Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Our curriculum choices for 2016-2017 Kindergarten


Here are my choices for Kindergarten curriculum.
OK, this is going to sound like a LOT, but I don't do everything everyday.  See below for weekly schedule.  Sorry that I'm so late in sharing this, but we have really enjoyed the curriculum we have used this year.  Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks!

Bible:
*Grapevine Bible Study- Old Testament Overview
*Character Concepts- Character Trails
*Morning Time- verses, poems, songs

Language Arts:
*Language Lessons for Little Ones Volume 1 (I love how this program is designed.  My son started here and is now on the 4th book in the series.)

*Reading
-All About Reading Level 1 (LOVE this program!)

-Reading the Alphabet- we do this off and on
-Reading Lesson- slowly working through this book
*Skills and Math- Rod and Staff Preschool books
*Handwriting- Handwriting Without Tears (I love this way of teaching handwriting!)

Math:
*Math Lessons for a Living Education Volume 1 (I used this with my son and we really liked it, but we have an older edition).

Extra:
*Give Your Child the World- reading books from different countries
*Nature Friend Magazine
*A Living History of Our World Volume 1

I also use Usborne books and I read aloud  A LOT (see ideas from Read Aloud Revival).

Electives:
*Piano- PiAnimals
*Awana
*Swimming co-op
*Kids Cook Real Food
*Homeschool co-op

Online:
Reading Bear- FREE

Each morning at breakfast I read from Nature Magazine, The Story of Inventions (Usborne Books) and we listen to Daily Audio Bible for Kids.  After breakfast we do a few chores and then we start Morning Time.  We spend 15 minutes quietly reading and looking at books.  Each child has their own box of books.  Then we have 15 minutes of moving and dancing.  After that we sit on the couch and read from a book recommended by Give Your Child the World (we are reading through books from a different continent each month).  We also are memorizing famous paintings with Usborne art cards and we read a page from the Usborne Encyclopedia.  Then we move to the coffee table and go through our Morning Time notebook with songs, poems and verses.  We then do our Grapevine Study (Stick figures through the Bible).  We have a little break and snack.  Then each child moves to their independent work.  My daughter usually finishes earlier than my son, so then I move on to her one on one work with me.  We do Handwriting Without Tears, All About Reading and some math skills.  Then she's off to play!  We do a few of the other things listed here and there.  It's been a fun year so far!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Our curriculum choices for 2016-2017 2nd Grade

These are the curriculum choices for 2nd grade.  See below for a weekly schedule.


Bible:
*Grapevine Bible Studies- Old Testament Overview
*Character Concepts- Character Trails
*Morning Time- verses, poems, songs



Language Arts:
*Language Lessons for the Very Young Volume 1
*All About Reading Level 3
*All About Spelling Level 2
*Handwriting- Printing with Pictures Book E
*Creative Writing- Here to Help Learning- Paragraph Writing Flight 1 (I love this approach to teaching creative writing!)  Here is my son's first story: click HERE to see video



Math:
*Math Mammoth for 2nd grade (My son has really done well with this curriculum)
*Xtra Math- He finished the addition section!
*Math Wrap ups


Science:
*Patterns of Nature- Rod and Staff 2nd grade
*Nature Friend Magazine

History:
*Which Way USA
*A Living History of Our World Volume 1
*Our Father's World - Rod and Staff 2nd grade
*Give Your Child the World- reading books from different countries

Electives:
*Piano- Hoffman Academy
*Awana
*Swimming co-op
*Kids Cook Real Food
*Homeschool Co-op

Online:
*Xtra Math


Weekly Schedule:

Monday-Wednesday
Morning Time (includes Bible)
Daily Learning Notebook- Clipboard with various independent work pages or books
One on one time with Mom for Reading, Spelling, Creative Writing, History

We also added gymnastics to our Spring PE program

Thursday
Swimming co-op in the Fall
Electives- Cooking, Piano

Friday
Homeschool co-op
Library day

As you can see we are very busy.  I would love to share more of what I do in my homeschool, but I'm so focused on my kids during my homeschool day and I do lots of cooking, cleaning, working out and I always feel like I can't keep up.  My husband also needs me to help in things he does around the home like the garden, canning and dehydrating.

If you want to keep up with what we are doing, you can follow my FACEBOOK page.  It's much easier for me to post a few pictures and share what we are doing rather than writing up a blog post.  So, please check out my page and see what we are doing.  I would love it!

I hope this has given you some ideas for what you can do in your homeschool.

I'm sorry this was shared so late in the year, but I hope it gives you some ideas for what you might like to use with your kids.  Let me know if you have any questions. 

(some affiliate links)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Kids Cook Real Food- End of the Year Edition

Hey, friends!  It's almost the New Year and what better time than to start some good health habits by teaching cooking with Mrs. Kimball with the Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse.

 
 
 
 
So this time, you can download the FREE Knife Skills Class starting December 28!
 
What you'll learn in these short videos:
*Basic knife skills and techniques for kids age two to teen
 
*Mastery of the three safe ways to hold food while cutting
 
*How child development impacts your child's readiness to learn new skills
 
*The #1 mistake that destroys your chance of enjoying time in the kitchen with your kids
 
*A tested 3-step process for teaching kids in the kitchen so young cooks learn basic skills the right way




Since my kids (especially my son) have taken the Knife Skills Training class I have felt so much better about asking them to help in preparing dinner.  I do supervise, but I can see that they remember so much with the catch phrases that Mrs. Kimball teaches. 

 
 
 
The Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse will officially open for registration from January 11-18. 

Be sure to check out the curriculum map for what is taught in each 8 week class.

Curriculum Map Link

I'll be back to share more about our cooking adventures in January!

*I am an affiliate for this company. Thanks for your support.*
 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Volunteer Service

In 2014 my husband came home from work one day and handed me a little piece of paper.  It had the name of our local food bank that he drives past on the way to work and the hours it is open.  He said that he wanted to start volunteering there with our son on Saturday mornings.  So, in December 2014 right after our son turned 6 they both started going to food bank every Saturday morning. 




A few weeks ago I finally started going too!  Our daughter is now old enough to come along as well.  It has been an eye opening experience for me, but I truly wanted to find a way to serve our own community with my husband and as a family.  I think God answered my prayer! 

 
 
 
 



Today, my son and husband went to the Christmas party and my son was honored with a medal for The President's Volunteer Service Award for 100 hours of service!  He also received a signed letter from the White House from President Barak Obama!  I was SO proud.  I am not only proud of my son, but very proud of my husband as well for taking time to teach our children about serving. 

 
May you find blessing as you serve others! 


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse OPEN from Monday to Wednesday this week only!


OK, for those who didn't have a chance to snag the Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse at the beginning of November, here is your chance at the end of November for just 3 days!  From Monday to Wednesday of this week you can register for the ecourse.  This would be a great idea to start over Christmas break or get it ready for the beginning of January.  Hurry, because this registration will not happen again until the new year! 

You can see a sneak peek of the curriculum map here: Curriculum Map for Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse.



Sign up today by midnight Eastern time Wednesday, November 30
 



Thanks again for being part of Milk N' Honey Learn and Grow!  We'll keep in touch!

Also, be sure to follow me on FACEBOOK for current activities and blog post links and lots of other ideas!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

My apologies! RE: Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse



I am so sorry for the blog post that went out about the last day of the Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse.  That was to be on Wednesday morning, not Thursday morning.  So, unfortunately, those who received the email got it too late...for this time!  The Good News is that the course will be available again in the new year, so if you are still interested, you will be put on a waiting list and you will hear more about it. 

Again, my apologies for not getting the blog post to send at the correct time for the registration.

Please check out the Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse sign up page for future notification.

And don't forget to peruse the Curriculum Map for the entire course listing for skills and all levels.

Thanks again for being part of Milk N' Honey Learn and Grow!  We'll keep in touch!

Also, be sure to follow me on FACEBOOK for current activities and blog post links and lots of other ideas!