table to a bench with a back. Love it!
- We finished Encompass Preschool Curriculum with Teacup, and Peanut loved going back and playing some of the games with her. In fact, more often than not, Peanut would play the games and review Teacup’s lessons with her more than mom would; both girls loved it.
- Even though it has only been above 80 degrees a couple of days here in Oklahoma, the girls just couldn’t wait to get wet. We’ve already played in the sprinkler and on the water slide at least three times–never mind the fact that they froze nearly every time. Ha!
- For Peanut’s birthday we had a destination birthday–an overnight camping trip across the northwestern parts of Oklahoma. It was so much fun, and we gathered so many memories. Peanut deemed it the best birthday ever! 😉
- Peanut and I attended our local homeschool convention and had fun meeting new friends and checking out all the latest curriculum possibilities. I’m so glad I had already finished most of my shopping. Otherwise I would have been very tempted to spend a LOT of money outside of our budget.
- Both girls received their next level badges in our church AWANA program–something we work together on as a family. We are so proud of them both.
- Peanut got to have a tailgate party for her birthday cake. Lesson learned–don’t expect to get to blow out candles in Oklahoma if you are outside on a windy day. The wind will do that for you.
We read nearly 400 books this 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 Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and Chris Raschka–Grandparents will love this story. It’s about a little girl’s visit to her Nanna and Poppy’s house, and how her favorite thing about their house is the Hello, Goodbye window in which she can always see her Nanna and Poppy saying hello and goodbye every time she visits.
- A Second is a Hiccup by Hazel Hutchins–“How much longer mommy?” If you have young children you’ve heard that question asked a thousand times. What they really want to know is not 30 minutes or 1 hour but something more tangible…say 60 hiccups! This book is a great beginner for understanding the length of time.
- Sophie’s Further Adventures by Dick King-Smith–By the author of the famous book, Babe, this six-box series is a gem. As grandchildren of farmers my daughters loved the story of a little girl named Sophie who determines from a very young age that she is going to grow up to be a Lady Farmer in England. Her perseverance, love for animals, and underdog inspiration is a treasure to read and share. This book is actually the compilation of the last three books in the series; we will definitely be reading all of these stories again!
- Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey–This Caldecott Honor is a classic at our house. We were first introduced to it’s blue print pages a couple of hears ago and now enjoy reading this book often. It’s the cute story of a little girl named Sal who goes blueberry picking with her mother only to get mixed up with a mother bear. Read the rest to find out what happens as a result.
- Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse–I love the illustrations and the love of moms and daughters demonstrated in this book. How would it feel to dance in the rain after a long drought?
- Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall–This Caldecott Honor is a wonderful example of what pioneer life was like. Farmers would work all year to take supplies to town to sell and then use the money to get items needed to bring back home. Wonderful introduction to history.
- Great Joy by Kate Dicamillo–We have read this story several times, love the illustrations and the simple compassion a little girl has for an organ grinder. The moral of the story–it doesn’t take much to invite another to learn about the good news of Jesus if we just use the opportunities given to us.
- The One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith–What is not to love about the 101 Dalmations! But did you know that in the book Cruella de Vil was never caught? And, did you know there were only 97 puppies, and there were actually 4 adult dalmations? Yes, we learned all this and more from actually READING the book and not relying on the movie version alone.
- Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal–Have you ever wondered how to explain big words like “cooperate,” “compassionate,” “envy,” “pessimistic,” and “optimistic” to a child? This book is filled with wonderful character words like this and explains them all through the story of eating cookies. My daughter finished it and immediately wanted to read it again to better understand the new vocabulary. Oh, and I forgot to mention, the paintings are pretty cute too.
- Roman Numerals I to MM by Arthur Geisert–Fun introduction to Roman Numerals.
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)