|to the left of the doorway. That is my desk! The table on the right is currently our school table. I foresee us needing a bigger table in another year or so.|
|Our lovely window that looks into our yard and garden.|
|My cat, Bunny, showed up to get into the action here. He is completely nocturnal...if nocturnal means waking for the two hours between the kids going to bed and the adults going to bed...And yes I know he is rather large and fluffy *shrug*|
|yup....he's large. But I love my Bunny Fuffins|
I decided to start our school day with a "basket time". There were a few things I wanted both Ben and Anna to be working on and this way I think Beatrice will be ready for a nap by the time we are ready to start academic work.
-Shel Silverstein Poetry. If you never read these poems as a kid your should check them out to read with your kids.
-Everyday Graces by Karen Santorum. It is a book about learning manners through lessons in literature
-Golden Children's Bible
-Kindergarten Stories and Morning Talks. This is a book I picked up from Hillside Press. Little stories for each month that cover certain seasonal topics
-A coloring book about learning the Ten Commandments
-Chats With God's Little Ones. Beginning faith and catechism study
-Catholic Mosaic-saint/liturgical year activities
-Abeka 1 Arithmetic. Loved it for Kindergarten so don't fix what ain't broke.
-Little Angel Readers. We have a section left to finish from Book 2 and then we should be able to plow through Book 3 pretty quickly. After that we will either do Book 4 or start Primary Language Lessons. I will decide that when we get there.
-CHC spelling A and grammar A. Not much to say there...this boy needs to learn spelling and grammar and these looked like they would do what we needed.
-Seton for Handwriting....I picked it basically because of the beautiful artwork in it. As far as I can tell (and I am likely totally wrong) handwriting is handwriting so pick the one that looks the nicest.
-MODG recommendations for poetry memorization
-St. Joseph First Communion Catechism for religion
Well I basically going to try what I used with Ben and hope for the best.
-Teach your Child To Read in 100 EZ lessons
-Rod and Staff/Seton PreK workbooks for basic math and reading/writing skills
She is not exactly reading ready like Ben was so we will be moving very slowly and just see how it goes. She is a brand new 4 so if we get good letter and letter sound recognition under her belt I will be quite happy.
I also made these very simple chore charts for Ben and Anna. Just the basics of personal hygiene and tidiness. Trying to make keeping their "spaces" neat part of the daily routine. And Ben will take over feeding the cat and fish. After this becomes routine I will reevaluate and possibly add more things on for each, but this is a good start. Previously they did chores as they were assigned, "Ben please go pick up the books and put them back in the basket..." This way they can check off their daily tasks.
Prayers for all who are preparing and beginning their new homeschool year!!