We have a few things we do each day. One of them, of course, is to update our calendar with the current positioning of “Today is”, “Yesterday was”, and “Tomorrow will be” markers. We review the month and day of the week at this time also. Another part of our routine comes from our beloved Kindergarten teachers in Virginia. We have a big chart with 100 pockets, three medium sized pockets which I made from paper to hold straws, and a tally sheet. Each day we add a number to our chart (alternating colors to reinforce odd/even numbers), add a straw to the ones pocket, and add a tally mark to our sheet. After ten days, we bundle the straws and move them to the tens pocket. Eventually we will move the ten bundles to the hundreds pocket. I am quite certain my paper pockets won’t last that long, but they fill the need for now. We also do some counting each day-either counting the number of days we’ve been in school so far, or how many days until something important.
[Aside: I have to wonder why in the world we had to make the numbers 11-19 so whacky compared to the 20's, 30's, etc. The kids think it's crazy when the Math U See guys says stuff like one-ty one, one-ty two. However, they think it's hilarious when he says two-ty, two-ty one, two-ty two, etc. Please tell mine are not the only kids to laugh at this!]
Here is a picture of our sweet Little Lady, mastering the art of drawing hearts in her journal. Journals aren’t something that is stressed in the homeschooling materials I’ve read, but all my kids have had them in school. We don’t use them everyday, but it is a good way to allow free writing and drawing. LL isn’t writing in hers yet, but I will start having her sound out simple words very soon. Behind The Boy, you will see our calendar and chart.
(Ignore the whacky black rectangle above LL’s head. Just me trying to cover up sensitive information…)
Here are some shots of our morning outside.
And just one more of our big girl, Belle. It’s impossible for me to believe that she will be 10 years old in less than two weeks!!