Monday, August 6, 2007

First day of school!

Today was our first day of school.  I assigned math, handwriting, family Bible study, phonics, science reading, spelling and grammar.  And it all went so well.

They began with their math workbooks.  Then the 3 who still have handwriting workbooks completed those.  The older two journaled about things they'd like to study or learn this year.  6 yo J had a phonics lesson with me.  R, J, and A each did their science reading: Christian Liberty Nature Readers for the younger two and It Couldn't Just Happen for A.  A and R did their first Easy Grammar lesson, as well.

Together, we did a Bible Study on pride using For Instructions In Righteousness.  I have owned this book for so long, and only used it as a topical index of Bible verses.  I have barely used it, although I kept trying to think of ways to use it.  I put it on the children's schedules yesterday, but still wasn't sure how I was going to use it.

This morning God gave me an idea for a workable solution.  It helps that I have 3 readers now.  I opened to the first section: pride.  This is broken down into lists of verses relating to what the Bible says about pride, consequences of pride, blessings of humility, stories that illustrate pride, etc.  I scanned the page and assigned each child to look up a Bible verse that I felt would be easily understood, and not too hard to read.  I looked one up, as well, and helped 6 yo J look one up.  We took turns reading our verses, discussed them briefly, and then moved to the next section.  We each looked up 4 verses, and I read a couple others.  It was a good discussion.  And the children all enjoyed it!  They enjoyed finding the verses and reading them aloud much more than if I sat and read verse after verse to them.

Finally, a way that I can easily use FIIR in our homeschool!!  Tomorrow we'll take the next topic and do the same thing.  I also will assign two verses for copywork each week from the Bible verses we read in FIIR.  Which also solves the problem I've had with copywork ... what to assign?

Tomorrow, I'll do spelling with A, R, and C instead of grammar.  It will be C's first year with spelling, now that she is reading on her own.  We use Spelling Power, and I'll start by testing them all tomorrow.  We have been very relaxed in how we use it, but the girls usually move up a level each year, even if we haven't completed the previous level.  I guess all that reading pays off!

Next week, we'll add Tapestry of Grace into the lesson plans.  We're all looking forward to it.

We had some issues with 3 yo M being a distraction, but even more troubles with 1 yo L being a distraction.  She scribbled in R's Saxon notebook when R left the table.  She kept climbing on the table, and cried when removed.  I'm going to have to work harder to keep her occupied in another room, but not in a way that distracts the school-age children from their lessons.

All in all, it was an excellent first day of school.


1 comment:

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