Happy New Year!

Happy new year!! We have enjoyed our holidays with family even getting A to take picture with Santa. I have a few books about Santa but not a lot. Most are about Jesus’ birth.

We are currently on unit 2 of HOD LHTH and on week 5 of MFW VOD. Surprisingly she’s catching on really fast. Recently she has started to read a book and while that’s only happened once it’s really encouraging! I have a feeling she’ll be reading before 5 possibly.

Whike there’s been a lot of talk about snow I thought we’d do a fun snow activity,Fake Snow

I think she’ll enjoy it!


Heart of Dakota Little Hands to Heaven

This past week Vicki started Heart of Dakota Little Hands to Heaven and My Father’s World Voyage of Discovery. It is going very well so far though we have been using HOD LHTH as the primary core we’re doing almost everything in HOD and about 60% of what’s in MFW Voyage of Discovery.

I really like the way HOD is set up. With HOD it is super easy to teach but unfortunately I think if I were to start it last year with Vicki it would’ve been a bit premature for her as developmentally even for hand games/puppets would ‘scare’ her so in that sense MFW All Aboard The Animal Train was a good choice. It did teach her a lot. I loved that the All Aboard The Animal Train curriculum was in units. In fact, I will admit it is the primary reason we went with it along with the Charlotte Mason Philosophy. But now that I look back and though in HOD Little Hands to Heaven we are just on day 2 of Unit 1 I can say with confidence that she IS retaining way more information from the way HOD is laid out than she ever did with MFW.How can I tell? We’ve done a number of activities since starting HOD and already she can tell me on her own that God created Ba(her blanket),God created me(herself),God created sippy cup,God created Peppers(pepperoni),God created Mom,Grandma and Grandpa…That is not something she did as quickly with MFW.The fact she is retaining information so well already makes me encouraged HOD might be the one to stick with. One thing I’ve seen consistently at least on the website and I expect that through Preschool up to High School will be Charlotte Mason friendly and Unit Study friendly. I am pretty confident that whatever is in the curriculum will work though I will likely edit out a few subjects/books.One thing I saw on Cathy Duffy’s review on MFW after the 2nd grade is that it is not “tightly knitted” into Unit Studies. However even before that I can see it’s not “unit study” friendly as I thought it was. The only one I can say with certainty is Charlotte Mason friendly and Unit Study friendly is MFW All Aboard The Animal Train.IF we do continue with MFW after Voyage of Discovery it will only be up to 2nd grade as I originally intended to do.Something kind of told me to not continue after that so I think that’s probably what we will end up doing.

Update on My Father’s World Voyage of Discovery

So yes, it is still in the plans to use My Father’s World Voyage of Discovery as part of Vicki’s upcoming year of preschool. I’ve looked through both curriculums and the final verdict is Heart of Dakota Little Hands to Heaven is the primary one and My Father’s World Voyage of Discovery is going to follow it/supplement it.Basically as needed we will also do a combination of lapbooking/notebooking where appropiate with lots and lots of multi learning styles.When I went through the two curriculums I went through each Unit in Heart of Dakota Little Hands to Heaven and each week in My Father’s World Voyage of Discovery to line up the unit/day with week/day with the right scripture telling the story of the bible pretty much from Genesis to Revelation.Each page of Heart of Dakota Little Hands to Heaven has notes on it as to which My Father’s World Voyage of Discovery week/day will go with that particular unit/day in Heart of Dakota Little Hands to Heaven.So I am super excited to do this with her.

In the My Father’s World Voyage of Discovery there were the Lauri Products by Patch Products that I questioned and they do not have Common Core affiliations whatsoever.I should also add that recently I have went through every book we have for Vicki in the house and looked up every single title,publisher including Umbrella names and when it was published.Today every single book she reads at home is 100% Common Core Free.The Usborne Big Book of Things to Spot which came with the curriculum is Common Core BUT I have purchased the 2003 version of the book which is Common Core free.Only other Common Core product is School Zone ABC flash cards.I suppose at times there will be certain times when I can’t find Common Core free toys/games/supplements to meet what I’m looking and at those times I will use Common Core products but only toys/games/supplements Absolutely no books.

Vicki recites her bible verse word for word

What a surprise! Today during preschool time we were cutting out a paper dog and I told Vic we’re going to write your bible verse… before I could say a word to start saying her bible verse this girl goes …”Proverbs 17:17 A friend is always a friend “. She got it exactly right! Word for word! It blew me away because she’s never ever recited a bible verse that accurate

It came, it came:My Father’s World Voyage of Discovery

It came, it came! The package that was long awaited for has arrived! Only a homeschool mom could understand the level of the excitement here!The curriculum looks really good.We have the 2016 version which is the newest version.To be honest, both of the preschool curriculums looks really great(MFW Voyage of Discovery and HOD Little Hands to Heaven) I am not sure which will be the main curriculum we will use.I did notice though that Voyage of Discovery is a bit behind in ABC’s and numbers which Vicki already knows. HOD Little Hands to Heaven actually covers that from day 1 of the first week(Letters and numbers) which is partly why I bought it. In the end though I am going to let Vicki pick which will be her main curriculum simply following her lead in her interest level.I got the 2 because they were and are about her level.Depending on her speed and how well she progresses perhaps Heart of Dakota will meet her needs better. But it’s hard to say since we’ve yet to begin the curriculum.For now, I am going through the two curriculum side by side to get an idea of what we might need to purchase to do the curriculums.Moreoften than not we don’t have majority of the items for either curriculum.Same for books.

Vicki was so excited the curriculum came(MFW Voyage of discovery) came she chose to pose for pictures with each item from the package.She really wants to start the curriculum but I told her it needs to stay in the box until we finish up the current one. When we are ready we will take it out of the box. I promise!

We have 2 more curriculums to buy(All About Reading Level 1 and Learning to read through literature Blue Book). I plan to do whatever she’s interested in and wanting to learn and whatever she wants to and is willing to learn is fine by me.We will have curriculum choices for whatever she chooses. Reading?No problem..We have tons of books…Arts and Crafts? No problem…Got that covered…Playful? Okie dokie we’ve got a lot of curriculum ideas for that too. Pegs? Got that too..Anyways she’s got 2-3 years before she officially starts school.Though we will send homeschool notice in 2019….I’m already documenting her progress and have been for some time already.She is already for All About Spelling Level 1 but she’s not writing yet which is why I chose Learning to read through Literature as the Blue Book has nothing to do with writing.I suspect by K she will be writing.

I love homeschooling V! She’s learned so much since we started almost 2 years ago.She’s even starting to recite some poems and rhymes. So fun to watch!

Heart of Dakota Little Hands to Heaven

Today Vicki’s Heart of Dakota Little Hands to Heaven came in the mail. Of course as soon as she saw that there was a box it had to be opened.For the HOD LTTH we got the Little Hands to Heaven Guide,the A Child’s First Bible for ages 2-3(1st run through) and The New Bible In Pictures for Little Eyes for ages 4-5(2nd run through).What we chose not to get was the Big Thoughts for Little People and that is because it is also included in the MFW Voyage of Discovery Deluxe Package which is what we are waiting on to arrive…For the 2nd round of HOD LTTH we would need 2 additional items but that is still a way off.I have heard of homeschooling moms who use HOD LTTH through a 2 year span but when that time comes I will see if we can do another year of HOD LTTH or go to the next guide for HOD. That will also depend which we use as the main curriculum and which will just be extra.I *think* it will be MFW VOD but I’m not sure until I look over everything.

Just by looking at it briefly the program looks fantastic. It has little boxes that can be done through the day for an estimated amount 30 minutes a day. For V,I always did child led so even when it comes to preschool I encourage her to do at least 5-15 minutes of preschool whether it’s coloring, flash cards, reading and sometimes through games/play time. More often than not she doesn’t realize she’s doing preschool so with every play (games, toys) it’s very educational and beneficial for her.

I like the format because of the boxes it feels more “relaxed” to use vs MFW’s ‘typical’ schedule. Though I never exactly follow the entire curriculum and do everything that’s suggested I pick and choose what might suit her that day or over a span of several days we do on one day if she’s up to it.We don’t always follow a schedule though we do year around homeschooling.What I often end up doing is marking it finished in the manuel with the date, sometimes I will write notes and review notes as well in there.I could adapt to both ways.

It looks very fun and though it is still somewhat repeatitive it is a lot more fun and games than ABCJesusLovesMe.So, we are probably going to ditch ABCJesusLovesMe and not order the 4 year.We barely use it now so no sense in continuing.I think HOD LTTH and MFW VOD will be more than enough but I will look over MFW VOD just to be sure my decisions are accurate from my notes and what I might expect from Vicki this coming year.

Books we’ve used with MFW All Aboard The Animal Train

First Virtues
100 Bible Stories and 100 songs
Terrific Trains
The Preschoolers Bible
A Big Treasury of Little Animals
The Margaret Wise Brown Treasury
The Three Bears(Little Golden Books)
The Toddler’s Bible(ABCJLM):However I like The Preschoolers Bible and 100 Bible Stories and 100 songs better as it has more stories of both OT and NT
Richard Scarry’s Best Little Word Book Ever
How do you read to a rabbit? by Andrea Wayne and Von Kongsilow (Teaches different animals)
Peter Cottentail books
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr Seuss(Rhyming)
Hop on Pop by Dr Seuss(Rhyming)
The Foot Book by Dr Seuss(Rhyming)
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin
We’re going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Mr Brown Can Moo Can You? By Dr Seuss
Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapini
Ten Apples Up On Top by Theo LeSieg(Counting to 10)
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
Just Because You’re Mine by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Baby Bear,Baby Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr
Mommies Say Shhhh! by Patricia Polacco
Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
Panda Bear,Panda Bear What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr
Spot Books by Eric Hill
Herbert by Robyn Belton
Big Dog Little Dog by PD Eastman
Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone? by Iza Trapini
Tiger Trail by Kay Winters
My Farm Friends by Wendell Minor
Silly Little Goose by Nancy Tafuri
Mary Had a Little Lamb by Iza Trapini
1 is One by Tasha Tudor
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
Can You Make a Piggy Giggle? by Linda Ashman
If You Give a Pig A Pancake… by Laura Numeroff
Koala by Edna Eckhart

You can see how picky I am when it comes to books.Everything needs to teach something and it can’t have CCS relations before January 2009.I’m sure there’s more I am missing but that’s some of it.