Hard to believe that last school year came and went. Summer came and went. And now we start yet another school year. This year both children are home. Daisy is 3. Kodi is in 2nd Grade. Although I have a strong Montessori focus, with children on two different developmental planes I have been finding that it is easier in a home environment to do family style learning with individual lessons for math and language arts.
Our schedule this year is roughly this:
8:30 am: Chores and Classical Conversations Memory work
9:00 am: Kodi works independently on challenge work (aka Math, and his other assignments that range from science, writing, grammar and so on). Daisy gets a math or language lesson, and then hopefully does at least one independent challenge work.
10 am: Together: Snack time, and reading. We alternate between Science and History.
10:30 am: Together: World Cultures or Science lesson or activity
11:00 am: Outside or play inside
12:00 pm: Lunch and then play
1:00 pm: Daisy’s naps and Kodi’s lessons. Kodi’s afternoon lessons are usually in this order: Bible, Logic of English (spelling/grammar), literature study or writing, and a new lesson (usually math or language arts but can be science or geography)
3:30 pm: School day is done!
Below is a small sampling of some of our learning for the week.
For language arts we are using Logic of English Foundations A. We choose to use the cursive version for handwriting. Kodi learned cursive at age 3 because in many Montessori schools they teach cursive first. Logic of English list the reasons why teaching cursive first is a benefit to the child:
At Logic of English we strongly recommend beginning with cursive. Cursive has six primary advantages over manuscript:
- It is less fine-motor skill intensive.
- All the lowercase letters begin in the same place on the baseline.
- Spacing within and between words is controlled.
- By lifting the pencil between words, the beginning and ending of words is emphasized.
- It is difficult to reverse letters such as b’s and d’s.
- The muscle memory that is mastered first will last a lifetime.
Read the full article on “Why Teach Cursive First“.
For math we are using a combination of Montessori lessons and The Good and the Beautiful Math K.
Independent Challenge Work
Kodi is working on his challenge work. Every day he has a checklist with the work that he is to do that day. For his challenge work he can pick what order he wants to do the work. His challenge work might vary from each day but he always has math. For math we use Mammoth Math. He is finishing up Grade 3 math.
Daisy is hard at work drawing unicorns!
Here are some pictures from our World Cultures lesson. We are using for our base Beautiful Feet Books Around the World with Picture Books. The first day we looked at the map of China. Then we had fun creating a Chinese inspired dragon for our journals. Deep Space Sparkle has a great lesson on Chinese Dragons. For Daisy I printed a dragon on watercolor paper. The student grade watercolor paper that I like to use, and one that easily goes through my printer, is Richeson Watercolor Paper.
The second day we painted an outline of China and the flag of China.