Saturday, March 31, 2012

Homeschooling: Mid-End of March

Well, March has been a very busy month. We've had lots of doctor's appointments, tests, procedures, etc. and we still have more to come. I don't want to broadcast details of my daughters' (yes, both) medical issues on a public blog, as I respect their right to privacy, so I'll just ask that you pray for both of them and for our family. Meanwhile, though, we have managed to keep our school going. It's so helpful to keep the routine moving along. Here are some of our highlights from the recent weeks:

Preschoolers: Learning about numbers (2)

Number 2 with glitter paint

St. Patrick's Day/Number 2 stamp pad activity

Baby Girl uses all of her senses for nature study

Torn tissue paper for a number 3 activity

Fingerpainting the number 3

Doodles and Bug are still moving through Sonlight's Core D+E. We are about to finish the read-aloud Caddie Woodlawn, which has become a new family favorite-especially for Bug! Each child had to complete a history report this week. Doodles chose to write about the cotton gin, and Bug chose to write about Thomas Edison. Doodles is still learning about the history of medicine in science, while Bug is currently studying about insects. Both are moving right along quickly through their math studies. Doodles took a Latin test this past week and scored a B (those pesky derivatives!) and Bug is continuing to enjoy learning to write in cursive. We also took time to watch two movies: Old Yeller (after Doodles finished reading the book) and The Wizard of Oz (after Bug finished reading the book.) It was interesting to compare/contrast the books with the movies. We found the greatest differences to be in the book The Wizard of Oz  and the film based on it. We are looking forward to the week ahead, and, I must confess, I've already placed a couple of orders for next school year & will buy the remainder of what we need at the end of April (hopefully.) Can't wait for Sonlight Core F (Eastern Hemisphere)!


Johanna said...

Sorry you are dealing with lots of medical issues...I know that can be so hard. Praying right now for healing, wisdom and peace.
Ps. I love how long your baby girls hair is getting, she's so pretty!!!!!

Rita and John said...

We'll keep both your girls in our prayers. I'm so sorry to hear you're dealing with some medical issues.

Laycee said...

I found your blog through sonlight blogs. I am going to start homeschooling my two girls ages 11 and 7. I tried it for two years and we went back to school this year. I know it was what God had instore for us because we found out our oldest daughter has some learning disabilities and we are getting her the help she needs now for her eyes. There are so many programs out there and I used alpha omega the first time and I liked it but it didn't fit us. I really would like a lesson plan I can go by because I am really still learning. I wanted to ask you how you like sonlight. I noticed you read alot and one of my daughters problems in reading however with her vision therapy she is doing much better. I want her to love to read as I do and if the books are entertaining I know she will. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them. Thanks

redkitchen said...

Hi, Laycee. I am so glad you found my blog. I'm going to post a response here, but I'm going to copy & paste it in a comment on your blog, too. We love Sonlight, but I don't use it with my little one-yet & she is my special needs child. She is not developmentally ready for it now, but I do read a lot of simple board books to her. I use Sonlight with my older children & the books are fabulous! One key is to make sure you choose the right Core, especially keeping in mind your child's learning disabilities. The Sonlight advisors are a lot of help. You can contact them through Sonlight's website. I highly recommend doing that. If I can be of any more help, please ask.

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