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Category Archives: Kindergarten

Numerous research have shown the negative effect of too much screen time for kids. I try, as much as I can,  to limit my kids TV time to an hour a day,  and  DVD time is reserved for weekends.

I prefer more time spent on independent play using open ended toys like blocks and legos. Majority of our time is spent  having read-aloud sessions, usually after lunch and before bedtime.

Below are some of the books we’ll be devouring this school year 2014-2015. Some books we’ve read already but we haven’t done a project for, so I will try to update this soon with links on our books rows, projects and activities.

 

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The Real Mother Goose

Aesop’s Fables

The Complete Collection of Winnie the Pooh : Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner,

Now We are Six, When We Were Young

 

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My Father’s Dragon

Stuart Little

A Bear Called Paddington

Little House in the Big Woods

 

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The Giant Treasury of Peter Rabbit

The Wind in the Willows

 

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The Boxcar Children 

The Boxcar Children – Surprise Island

 

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Little Bear Treasury: Little Bear, Little Bear’s Friend, Little Bear Visits

Frog and Toad

 

BFIAR  and FIAR Books:

 

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Corduroy

Runaway Bunny

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

The Story of Ping

We’re Going on A Bear Hunt

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Make Way for Ducklings

Albert

Mirette on a High Wire

The Clown of God

 

 

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The Little House

Katy and the Big Snow

When I Was Young in the Mountains

Little Nino’s Pizzeria

 

 

Bible and Classic Stories
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First Bible Stories

Tomie dePaola’s Book of Bibe Stories

Eric Carle’s Treasury of Classic Stories for Children  Aesop,Hans Christian Andersen and Brother’s Grimm

 

 

Madeline Books:

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Madeline 

Madeline in London

Madeline and the Bad Hat

Madeline’s Rescue

 

 

Frances’ Books:

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Best Friends for Frances

A Bargain for Frances

Bread and Jam for Frances

 

 

Dr. Seuss’ s Books:

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Hop on Pop

Dr.Seuss’s ABC

The Foot Book

Are You My Mother

Ten Apples Up on Top

The Cat in Hat

Green Eggs and Ham

One fish, Two Fish, red fish , blue fish

Go Dog! Go!

Horton Hears a Who

If ever, we get to finish reading he books in this list, I guess I’ll just have to add the books below and make an entirely new blog post!

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The actual curriculum per subject will be on my next post as I’m still waiting for the books to arrive.

Happy reading!

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Been dealing with lots of issues lately that I just can’t find the drive to update this blog. Well, all is well now. Thank God!

Demands from work and raising kids made me doubt if I can really homeschool. I work from home, which is a good thing but then my mind just kept playing tricks on me, that I ended up enrolling my eldest in Kindergarten.

He is still enrolled with Homelife Academy and at the same time he attends public school.  For the past few months I’ve been assessing our situation and I’ve come to realize that my last minute change of plans actually did us a good thing.

First, my son got to compare homeschooling with attending a regular school.  He gets bored in school that he’s insisting on continuing homeschooling. What I do, is what some may call after-schooling, I just supplement and continue with our own homeschool lessons, which is miles ahead than what he does in school.

Second, I got to assess myself and abilities more. I’ve come to a conclusion that time management is key to  effective homeschooling. So as early as now I’ve been making a few drafts of how my work and homeschooling schedule would all be like and so far, everything really seems doable.

Third, I really got to see how learning happens in school. Just to be clear, I have such great respect for teachers, I used to be one.  It’s just that, with a class of 30 or more students, the teacher will , most likely, focus  more on meeting the goals for the day as stated in the lesson plan,  than really ensuring that each and every student learned.  And we all know that there’s  just no way everyone will learn or at least grasp what they’re supposed to learn by the time they’re supposed to learn it in school.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is, for my son’s sake, I prefer individualized instruction over the standardized one.  I’d rather let him learn things in his own time and at a pace he’s most comfortable at.

And really, one major reason why I fell in love with homeschooling is because of the freedom and flexibility it offers when it comes to learning.

I also would like them to enjoy their childhood more without stressing too much about academics.  I just want my kids to love learning, not dread it. I want them to learn because it interests them, not because it required of them.

So,  can say that I’m back on track and more hopeful and positive than ever?

I think I can. I think I am.


 

 

 

 

 

My little girl is now showing signs that she’s ready for formal lessons. So aside from our daily read alouds, I’m now incorporating more structured lessons for the 3 R’s.

I don’t want to bombard her with textbooks, so our lesson are mostly still based on our read alouds.

Our first lesson was all about one’s self, like loving one’s name, uniqueness and identity.

Below are the books we’ve read to cover the topic.

1.  Chrysanthemum

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Chrysanthemum is a story about a young mouse who learned to love her name and appreciate her identity and uniqueness. It is just the perfect book for our lesson, so glad I found it on booksale!

2. A Color of his own

 

 

 

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A color of His own is about a chameleon who felt sad that he doesn’t have his own color. The book has a message that true identity comes from personality, not appearance. It doesn’t matter what color you are or if you have a color at all but that you know who you are. We also tackled about how to deal with change and value friendships. Thanks to thelearningbasket for this book!

 

3. Madeline

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Madeline oh Madeline, need I say more? They left the house at half past nine in two straight lines…my daughter is just in love with this book! I will be incorporating FIAR soon to help me  disect this book, thanks to a fellow homeschooling mom for selling  me the manual at a discounted rate!

And for our writing practice, I found this cheap wipe-clean workbook.

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My daughter does writing when she feels like doing so, this way since the drive came from her,  the handwriting ends up looking nicer too.  🙂

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So far we’ve discussed traits that she has, things she can do and can’t, stuffs she likes and hate, friend she has, traits of her friends, etc.  and now my daughter proudly says “I am unique” and “I love my name.”

She hasn’t let go of Madeline though, she sleeps embracing her. If you know what I mean.

 

Happy days! Happy homeschooling!