Okay so to catch up on our schoolwork. A has now completed lesson 13/ 16 in Hooked on Phonics Kindergarten Level 1. We are on vacation next week so we will take a few things to work on with us. I am hoping she can complete level 1 while we are away and then begin on 2 when we return. At this rate I believe she will be through level 2 by then end of May and we will purchase 1st Grade levels 1 and 2 for the fall.
She is continuing in her states study. We worked on South Carolina today. The interest has waned a bit and so we have spent some time talking about Norway (where our dear friends have gone as missionaries), India (where another friend has been working), and of course Uganda (where the choir is from and where Kyle will be going in August). Not sure if we will soon take a break from states or just keep trudging through. We have a couple of trips to other states planned in the next few months so perhaps that will refuel the interest.
A impressed me tremendously this morning! Math has not been her strong suit. She is really doing well with time and okay with money. However as I was preparing her boxes last night, I pulled out some simple addition flashcards (purchased at Wal-Mart for 75cents!) and some Jenga blocks. When she got to those I told her to try the addition by using the blocks. Well let me just tell you, she really didn't need the blocks at all! She did great!
She has also been working on sequencing, ordinal numbers, letter, and number worksheets from our compilation of Kindergarten workbooks. Still loving the Kumon pasting book sheets as well. I let her do one of these everytime we work. We have well gotten our use from the dry erase boards. We practice whole name, phone number, address, numbers, letters, words, memory verses, etc.
Speaking of memory verses, now that we are finally done with the commandments, we have begun the Lord's prayer. I have broken it down into short segments. It is awesome to see her learning God's word and holding it in her heart! I love it!
E also has his own basket now. Eventually I hope to have his own box system but for now a storage basket works. He has been doing wooden puzzles, color sorting, what belongs together matching, size sorting, coloring pages, and today he began Brainquest. We have the 3-4 yr old set. He was able to answer some of them and the rest we talked about.
In our "classroom" (kitchen) we have added a "helper word' poster to help A practice those words. Also she has a couple of Princess folders ( 75 cents on clearance) to put her finished work in. E has his storage basket of things to do today and a basket holding his extra items. Slowly but surely things are coming together and I think by official Kindergarten in the fall we will be ready to go!