I started very hopefully. This year I will keep this blog to friends up to date! This year I will write at least one blog a month sharing a little bit of what we have been up to. Alas… I feel as if I am only now starting to catch up on this year that has been running away with me.
School work is going nicely – some times on – some times off – more times unschooling than formal schooling at home. Just the way we like it.
Mr. R centre-back, watching his dancing teacher closely.
We changed some of the work (that is probably a given in a hs household when you try new work) but only for the better. We are reading Bible stories from our big Children’s Bible. I found that the boys knew a lot about the Old Testament, and have heard some of the things from the New Testament, but other than Jesus’ birth and death, the in between stories got lost along the way. So for this first half (or 3/4 depending on how long it takes), we’ll be reading from mainly one Children’s Bible, but I have to incorporate their favourite Bible storybooks (like the Minecraft Bible book) so, it’s more like 3-4 versions of the same (similar) stories.
For math we are back at reading LOF stories and we are now in Cats. Well almost done with Cats actually, but we have also worked our way through some workbooks the first term. The boys find that they enjoy the stories, understand the concepts, but especially Mr.A likes “solving problems”, and loves doing a couple pages in the workbook, as long as it isn’t every day. Mr. R just completed his first book which covered the numbers 1-30, which he knows in Afrikaans and English, and can write out too! He was very proud when Daddy signed the certificate in the back of the book, and I told him it will go in his file.
Mr.A at swimming lessons, which have now (end April) come to an end.
Afrikaans is also a mix between Clever worksheets and reading out loud to them. Mr. A found that he could read the Afrikaans instructions in one of our boardgames, and that inspired him to try the longer words, as well as sentences, which he hasn’t been up to till now. I shuffled things around and hopefully we’ll be playing a board game every Friday afternoon. Well, ok… I’m going to try for once a month! Because you know… LIFE! happens in spades at times, or mundane things like mowing the lawn has to happen before you can pull that game closer.
The boys have almost completed their 2nd English alphabet workbook, and then I’ll only concentrate on reading out loud. Luckily Fred have those Beginning Readers, of which we have the first two sets. They love it. Easily understandable and a nice start on reading by sight, which teaches them the different sounds that a letter can make. I do see that they have picked up a couple of sight words in their games and the Fred books already, and both learned the STOP sign/word from Fred. So yes, every time we drive up to a stop street, they tend to call out “STOP sign! You have to stop!”
At a friend’s farm – in their river. Some swimming “au naturelle.”
Mr.A spent nearly the whole of March and April afternoons and evenings to look up YouTube videos on oceans and ocean creatures. He especially found those of Jonathan Bird fascinating! Every opportunity he got, he would tell us, friends, his riding teacher, his swimming teacher (any one!) something new he has learned about sea creatures. One afternoon we made an ocean backdrop with a cardboard pack I bought at the local Spar, and the two of them took out all their plastic animals and spent another week or so on this set.
So yes, in between school work there has been a lot of book orders. I started importing IEW Fix-It Grammar as well, and am looking at their Primary Arts Language: Reading for the boys for later as well.
What else? A lot of exercising for myself – I joined Nerd Fitness last year, and have lost a lot weight, but also gotten stronger and made some wonderful friends all over the world. More on that, I have been using some of hubby’s weights at home, walking, body weight exercises, keeping on Banting as a eating way of life, but now in May I will be joining Mr.A with riding lessons. Yes, after 15 years I will try to ride a horse again. Luckily his teacher is very patient. I apologise if I am repeating myself.
Life is happening all around the whole time, as usual, and we are privileged to be able to take it one day at a time.
Mr.R clowning around for/with a friend.
There are so much more news, but it will have to wait for the next update. I don’t promise, but will try for before end of May 2016.