When big sissy got home, remember this was during the last week of school, we tried it together.
Overall, I'm extremely pleased with how easy this project was to put together and get done. It totally helped that I had all of the supplies already. (Thanks, Meme for the present.)
This summer we're homeschooling for a number of reasons:
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Abeka Grade 1
I also made sight word flash cards using 3x5 notecards. I should note here that my eldest loves to memorize things and isn't great at phonics. Sight word flash cards are a good choice for us. I used 100 Words Kids Need To Read by 1st Grade by Scholastic to determine the sight words. (Several of our workbooks are Scholastic.) I plan to have my eldest use the 100 Words book itself as a record of what she learns.
My eldest is fascinated with writing and my youngest isn't far behind. They both like to sit and pretend to write stories in their respective notebooks.
We're going to do a little work on handwriting. My eldest needs more practice and shows an interest in cursive. My youngest just needs to start. I got each of them a K and Grade 1 D'Nealian practice book. I got the consumable versions and fully plan for them to be destroyed in the process of learning. I have no idea if we will get to use both of them over the summer, but we now have them for when we are ready for them.
We were gifted a set of Miqoun Math. We got the Orange book, Red book, Lab Sheets, and First-Grade Diary. Since that's a fairly complete set, we're going to use it along with whatever else we have in random workbooks from Costco and Dollar General. I figure we can use plain paper with me writing out additional problems if we need them.
I'm keeping this informal for now, since I'm trialing. We've got a few Little Scientists books around, a flower and vegetable garden, and baking options to keep us plenty busy. Bugs, animals, and poop seem to be big topics for my kids and I'm sure some combination of those will arise during the summer months -- especially as my youngest potty trains.
Both kids have asked to take gymnastics and will participate in a local class. Swimming lessons will be part of the summer as well.
My eldest has been asking to learn to sew. We have a doll quilt in process that should finish up during the summer. Then I purchased a Unicorn quilt pattern for us to get started on.
Baking and cooking plus normal stuff like cleaning up their own messes and chores to earn money will fill things out.
It's summer. I'm not willing to go completely nuts with homeschooling. I think I've got a pretty comprehensive program together for a little bit of money and effort. As the summer comes to an end, I'll post a follow-up on how we did (or are doing if that's necessary).
Got any advice for me? Drop me a note in the comments.
Lately I've been making my girls little skirts out of fabric pieces. It's like a skirt a month around here!
Other than thread and elastic, I'm trying to use only what I already have at home. This is also me attempting to reduce the size of my fabric stash. Here are the 2 skirts I made in April.
My youngest found this gauzy stuff in the clearance section of Joann's. It's Frozen themed with Elsa on it.
It's also awful to work with -- which is why both girls got waist bands made out of knits with the gauze gathered inside.
I cut my eldest's skirt at an angle to give it a dropped side effect. I hemmed the bottom with lace (because this stuff is seriously prone to fraying apart).
These are totally play skirts. I expect them to get ruined. They each took me about 2.5-4 hours to make.
I'm not going to lie to you and say, "Oh, these are easy and can be done in an hour."
I'm sure if you've been sewing a lot your entire life, they will be faster. Like, if you're my mother. She makes sewing look easy-peasy. She put the larger of the Cotton Fairy skirts together in an hour.
Yes, I had help on that one. Granted, it was AFTER I'd spent the better part of the day working on the smaller one!
I'm learning quite a bit with each of these and am very proud of how they turned out. I'm planning to create a few shirt modifications for myself in May. I'll tell you about those after I get them done and that's assuming I do get them done...
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