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Alphabetical Order

8 Oct

Today we worked with 16 words that start with P.
I dictated the words and made sure that at least half of them were “new words”.

(we first folded the paper so as to mark 16 squares)

After writing the words, he cut out the squares and starting organizing.
He had to go as far as the fourth letter with some words.

He put them in groups by second letter,
arranged each group individually
and then put all the groups together.

Besides learning how to order words alphabetically,
he learned new words and practiced handwriting,
cutting, problem-solving, organizing, and task completion.

Homeschool on a Chair

1 Jul
My son loved his Waldorf school from K-2. I’d wanted to try homeschool, but there was no convincing him – until one Friday at the end of his first trimester of 3rd grade. He wasn’t happy there anymore. He told me on a Friday and we started homeschooling the next Monday. I had two days to read up on homeschooling, look for resources and get together what I could from what was around the house. It was very sudden. We had a world globe, a pretty decent collection of books and help from homeschool mom bloggers with advice to give (to whom I am forever grateful). There was some panic at realizing just how sophisticated some homeschoolers’ resource collections are, but we had what we had and, as we always do, we did what we could with it.

 

Three months later we don’t have much more than what we started with, but with some help from educational websites, we have all we need – and it all fits on one chair that lives in my office. Since I work lots on my computer, we often have class in my office, or I set him up to work alone in other spaces around the house. It’s very handy to have it all in one place. Here’s what fits on that chair, spread out:

Of course some of these items are frequently replaced by others, but I think I will always manage to fit them on my chair. It’s a great use of the chair too, as we hardly ever sit on chairs at our house.

 

In no way am I saying that the extent of our homeschooling fits on this chair, there´s much more to it than the tangible resources we use. This is mostly to give newbies like me an idea of what one low-budget homeschool family has on their “bookshelf” as far as resources go.

 

Check out “Sites We Use” on the right-hand column to see the science, math, worksheets and grammar sites we are using – they’re all FREE. I also compliment almost all of our subjects with videos from YouTube. You can find a video on pretty much anything these days, and it’s FREE!