homeschool 2014

Yesterday marked our first day back to homeschool.  While we never really stop learning here, we stick to a structured day from September-June.  We started homeschooling three years ago, but this is our first year of compulsory learning and the first year we have had to declare intent.  Micah started first grade, while Maeby began her final year of preschool.  Abram is along for the ride and has been very enthusiastic to chime in.  abram homeschool maeby homeschool

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This is our first year using textbook curriculums for Math and Reading.  We have mostly used workbooks and printouts, with supplemental books depending on the topics we were learning about.  We chose to go with Math to Learn because it introduces mathematic concepts and gives detailed examples of mathematical processes appropriate for grades 1-2.

I have finally stopped saying that Micah can read x amount of words.  I figured it is safe to say that he can read.  He reads anything and everything he can get his hands on.  We chose Jacob’s Ladder because it is geared towards advanced and gifted children.  We decided to start with Primary 2 (grades 1-2) because Micah already has the foundation for Primary 1 (kindergarten-grade 1).  The main objective of the book is to get students to think more critically about the text, in turn building comprehension and analytical skills.

In the next coming weeks, I’ll be giving updates on how these books are working out for us.

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chapter books for preschoolers

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Ok, so maybe not all preschoolers.  These were the books we read Micah’s preschool year.  We didn’t even read them during our homeschool time.  For months, bedtime seemed to take longer and longer with the stacks of picture books we’d read growing every night.  I love Mo Willems books, but not enough to read fifteen of his books in one night.  So, we started reading chapter books.

chapter booksEach night we would talk about what had been going on in the book we were reading and what we thought might happen next.  All I would have to do is whisper a title to Micah and he would hurry to brush his teeth before climbing into bed.  We started with The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary.  While there were dated references that went right over Micah’s head (“wash basin” for example), he was still hooked on Ralph and the mischief he got into.  Beverly Cleary’s writing got us into the Ramona books and we fell in love with the residents of Klickitat Street.  (Seriously.  Between the books and the Ramona and Beezus movie, Micah had asked if Ramona could come to his fifth birthday party.)

books2We read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in a week.  We raced to bed on those nights.  Harriet the Spy took a little longer to read because we were constantly talking about how Harriet and her friends should have acted.  There is a lot of misbehavior in Roald Dahl’s books as well, but I feel like he wrote the lessons into the books so we were able to discuss it organically.  We started the Harry Potter series.  Micah was pretty excited about that because he enjoyed the movies.  There were nights that I would read 50 pages and my mouth would be dry and my jaw would hurt.  That didn’t keep us from reading more.

During Micah’s kindergarten year, we read a lot of books from The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne.  We have read so many books together that it started to seem silly to keep track of them all.  As we start another year of homeschool, we will probably do book reviews together so we can share our favorites with you.

For now, we are back to reading Mo Willems books at night.

Except this time, Micah reads the books to me.

 

You can find the books we read, below.

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