August 25, 2011

Bible Memorization Reward - Heart Date!

I’ve been thinking for awhile on how to approach bible memory this year.  

In the past we’ve been part of a larger group, so the easiest was for all of us to focus on the same verse every week.  However, with two more “official school years” under his belt, Levi has already memorized our alphabet verses.  So, I was looking for a way for them to have flexibility in their verses and to work at their own pace.  I also wanted to motivate my children to memorize scripture, but didn’t really want to use “stuff” like sweet treats,  money, etc. as rewards. 

Enter the lightbulb moment (thank you Holy Spirit) ... a Heart Date!

I created this little worksheet to slip into our Bible Memory binders.  Every time they memorize a verse, or “hide it in their heart” like Psalm 119:11 says, we write the verse inside their heart.  When they have 5 verses written down, we celebrate with a heart date.  Each child gets to choose an activity they love or that is “dear to their heart,” and include whomever they choose.  Some ideas we brainstormed were:

- bake a cake with Mamita
- have an entire afternoon of playing with Papito
- invite some friends over for a tea party
- go to the movies as a family
- go bowling
- have a picnic at the park
- make bananas spilts
- have a lego party

So as you can see, it doesn’t have to be some expensive outing, mostly engaging with your children in something that they enjoy doing.  If it is easier for your family to make a list together beforehand, go for it.  My children are still young and easily swayed my enthusiasm.  hehe  

Here are the printables (with a couple options so you can customize them depending on how fast your children memorize scripture.):

August 19, 2011

First Week of School

Well, it is official...We finally had our first day of school!  A couple of weeks after anticipated, but due to birthdays and sickness, not to mention boxes filling the house, unpacking, and preparing for this Saturday's yard sale...we did it!

There is nothing like the fun of new pencil boxes, crayons, and school supplies!

I surprised them mid-week with our new "Kindergarten" set of manipultatives...Zoobs!  It was a team effort to open all the bags and get them in the tub.

 After that, it didn't take long for the creative brains to flow, and the baby to chew.

Here is the princess, complete with suspenders.  HA!

We also had our first Fun Friday of the year, and decided to make some cookies together.  

August 12, 2011

2011-2012 Curriculum

I don't know why, but this year has been the hardest to plan so far!  I've been dreaming of the day I would have my very own Kindergartner, and now that it's here I feel like a first year teacher again.  That's the fun thing about homeschooling I guess, every year you ARE a first year teacher!  (Yikes, hadn't really thought about this before.)  Even though they are your children, you have most likely not had the exact same combination of ages, personalities, and circumstances as the year before.  Woohooo!  Nothing like a challenge.

Anyway, here is our current curriculum plan for the year with my 4 year old PreK and 5 year old Kinder:

-Grapevine Studies Old Testament Beginning Book
-Learn OT book names
-Memory Verses
-Hubbard’s Cupboard verses recorded by Matt
-Steve Green’s Hide Them in Your Heart

Language Arts: 
-Zoophonics (dot 2 dot, Level A sentences/Coloring page)
-Picture Dictionary
-Heidi Songs color/shape books
-You Can Read by 1+1+1=1
-Word Family Minibooks by Hubbard’s Cupboard
-Hooked on Phonics

-Kidwriting at every opportunity
-start Mrs. Meacham’s mini-lessons mid-year
-Science Journals
-Thankful Journals

-Pattern Block Books
-Marcy Cook (Early Skillboard, Math Tiles)
-Number Journals by Hubbard’s Cupboard

-Animal Investigation Binders (add Zoophonic’s animal friend every week)
-Habitat theme, one per month (add spanish vocab. in calendar)
-Science with Sid, weekly theme and experiment

-TLC Alphabet Book
-Monthly directed drawing

Note:  I hope to go through and explain how we use some of these components over the next few months.  I will add a link on this blog post everytime I make an update.