I created this form to use with ABeka Academy Lessons. When the lesson for each day is completed, in the COMPLETE column, I write the date it was completed. This is one of the ways that I keep records for our home school. It could be used with other curriculums too, but I created it specifically for use with Abeka Academy lesson days.
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T's words made my heart smile today! I love how T's school work is encouraging him to think about his character and his need for God's help. As I write this post, I am reminded of the words of Isaiah 54:13, which say, "And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children." I often remind myself of this scripture as this is God's instruction to me as a mom and is my heart's desire for my children. One of the major reasons I have chosen to homeschool is to make sure they are being taught of the Lord.
As planned, we started our activities from the Abeka Nursery Arts and Crafts book this past week. The first activity was coloring the crayon red. Abeka recommends showing your child to color in a circular motion. Her big brother was really into helping her.
On Friday, we did the Creation Mobile Craft. I cut out the pieces ahead of time and put them in a baggie. As I would take them out of the baggie, I would say, "God made the sun, the birds, the fish, and so on." I would hand her the cut out and put glue on the Earth where the piece went. After I did the first one with her, she caught on right away. She really liked doing this activity and I really enjoyed doing this with her. Her oldest big brother was with us when we did this activity and he was really into being right by her side too.
I loved seeing how her big brothers wanted to help her out this week and be a part of her arts and crafts activities. This, among many others, is one of the joys of home-schooling.
We started out each morning this week listening to Wee Sing Bible Songs. I do have the CD version but I was so happy to find that it is also on Amazon music for free so we can listen to it anytime. When I was a little girl my grandparents gave me this on cassette. I would carry around my Fisher Price tape player and sing these songs into it's microphone. I have always loved Wee Sing Bible Songs. This is one of those items that I purchase in bulk and keep on hand just so that I always have a great gift to give to children for Christmas or for their birthday or just because. This has been a favorite at our house and these are the types of song lyrics and stories I want to store in the heart of my children.
And she still plays with and absolutely LOVES putting on everybody's shoes!
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Next week, I will begin using this Arts and Crafts activity book with my little girl who is 21 months old. I ordered it from Abeka's website. It is designed for children ages 18 - 24 months. This book has two activities per week to do together with your toddler. Each month focuses in on a different color and introduces basic shapes in June. To coincide with this book, I will be making sure to point out the color of the month in our daily environment. Since September's color is red, when we eat a food that is red, like strawberries or tomatoes, I will point out that it is the color red. When we see anything that is red, I will draw attention to it's color being red.
Some good advice from ABeka's fifth grade penmanship curriculum. Grandpa visited us today and Talen showed him his Penmanship test. Grandpa made sure to read them aloud to all of us, TWICE. I guess he just really wanted us to take in the messages. I chuckled to myself because I do the same thing when I check over it.
This is Talen's penmanship test he took today (from Abeka Penmanship). I enjoy reading his penmanship tests each week because I like how Abeka uses Bible verses, poems, and quotes for handwriting. I try to take a moment to really take in what the author is saying and stop to reflect on it for a few minutes for my own enjoyment. Oftentimes, I will ask my child, "What was the message of today's writing?" or "What was your take away from today's writing?" These type of questions can lead into a quick little discussion with your child about making good choices and the importance of good character traits.
I made the video below & these 2 printable posters to go along with the spelling rule:
k goes with i and e, c goes with the other 3: a, o, u.
I made them to use with the elementary ABeka Curriculum but you could use them with any other curriculum!
Download and print the posters on card stock!
The printable posters are available at my TPT store.