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post #1 of 49
Thread Starter 

Ok, I'm starting a new thread since it's SNOWING and COLD here!

 

Anyone have any new stuff going on in the new year?

 

Has anyone completed any curriculum?

 

Anyone thinking about next school year??

post #2 of 49

we are to letter M in oak meadow kindergarten :) going through an anti craft phase though so I'm struggling with that. 

post #3 of 49

Well, I hung around a bit in the last thread but I'm officially moving myself over from the preschool thread now. If DD was going to school she would start K in about 6 weeks. When we originally decided to hs a few years ago I didn't imagine actually being "school age" would make much difference to me but it's incredible how all pervasive it is. Everyone asks about it . All the time! SIgh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #4 of 49
What did you do today? Anyone want to share?
Today Dd:
Did one page of Singapore maths 1A and picked up that a number plus ten will become xteen
Read two Fitroy readers from the library
Saw that she had read three library books and counted that she needs to read twelve more to get her voucher for a native plant from the library's summer reading programme
Wrote her name and age on the summer reading program form including writing "half" in numerals
Drew a lot
Did some of the sections from the ballerina activity book her Dance teacher gave her Independently
Is now playing an educational pirate game on the iPad (currently typing in words to help a pirate down from a tree)
post #5 of 49
Thread Starter 


I can't post under the quote for some reason!! Today, we went to the Science Museum! Tonight, we'll finish up Horizons Math 1 and read from one of the two chapter books we are going through (Magic School Bus or The Chocolate Touch). Right now, my big girl is chipping away at one of those little blocks that you dig to find the dino inside!
 

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What did you do today? Anyone want to share?
 

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post #6 of 49

I checked out a book called  Learning About Winter with Children's Literature  today. It uses works by Frank Asch, Ezra Jack Keats, and Tomie de Paola, among others. I figured we would try it and see if we like it.

post #7 of 49

camracrazy, can you post the author of the book?  It sounds right up our alley, but can't find it in our library catalog.  Thanks!

post #8 of 49

I guess I'll join here too. We recently dropped FIAR, and just recently picked up OM K. This past week we've been learning about Hannukah, Kwanzaa, more about Christmas... Oh, and we've been learning about gnomes, dd(5.5) recently fell in love with her imaginary gnome friend.

post #9 of 49

We've just been reading lots of books, doing crafts, and watching PBS. DD plays with her Word Whammer and Leappad a lot too.

 

I guess we're unschooling for now. After New Years I want to get back into the daily lessons, but I've got to try to figure out where DD is in her K materials. I wish the plans we're using came with a placement test, but they don't have any tests at all.

post #10 of 49


I have a hard time with crafts too.  DD loves crafts, but I just can't seem to get motivated behind them.  I should probably add more.  We are doing letter M as well.  We use Rod and Staff and the free stuff on Starfall Phonics.  But, we are philosophically very Waldorf motivated.  Ecclectic we are, I suppose. :)  I haven't decided if we will continue with Rod and Staff next year, but so far I'm really liking the curriculum.  One for the price, and two for the quality and nature/domestic themes.  Very Waldorf friendly while still incorporating classical academics. I've also been thinking about looking more deeply at Ambleside online.
 

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we are to letter M in oak meadow kindergarten :) going through an anti craft phase though so I'm struggling with that. 



Anyone have days like this?... Today DD began to act like she didn't know things that I know she does.  For expample her days of the week.  I told her it was Wednesday like 6 times.  Everytime I would ask her what day it is, she couldn't tell me.  Or, I should say wouldn't.  Same with her counting.  She acts like she don't know certain numbers that we've repeated many times.  There are days when she just goes right along joyfully, but today, she kept "pretending" (I guess) that she was stumped.  I decided we'd stop the lesson, and continue it when she felt more up to it.  That induced a crying fit.  She didn't want to stop the lesson.  I kept trying, and then, just stopped and let her cry about it, lovingly reassuring her we'd pick it back up later.  She has days like this about twice a month.  I know she's ready for academics.  She is an excited learner, and does so well.  My concern is that she seems to do this in our Calender reading lessons and Math.  Things that deal with numbers.  I dislike math, and never properly learned it myself.  I don't want that to be the case with her, but I'm sensing she has inherited my love for language, reading, and social issues/history.  I know we all have our strengths, but I don't want her to develop a distaste for numbers as I did.  I avoid them like the plague even now.  I just refuse to deal with them in most situations because of my poor school experiences in that area.  Juvenile... I know, but it's still hard for me.  I am determined to learn math so that I can teach it to my daughter though.  I know I can find joy in her learning.  How can we approach math in a way that doesn't make her react in this way, or dread all those numbers.  She said today... "I'm tired of all these ones.  I'm tired of all these 3s."  She's never said that about her letters.

post #11 of 49
Are you sure she is pretending? Have you looked into dyscalculia?
One of the reasons unschooling works best for us is that DD has cycles of interest. When she's interested in one thing like reading for example she has absolutely no desire to work on something else. Perhaps your
DD is similar?
post #12 of 49


Wow!  Dyscalculia?  I'll have to look that one up.  I've never heard of it.  I have thought about what if she isn't pretending.  But, it seems like the stress of being confused or "not getting it" would make her welcome stopping the lesson to resume at another time, instead she cries and says she doesn't want to stop that lesson and move on.  So far, it seems she hasn't had a lull of interest.  She loves "doing school".  I'm thinking maybe if I change the focus to less written numbers and more just counting tangible things it might help.  Like her issue is with teens, twenties, and, thirties.  Like for some reason she seems to not know that 1 and a # is a teen, 2 and a # is a twenty, etc... Though she readily recognizes #'s 1-10.  We have went over that many times, and for some reason to me it seems like a simple enough concept, and there are some days when she seems not to have an issue.
 

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Are you sure she is pretending? Have you looked into dyscalculia?
One of the reasons unschooling works best for us is that DD has cycles of interest. When she's interested in one thing like reading for example she has absolutely no desire to work on something else. Perhaps your
DD is similar?
post #13 of 49

Hmm, have you tried refering to teens as "onety -x", twenty as "twoty" and thirty as "threety"?

post #14 of 49
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camracrazy, can you post the author of the book?  It sounds right up our alley, but can't find it in our library catalog.  Thanks!


It is filed at our library under Bryant, Margaret A., call number 372.24. At the bottom it says by Margaret A. Bryant, Marjorie Keiper, and Anne Petit. It looks like this:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Winter-Childrens-Literature-About/dp/1569762058 

 

I know there are also books for spring and fall (I think you are supposed to start with fall) but I don't think there is one for summer since they are geared towards school. 

post #15 of 49

Today I grabbed out the phonics program we're using, and got the first reader for DD. Last night she surprised me by reading words out of the email I was typing, so I thought I'd see how she did with the readers.

 

She read the entire story on her own! I still have to point to the words, but she read them all without even having to sound it out! Guess she's farther ahead than I thought with phonics.

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camracrazy, can you post the author of the book?  It sounds right up our alley, but can't find it in our library catalog.  Thanks!


It is filed at our library under Bryant, Margaret A., call number 372.24. At the bottom it says by Margaret A. Bryant, Marjorie Keiper, and Anne Petit. It looks like this:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Winter-Childrens-Literature-About/dp/1569762058 

 

I know there are also books for spring and fall (I think you are supposed to start with fall) but I don't think there is one for summer since they are geared towards school. 


Thanks!  I'll check it out!

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Originally Posted by dubatatamama View Post

camracrazy, can you post the author of the book?  It sounds right up our alley, but can't find it in our library catalog.  Thanks!


It is filed at our library under Bryant, Margaret A., call number 372.24. At the bottom it says by Margaret A. Bryant, Marjorie Keiper, and Anne Petit. It looks like this:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Winter-Childrens-Literature-About/dp/1569762058 

 

I know there are also books for spring and fall (I think you are supposed to start with fall) but I don't think there is one for summer since they are geared towards school. 


Thanks!  I'll check it out!


No luck!  Might have to buy it on Amazon!  Looks like a great book!

post #18 of 49

We've been busy with Advent activities.  We've finished the lowercase letter and number sections in HWOT K.  That leaves just a few capital letters to review and some of the extra pages at the back.  Instead of pushing it with another handwriting book I think we're going to work on creating our own book based upon the letter verses in "LMNOP and All the Letters A to Z."  I've found that when it comes to Explode the Code online, if we go too many days between lessons ds seems to regress which means the lessons get a bit repetitive which seems frustrating to him.  Instead I think we're going to be sure he gets on the computer for a bit every day and see how that goes.  Destination Math is still a hit which is kind of a bummer given that our access to it is limited.  If it were a book or something I could reuse with my younger children I think I could probably be ok with the cost, but not for an online subscription.

 

After the first of the year I think we'll pick up with Miquon Orange/Singapore 1A plus Draw Write Now's book 1 along with what we're already doing.  Oh...and I have started pondering next year a bit.  :0)

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Oh...and I have started pondering next year a bit.  :0)


Pondering here too - making sure I have everything I think I'll need in time. I buy used, so it takes a bit more planning sometimes. I think DD should be fully in 1st grade work by fall, but we'll see. I've got to work with her on math more and start handwriting again.

post #20 of 49
Thread Starter 

Pondering next year...

 

I think we are just going to continue with what we are doing now. We are going to start a few new things in January like BJU Math and a literature/project based American History study. I'm still trying to decide on science. We will finish Sonlight Science K (and Singapore Science) at the end of February and I can't decide if we should just move on to SL Science 1 or detour to Noeo Chemistry I then head back to SL afterwards. My big girl enjoyed the Chemistry portion of SL and SL Science 1 doesn't have Chemistry in it. Hmmmmmm....

 

We found a new chapter book series called "A to Z Mysteries" - my big girl was given the first one in the series as a Christmas gift from a friend. We will start it tonight and see how it goes!

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