Last weekend we decided to officially start a new homeschooling curriculum. We had purchased Blossom & Root Early Years Volume 2 almost a year ago, an picked through it on weekends and days off together. So we are moving on to their Kindergarten curriculum. I scrambled to find all of the books, resources and items needed to get through the first few weeks and was excited to have a new plan in place!
Although Bram isn't eligible for public school kindergarten until Fall 2021 I was comfortable starting the BR Kindergarten knowing I would have age appropriate expectations of him and could easily scale the projects as needed.
Overall it was a great week, I am really enjoying my new work role, and being able to spend so much time with Bram. The hardest part is the last hour of work in the mornings when he is just done being independent and wants my attention which is distracting. We're working through that and are hopeful he will sleep in longer and will become more independent as we go.
Highlights of the week include:
This week's language arts section was based on Aesop's Fable "The Crow & the Pitcher".
Monday morning Bram came downstairs and saw the materials I had set out from the curriculum and instantly asked "whats this for?" so we sat down and read:
Then I asked "do you want to try it?" On the table I had a jar with a bit of water in it, and heart shapes stones and a very short straw. He was amazed that the water level rose as he added stones. We talked about capacity and volume, and how adding more or less stones affected it. He went on experimenting for almost an hour finding his own stones/rocks and different containers.
On Tuesday Lee had the day off work so we trekked to Baltimore to visit the "Maryland Science Center." We got a great deal on a family membership on Groupon and plan to utilize it often!
During a walk around our lake Bram noticed a tree with a low hanging branch... perfect for climbing! He navigated this tree for over 20 minutes to "rescue" a branch that fallen and was stick in it. We have now adopted this tree as part of our Outside Classroom and will observe it regularly throughout the seasons to watch how it changes.
Its an American Beech Treet, Fagus grandifolia. We've named her Kokomo after the Beachboys song.
is a kiddo who still lives with his parents and dog in a suburb of Washington, DC.