Monday, August 13, 2012

Back to school!

My main goal in life is to raise children who know, love, and live for the Lord. I also hope to instill in them a love for learning and a curiosity and sense of adventures that grows with them through life. I know that everyone has different convictions/beliefs/abilities, but I believe for this season of my life God has called me to be a stay-at-home mother, and He has placed on my heart to homeschool my girls; at least for a time.

So with that said, Avery and I started pre-school today! I had so much fun this weekend getting things ready for us, and I have to say our first day back was a smashing success :) Avery genuinely enjoys our school time together; several times this summer she asked me if we could do school. She enjoys learning, and she enjoys spending one-on-one time with me. And I love it too! It's fun!

Homeschooling with a baby in the home is not easy. Brooklynn is a pretty fussy girl and demands a lot of attention, so for now our schedule will revolve around her. We spent about an hour and a half doing our school today, and everything went better than I hoped.

This weekend I prepared things for our first week back to school; here is a bulletin board idea that I found:
The prep was easy and not very time consuming. Here is a picture of our board:

The purpose of the board is so we can stick to a routine, and so Avery knows what is coming next. She loves routines, so I thought this would be good for her :)

Basically we have a calendar that Ave practices reading; we go over the months, days of the week, and say what day it is today. Then we have reading; today I let Avery pick one book and we sounded out a few words; then we read the story about Noah's ark.

Next is math. Here's the math game we played today:

I wrote out numbers on a piece of cardboard and then on clothes pins; Avery's goal was to identify the numbers and clip them on the spots that matched :) She had fun with this one!

After math comes writing! We went over a Bible verse related to our Noah story: "And Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord" Genesis 6:8. I then held Avery's hand and helped her write the scripture out; after that she practiced tracing some letters and numbers. She loves to do that.

After writing comes time for an activity. That can be either painting, play doh, cooking in the kitchen, drawing, etc. Today Avery wanted to paint, so we painted a picture about our Noah story:

(I painted the boat and water outline, Avery filled it in. The blue on the side is where she wrote Noah's name)

Avery painted a few pictures herself after this one, and even made up a story to go along with one of them! So fun!

After activity is play time. This gives me a set time every day to spend at least a little while playing with Avery one-on-one, doing whatever she wants to do. Today she wanted us to play with her doll house, so we did :)

And that's the basic schedule of our day! I'd like to do our school first thing after breakfast, but our mornings are busy so some days we probably won't get started until after lunch. But that's ok! I love having this special time with just me and Ave; having a baby in the house makes it difficult to get time alone with her, and this way I know I get at least a little of that :)

Baby B hanging out in her swing while Ave and I learn :)

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