I’m not sure when I decided to homeschool, or even why I fell in love with the idea, but right now I am loving my decision… I have to say I have struggled with a rhythm for homeschooling for quite a while, but I think I may be getting there slowly and the more I read about homeschooling families and the more I follow them on Instagram the more I am positive with my decision, so I’ve decided to add a section to this blog all about our journey as a new homeschooling family
When I was younger, much younger, elementary/primary school age all I wanted to be when I grew up was a primary school teacher, don’t ask me why but I just did… of course I changed a lot as I grew up and like many other children I did not follow childhood dreams, I’m guessing these dreams were surpressed and now with my decision to try homeschooling my younger two children I can feel them rising and I’m loving every minute of it.
I made the decision this year not to follow a curriculum, my daughter is five and my son is 2, I have read all the guidelines for what my daughter would be learning as a kindergartner and using a few homeschooling blog schedules I devised my own plan. I have broken up our school year into months, then weeks then made a rough plan for each day for an activity…
February homeschool plan
Our focus is
The letters Ff to Ii
The numbers 3 to 10 writing them, counting with them and incorporating them in games
Counting from 10 to 15
Colors blue red and white
Sight words you, it, in and said
For math, top/middle/bottom, above/below, before/after and left/right
We are looking at rhyming words
The themes for the weeks are… magnets, Valentine’s Day, teeth/dentist and penguins
Each week is then divided into days…
Monday is a themed craft day
Tuesday is baking day
Wednesday is a field trip
Thursday is Art day
Friday is experiment day and a review of everything we have covered
Each week I prepare worksheets for the letter we are learning, the numbers we are looking at, our math concentration, sight words and rhyming words, I have found the dollar tree is fantastic for workbooks and you don’t keep running out of ink in your printer trying to print everything off. The dollar tree is also fantastic for crafting supplies at a fraction of the cost of places like Michaels and AC Moore.
Each week I try to plan books we will read and DVD’s we will watch, so this week we will be rewatching leapfrog number and letter DVD’s to try to review the letters and numbers again before moving on, we are also watching Beauty and the Beast to go along with our Valentine theme, it is one of my favorite Disney Movies and also teaches that we should not judge others by what we see on the outside.
I love Pinterest for homeschooling so many fabulous ideas all in one place, crafting projects, art projects, learning games and just great schooling plans and ideas, I also love the PBS kids app along with you tube and Netflix, whenever we learn something new I try to find a short video to help aid with visualization.
Experiments have become a firm favorite in our house, I’ve decided to dedicate Friday’s to a new experiment, last week we made ice cream using a ziplock bag, ice cubes and salt, it was so much fun, then the best part was that they got to eat it for breakfast.
The ice cream experiment
Pour 1 cup of milk/cream (we used coconut milk) into a small ziplock bag, add 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar into the bag and anything else you would like in your ice cream, we used chocolate chips, close the bag tightly, this is important, I then placed my bag into another small ziplock and closed that firmly too.
Then grab a large ziplock bag and fill it 3/4 full with ice cubes, add at least 6 tablespoons of salt, we just used cheap table salt, place the small bag into the large bag, close tightly, grab a towel and start rolling the bag around, use the towel as it is very cold on your hands. Roll the bag around for 10 minutes, then open both bags inside the smaller bag is your ice cream… place in a bowl, we added chocolate sauce… eat and enjoy ⭐️
We were looking at the color BLUE last week, so our art project for Thursday was this abstract watercolor, we used masking tape over our art paper, then using our watercolors we painted stripes of the COOL colors using various brush sizes onto the paper, once it was complete we carefully removed the tape and hung them to finish drying… we were all very proud of our artwork.