We have completed our second week of homeschool and already I’ve made big changes.
I’m becoming a student of my daughter.
I’m watching her learn, noting what works well and what doesn’t, and adjusting from there.
We purchased the complete curriculum LIFEPACS from Alpha Omega. It totally spoke to my teacher soul! Small workbooks (called worktexts.) Self tests. Tests. Perfect for me and the work samples I need to keep in her portfolio (another state requirement.)
Not so perfect for my daughter.
She’s okay with it. But after a great first week, the shininess and newness of homeschool wore off and she started to complain. A lot. She was doing worktexts for every subject.
To mix it up, I introduced Five In A Row. It’s a completely different approach to learning. We read a book Five Days In A Row (get it?) and learn and explore through the context of that book. Social studies, science, literature, math, health and art. All through one great read aloud!
I tried FIAR (Five In A Row) this past week and it was a hit! SG didn’t even realize we were working on geography (finding China on a map, locating the Yangtze River, discussing the size of the river, looking at online photos of the actual Yangtze, and discussing the number of people who live by the Yangtze.) We also discussed the fact that her maternal Great Grandmother was just 2 years old when ‘The Story About Ping’ was published and her little eyes shot wide open. We discussed what makes a book a ‘classic.” All on day one of our “row” of the book ‘The Story About Ping.’ She was totally engaged the entire time!
It. Was. Amazing!
We are still using our LIFEPACS. We spent a pretty penny on that set. But instead of their social studies and science being the spine of our learning, I’m going to let FIAR become our spine for those subjects and sprinkle in some LIFEPACS here and there.
I do love our LIFEPACS. We will continue to use the language arts, math and Bible LIFEPACS as the spine for those subjects.
However, I have purchased the first two books in the math curriculum Life of Fred, which I’ve heard so much about! All good, of course!
I plan to introduce Life of Fred next week. I’ll let y’all know how that goes. It looks like a wonderful and fun way to learn math.
Here’s how we ended week two- with a delicious and no bake treat- Puppy Chow!
This is my childhood friend’s recipe. I substitute vegan butter and Enjoy Life chocolate chips to make it safe for SG.
This was a fun end to our great week of learning.
Safe Puppy Chow
- 1 stick vegan butter
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 bag safe chocolate chips
- 1 box Crispix cereal
- 1 box powdered sugar
- Place vegan butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips in a bowl and microwave in 20 second increments until melted. Stir well.
- Put cereal in a large bowl. Pour mixture over Crispix cereal.
- Stir until cereal is coated.
- Pour in a large grocery bag with a box of powdered sugar.
- Shake. Let stand. Shake several times until coated.
Note: This can easily be made peanut free by substituting with almond butter, Sunbutter or any other peanut butter substitute. I made it once with Sunbutter and it turned out just fine.