Posts tagged ‘handwriting’

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.

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May 5, 2011

Trying to Reassure Myself…..

Its has been a long, busy week in our household.  I’m trying to figure out all this home school stuff, among other things LOL.  I know I only have one kiddo and she’s only doing kindergarten in the fall, but I’m worried. I need to just relax and trust in GOD.  Easier said than done in my case.  My kiddo has some mild developmental delays and sensory processing disorder.  She has started going to Occupational Therapy once a week to work on these issues and I’m very hopeful that everything will work itself out in the end.

What amazes me about her is that she has these issues with her physical body, yet her mind is working amazingly well.  She is reading books on a 1st grade level, doing addition and subtraction, knows tons of stuff about animal and dinosaurs (her favorite topics right now).  She is like a sponge, absorbing everything and she remembers it all, it seems.  She is a non-stop talker too.  If she could write down what she is talking about I’m sure the amount would be voluminous, we are talking Encyclopedia Britannica here, LOL.  BUT alas, because of her fine motor delay she hates writing, and is just in the last year been able to write her name.  If fact she has never like to color or do crafts.  If I give her a piece of paper to cut with scissors she is content, but if I give her a shape to cut out she just doesn’t want to try it.  I don’t try to push it because I want her to have success and not be turned off from it forever.

I purchased the Handwriting Without Tears for kindergarten set used (I got a steal too) to use in the fall with her.  I’m excited to use it!  As it turns out, the OT uses the same Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum.  So, I’m thinking that things will go smoothly in the fall, since she will already be familiar with it from OT.

As far as the other subjects go, I haven’t really purchased any curriculum.  I have some workbooks for math and phonics.  Science I plan to use online sources and daily life happenings. She is into being “green” and helping our planet, so I’m sure some lessons on recycling and gardening will be included. We love being outside and live in the woods, so there is always something fun to learn.  Social Studies/history will include activities and reading about the holidays, other cultures and places, learning about jobs, and basic human needs.  I also purchased The Little Kids Adventure Bible  to get her started learning more about GOD and our relationship with HIM.  I’m sure I will be learning right along side her in this.  The Bible was never a part of my life until I was in my 20’s, so I’m not that knowledgeable in this area, but am willing to learn it with her and get to know Our God better myself.

I know I have a handle on the curriculum we will be using, I just need to get organized and figure out a schedule.  And then there is record keeping and end of year assessments…..

But those are topics for another day.