Well this is my first year homeschooling, and we have reached the end of our very first month! And although this will take some getting used to, and much learning along the way for all of us, we are having a marvelous time!
I am so very blessed to be using My Father’s World Curriculum, Exploring Countries and Cultures, and we have eagerly begun our travels around the world. And our first continental stop…North America! We have been studying the ecosystems and biomes of North America, including the Temperate Forest and the Desert. We have also been learning about the different animals that live in those ecosystems.
I am also very blessed to be married to a General Contractor, who created a wonderful classroom for us to spend each day learning and discovering together!
In preparing to begin this homeschooling journey, I did a lot of reading, and extensive blog-hopping, and gathered many awesome ideas from experienced homeschoolers…one of the very best of which was the concept of workboxes! These workboxes have been magical for us, in allowing our day to be very smooth and very organized! Even my littlest has some, and her curriculum, Letter of the Week, keeps her workboxes full of many busy and educational things to do! A big thank you to Erica for all her guidance through her blog!
We have been able to use the library extensively and the kids are really enjoying reading out of our book basket each week. It is full of all the MFW book recommendations, and they love to read while sitting in our big brown chair!
There are many activities the kids have really been enjoying…
Our first science experiment was a success…the study of the earthworm’s niche within an ecosystem. The kids had an interesting and unique time handling the earthworms!
Going on a nature walk once a week has been fun! They have collected leaves and begun to try to identify the trees by examining them. In fact we were at Michael’s the other day, and they took a leaf home from the tree in the parking lot, and we were able to identify it, looking it up by leaf shape in our tree classification book from the library!
They’ve been going on adventures from the book Kingdom Tales, and learning of the life of Cameron Townsend in our read-alouds.
Spelling and Math Drill have also become favorites…
We replaced Rod & Staff’s Spelling by Sound & Structure, with Spelling Power, and the kids just love it. They enjoy that it only takes 5-10 minutes, and they only have to study and do activities with the words they do not know.
And as they do math drill every day, they can see their speed and accuracy increasing!Their goal is to do the front and back of the Holey card in 2 minutes or less!
And they are looooving art! They’ve been doing art once each week with my mother-in-law…and it is their favorite part of the week!
They’ve done several projects, including…
Hands-across-the-world Paper dolls
…with glued dried beans and legumes
And leaf painting…from
the leaves we’ve
I am so thankful for this adventure and the time we have together! And while it is a challenge for sure, I would choose it all over again, without a doubt!