Friday, February 20, 2009

Slow week...

Its been a slow week with Samantha sick. We did do some work on writing her numbers 1-5, counting objects and some simple adding. We also did some crafts using triangles. She decorated a birthday hat with all triangle. She made different pictures using only triangles. Until I get my camera fixed I wont be able to post pictures.

Right now we are not using a box curriculum. What we are using is different work books and printed pages. I have been able to find many useful things at stores like the dollar store, walmart, kmart, the Christian book store and the Christmas tree shop. Its been fun finding all sort of things to make it fun for Samantha to learn. Starting in the fall I we will be purchasing a boxed curriculum. Not sure yet what company I will go with but I have been researching it. I would like to find one that is hands on type of learning. As of right now I think that is how Sam learns best. She really does love doing the work sheets but She seems to learn so much more when its hands on learning.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Some stuff we have done...

I am going to try and post some older stuff. Maybe some pictures of what we have done.
In the fall Samantha was learning about the season's mostly about the fall. We talked about why the leaves change colors then fall off the trees. Why some trees don't loose their leaves. She was very interested in doing crafts with the fall theme. We did leaf rubbings, leaf, acorn and stick collages and made our very own fall tree. This is the tree we made. You can't see the leave on the ground of this but Samantha added many leaves on the ground becuase thats what they do in the fall she said. LOL She painted the trunk of the tree herself I cut it out and she helped me tape it to the wall. Then she hung all the leaves. Days later we did a lesson on animals and she made the owl She then added it to the tree. There is also a spider web she made with a thumb print spider. The spider web is made buy painting with string she had fun doing that.

She can do some simple math example: 1 + 1= 2, 2 + 1 =3, 2 + 2=4 and more of course she uses her fingers, beads or counting blocks to count for some of the math problems. She sight reconizes numbers 1-10 and her ABC's There are a few that she gets wrong but then realizes what it is after. She can write her name ,some numbers and most of the alphabet. She knows her address and her whole name plus family members whole names.

Since deciding to homeschool I have been amazed at how much learning a child does in a day without actual sitting down and doing book work. In the bath we use her bath crayons to practice writing her letters and numbers. When Samantha helps me cook or bake she learns about measuring. When she goes to work with me she learns about care of the sidk and compassion. There is so much learning in a normal day its amazing.

Welcome to our homeschool journey.

Welcome to our home school journey.Well I decided to start a blog to record our home school journey. Some have expressed concerns about our homeschooling so I thought if I blog about it they will be able to follow along and see just what we do and what Samantha learns. I am excited about homeschooling Sam. I know she is only going on 4 but really learning begins at the beginning of life. We have started to do home school work so I thought this would be a good time to begin this blog. Besides I keep getting the question when is Samantha going to start preschool. So my answer is she is she is doing home school preschool. I am constantly amazed at home much Samantha learns. The new things she comes up with every day. How she remembers what I taught her months ago or even last year. I hope you enjoy reading about this journey of ours as much as I enjoy going down this road.