Vicki will be starting it in just a few days and I am very excited to go through another ABCJLM year with her. Of course,it will only be a supplement to MFW All Aboard The Animal Train which we are only on unit 2 but I don’t rush her as long as she’s done some preschool for the day and she almost always does in one way or another I’m happy.She’s starting to really get down the sounds of letters and has almost all the sounds memorized. Yes,she can say 95% of the sounds a-z when prompted already. I’ve been working on this with her fairly lightly for about a year.This isn’t something we do everyday so I’m pleasantly surprised how much she’s picked up on sounds in less than a month’s timeframe.She’s also starting to trace, cuts very well for almost 3(holds scissors properly and straight, rarely tears),her scribbles are starting to look like letters.
Also starting to figure out some things for when she starts K. I already have the homeschool intent form all typed up already and saved. Just need to mail it to the school.Her p.e. will be dance lessons and I am looking to start it up soon. Either towards the end of 2017 or early 2018.Right now, I am looking into potential dance schools one that could be helpful to her towards a professional career if she desired so qualifications will need to meet high standards and reputation.She actually told me she wants to learn how to dance like the people on “So You Think You can Dance?”.Her words were “Wanna dance like that”
Some people question me if I am going to go ahead and homeschool my daughter for the remainder of her education and I will whether it be I do
it all on my own or have the help of online instruction/video instruction.Regardless of the struggles I will likely face due to my own developmental disabilities she will be homeschooled through 12th because it matches my parenting philosophy of attachment parenting and gentle parenting.I have a lot of reasons I am homeschooling but that’s just one of many. Already I can tell you that she is more advanced than some in a typical preschool setting just because I allow “child led parent led type of education’ I look at what kids her age should be learning and more often than not she’s above average in many areas.
Vicki is almost finished with the ABCJesusLovesMe 2 year curriculum and we are getting ready to purchase the 3 year curriculum both teacher’s manual and workbook.We will continue to primarily use it to supplement My Father’s World All Aboard The Animal Train 2s and 3s.What we won’t use in the 3 year curriculum ABCJLM is the handwriting curriculum.I will probably be teaching her the italic way of handwriting with the Getty-Dubay. Looking forward to start it this summer with V!Once we’re finished with ABCJLM I’ll post a review of what she’s learned from the 1 and 2 year curriculums.My Father’s World All Aboard the Animal Train 2s and 3s we’re finishing up the 2nd unit and starting the 3rd unit this week. All About Reading Pre Reading we have honestly not done much because she already knows the letters and the sounds it makes so it doesn’t make sense to just do that aside from reading, tracing letters and numbers.Mostly we’ve been reading the books with the pre reading curriculum and look forward to the first level of the program.Not sure when we will start it.Probably once she has the rhyming down is when I’ll order the 1st level of reading.She does meet the criteria for the first reading level though.My goal is not to push her though it’s for mastery of concept/skills
Currently we’ve just restarted “preschool” in the past few weeks and right now we’re close to finishing Unit 2 of My Father’s World All Aboard The Animal Train 2s and 3s Bear and Obey Unit.We are also almost half way finished with the 2 year curriculum of ABCJesusLovesMe.One thing I have noticed though is she has forgotten almost everything we covered the 1st year of homeschooling after she had the regression on Depakene syrup. I just noticed it a day or two ago when she took interest in doing the Match it puzzles from The Learning Journey International. I had actually thrown some pieces away to challenge her. What I wanted or was hoping for was to have her categorize say anything that begins with W and find all those pieces and put it together(Whale,wall..) or things that belong outside(Pail,hose,rain…)just to name a few categories. But as I was going over some of the really basic ones like wall for an example.Before I could show her a picture of a wall(on a puzzle piece) and she’d say “Wall”. Now she can’t do that.Another one she knew well was “Camel”.Showed her a picture of a camel and she looks at it blankly as if to say “Mom,What’s that?”So we need to buy more matching puzzles. Yes,she’s very sharp and she does know most of her ABC’s and colors even starting to count and actually read not saying it from memory. I can clearly see her reading from the beginning of a sentence by pointing word for word. She did one sentence on her own just a few days ago from a sight word book “I like to help out”.
She read on her own “I feed the dog”.Pretty good for 2 1/2 years old.We have not touched much on All About Reading Pre Reading lately but I don’t want to overwhelm her so I try to do pretty much whatever she’s interested in and as long as I get some cooperation from her.
That’s the thing about homeschooling and when a homeschool parent schools year around is we can meet the child right where s/he is at and go at his/her own pace.We don’t need to worry about comparing our kids to others. Inevitably it will happen at some point but sometimes kids find out they’re further than a public or private school student.
I will share her progress once we reach the review week in ABCJesusLovesMe.Every time there’s a review I go over my notes in the student book, teacher book and write down on another paper what she’s made progress in, what she needs to work on, what she’s mastered as that’s very important to me in mastering a skill/concept.If it’s mastered you’ll see a M followed by a date.For progress I’ll just put the month and year and if that pattern continues for several months I’ll consider it mastered providing she hasn’t regressed in that skill/concept.
We have re started doing “preschool” after about a month of hospitalizations for seizure control.Since then we’ve kind of resumed the All Aboard The Animal Train studies and the All About Reading Pre Reading program.
The first unit focused on love and Vicki caught on really fast to 1 John 4:21 “Love God and love others” very fast.One of the things that drew me to My Father’s World-well at least for preschool and lower elementary-is it really focuses on character building and that is something I have always wanted to focus on even before becoming a mom.As with homeschooling, I knew long before becoming a mom I intended to homeschool just because the education system is the worse I’ve seen particularly Common Core being one issue but I won’t get into that.If there is one thing I have seen people in general in the current generations of the past 20 years is lack of respect and namely character in general. I feel like its’ not emphasized enough more than likely at home from the time kids are brought home from the hospital until they graduate from high school. I feel it’s so important to take our jobs as parents seriously because if we don’t raise them to have good character who will…This is a huge reason I chose to homeschool and not even send my daughter to preschool.I even considered Montessori. On one blog and I don’t recall which one it was, it stated the reasons a mom should not send their child to preschool and one that stood out for me is-A teacher at school might discipline one way and at home a parent might discipline another way.If it’s not the same the child will not respect you…..(moreorless the same wording but not exact) and that is a huge one for me.
Respect and obedience is something I want to instill in all of my kids while instilling character and God in the education.Of course there’s everything I listed on another page on the site of what I look in a homeschool curriculum as well and so when I saw MFW’s really enforced character it is what drew me to buy the curriculum.In all honesty,I have been a little more strict with my daughter because I really want her to grasp the concept of obedience. Of course, she’s only 2 but high expectations is something I’ve always had for any kid I raise from birth. An example would be putting away her playdough.For awhile I’d let her play with her play dough but then it really did become an issue.Every time she’d play with it soon we had to throw several containers away because all of the moistness was dry.Bascially she was forgetting to put it back in its’ container when she was done playing with it.So since we have been working on obedience I decided why not get her to put away her play dough in its’ containers when she’s done.Now,if she plays with the play dough and I see she’s not put it away properly I’ll say “Vicki,come over here and put away your play dough into its container.” Vicki:”NO!” Me:”V,you need to come over her right now and put the play dough away now.” Vicki “NO!
Me:What did you just say?Did you just tell me no?If you choose not to come and put away your play dough you can go to your room.” With that,I picked her up and put her in her room with the door shut. After a few minutes I went back in there and said are you ready to listen and follow instructions? She said yes. So I told her “When Mommy tells you to do something you do it the first time I ask.I shouldn’t need to ask you twice.Do you understand me? V:”Yes,Mommy” Me:When I ask you to put away play dough what are you supposed to do?”V:”Put away play dough”. Me:”Good girl. Now tell me your bible verse…”V:”No” Me:Ok,you can say your bible verse and repeat it after me or you can stay in your room until you are ready to talk..” V”Talk.” Me:Ok,say your bible verse and repeat it after me. Psalm 119:55 I will obey the law. I will do the right thing” V:”Psalm 119:55 I will obey the law.” Me:”What will you do?” V:”Obey.” Me:”Good girl let’s go up…”I have found that having her repeat a bible verse while correcting her behavior helps a lot because she can connect the word with the character being taught. She still remembers the first one 1 John 4:21 Love God and love others.I really like the progress I see with this curriculum especially the character.It’s super helpful in training her to respect me.
Once she kind of grasps it like 25% of the time is what I am aiming for we’ll move on to the next unit.As she gets older I hope to instill more obedience in her and hopefully her listening will continue as well.All in all she listens very well and communicates very well. Up until about a week ago I was feeding her “solids” whatever I eat I’d kind of feed her but she’s almost 2 1/2 so I am trying to get her to feed herself 50-75% of her solids.I will feed her some but not as much as before.I have never really did the “babying”but always high expectations and by the time she’s 5 I hope to have her feed herself about 90% of the time. The following acronym will give you an idea of how I parent
Love,Encourage,Affection/Affirmation and Praise
Along with attachment parenting,gentle parenting,positive parenting, and natural parenting.