Bible: Currently we are doing a study of the life of Jesus leading up to Easter, and doing a hymn study on Crown Him with Many Crowns. We don't do a whole lot with "studying" the hymn as my kids are so little, but we sing it daily and I told them who wrote it and a little bit about him, and we read through a couple of the verses to explain what they mean. It is amazing how quickly the kids pick up new music, and I love to hear them singing along to great hymns...storing up some great truth there! We also try to do an act of service, whether in the home or out, every day. This week we put together a care package for a little boy we know who has cancer and read his updates, as well as kept him in our prayers. We also made cookies for a neighbor and for my husband's coworkers.
Math: Little Bear fills in his calendar daily with the current date and pattern work. He also reads the full date from the calendar and writes the date. He now can readily write the date in MM-DD-YYYY format! I can't believe that just this past August he didn't even know his months. It still blows my mind how fast they learn. We are also working through a basic kindergarten math workbook. Once he is finished with that, I will be starting some "living math" lessons that I have collected.
Penmanship/Copy Work: Little Bear is currently working on mastering writing all the letters and numbers 1-10. I pick two letters or numbers for him to work on a day, and he spends 10-15 minutes writing.
Phonics: We are just starting out with the phonics program Candy4WAY and are working through the 1st set of BOB books.
Literature: We read aloud usually multiple times daily. My kids love chapter books, and I thoroughly enjoy reading wonderful classics that interest me, as well as them. Reading aloud is probably my most favorite part of our days. This week we started and have almost finished Homer Price by Robert McCloskey (I didn't even know he wrote anything other than wonderful picture books). It is a charming and humorous tale of a young boy set in the 1940s. Little Bear absolutely loves it and has grown quite fond of the boy, often requesting "can we please find out what Homer is going to do next?" We also just started The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.
Outdoors: I let the kids spend as much time as they want outdoors and they do spend a lot of their day out of doors depending on the weather. Weather around here is so sporadic that there are some days they are out for 4 hours and other days they are whining to come in after only 30 minutes. We also got together with some friends for a play date this week at a local park on an unseasonably warm Wednesday.
Science and Nature Study: This week we started some tomato and lettuce seeds (and tried desperately to remember to plant them). Little Bear also learned about the parts of a plant and the purpose of roots.
Poetry: On Thursday we had some tea and fresh baked cookies and read from The World of Christopher Robin.
Music: Throughout the week we listened to Bach.
Art: Our artist this week was Jacob van Ruisdael and his View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds. I wasn't sure if the kids would be too excited about looking at a piece of art, but they really surprised me. Both Little Bear and Shy Bear did a wonderful job narrating about the painting. Little Bear talked a lot about the houses and wondered about the large building in the background, so we even took the time to look up what that area looks like today. It is the Church of St. Bavo, and Little Bear was so surprised to see how different everything looks today, but he was able to pick out the church right away. It was so nice to sit together and look at and talk about a beautiful piece of art work. We also did Sketch Tuesday which was to draw something Mexican. Little Bear and I decided to sketch a sombrero. Little Bear is very shy about his drawing and gets easily frustrated (I have unfortunately passed on my perfectionism to him), so he doesn't usually like to draw, but once he saw me sketching, he decided he would like to do it after all. I was very impressed that he immediately picked out the shapes of the hat and drew them.
We had such a full week but it didn't feel rushed. I think this approach just works into the natural flow of our days and our home. I am reminded of why I want to home school and I love it.
Love In Christ,