Our first few days are behind us and we have dug right into our science curriculum (I got a copy of a 2nd grade edition of Scott Foresman's science workbooks, activity books, and textbook for cheap on Amazon) where we are beginning the year with learning about plants. Now, this is actually going to be rather easy for The Monk, as we have been gardening for the last 4 years and he is rather familiar with how plants grow and what they need so that they can healthy. Since he is a tactile/visual learner, I have decided that notebooking and coloring pictures are really the way to go with him. Here is a page from our first lesson, where we diagrammed what plants need in order to grow from seed. We still need to work on handwriting, but I know that will come with time and practice.
Something that the Monk really likes to do is have observation journals. He's a scientist at heart and he really likes to notice and name what he is watching or seeing in the world around him. In preparation for getting him used to being homeschooled, I created an observation journal that he can work on (once a week) so that he can discuss and keep track of what the chicks are doing as they are growing up in the house before being moved to the coop outside.
I also have some lapbook parts for the boy to be able to create a chart for the life cycle of a chicken, as well as write a story about what he's noticed and named, but those were not my ideas, so I don't have them saved to publish them. Sorry.
How it all started...
I was a public school teacher for 6 years in a very urban middle school for both 7th and 8th grade. As the red-tape got thicker and teaching became more of a business rather than a place to prepare young minds to enter into the world, I decided that if I was going to work that hard to give an education to someone, it should be my own son. So, my adventures in homeschooling has begun.
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