Friday, May 13, 2011

Home Preschool: Our First Unit!

We have spent the last 3 weeks studying the letter A, the word away, the number 7, and Spring! Usually we will do a unit in 2 weeks, but we moved up to the school room in the middle of this one and I was not happy with our routine before that.

Note: I purchased our letter curriculum from here (best $10 ever spent!): http://confessionsofahomeschooler.blogspot.com/ and am also using the free curriculum from here: http://1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com/ They are FANTASTIC and Christian based.

The Friday after we moved into our schoolroom our Kindergarten Teacher friend, Chirsty, came over to check it out. It was great to have some feedback and suggestions about what we are doing. I scaled back our sight words from 4 to 1 per unit after talking to her, and am glad I did since that was the part Keanan liked the least during school. He can now "read" a little book called "Who Ran Away" (away was our sight word this unit) =)Here is our door of A at the end of the Unit. Keanan picked a bunch of things to glue on to some cardstock paper for his ABC Book. We had so much fun with this! There was tons more that we did that didn't make it up on the door. Even Kyla got involved:Our verse was "A soft answer turns away wrath." Proverbs 15: 1 We talked a lot about what that meant and did a craft about our words. Keanan cut them all out and glued them to the correct side, happy/mad. One thing I learned in the last 3 weeks is that this boy LOVES to cut. And he is really good at it!We also made a Spring lapbook and started our Garden book, which we will add to as we plant more things in our garden. Right now we have peas, beans and spinach. Still growing in Grandma's greenhouse is our tomatoes, carrots, and green peppers. We also planted sunflowers and will be graphing their height each week. Today they are at 2 inches!

Did I mention that we are loving this?! I feel like we are thriving not just surviving with this new setup. I am not watching the clock (as much) for 5:30 when Zac gets home. Keanan's behavior has improved as well with the structure. Not that he was a bad kid or anything, just the number of 2-almost-3 year old meltdowns has decreased a ton!

I knew from 4th grade that God had called me to be a teacher, I just never thought it would be as a home preschool teacher and a childbirth educator/doula! I LOVE IT!

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