Homeschool Week in Review—Week 1

Well, we did it! We completed the first week of our new school year!  Gabriella is officially a first grader and Aron is starting kindergarten!

At the table getting ready to begin

I think I was more nervous this year.  It’s the first time that I’ve taught them at the same time using different curricula.  So far, I’ve managed pretty well!  We finished every day before 12:30 and we didn’t have any major hiccups!

This year I’m going to do one nature study per month with them together.  For September, we’ll be studying butterflies and their life cycle.

We started the week with designing our own butterfly patterns and reading some interesting books.

I purchased these really neat toys from Insect Lore to go along with our study and

we used them to draw pictures of the life cycle.

Gabby’s finished drawing

I also ordered a butterfly pavilion and ordered larvae from Insect Lore so that we could raise our own butterflies and watch the life cycle up close.

The caterpillars arrived and we used the above mentioned toys to compare and talk about caterpillars and what they eat and how they molt and grow.

The toy

It only took one day after their arrival before they started forming their chrysalids.

We look forward to moving them into the pavilion this week and awaiting their emergence!

Latin is also a new subject this year for everyone and so far the children (and me!) are really enjoyingSong School Latin.

I was informed that you can download free coloring pages to accompany the vocabulary that you are learning in each chapter and we had fun utilizing those as well.

Lydia seemed to enjoy sitting at the table and coloring while the other two were working.  I’m hoping that will continue throughout the year because we all know that two year olds can be in to everything!

This year, Aron will be focusing on the fruits of the spirit.  We made a tree on our living room wall to which he will add the different fruits as time goes by.

He is also making an alphabet scrapbook and working on long vowel sounds now that he has CVC words down relatively well.

I’m mainly focusing on the basics with him this year: reading and math.  We’ll have other things thrown in, of course, but those are the two areas where we’ll spend most of our time.

Gabby is still progressing in the Heart of Dakota guides and has started Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory which has a focus on early American history.

This week, she learned the names and placement of the seven continents and the five oceans.  I made a huge circle in the floor with masking tape and labeled all of the continents on smaller pieces of paper so she could tape them in their correct locations.

We used a Draw Write Now book to make a picture representing the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria after reading about Columbus’ voyage.

We also made currents in the sink using a baster after reading about the sailing ships during the 1400s and 1500s.

We are testing out a new spelling program, which I will review in a few weeks.

Gabby’s favorite science experiment was coating one hand in Crisco to serve as a warming fat like blubber.

She plunged both hands in super cold ice water for one minute and then discovered that the Crisco covered hand was not as cold as her uncovered hand.  We discussed how this same idea keeps some animals who live in cold ocean waters warm because their blubber also insulates them.

Busy, but fun week and a pretty good start to our year!  I look forward to sharing this year’s learning adventures with you all!


  1. Looks like a fun week! 🙂

  2. Sounds like a fun week! I wanna come do school with you, LOL! We loved Song School Latin too, and the coloring pages made the kids look forward to our Latin time every week.

  3. I loved seeing everything that you are up to in your homeschool. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I saw you were using Draw Write Now. I am considering adding it too. The book your little one was writing in, is that an additional book or does it come with it?

    Thanks for sharing!

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