|"Stickers" are a reward system that is still working!|
Blueberry got some "not-back-to-school PJs". I read about another mom doing that for her homeschoolers and I liked it. Since she is completely potty trained, her footie PJs won't work this fall/winter so even though they still fit, we needed new ones for our independent 3 1/2 year old. She loves them. She loves to be independent.
We have already started schoolwork, but we are officially getting into our routine on Monday. We finished up some family trips and things should me moving into "routine mode", at least until the holidays hit....
Curriculum is finished and worksheets are printed for the first 1/3 of the year. We are still finishing some Pre-K workbooks and starting some Kindergarten level workbooks. This is a bit of a summary.
Faith: "Beginner Bible" with activities and we are going through that along with "Hide 'em in Your Heart" 1 and 2 Worship Music CDs. ABC bible verses found online (printed and laminated).
Language: Pre-writing and tracing worksheets. I pulled some stuff from Letter of the Week curriculum from ConfessionsofaHomeschooler.com. Alphabetizing. Read-Build-Write cards and worksheets with sight-word cards. Pre-reading books.
Math: Counting to 100. Counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. Addition and Subtraction flash cards and manipulatives. Number recognition and tracing worksheets. Shape sorting and pattern sheets by theme throughout the year. Simple pattern block activities.
Science: Animals and Habitats. Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, etc. recognition. Various hands-on projects throughout the year. Cooking "reactions". Seasons and climate. Nature walks. Activities out of "Good Science" by Richard Bliss. Children's Science Museum Preschoolers program.
Art: Various mediums including watercolors, clay, cut-and-paste, mosaic art, collage, chalk art, etc. Craft projects by theme related to other subjects. Play-dough play mats and cookie cutters.
Circle Time: This year we have Tiger too so it feels more like "circle time" than in previous years. I am collecting a variety of songs and poems for Blueberry to memorize (just by repetition). We also read books together and play.
Social: MOPS and Unschoolers playdates, as well as playdates with a neighbor friend. Library Story Time. Making cards and writing letters to family. Skype with family members. Cooperation (Chores) Chart for family responsibility with age-appropriate tasks.
He is only 8 months old, but he will be participating in circle time. He enjoys songs and reading books.
We are teaching Baby Signs. Tiger already knows "milk" and "up". We will be working on others as he figures out he can get what he wants with signs.
He is steady sitting up and is pulling himself up and seems to want to walk. He might skip crawling altogether.