Fall is here! This is my favorite season of the year and it seems to be coming early to the south. The leaves on our trees are starting to fall, something that doesn’t usually happen until mid-September at the earliest. My girls will soon be outside raking up leaves and we’ll be enjoying the cooler air. I decorated last week for fall inside, something I’ve done since we lived in Florida where fall simply does not exist! I’ve also been enjoying my favorite Yankee Candle, Pumpkin Spice…mmmmm!
School has finally seemed to hit its groove for us this week. We have the normal bumps, but much less dragging things out and a lot of
Little Hands to Heaven: Unit 23
This week’s letter was S and the Bible lessons focused on Jesus performing miracles. For our math activity Grace practiced choosing which group had more or less. I even had groups of smaller numbers, like 5 and 7, and she was able to tell me that the group with 7 had more. I continue to be surprised by concepts she already grasps and continue to see the benefit of doing school with older siblings. Both Grace and Beth have learned many things I’ve never had to teach them simply from observing Rose.
We are also reviewing a new handwriting and letter recognition curriculum that is so much fun! I can’t wait to share it! As you can see, Grace’s fine-motor skills are really accelerated for her age. She’ll be four in a few weeks and already can write almost all of her letters without any help or guidance from me. There are a couple she forget or gets confused, but so far she hasn’t needed a lot of help.
This is my favorite picture of the week! After reading about the little boy Jesus healed Grace said, “That was so sweet. Jesus is really sweet to make the little boy well.” Then she asked to pray for our friend, Diego, who has cancer that Jesus would heal him too. I was again surprised at the depth of her connections to real-life.
Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory: Unit 5
We have continued to study about the Pilgrims and I was reminded again this second time we are going through Beyond that there is so much I just wasn’t taught in school. I can’t help but wonder if it was intentional. I mean I know the whole argument of there is only so much time we have to teach and something has to be left out, but if they are going to spend time on the information in class, shouldn’t it be accurate and complete? The Pilgrim’s frequent imprisonment and hardships in Holland were never mentioned, but merely glossed over. My husband and I watched Kirk Cameron’s documentary, Monumental and there is much which we have learned included in it. This documentary is excellent and I plan to let the girls see some of it as we continue to study about the Pilgrims.
Math has always been a favorite part of Beth’s day. She frequently requests to do more than one lesson in a day and I usually let her. I’m happy for her to move at her own pace and she rarely makes any mistakes! This week she learned how to read a thermometer which is marked of by twos. Rose didn’t remember learning this before so Beth volunteered to teach her! It was so sweet to see her be the teacher and she did a great job! She explained the concept clearly, did an example, then had Rose try one. Since her answer was correct Beth followed it up with lots of encouraging words! Sweet moments that make homeschooling such a wonderful blessing!
Preparing Hearts for His Glory: Unit 3 (first half)
This history in Preparing has been so much fun for us! I had heard that it was a favorite guide for long-time Heart of Dakota families, and it is fun to finally experience it ourselves! Rose loves our history readings. She loves them to the point that she is incredibly disappointed that I don’t keep going. She also really enjoys the drawing for her notebook. She loves art anyway and it has been fun for her to do the independent history.
We have continued on with both dictation and All About Spelling and she’s doing great. We had taken a bit of a break from All About Spelling for the summer and have had a little trouble staying consistent with it, but that has been my issue with planning for all three and I’m getting the kinks in our day worked out. We started working with suffixes which gave us an entirely new set of tiles to work with! They’re pink and pretty. What more can I say?
The Rest of the Week
I’m trying to make sure I take time to enjoy my girls. This week we enjoyed more read-aloud time, playing Kids of Catan, and playing some putt-putt in the backyard. It is easy to get distracted with the duties I have, the work I must complete, and the things I would like to do, but I’ve decided missing out on time with my kids is just not going to be an option anymore. I will stop and take time to enjoy them, learn about who they are. I will not make it just something I check off a list or try to claim school-time is the same as spending time with them just having fun.
Next week will be a break for us and I’m looking forward to a really fun field trip at the end of the week!
8 thoughts on “Week in Review: September 2-6”
May I ask the name of your handwriting book. My son is in K this year and is having such a hard time with writing. This book looks perfect for him. Thank you for sharing your time with HOD. We are thinking of using HOD but I am having a hard time making up my mind. It looks absolutely wonderful. Thanks,Meagan
Thanks for stopping by Meagan! The name is Fundanoodle. I will be posting a full review in a few weeks, but they have two separate programs for upper case and lower case letters. I'm planning to get the lower case for Grace when she is finished with this one. Feel free to send me an e-mail via the contact me page or a note from my facebook page anytime you'd like if you have questions about HOD. It is a wonderful program and I love it more than I can express even though I write about it every week! For me, it is the perfect fit of everything I could have asked for in a homeschool curriculum. I am blessed to have found it so early on in our homeschooling journey.
I love your review posts! Thank for for sharing them so faithfully!You are SO right about the things that weren't taught to me (us) in school. My husband and I were also really surprised to learn so many new things by watching Monumental!I love your littlest one's connection between Jesus healing a boy and asking Jesus to heal her little friend. Doesn't it do your heart so much good to know your children are taking small steps towards a real faith in Jesus? 🙂
Thank you for sharing your weeks in review! I was especially touched by your daughter's precious heart to prayer for her friend. We will be praying for him, too.We are just starting LHTH & Beyond Little Hearts!Happy Homeschooling!~Addelah
Thanks Dawn 🙂 It really does make my heart overflow when they begin to step towards their own faith in Christ! My biggest issue now is that her older sisters have already made that step to ask Jesus to save them, but don't understand that their little sister (not quite 4) just isn't ready to do the same! I've had to have a lot of conversations about not pressuring her because she doesn't fully understand yet.
Enjoy your journey! We have loved HOD so much!
Your last paragraph is really touching. I struggle in this area too and I can often be so task oriented that I miss out on opportunities to just enjoy my kids. Thank you for the reminder!~Catherine 🙂
I think when we're balancing so many roles it is easy to miss out on enjoying some of the simple things. I definitely still struggle with this myself! Thanks for stopping by 🙂