Homeschooling is finally starting to feel like a way of life, I feel I’ve finally got into a good routine and have somewhat an understanding of how Florrie likes to learn, mostly though art and creativity, she is an imaginary child, she loves to create new paintings, glitter the world around us with stories straight from her imagination and most of all she inspires me every single day with who she is.
We start every week with a new theme, last week we learnt about penguins, I have to say this was not her favorite, but when I mentioned this weeks theme ‘fairies’ her imagination went into overdrive… my older daughter and her friends want to know how fairies can be educational, are they really too old as teenagers to understand all about imagination and how it inspires us to learn in so many ways, I was totally shocked by her statement I did not know really how to reply.
This week ends February and begins March, so although we are introducing new things my main focus is to review the things we covered over the past month… we have looked at the numbers 1 to 10, she can count them perfectly now, we have learnt to write each number and we have introduced some addition using our abacus, oh how I love the old ways like abacus and simple chalk boards. In Math we have also looked at top middle and bottom, left to right, above and below and before and after. The letters Ff to Ii have featured in everything we have done, we have learnt about rhyming words and began to build beginning middle and end stories with pictures and numbers. Every Friday we look at sight words, matching words to pictures then using pictures to write the words.
Each week we have a theme as I have mentioned before, I try to keep our fun projects as near to the theme as I can. Monday’s are art crafting day, we have made Valentine’s butterflies and necklaces, we have also made footprint penguins. Tuesday is baking day, we have made heart shaped cookies, lemon cupcakes and good old fashioned English flapjack. Wednesday is field trip day, so far we have visited our local zoo quite a few times, Thursday is my personal favorite Art Class day, we have made a heart tree using our arm and hand prints and newspaper hearts, we have coiled pipe cleaners into flowers and used wax crayons and water colors to create artwork. Friday is my children’s favorite day, Experiments, we have exploded colors, seen how penguins keep dry and made ice cream in a bag with just ice and salt.
The month of March is an exciting one for us, we are kicking off a big Spring project with our theme of the week FAIRIES. Over the coming weeks we will be incorporating the making of a fairy garden into our daily fun projects. We started our week making a glittery painted fairy, or Pixie (for Tate) wand, to be used in our Friday Fairy experiment Fizzing Fairy potions.
For our baking day, today we have made Fairy Pretzel sparkling wands, we melted some white chocolate then dipped our pretzel rods into the white chocolate and sprinkled purple (our color of the week) sparkles onto them… viola edible Fairy and Pixie wands 😋
We are hoping to meet friends at the zoo again this week as long as the weather behaves and we are extra hopeful we will see the giraffes as they have been inside the last few times we have been. Art day this week is all about the Fairy garden, I’ve been sourcing lots of fairy ideas from Pinterest, so we are starting this week with a painted wooden bird house that will become our fairy house in the garden… Florrie is very excited and has lots of ideas flowing for her little house 🏡
The rest of the month is organized like this…
Letters Jj to Ll, watching videos, reading, writing and sounds.
Continuing story building, word match and word webs.
Numbers 11 to 16, counting, writing, and simple addition.
Math fewer and more and looking at patterns, which we can incorporate into our Art class.
New sight words each week.
Colors and shapes will be added to each weeks learning activities.
Our themes for March are Camping, Mermaids, Spring and the weather.