Thursday, August 13, 2015

Our Homeschool Notebooks

I mentioned our "Homeschool Notebooks" in a previous post.  They are new to us, and yes, I totally made that name up.

I really wanted to teach each of the boys to work independently this year.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew I had to incorporate it somehow.  Doing so with Elias would be quite difficult, so I really had to work on his Homeschool Notebook.  Each child has a binder with their individual work in it.

What helps them work independently is their own Assignment Page, and they mark off their assignments as they finish them with a dry erase marker.  I have written on them with a sharpie and inserted the page into a page protector.  

Daniel and Samuel have sight word work in theirs.  Each week, they are working on the pre-primer, primer, and 1st grade Dolch sight word lists, and I have printables for them to do.  They reinforce what they are learning as they visualize their words over and over.  I LOVE seeing them do these, and I actually let them choose these online out of a few choices.  These are from a site I love as a former educator!  I am also having them do sight word sheets I created as a teacher.  :)

Elias' notebook/binder is quite different!  It's more interactive, and he uses his the entire time we are in the homeschool room. It's in three sections:  shapes, colors, and letters.  I found different printables online that were free or inexpensive to print at home, then I divided them into sections using labeled tab dividers.  I will say that I know how rough and tough Elias is, so I opted to print on nice, thicker paper - not cardstock - but it is of a thicker quality.

Elias does one page out of each section a day.  I am also coming up with other ideas and activities for him from my days of teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten to supplement.  I do believe I will add to the binder because he LOVES it.  

Here are the printables I use and found online.  I am so thankful and blessed by the women who created these!  What a blessing they have been thus far!  

Do a Dot Shapes Set 1 by Honey Homeschool Mama (small cost - totally worth it)
Shape Coloring Pages by Cassie @ 3Dinosaurs (not shown)
Shape Trace & Color by Cassie @ 3Dinosaurs (not shown)

Color Dot Marker Words by Cassie @ 3Dinosaurs 
Color Coloring Pages by Cassie @ 3Dinosaurs 
Color Word Playdough Mats by Cassie @ 3Dinosaurs
Color Preschool Printables simplified for Elias but created by Jenna Johnson

ABC Do-a-Dot Marker Printables by Homeschool Creations
A-Z Do-a-Dot Worksheets by Confessions of a Homeschooler
ABC Coloring Pages by Cassie @ 3Dinosaurs 
ABC Letter Find by Cassie @ 3Dinosaurs
ABC Tracing & Dot Find by Cassie @ 3Dinosaurs

If you have any questions at all, please contact me.  I can take NO credit for this myself.  


Homeschool 2015-2016 Curriculum

We've begun a new school year in our little classroom.  God had put it on our hearts during our oldest son's Kindergarten year that we needed to make changes regarding our family's education plans.  Just a few weeks after getting this impression, our middle son began having headaches, and things drastically changed for us.  It is clear now that though we thought we were making changes for our first born, God was leading us to do what was best for us all.  

We are now homeschooling, and though the days are not always easy, we fully believe the Lord has given us the direction we need for now.  With that in mind, here are the curriculum choices we have prayerfully made for our 2015-2016 year:

Daniel (Age 6) - 1st Grade

He excels in critical thinking, fine motor skills, and math.  We will focus on his reading and phonics this year because he does not enjoy them as much.  He is extremely energetic, active, and social!

Bible:  The Big Picture Interactive Story Bible
Math:  Saxon 1
Handwriting:  A Reason for Handwriting A
Reading:  The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading (Lesson 50 and on)
Phonics:  Explode the Code 1 1/2, 2, and 2 1/2 (we did book 1 1/2 this through the summer; he's quickly finishing it up)
Spelling:  A Reason for Spelling A
Geography:  Evan-Moor Beginning Geography (Tuesday and Thursday)
Homeschool Notebook*:  Sight Words

Samuel (Age 5) - Kindergarten

He loves learning and asks every morning for us to hurry up to get to the classroom.  We will focus on his math and phonics this year.  He is extremely eager to learn and finishes his subjects in 2 hours despite how much I teach or extra I give him to work on!

Bible:  The Big Picture Interactive Story Bible
Math:  Saxon K
Handwriting:  A Reason for Handwriting K
Reading:  The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading (Lesson 15 and on)
Phonics:  Explode the Code 1 and 1 1/2
Geography:  Evan-Moor Beginning Geography (Tuesday and Thursday)
Homeschool Notebook*:  Sight Words

Elias (Age 3) - Tot School

He excels in being busy and making messes.  We will focus on his fine motor skills, ability to sit, shapes, colors, writing his name, and starting to see and recognize some of the letters (mainly in his name).  He loves to cut, use markers, and all things involving paint!

Bible:  The Big Picture Interactive Story Bible
Math:  Shapes, Colors
Reading:  Alphabet
Handwriting:  His Name 
Homeschool Notebook*: Includes Shape, Color, and Letter Work in ONE PLACE

*I will explain this in a different post!