Math and Science:
We also finished Life of Fred: Butterflies last week (answering the practice problems orally, but mostly enjoying the story). We're going to take a break from Life of Fred for a bit before going on to the next book.
The girls read daily and have improved by leaps and bounds over where they were only a couple months ago. We just finished the Houghton Mifflin 1st Grade Anthologies (1.3-1.5), and are starting the 2nd Grade 2.1 Anthology. We still go back to the First Grade stories to work on fluency, but I'm amazed at how well both girls are doing getting through the more challenging content (remember they only turned 4 at the end of July!). Some of the books the girls enjoy reading include:
Danny and the Dinosaur
Henry and Mudge
Good Night, Good Knight
Tales of Amanda Pig
We Both Read Books (level 1-2)
For read-alouds, we just finished Amelia Bedelia Means Business (a chapter book with a young, modern version of Amelia Bedilia, who still takes expressions literally), and we're starting the next chapter book in that series.
E is done with the uppercase letters in Handwriting Without Tears, and L is almost there. I try to get the girls to write in their journals a couple times a week. I can't wait to be able to compare these samples with what they come up with at the end of the school year. L is not very enthusiastic about writing, so I don't push her, but E absolutely loves to write her stories. I promise to take some pictures of her journal entries and post them next week.
File folder games have been great for practicing additional language arts concepts such as Singular vs. Plural, Real vs. Imaginary, parts of speech, how to build a sentence, etc..
Art, Music, Physical Education, Fun
This week the girls spent a lot of time "playing stories", which is basically making up adventures for their stuffed animals and having wonderful play sessions.
Of course, art is a part of every day for us, but I seem to forget to take photographs of all the creative things the girls make.
Life is fun, and I'm feeling more confident with my decision to homeschool my kiddos with each passing day.
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