This entry is part 27 of 27 in the series Homeschool
Saxon K is a program for early years math education. It is gentle in the extreme. There are 12 lessons per month, giving much flexibility in how much time is spent “learning” math and how quickly it is completed. Math K can be a quick jaunt through math concepts to ensure a child is ready for Kindergarten or a slow stroll through a largely play-based introduction.
Having never taught K before, but working through it to prepare a Teacher’s Companion for it, I have some observations about the process. Some of these observations are specific to the Teacher’s Companion. So, this is a bit like a companion to the companion.
This entry is part 3 of 27 in the series Homeschool
I am not normally one to completely give up on something right out of the starting gate. But about 2 years ago, I gave up on kindergarten math about 3 lessons in. Yep. 3 lessons. I thought we could go back later, when I had a little more patience. Later ended up being an entire year. We said good-bye to kindergarten math and we never looked back. Two years later and one kid more in kindergarten and I have absolutely no regrets.
Is it time for you to say good-bye to kindergarten math, too? Or should you not even waste your time, energy, and money on a math curriculum for your kindergartner? I don’t know. But I don’t mind sharing my thinking behind this epiphany to help you decide. Continue Reading
This entry is part 20 of 27 in the series Homeschool
Since we officially have started school, we now get to plan after school activities! And the possibilities are endless! We have been considering a number of extra-curricular activities to keep our kindergarten kid busy during the afternoon. And last week I decided to have a fun after school play date with her friends to celebrate Back to School. It just seemed natural to bake brownies! Our play date was actually simple to throw together and the kids had LOTS of fun. I thought I would share with you our best ideas for planning an after school play date.
This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. Continue Reading
Apples! It is almost apple season around here – I got a great deal on Gala apples last week. Our girls love apples. G likes her’s without the peel. W likes her’s with – and will eat G’s discarded peels. Last week we were having snack time after working through the very first lesson in The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. And I suddenly had a great idea for a craft to reinforce the concepts taught in that phonics lesson – the short vowel sound for Aaɑ.
It seems like there is no shortage of apple activities out there. And I hesitate to share this one with you, but we did it and enjoyed it, so I am sharing! This simple activity built upon a number of facts the girls already know, and added a little bit more to their understanding of apples. Here’s what we did. Continue Reading
We finally got started with homeschool a little over a week ago and it is going ___.
Yes, I didn’t include an adverb at the end of that sentence because, I am trying my best to wait 6 weeks to evaluate how it is going! I will let you know when we get through our first 6 weeks!
But I thought I would share the thinking behind our homeschool kindergarten choices for G (5-years-old as of June 2016). I know that every family is different and each child is unique. So, I am just putting out there our choices for our girl. And a little bit of the reasoning behind the choices. You will see the subjects are planning to cover, followed by my goal for the year and the plan for teaching/learning it. Continue Reading