Friday Five: follow-through, fun, freebie, FAQ, & free reads
~ follow-through ~
Ok, maybe that is rather amazing. :)
Favorite homeschool Instagram of the week:
Follow me on Instagram
~ fun ~
Here I thought I had simplified cooking and menu planning for myself – but simplifying meal prep so it can be outsourced to the children is the best kind of simplification.
And, of course, there’s helping by learning the clean up your messes.
~ freebie ~
I’ve been getting lots of questions about checklists, so I thought it’d be fun to host a conversation all about checklists – mom lists, kid lists, home lists – any checklists that help us all stay on track.
This will be using a new workshop platform I’m trying out, and the fun part about it is that you won’t be on camera or mic automatically, but you can hop on camera to share visually and audibly if you’d like. Plus, the chat is incorporated into the side of the playing video, so I think it’ll be a lot of fun.
If you have a checklist format or process that’s working for you, I’d love to invite you on to show-and-tell during this planning chat! I’ll be the hostess, not the expert. :) Let’s pool all our resources and troubleshoot with one another. I hope you can make it.
~ FAQ ~
Judging by my email inbox, people must be starting to think about homeschooling next year. :)
I also really appreciate your posts on homeschooling and what you’re doing with your kids. While I confess I have not thoroughly searched your website, I wondered if you could direct me to your posts on what you’re doing with your 5yr old. My son will turn 5 in August and we’ve decided to homeschool kindergarten and then see where he’s at and what’s best for our family as he approaches 6. I LOVE your focus on classical literature and admire your book selections for yourself as well as your kids. Where do you get your book recommendations? How do you plan out the kindergarten year? What is your “curriculum” for kindergarten? (Not meaning a specific one, just how/what do you focus the lessons around?)
I have written quite a bit about Kindergarten the last couple years as my middle kids have moved through that phase. My fourth child is currently in K-1. Here is a round-up of my Kindergarten posts:
- My Kindergarten Philosophy
- 2015-2016 K1 Plans
- 2014-2015 Kindergarten Plans
- 2013-2014 Pre-K Plans
- 2013 Kindergarten Crate
- How to Start Circle Time, Morning Time
What Kindergarten looks like for the oldest versus subsequent kids is definitely different, because with younger siblings, learning and reading and all that is happening around them and they soak up a lot.
It might take you a few tries to find a good fit – don’t feel like you have to have all the details and schedule ironed out perfectly before you begin. Pull a few things together, give it a shot, and it’s learning by doing from then on as to what will work for you.
If any one else has related posts or ideas they’d like to share, go ahead and add links or your thoughts to the comments! Sometimes seeing how plans can vary and express different family personalities can be helpful, so you don’t feel like you should be replicating what someone else is doing.
~ free read ~
My 8-year-old is now enthralled. She sits with her headphones and the big hard-bound book, following along and staring at the pictures while she listens. My 5-year-old started off listening and then finished the book on his own.