After deciding to move on from MFW K, our school has been much more simple (and a little boring), I haven’t had all that much to post on so have spent my time doing other things.
We have still have a pretty great 2 weeks. Mostly because I put together a Superhero Unit as well as a Pilgrim Unit (coming soon). And we’ve spent a lot of time just reading, which has been GREAT!!
Some of our favorite books we’ve been reading:
Lot’s of Pilgrim books (our favorites to be posted as part of our unit)
Along with our read alouds and units we have been doing the following:
Elijah and the Prophets of Baal
Memory Verse Genesis 1:1
Working our way through Horizon’s K I remain happy with this curriculum, we are now up to lesson 60. Treyton does well with it but I continue to question myself on how well I am teaching it or if he is really “getting it”. He always seems to come up with the right answers and can do a lot of the lessons on his own (excluding introducing new concepts) but often times he can’t communicate to me if he really knows what it is he is doing. I continue to look at Singapore math for our next curriculum but struggle moving away from Horizon’s which seems to be doing okay.
Some of the new concepts we have been working on have been counting by 5s and tens and ones place values. In addition to Horizon’s we also did an estimating activity. While working with Lexie on her shapes one day, Treyton decided to make “rows of corn” using our peg stackers, seeing a great teaching opportunity we turned it into a “guessing game”. After he put them all together, I took some colors off (randomly) and we estimated how many of each color there was. This was a fun activity for all of us, because we of course made a competitive game out of it. Treyton graphed each of our guesses and then also recorded the actual number of “corns in the field”.
He is going back through his Handwriting without Tears book and practicing the letters we didn’t cover in MFW K before we switched. He just finished the last of the capital letters. I continue to give him his memory verses and short sentences to copy for copywork as well.
After spending some time talking about vowels, including which letters were vowels, the jobs of vowels, sounds of vowels, etc. We continued through our Explode the Code book 1. Treyton completed the short vowel Ee lessons and a review lesson (I believe lessons 6 & 7).
Treyton is about 1/4 of they way through his I Can Read It! book. He reads about 2 stories a week. He had the pleasure of reading to both of his grandma’s in the past few weeks.
He gets really nervous and doesn’t want to read out loud to other people, but then later when it’s just us, he brags about how he read a story to Mommer or Grandma Lex. He’ll say “Are you proud of me mom?” Of course, I tell him how I am proud of him ALL the time even if he doesn’t read well, as long as he tries, he makes me proud.
Treyton continues to LOVE LOVE LOVE his Talking Fingers program, he is slowly progressing through it. I cannot say enough how much we have enjoyed this program.
Lexie wants us to sing “Jesus Loves Me” every morning during our daily board time, which I have been happy to do for her. She has added a real fun aspect to our morning routine.
We have spent most of our one-on-one time on shapes. She knows triangle and oval well and is hit or miss with circle and square (they sound similar to her so I think that’s why they are a little slower to sink in).
We just got in our My Father’s World 1st Grade! I am SOOOO excited!! I cannot even tell you. I’m up through planning day 23 and it is perfect for us. I can’t wait to start, though I’m not sure if we will start in the beginning of December or the beginning of January.
We will also continue doing some read-aloud book units (including a few from FIAR and classic chapter books). My mom (who is teaching my niece preschool) and I are planning on working together to find some fun activities to go a long with a few books to add into our school. It should be a great second semester!
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