I intended to wait until after the baby was born to start homeschool but I woke up feeling good today and made the mistake of thinking it would be a good idea to start! Ha! It was both good and bad. Before I get into our day, I just have to say that I’m disappointed that Isabella won’t be getting credit for the Kindergarten curriculum that we will be doing this year. I emailed the local county homeschool representative and she is not allowed to be enrolled into Kindergarten until Fall of 2016. It’s a little frustrating because I know that in other counties, other children her age are getting credit for their Kinder curriculums. The only thing that saves this is that I will just have her doing a 1st grade curriculum next year anyway (if she’s ready) but she’ll be registered for Kindergarten. They can’t control the curriculum you use – and I’ll figure out what to do along the road.
So, back to our crazy day! We are using the Bookshark Kindergarten curriculum and I have to say, I’m already impressed with Day 1. The Instructor’s Guide was easy to follow and it only took a few minutes to gather the books I needed and make copies of the worksheets for that day. We started with Language Arts!
We went over the letter F today and went through the picture dictionary and talked about all the things that started with F in the dictionary. It took us a long time to get through this portion because Ivy was… well, Ivy and even without that, Isabella is a talker. She talked and talked and talked about every single thing we looked at and then some! It’s amazing what that girl knows.
Then we did a few pages of Get Ready for the Code where she did some activities centered around the letter F. She already knows her uppercase and lowercase letters and can write them but I’m okay with going over them again and mostly because she’s a very early 4 and still needs to work on Penmanship. She was very happy to write her name on her Handwriting without Tears, which we also did a few pages of. The pages of Handwriting without Tears today were mostly introductory and she only had one real page where she wrote something. Then, a part of her worksheet where she wrote the capital F five times by herself.
And of course, I tried to give Ivy a page to scribble on. I originally started her with blank paper, then pages to color, and then finally a page from one of Isabella’s old workbooks. She was interested in the Picture Dictionary portion but only for a little bit. lol
And then you know, this happens. “I want to kiss you on your head Momma!”
After we finished with Handwriting without Tears, we moved onto Science!
We really like the Usborne Children’s Encyclopedia so far. It’s colorful and keeps Isabella’s interest with the pictures and colors and with the fun tidbits of information. We learned about the continents, layers of the earth, and the earth’s rotation around the sun and on it’s axis. Then we answered two questions on the worksheet for this week.
Next we moved onto History! What made Isabella really happy? There was also a little lesson on dinosaurs! lol. She really loves talking about dinosaurs.
After that we read Chapter 1 of The Boxcar Children and talked about it and the vocabulary words for that day – Isabella really liked it and wanted me to keep reading after the chapter ended! Then we read a poem – which she wasn’t very interested in and talked about opposites. We looked over the calendar and talked about April Fools Day too.
Then this happened…
Luckily, we were finished for the day and we moved on to something else!
All in all, I’d say it was a successful first day and I’m really impressed with how well the information is laid out, how it kept Isabella’s interest, and I’m excited that we’ve started! It’s still early to say, but I think we might have made the right decision with the Bookshark curriculum!