Friday, May 15, 2009

Catch-All Post

As seem to be my custom, it has once again been awhile since I posted... but unlike the last times we have too much to even remember to post it all here. So I will just hit the highlights and probably start a different post to include some of the stuff I have been learning.

~ We have started using Handwriting Without Tears and I LOVE it, we got some of the extra's which I think is why I love it so much. We are working in the Pre=K Book called "Get Set for School", we also bought the mat, the wood pieces for capital letters and the music CD, all of which I recommend. Treyton (obviously slightly tactile) loves the hands-on wooden letters and mat to make "mat man" (he keeps calling him bat man, despite my frustrations over it :)) We're going through the beginning fairly quickly as we have covered much of it already this year (colors, lines, etc.) but I'm planning on slowing down once we get to the letters and numbers, as I want to take our time doing maybe 2 a week.

~ Treyton completely on his own started drawing stick people - which was awesome!! But his people's legs pretty much came from their head, they had no bodies, which is normal for his age group - however, since we have started working with mat man - less than two weeks ago, he is already making huge improvements to his stick people!!

~ We have done a few crafts with a Bible Story - one of our favorites was the Story of David and Goliath. We went and picked five stones (just like David), we painted the rocks, each a different color and wrote a word from our memory verse on each stone "Trust" "in" "the" "Lord" "Proverbs 3:5" --- we then made a paper bag pouch out of a lunch bag (we punched a hole in the top and strung some string through it) which we also wrote our memory verse on. We then went outside and drew a square in the driveway, we put a big stone (to represent goliath) in the middle and used our five smaller stones to try and "push" the big stone out!! It was a lot of fun - obviously our stones got a little "scratched up" but it was totally worth it. Lots of fun!!

~ Last night I went to my first curriculum fair!! It was SOOO much fun, there isn't much about homeschool I love more than curriculum.... yea!! Anyhow, I had the chance to get a hands-on look at some of the curriculum I have been "knawing on" for a while. Some of my favorites (which I hope to elaborate on more in a later post) were Tapestry of Grace (this would be once Treyton was in 1st gradeish), Konos (same thing, I would wait until 1st grade I think), Saxon Math (LOVE this one), Sonlight (which was actually Tim's favorite before I went)

I will be doing sonlight with Treyton next year along with the Handwriting without Tears and a math curriculum of some sort - Saxon doesn't have anything for preschool so I will be waiting on using them. I also have a set of Christian Light Educators ABC series that I got for like $5.00 off of ebay that I may substitute in there for workbook stuff.

~ I am going to my first CHEA memorial weekend with my mom --- I am SUPER pumped!! I can't wait to look at even more curriculum and to have the weekend to do nothing but think school.... it'll be great!!

Okay, well that's it for this post, I will post more later, especially on sonlight - what I like about it and why we are leaning that way for the next year (or two) with Treyton!!

1 comment:

Catherine ~ The Purple Pear ~ said...

How fun that you got to go to a curriculum fair! There is one coming my way soon, but we won't be able to make it this year. I'm so sad!

I've been devouring everything related to curriculum online and by talking to friends. So far, I've seen My Father's World which gets great reviews, but I don't think it's a perfect fit for us. The one I saw last night is called Heart of Dakota and I reeeaaally like that one so far. Have you seen it? It's definitely worth a look... especially since you love curriculum like I do! :)

I'm going to take another look at Handwriting Without Tears since you and another friend talk highly about it. I used it in a classroom setting when I was a Kindergarten teacher, but I wasn't crazy about it. I thought it was a little too gentle for 5 year olds, but I think it might be perfect for Pre-K. I will let you know how that goes!

So cool that your little guy is making stick people. We just have scribbles over here with the occasional "whale" (a circle with a dot for an eye). :) I love this age.

Wow this post got long. Sorry! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. :) I'm so grateful for the support from other Mommies who are at the same point as me!

In Him,
Catherine