Posts tagged ‘handwriting without tears’

August 15, 2011

School is Now in Session!

As of August 1st, we are official Home Schoolers! I sort of jumped in without being totally prepared, but that’s really just how I roll.  Things have been going pretty well, most days. We have been focusing on the 3R’s mostly with some nature walks and geography thrown in here and there.  The first week I thought we would start around 8 am, seeing as though Little girl is up by 6 most days.  We have since moved our start time to 9am, as Mommy wasn’t able to get herself together for 8am.  We are using a modified Work box system that is working well for us.  I will post more about this later.

Handwriting actually has been going very well considering Little Girl’s fine motor delay and aversion to writing altogether.  We are using Handwriting Without Tears-Kindergarten and one of the first things we did was build Mat Man with the wooden pieces.  She really enjoyed this and proceeded  to make her whole family using the wooden pieces. 

Little Girl is a Kinesthetic and Visual learner so I am trying to find ways to get movement/hands-on and visuals into our lessons.  One of our first math lessons I used the easel set up with math problems.

                                                                           

As we were looking over the Big World Map on the wall, I asked her what country she would like to learn more about, and she chose China.  So, we went to the library and got a few books about China. I plan to do the China lapbook from Homeschoolshare.com.  I will post about that once we have it completed.  I have also been making some File Folder games and using those with her for math and phonics/reading.  So far, things are going well and I am looking forward to a great year homeschooling my Little Girl.