Friday, October 28, 2011

Our Homeschool Week! {10/24/11~10/28/11}

We had a great week! This week started us on our 8th week of homeschooling {wow!} and our 4th week using Heart of Dakota's Little Hearts for His Glory! To say we are really enjoying it and learning a lot from it would be an understatement! I am so glad I did a little more research and took that step of faith and ordered this particular curriculum for Emma, even though it states it is geared for 5-7 year olds. She is doing really well with it and still, after 8 weeks, asks for school every morning!

This week, we finished up our lessons on Obedience and began discussing the importance of being a Peacemaker. We read about the story of Noah, Cain and Abel, and The Tower of Babel. We also discussed how the Bible is our "GPS", giving us the directions we need to lead a life focused on Christ and guiding us to our final destination: Heaven! This is the best part of the day for me. Sharing Jesus with my children!

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We made boats out of aluminum foil and discussed how things float and then sink by adding pennies to our boats. We went fishing for colors and numbers, played some number match games, enjoyed using our imaginations with our Fun with Felt boards {giveaway found here}, and contined writing out numbers 1-10! Emma struggles a bit with 3 and 6, but otherwise has really gotten the practice of writing all her numbers down.

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The letter of the week was "Ff"! Using picture flashcards from our All About Reading program set, we played "I Spy"! I taped the flashcards aroung the room and had Emma search for the cards with pictures of objects starting with the letter "F". This was a fun game; one that I am sure will be repeated over and over again throughout the coarse of the school year!

Our field trip this week was the library! We checked out six books about Thanksgiving and being Thankful! For anyone who may be interested, here are the ones we chose:

 This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story  Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving Dinner   Cranberry Thanksgiving
We Gather Together...Now Please Get Lost!  The Thanksgiving Bowl  Nate the Great Talks Turkey (Nate the Great)
                               
If anyone has any Thanksgiving themed books that they have read and enjoyed with their children, please let me know. I am wanting to have more on hand this whole month of November!

We finished off the week with a Pumpkin themed craft. I was wanting to take the kids on a walk to collect leaves for a leaf craft, however, the weather had been wet and cold here this week and it really wasn't the best time for leaf collecting. So, hopefully next week!

The thing we struggle with most in our day-to-day is playing! Sounds silly, I know, but my daughter will just not play...at least not by herself! Once we are done with "school", I usually tell my kids to go and play! This is their "free-time" to do whatever they want. My son goes and dumps out his cars and trucks and begins having fun. My daughter...she follows me around like a lost puppy! She will not play unless I am physically sitting there playing with her. And, let's be honest, I cannot always do that. So, I am asking for some advice. What do you to encourage playtime for your children? If you have a child like my daughter, what do you do to get them to play by themselves, using their imagination, or with their sibling(s)?

All in all, I am really enjoying our homeschool journey! I never thought I would, or could, enjoy it as much as I have! Just goes to show that my plans, my ways, are not my own. God is in complete control. Never in a million years did I think I would end up being a homeschool mom. But I am! And I love it!

Linking up today at:
Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers Weekly Wrap-UP
Heart of Dakota Weekly Check-In
Preschool Corner

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The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. ~ 1 John 2:17

4 comments:

  1. I love all your pictures! Looks like you had a great week. :)

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  2. I love picture wrap-ups! Sometimes pictures can say more than words. I would love for you to link up at my linky party - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties
    ~Beth

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  3. I really enjoyed reading about your weeks! I was wondering how it has been going for your family! What a joy to read things are going well!!
    Jessica

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  4. Inspired by your post. Just stopping by to let you know. It was comforting to see you did not think you would be a homeschooling mom. Gives me motivation to go for it. It is just overwhelming to me but I know it is the right thing to do! God is in control and I just need to reach for him more. Thanks for the inspiration! Best wishes in your homeschooling journey.

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I love hearing from my readers! Thanks for stopping by and saying "Hi"!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Our Homeschool Week! {10/24/11~10/28/11}

We had a great week! This week started us on our 8th week of homeschooling {wow!} and our 4th week using Heart of Dakota's Little Hearts for His Glory! To say we are really enjoying it and learning a lot from it would be an understatement! I am so glad I did a little more research and took that step of faith and ordered this particular curriculum for Emma, even though it states it is geared for 5-7 year olds. She is doing really well with it and still, after 8 weeks, asks for school every morning!

This week, we finished up our lessons on Obedience and began discussing the importance of being a Peacemaker. We read about the story of Noah, Cain and Abel, and The Tower of Babel. We also discussed how the Bible is our "GPS", giving us the directions we need to lead a life focused on Christ and guiding us to our final destination: Heaven! This is the best part of the day for me. Sharing Jesus with my children!

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We made boats out of aluminum foil and discussed how things float and then sink by adding pennies to our boats. We went fishing for colors and numbers, played some number match games, enjoyed using our imaginations with our Fun with Felt boards {giveaway found here}, and contined writing out numbers 1-10! Emma struggles a bit with 3 and 6, but otherwise has really gotten the practice of writing all her numbers down.

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The letter of the week was "Ff"! Using picture flashcards from our All About Reading program set, we played "I Spy"! I taped the flashcards aroung the room and had Emma search for the cards with pictures of objects starting with the letter "F". This was a fun game; one that I am sure will be repeated over and over again throughout the coarse of the school year!

Our field trip this week was the library! We checked out six books about Thanksgiving and being Thankful! For anyone who may be interested, here are the ones we chose:

 This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story  Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving Dinner   Cranberry Thanksgiving
We Gather Together...Now Please Get Lost!  The Thanksgiving Bowl  Nate the Great Talks Turkey (Nate the Great)
                               
If anyone has any Thanksgiving themed books that they have read and enjoyed with their children, please let me know. I am wanting to have more on hand this whole month of November!

We finished off the week with a Pumpkin themed craft. I was wanting to take the kids on a walk to collect leaves for a leaf craft, however, the weather had been wet and cold here this week and it really wasn't the best time for leaf collecting. So, hopefully next week!

The thing we struggle with most in our day-to-day is playing! Sounds silly, I know, but my daughter will just not play...at least not by herself! Once we are done with "school", I usually tell my kids to go and play! This is their "free-time" to do whatever they want. My son goes and dumps out his cars and trucks and begins having fun. My daughter...she follows me around like a lost puppy! She will not play unless I am physically sitting there playing with her. And, let's be honest, I cannot always do that. So, I am asking for some advice. What do you to encourage playtime for your children? If you have a child like my daughter, what do you do to get them to play by themselves, using their imagination, or with their sibling(s)?

All in all, I am really enjoying our homeschool journey! I never thought I would, or could, enjoy it as much as I have! Just goes to show that my plans, my ways, are not my own. God is in complete control. Never in a million years did I think I would end up being a homeschool mom. But I am! And I love it!

Linking up today at:
Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers Weekly Wrap-UP
Heart of Dakota Weekly Check-In
Preschool Corner

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The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. ~ 1 John 2:17

4 comments:

  1. I love all your pictures! Looks like you had a great week. :)

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  2. I love picture wrap-ups! Sometimes pictures can say more than words. I would love for you to link up at my linky party - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties
    ~Beth

    ReplyDelete
  3. I really enjoyed reading about your weeks! I was wondering how it has been going for your family! What a joy to read things are going well!!
    Jessica

    ReplyDelete
  4. Inspired by your post. Just stopping by to let you know. It was comforting to see you did not think you would be a homeschooling mom. Gives me motivation to go for it. It is just overwhelming to me but I know it is the right thing to do! God is in control and I just need to reach for him more. Thanks for the inspiration! Best wishes in your homeschooling journey.

    ReplyDelete

I love hearing from my readers! Thanks for stopping by and saying "Hi"!

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