Friday, September 30, 2011

September Review and Reflect

Things are actually working out better than expected. Ken and DJ are enjoying learning at home and Michelle is loving the " I leave for school life". Every member of this family is bringing a lot of contribution to the table and it has helped out tremendously with the many different hats I wear. The chores are getting done(correctly), the school work is being accomplished, Michelles' homework is done with patience and still dosen't consume our evenings, and most importantly we are able to spend quality time together for at least 1 hour before bedtime everyday during the week. The weekends are wonderful and relaxing!

Michelle has been designing and painting these wooden Matroyska dolls, they are not quite finished yet.

I have had to change some things in the school department. The Moving Beyond The Page curriculum levels were too high for Ken and DJ. Luckily the people at the company did a quick switch for us. So now Ken is working on the Poetry unit. DJ picked up where he left off on Magic Treehouse chapter books reading aloud to me. Next month DJ and Ken will both be working on Geography/History together using the Geography unit for ages 8-10 from the Moving Beyond The Page curriclum it is focused on Native Americans. During this time I will be reading to them, and the activities are awesome. Although Kens' Poetry unit has a huge focus on Language Arts and United States geography as well, she still will be reading aloud to me chapters from the American Girl Kaya series picking up from the book Kaya Escapes. DJ loves the Montessori Language materials which has relieved me from searching for another language program. Both Kids get weekly Spelling Words that I use from the Evan Moor Grade Level Spelling books.

 Using both Moveable Alphabets while completing language works is popular with the kiddos.

 They also enjoy labeling objects.

Math well it is has been about money and deschooling. The work load has been light so far, and it has helped to master some skills that needed to be addressed.
                               Constructive Triangles

     Small Bead Frame completing addition problems. Multiplication Bead Board.

Our cultural works have been fantastic! I have another post coming soon sharing the creative ways my children have been learning about the world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                              Making the phases of the moon



Practical Life activities are still the most favorite activities that the kids enjoy doing.     


         Threading the eye needle in the sewing machine.

                             Building a treasure chest.

Well it has been a wonderful homeschooling experience for all of us so far. Next month we will be adding in more subjects so the work load will be a bit more, I am sure it will all work out. So far we have been done with "school" by one o' clock. I think we can make it to three o' clock with no problems, especially since iit has been a lot colder outside now. To see other homeschoolers' recaps of their month or week please          visit  Weird,Unsocialized Homeschoolers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


  1. I really love all your hands-on activities! You have great ideas! Where did you get the triangle one from? The phases of the moon is a great one too. Please tell your daughter from me that I think she is doing a fantastic job on the nesting dolls! They look awesome!

  2. Sharla- Michelle says "Thank You"
    Sheila- Thank you for the compliment, Michelle has been working hard on these.

  3. Hi! You all were very busy this week with all your different projects. I, too, love the nesting dolls. I'm glad the homeschooling journey has been beneficial! And, yes, it will all work out. :-)

  4. Ditto on the dolls! I'm sure that takes skill and patience-nice work! You've been wise in adding in a few subjects at a time. Great week!


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