henson homeschool

we officially started homeschool yesterday.  i’m so glad we started activities with him at 13 months because this was an EASY transition.  he was kind of stressed about sitting at the table because we always do activities on the floor on a serving tray.  but today he went straight to his char.  i’ve had a lot of questions about curriculum and planning.  i am, by no means, an expert on 2 year curriculum.  i am a mathematician and taught high school math.  ha. but i’ve mentioned before that i worked at a research center (with 2 year olds) so i know a few things that work well.  i also looked up several different objectives and thought about what *we* wanted our 2 year old to be like.  all that mashed together came out as our curriculum.

2 year old objectives taken from everywhere:

 -know several bible stories and worship/memory verse songs
-know his full name as well as his family’s full name
-know his town and state
-know the alphabet and recognize letters when written
-know numbers 1-10 and recognize when written
-be exposed to colors and shapes (know all primary colors)
-increase fine and gross motor skills
-know how to follow directions
-understand manners and self care
-make believe with objects
-use classroom materials appropriately
-transition well
-sort objects by an attribute
-recognize patterns

Here are my categories for our school day:

Bible, Language Arts, Social Studies/Life Skills, Music/Arts, Math, and Extra/Fun.

I’m using ABC Jesus Loves Me as the base curriculum because it’s free online and they have all of the printables available.  But, like i said, I’ve added a lot of other stuff as well to ‘fill’ in the other categories.

We’ll see how the first semester goes and whether we want to move him up to the 3 year old curriculum.

Here’s our week.  Not everything is done at the same time.  the motor skills are usually done in both morning and afternoon:

Monday – Pray, then read Genesis 1 page 1 in the Storybook Bible, talk about creation, talk about character traits, Color red circle, color letter of the day, scavenger hunt around the house for red things, eat red snacks, bowling, and singing songs.

Tuesday – Pray, read Genesis 1 page 2 in the Storybook Bible, talk about creation, talk about character traits, read Llama Lama red Pajama, color red shirt, talk about clothes, pick out clothes, red play-doh, dance.

Wednesday – Pray, read Genesis 1 page 3, talk about creation, talk about character traits/social skills, creation #flashcards, start our apple tree number book, sing creation song, sorting activity.

Thursday – pray, read Genesis 1 page 3 again, make days 1 and 2 of creation book, stacking blocks, make coffee filter earth.

Most weeks will be only 3 days. I’d love to add a ‘field trip’ category each week or every other week.  It would be awesome, but i’m still trying to find a rhythm with my two kiddos!

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