It is hard to get into a routine after you have taken a break from formal home learning. We are slowly getting back into the swing of things now after our busy Christmas break.
Welcome to an exciting new year of home learning!
When I first sat down this morning to que up the video for today, the Khan Academy site was down. Instead of panicking and getting my knickers all in a knot, I remembered that most, if not all, of the videos are hosted on YouTube. So, I journeyed over there to see if I could find the video that I wanted to play today.
We are starting a review of basic facts and seeing if there are any gaps we need to fill, so naturally we started with the Khan Academy Arithmetic Playlist. Did I mention this is free?
One great thing about this site is that when I am printing worksheets for the kids, I can generate a new worksheet for each child so they can all work on the same topic with different questions.
Another great thing about this site is that they have worksheets from pre-k all the way to high school, so there is something there for each of my children.
There are tons of free worksheets (generated on the fly) available there too, so make sure you check it out. I opted for the subscription because it was super cheap and I knew it would serve our family well.
Last year I was blessed to come across an online sale for Scholastic eBooks and I had some money just burning a hole in my Paypal (not really), so I bought a lovely collection of eBooks.
These wonderful eBooks have been sitting in a folder on my desktop FOREVER and I finally had a chance to have a closer look through them (last weekend) and choose some that were appropriate for us to work through this year.
Today we started working through these books:
Since our topic today in (Comic-Strip Grammar) was nouns, we watched the Schoolhouse Rock video about Nouns on YouTube as a little refresher.
We are just beginning our study of Medieval Times, so today was full of discussion about knights (which all the boys loved) among other things. I will share more of our resources tomorrow.
Transitions, Thoughts, and Other Stuff
For some energetic transitions between lessons, we used this book:
This book is perfect if you have small spaces (aka 5 kids stuck inside for the winter) and little people who need to burn off some steam.
One of the best things about home learning is being able to draw from a HUGE (limitless) variety of resources. What is your favorite thing about home learning?
Okay, we can call this the “questions I want to ask you” section, but the sub-title would not have looked nearly so cool.
- Are you starting back the school year doing the same old, same old?
- What is one thing you are ENJOYING learning right along with your kids?
- What is something you are struggling with in your home learning right now?