Friday, September 11, 2015

Reason #146...

 Reason #146 why I love home schooling (most of the time!)...
 I get to hear all sorts of funny comments from my kids.

When Elianna was practising printing her letter "q"s today, she said, "You know, a q looks just like a seahorse except that instead of a pointy head, it has a round head, and I guess its tail needs to be a bit curlier, too."  That kid has animals, critters, or sea life on her mind I love her. :-)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Grade 1 Homeschool Curriculum Plan

I wasn't planning on starting "school" until next week, but yesterday Elianna was really wanting to "do school", so we did. Today we took the day off to go to a "not back to school" party and meet some fellow home schooling families.

 Here is the plan for this year (Grade 1) in case you were interested. I also want to do a few "day in the life" posts this year with pictures as I personally love reading those kinds of things.

For the most part, we are using Heart of Dakota's Little Hearts for His Glory as our main guide/lesson plan and supplemental activities.

  • Science
  • Social Studies/History
  • Bible
    • Reading through the Bible plan for Heart of Dakota
    • Devotions for the Children's Hour (as outlined in Heart of Dakota)
    • Hide em' in Your Heart cd 
  • Music/Art/Drama/French/Phys Ed
    • I will be teaching Elianna piano lessons using Music for Little Mozarts
    • Draw.Write.Now Book 1 for drawing lessons
    • Arts/Crafts activities that correspond to daily lessons (as planned in Heart of Dakota)
    • Dramatic play as outlined in Heart of Dakota guide
    • French youtube videos & free resources
    • Phys Ed - free play, extracurricular sports, etc.
That is the plan for this year. It takes only about 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day, 5 days a week of  actual "school work" to get this all done in 35 weeks or so. The biggest challenge is keeping the 18 month old and 3 1/2 year old out of trouble during "school." I am also working through Little Hands to Heaven (prek) with Nathanael to try to keep him somewhat involved and occupied. 

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