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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??

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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. 


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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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)

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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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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.

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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!


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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.


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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.


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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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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.


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


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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. 

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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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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!


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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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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.


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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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How's everyone doing?

 

DD is reading right along, she about to start the 6th of her little reader books, and she's been working her way through reading Green Eggs and Ham with a little help. She finally learned the days og the week in order thanks to counting down to Christmas.

 

Does anyone know of a good place to buy dry erase markers in bulk? DD uses the thin ones for writing, but she's always forgetting to put the cap back on so they dry out.


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Does anyone know of a good place to buy dry erase markers in bulk? DD uses the thin ones for writing, but she's always forgetting to put the cap back on so they dry out.


I usually get all of my supplies like that from Nasco (www.enasco.com).  They have brand name items plus their own brand which is typically very economical.  :0)  For me their catalog is far more dangerous than Rainbow Resource's.

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Hey there Kindergarteners! Can't let the thread get buried. How are you all doing? Did your DC
DD has been so interested in science lately. She got some magic school bus chapter books and a prism amongst her presents and I've just ordered Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding K-2, it looks great. Today she did a few sheets of Miquon orange and she played with the rods herself as well.

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Oh I also wanted to say Happy New Year!

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Magic School Bus books are the rage here (we are reading through the chapter book series and read the readers and picture books)! I hope you guys enjoy them!! I've heard good things about BFSU so let us know how that goes!!

 

We start back on Monday. Sonlight Science will take us through how things work - from household appliances to tractors and other outdoor equipment. Next week, we are also starting new math books and reading about some American history - we will also begin making a tepee village with a kit I bought from Rainbow Resource.

 

Legos have been the rage right now. My big girl sat and built with her Legos for 4 hours yesterday. We got a tub full of them from Wal Mart. (the pink set, of course)

 

Happy new year!!!!!

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I'm homeschooling my Kindergartener right now.   we don't have a specific curriculum at the moment and keep it pretty loose, but I do occasionally have her write a story or any sentences at all just to practice writing and she has been reading to others and doing some math on occasion.

 

 

Okay, so anyone else feeling burnt out? My daughter used to be pretty easy going and very interested when we'd teach her things.  Lately, pretty much anything I ask her to do is met with lots of arguing and whining, so I end my day with a headache and a very short temper.  And it isn't even just academic stuff, like when I ask her to wear boots instead of fancy shoes that are 2-3 sizes too big in the middle of a snowstorm.  But I'm mostly curious about the academic stuff.  How much do you make them do?

 

And also, what do you NOT allow?  Like most days, I avoid her doing any screen stuff because I know she would probably never peel away from the tv and obviously I'd rather have her spend her day in imaginative play than watching tv.

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What do we not allow? Hmm well we are unschoolers so not much lol. However we don't actually own a television so screen stuff is more likely to be educational (reading eggs when she was doing that, starfall previous to that, not much atm) or watching videos online or that we have downloaded. We've just instituted a "one movie a day" policy. Yes, it's not very "unschooly" of us but it works for us at the moment. DD is very attached and likes us to be physically close to her at all times but neither DH nor I actually enjoy watching tv (that would be why don't own one) so we don't tend to meet that need while she's involved in watching stuff. When screentime is limited she is actually happier all round because we're all interacting more.


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Oh, so I meant to say that currently DD isn't actually required to do any academic stuff. Most days she does though because she likes it and I'm trying really hard to keep that enjoyment :)


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I have bad luck using the quotes on this new forum design so I just copied and pasted the main questions, haleyelainasmom!

 

How much do you make them do?

We don't have to report until 6 years old in my state so I don't make her do anything but my big girl is a very aggressive learner so we do quite a bit (imo). I'm pretty relaxed and I use curriculum and dd also unschools herself (she is teaching herself reading and writing along with other various things). And I do have priorities like Bible study and what dd is interested in - so we focus more heavily on those. I just kind of follow her lead and have materials and resources ready for when she wants to go. We do read aloud  A LOT.

 

And also, what do you NOT allow?

I have two girls and they do not sit still so even if the TV was running all day long, it wouldn't matter because they would rarely just sit there. I do like having the music station on for little kids (Toddler Tunes, NOT the Kid's station because they are too young for Justin Beiber and the Jonas Bros - barf). Or kid's worship music. Sometimes I will put Dora on for my small girl to watch while my big girl wants to do something or I need a minute to get something done.

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We took about a month and a half off Nov and Dec and are just getting back into things here.  We're loosely/slowly doing Sonlight Core K (though I just skipped a few of the books) and Sonlight Science K. 

 

DS is a month shy of 6, and is not really into doing school like he was in the fall when we started.  I'm really struggling within myself b/c I do not want to make him do it, and do not want it to become a power struggle or anything like that.  However, I am also not ok with him watching tv or playing wii all day.  He does lots of playing on his own if I say no to the tv, so that is kind of where I am now.  I rather hate it, but I've decided the rule is that he can have tv/wii time after HSing is done for the day - I list out a reasonable amount of stuff I want to do together for the day.  It would take maybe an hour.

 

The other thing that is driving me NUTS is that he takes FOREVER to write.  I mean, I'm talking about 7 words on one side of an Explode the Code worksheet - it takes forever. He says his hand gets tired from writing.  This kid can play with legos for hours, draw, paint, play with play-doh, etc. and his hands do not get tired, so I am just not really buying it.  I think it's more boredom, so I'm wondering if we should skip pages in ETC and just do a couple per section.  He is reading well but I want him to have practice writing, and support for good spelling.  Maybe I should try just a spelling program and go back to HWT practice.  He prefers the two lines of HWT so sometimes I think the lines on ETC are hard for him to deal with.  Anyone have any thoughts on this whole tiredness thing?

 

Honestly, I like it so much better when we are tv-free during the day, but watching a show or movie or playing wii together are also really fun things we like to do together, so completely tv-free is not really the right fit for our family right now.  I just hate having it be a "punishment" that he can't have tv/wii time without doing school first.  I don't punish in general for discipline, and I don't like all this conditional stuff.  But I'm also really not unschooly enough to just say he can do whatever and not have limits.  I started out that way, knowing that DS is not one who likes to really "be taught" but rather learn on his own through real life, but it didn't really work well for either of us.  The structure of doing Sonlight together, lots of reading aloud, etc. has been wonderful.  I think we just need to get back in the swing of it.  I think we just had a little too much vacation time.  LOL

 

Sorry that got long!


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