There are some changes to next year’s books, just to liven things up, make it a bit more interesting. Mr. A specifically asked for books that have activities or problems to solve. Luckily I can oblige him. We’ll also be sticking to no more than 2hrs work at the most in a morning.
We have two or three stories left in the Bible Activities book. Both boys enjoyed the stories and activities tremendously, with the difficulty-level being on par to easy, for Mr.R and much too easy for Mr.A, but it was fun. And they definitely remember the stories, which is the point!
Next year we’ll start with Smart Draw for K-3 focussing on the New Testament and (copy-)drawing a picture for each Bible book.
If we finish Smart Draw before the end of the year, we’ll continue with Uncovering Bible Treasure which you can download for free. It is aimed at children 8-12yrs, and is: “A Bible activity book to help children grasp the basic truths of Scripture and give them a desire to study and understand the whole Bible.”
To oblige Mr.A’s request for “activity books” I’m replacing the last “letter groups” that he has to learn in Omvattend Afrikaans, with Smile books that focus on these making use of short stories and activities.
Mr. R will work in books 1 and 2, while Mr. A will work through books 3 and 4. Then on to some Clever worksheets that I’ve had bound in a book for each. We will pick up in Omvattend Afrikaans again in the Poetry section, from where we’ll focus on plurals, diminutive forms, grammar, etc. There are still some readers left to get through as well.
They absolutely loved Easy Peasy Getting Ready 1 this year. We have a wall full of pictures they decorated representing each letter in the alphabet. Next year we’ll revise the sounds for each letter making use of The Magic Key Alphabet Book. We’ll continue with South African CAPS English language book 1 and 2 to learn sight words, and of course the other new favourite: Life of Fred Beginning Readers. These are the books that I import to South Africa and kids are really crazy about them. We had to take the readers with us to Sabie, when we visited granny C, so that I could read it to them there as well.
Again sticking with what they love and also works! Life of Fred math books and Edupeg. We are learning so much more in the Fred books than just math, and this often leads to questions and topic searches after finishing our “morning work”. In the evening, Daddy B has had to look up many topics on YouTube for them, that originated from Fred.
I was gifted a South African Gr.2 CAPS book which we’ll work through. To be honest, we have covered most of these topics, but I think they’ll enjoy a little sticker fun and “oh, we know this” moments. And of course then we can officially “tick it off” *roll-eyes here*.
Interest Based: Mystery of History
We’ll continue where we’ve left off with MOH1. They enjoyed the hands-on and experiments, which again lead to a lot of questions and Daddy B having to do his share with YouTube videos in the evenings.
Sport / Extra-Murrals
I hope to get them places in swimming lessons in the first term, just to catch up on style and swimming properly again. Playball is also compulsory in our eyes, as that teaches them basics about sport, hand-eye, foot-eye, balance skills which they need. Otherwise Mr. A is set on continuing his riding lessons, wanting to jump, trot, and canter by himself. Mr. R has his heart set on dance lessons. Luckily there is a lady close to us offering modern dancing, but it is a basic introduction to dancing: ballet, skills, fitness, etc. if I understand things correctly. I think big charmer Mr. R will enjoy being the only boy amongst a couple of girls.
And that is all she wrote, folks. Hope you’ll stay tuned next year.