Sunday, August 25, 2013

First Week of School 2013-2014

We made it through the first week of school!  It was a lot of fun!  It was different then I expected.  Bear wanted to do everything Bella did.  He required way more attention the first couple of days then I expected too.  All in all it was a great week.


Every morning we started with some songs.  We used YouTube and the Xbox for this!!!  The song we always started with was "Shake Your Sillies Out"... which did just that!  Some mornings Bella had to encourage her brother more then others but they really liked it.  (Please excuse the messiness in the photos... I have been dealing with a foot injury for over a month so it is hard to keep on top of it!)

Then we moved onto calender time. I use different ones for each of the kids that are both from Mama's Learning Corner.  The Preschool one for Bear and the K/1 for Bella.  I am trying to get Bella to do it on her own but she is resistant.  Bear feels like such a big boy doing almost the same thing as his sister!

Free printable download that includes monthly calendar, date/day/month/year recognition, weather charting, bar graphs from weather data, telling time, tally marks, and more to use with Kindergarten-First Grades

Then it is on to the main part of our school day.  I get Bear started on something to keep him busy while I start Bella's lessons.  The first day was.... interesting.... Bear need every moment of my attention.  He was so excited and hyper.  He kept interrupting Bella's lessons.  He was driving me crazy!  Then it was snack time!

After snack Bear went upstairs to watch a LeapFrog movie so that Bella could have peace and quiet while she read.  We will be doing this EVERY DAY!  Bella just cannot read with noises going on in the background.  She is doing great with her reading!  Her reading program starts with her reading The Easy Reader's Bible.  She loves reading a new story every day.  We will also be adding an Abeka reader.

Bella gets all of her "workbook" type work done before lunch most days.  After lunch we do read alouds, science projects, art, music, health, and/or PE.  Things that Bear can participate in.  These are health puppets Sam and Terry!  Sam is outgoing and has pink skin, purple hair, blue eyes, and a flower in her hair.  Terry is shy and has purple skin, black hair, blue eyes, and freckles!  We have been talking about how special and unique every one is!

Thursdays are still Bella's hardest days.  She just wants to be done!  Fridays are okay because she knows if she gets through it then it is the weekend!  She did great on her first two tests!  Here is her spelling test!  Next weeks is harder so we will see how she does!

Their favorite part of the week was the read alouds and art projects.  We learned to draw cats and we made shields.  Bella drew a cat and a carpet on her shield and Bear wanted "Simba" from The Lion King on his shield.  This pictures are my favorite!

Curriculum 2013-2014

I wanted to wait until we had our first week of school before I posted our curriculum for the year.  I was worried it would not work or it would be too much.  It is going great!  Details of our first week to follow soon!

Bella - First Grade

Heart of Dakota: Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory (BLHFHG)
Phonics: Progressive Phonics and Language Smarts B (updated)
Math: Mathematical Reasoning B, Math Analagies, and Complete the Picture Math (updated)
Literature: Story Time Treasures and book list from BLHFHG
Language Arts: First Language Lessons
Writing: Writing With Ease
Handwriting: Handwriting Without Tears and maybe New American Cursive!
Spelling and Poetry: Abeka Grade 1
History: BLHFHG
Science: BLHFHG and Our Father's World
Music: Pfeiffer House Music Grade 1 and a bunch of song books
Art: BLHFHG, Kumon Amazing Crafts, and Learn to Draw activities
Health: Horizons Grade 1
PE: Horizons PK-2nd (Made fore schools but adaptable to homeschool)

Bear - Preschool

Horizon's Preschool for 3's
Heart of Dakota activities and read-alouds that he joins Bella for because what ever she does...
Some activities from Letter of the Week
Other dollar store work books to keep him busy
PE: Joins in Bella's PE activities as able
Dry Erase boards and papers in a sheet protector to use with Dry Erase stuff
LeapFrog movies

Here is a silly picture from the first day of school!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Summer 2013

I took the summer and part of the spring off from blogging as Bear was going through a lot with his food allergies.  He is doing well now and finding lots of foods he can eat!

The last couple of weeks have been hard for me because I hurt my Achilles' tendon and then don't know how I did it!  I got a walking boot this weekend and it has helped a lot!

The kids have had a lot of fun swimming and playing outside.  Bella attended lots of camps and had a ton of fun.  Bella and Bear also played together a lot.


How was your summer? Did you do anything fun?

I will be sharing with you our 2013-2014 homeschool plan next time!!!