We're on our second week of homeschooling. It seems to be going well so far. I'm not using any set curriculum. I've pulled things from free sources to work on. I've been trying to evaluate where she's at and what her strengths and weaknesses are. Since she was halfway through her second round of kindy, I'm trying to see how far we can go with first grade material.
I'm mainly focusing on reading/ writing and math. I have a folder set up for every day of the week. I fill each one with 3-4 worksheets for each subject. We're doing a letter of the day (writing it and discussing the sounds and works that start with that letter.) Then she does some handwriting practice with her name and other simple words. For math we've been doing patterns, picture addition and subtraction, and other beginners concepts (ie: writing numerals correctly, bigger and littler numbers, etc.)
As far as science, social studies, and all the other subjects go-- we're taking more of a relaxed approach. There are plenty of everyday situations and opportunities that arise in which those subjects can be covered. We watch educational shows (lots of Animal Planet, etc.) and we discuss things that Ambrosia is curious about. I'm letting her take the lead in this department.
We are still getting into the swing of things. In the spring we plan on starting her in some sort of extra curricular physical activity. We're leaning towards ballet, but she may end up choosing some other form of dance, gymnastics, or even karate. Until then our "gym" time is goofy dancing, stretching, yoga, etc.
As far as art goes, I aim to do a crafty project at least once a week. I had originally thought to do one daily... but clearly that is not in the cards for us. I certainly don't want to burn out before we've even begun. We made salt-dough ornaments last week. Today we made paper snowflakes to put on Ambrosia's personal Christmas tree. We'll probably make another batch of ornaments later this week.
And we haven't done it yet but will also set up one day a week for Library visits. On that day we will probably do some walking at the park, as well. We have a pretty cruddy vehicle so I don't like to drive anywhere myself. When DH gets it fixed I'll be able to have more freedom as far as out-of-the house activities go.
Anyway... That's us. So far, so good. I'm really enjoying the transition. So is Ambrosia. We've had a couple of *Heavy Sigh* moments during "school time" and I've made it very clear that if she's not interested in working with me at home, then she can certainly go back to her regular school . The idea upsets her enough to tell me that she prefers homestudies even though we aren't doing tons of "fun stuff" all. the. time.
Another thing to note is that right now we are just doing our work wherever. I'll either pull out our card table for her to work at in the living room, or she'll do it at the activity table in her room. Within a month or two we'll be finishing our sunroom and that will be her "school room". Then I'll have more room work with her. We're both looking forward to that.