Adventures in Homeschooling Part 1

This week marked our first week of homeschooling.  I have to admit that with all the craziness of the last 2 weeks I had absolutely no plan at all for Annagrace.  My goal for this week is to get her use to being in our new home, detoxing her from public school and keeping her mind busy.  Here are a few highlights of the week so far.


  • Worked on some math and introduced regrouping hundreds (like 350+410).  She was a little intimidated but picked up on it very easily.  We did about 4 math worksheets from her stuff her teacher gave us.
  • Sorted spelling words for this week and grouped them together.
  • Annagrace read Curious George to her grandma and sister


  • Trip to the police station for mom and dad to be fingerprinted.  Got to talk about fingerprints and why they are special.  The girls got to watch the officer use a computer to do the prints.
  • Stopped at the library where Annagrace got her own card and checked out 3 chapter books and 2 research books for her Lost Colony project.
  • Played some math games online that were all about counting money.  Played with pretend money and had Annagrace practice counting it out.  Also had her do some games about telling time.  
  • Silent reading for about an hour (she LOVES reading!).


  • The girls colored and drew pirate flags and maps while I read “How I Became a Pirate” to them.
  • Annagrace decided she wanted to draw a swan and then looked up swans on the internet and learned that swans have about 25,000 feathers!
  • Internet research for her Lost Colony project for about an hour. 
  • Played a logic game–Rush Hour–during our break time because it was pouring rain outside!  This is a GREAT game for kids.  It is challenging for kids and adults of all ages and it can be played online as well! 
  • Silent reading while mom took a nap!
  • Bible reading with Dad before bedtime.

On the agenda for today:

  • More math worksheets.  Will practice subtracting/regrouping with hundreds.
  • Art project (making cards for grandma’s for mother’s day).
  • Will make fried bread tonight from a recipe we found on a Native American website.
  • Silent reading for at least 30 minutes.
  • Plant tomato and bell pepper seedlings (Science project!).
  • Shopping with Grammy!  OK–so that’s not really school related but maybe I can come up with a way to make it educational!

So that is my week so far!  I think I’ll start posting a Weekly Wrap-Up on Fridays and talk about what we did that week.  This will help me keep records of everything and will share a little about what is going on in our lives! 

I’m off for now.  Gotta get these kiddos dressed and ready for the day!

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May 2009

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