Do you enjoy reading quality picture books with your kindergartner? Do you like finding ways to connect the story to Scripture and stories from the Bible? Does your child get excited about completing learning activities in connection to the themes from the story? And would you love to have everything preplanned and outlined for you so you don’t have to spend hours of time scouring the Internet and Pinterest for ideas?
Summer is approaching and with it come long days and playful children. Hot days with active kids can equate to a momma feeling a wee bit tired, especially when she’s been up since the crack of dawn with children who awake at the first light.
Three Names by Patricia McLachlan was a perfect Five in a Row selection for us allowing us to channel our excitement about the prospect of adding a dog into our family. And it was a perfect excuse to watch the recorded Westminster dog show for the fifty-seventh time.
Do you enjoy creating literature units for your children? Or maybe you have never put together your own unit but are now reading a special book with your children and would love to expand on your discussions with some supplementary books and activities.
If you are looking for a fun unit study or to dip your foot into Five in a Row, then Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans would be a great choice. We just completed a week of reading the Madeline books and a couple of weeks studying Paris and France and it was so well-loved by the kids.
With Mirette on the High Wire, we explored the high wire, balance, determination, France and Paris.
“Who is Sebastian Bach?”
If you asked me that question 25 years ago, I most certainly would have answered, “Well, he is the lead singer of Skid Row, of course!!”
Part of the excitement and fun of homeschooling is exploring topics that unintentionally arise and pique your child’s interest. A Van Gogh unit study that we recently completed fits right into that category. It was such a great surprise to see the children interested in this artist and his amazing works.
Mrs. Katz and Tush was such a rich Five in a Row unit for us. This was our first time really digging deep as we read the book each day and explored different topics and themes that came out of the story.
At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, I had a long list of curriculum choices and although it all looked pretty good, I had a feeling it would be too much for us to complete. However, I also knew things would be different for us this year since I suspended using the Sonlight curriculum and added two kindergartners to the schedule, so I wanted to make sure I had my bases covered.
Do you notice that your children’s interest is sparked by something “new” they see when you move items around in a room or leave something out? Maybe it’s something they’ve seen many times before but when it’s in a new spot they see it differently and want to explore.
This past week as I was scrolling through the photos on our computer, the kids saw what I was doing and ran over to catch a glimpse. They always jump at the chance to see photos from the past and remember experiences they had or discover something they did when they were wee little babies. I often get drawn into these little walks […]