Sunday, September 13, 2015

What I Learned Week 1

Reflection.  It's a good thing, necessary for growth, both personal and professional.  It's an indispensable tool for teachers of all types.  It comes naturally to me but I don't always remember to write it down, which isn't helpful.  This past week was our first week of homeschool for the 2015-2016 school year and I have learned (or was reminded) of SO many lessons from my children.

What Did I Learn?
  • Spreadsheets are Helpful but Simple is Best - I had a huge spreadsheet for Week 1.  I mean HUGE, about three times what is shown below.  I had it divided up by day and subject, including page numbers and references.  It was super organized.  Did I use it?  Some, but I kept simplifying it to a little daily checklist.  
  • Calendar Time is almost useless as long as it remains in their room (with all their toys nearby). Do the routine and picture books but notebooking is pointless.
  • Quiet Boxes - It's pointless to plan what goes in them ahead of time.  
  • Reading - Picture book reading works best as part of Calendar Time; Read Aloud time works best during afternoon snack time.
  • Phonics - It either clicks for my girl or it doesn't.  If it doesn't then there's no use dwelling on it.  It will frustrate us both.  Keep practicing reading skills and eventually it will just click.
  • Handwriting - My girl needs practice, practice, practice until all those old bad habits from public school are gone. My boy isn't ready - color and trace, color and trace.
  • Fridays are for review.  No one feels like sitting and concentrating on something new by that point in the week.
  • Feedback from the kids - Craft projects. More music time. Don't leave Science until last.

What Did We Do?

Week 1
Field Trips
Beach; Six Flags; Library
Bible Verse, 100 Days, Letter, Number, Pledge, Weather
Hot air : the (mostly) true story of the first hot-air balloon ride Marjorie Priceman.
How do hot air balloons work? Buffy Silverman.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
The Cheese by Margie Palatini
A Year of Playing Skillfully
Sensory Box
Sand & Seashells
Phonics - CH/SH; Phonics Review; Phonics Review; Writing - All About Me; Sight Words - First Grade
Singapore Math - Go Fish, War card games
Bible Sketchbook - God made Heavens & Earth, Eve and the Serpent, Rules - Fruit of the Tree
Music & Art
Combined with Science and Writing
Combined with Calendar time

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