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24 Jan

I was doing the Book of Time with my 6 year old daughter today. The Book of Time is actually just a Timeline in which we stick all the images of different events, people and places on each specific year or period. Doing this, the kids will somehow have a visual picture of the ‘entire’ history which I believe allows them to relate each character or events better and remembers them more easily.

We were actually not very up-to-date with our Book of Time. We were supposed to stick each character or event as we read them in my daughter’s History books, but then I find it quite disruptive to pause for awhile just to ‘stick’ a single character in the book. I feel like our ‘reading momentum’ falls every time we do this. That’s why I always procastinate in doing the Book of Time.

As a result, we were so far behind it that we had to ‘stick’ a lot of events and people today all in one shot. So today was that day of ‘sticking’ and it was also good because I was able to review and check whether my daughter still remembers our previous lessons.

So, I started my asking my daughter about what she remembers about  “Ancient Egypt”, one of our first  lessons. My daughter was able to remember a lot of details about this period. I was also browsing  her history book and trying to check what she’s saying, as I myself has already forgotten some things. But I was taken aback when my daughter told me about how the Egyptian women ‘mourn’ when their cat died. I was right on that page when she told me the whole paragraph from the book ‘verbatim’. Really! I mean, Ancient Egypt was like week 3 in our curriculum and we’re currently in week 14 but she still remembers that.

As I went on with our review with Ancient Romans, the Vikings and etc, I was more amazed as she really did remember most of the things we studied even the small details. Wow! I guess my daughter has really taken so much interest in History. It must be also because of the great books which we are using that are simple, colorful and full of facts that are easy to understand for the kids.

And by the way, if you’re interested to know the books we’re using for her History/Geography subjects, we are using:

Living Long Ago

Usborne’s Internet Linked Children’s Encylopedia

I Heard Good News Today

* this is my post for November 9, 2010 in my ‘mommy blog’

21 Jan

Fridays are my daughter’s most awaited day. It’s her experiment day for her homeschool. She’s really enjoying all the hands on experience she’s getting from her science program.

Today, she made her own play dough that’s made of flour. We were supposed to make bread but I overlooked the  yeast. I was sure to have one but somehow I couldn’t find it in my cupboard.

Anyways, I also find her experiments very helpful to help her fully understand the concepts that she studies in her science book.

Reading and following instructions from her book.

Tadaa!! Baking done! Now it’s time to let them cool down and then paint them

16 Jan

As I go through a lot of homeschool blogs, I’m just so amazed as to how organized other moms are. They have developed their own way of organizing things and their time. Oh, I’m so far from being organized and I really wish I am.

This is one reason why I chose Sonlight Core K as my curriculum for my daughter. Everything is basically there and everything has already been organized. I just need to get my Instructor’s Guide and I’m ready to teach.

As for organization on other aspects of my life like home organization and stuff, I would really want to improve on that. I know that once I master that, things will be easier and there will be more time in my hands.

13 Jan

Praise God! Our problem’s solved. We were concerned of our girl’s irregular homeschool due to our son’s unpredictable sleeping pattern. As mentioned before, I can only homeschool my girl once our li’l 3 year old is asleep. He is very active and it’s an arduous task for me to keep him quiet and behaved while I do lessons with my girl. My girl on the other hand get easily distracted and loses her concentration.

But now, we have found a babysitter for our boy. Yesterday was our boy’s second day to our friends’ house. I’m thankful that everything seems to be working well. He is happy to stay there and even if he has only seen our friends a few times but he was very at ease to be in their house.

So, for 2 afternoons my girl and I were able to do 4 hours  uninterrupted homeschooling. Wow! I’m amazed as to how much 4 hours can do. We breezed through her History, Geography and Science.

Oh, I’m so looking forward for our homeschool afternoons every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

9 Jan

My daughter doesn’t like to do her writing activity. I think that’s a common problem for all Kindergarten students. Writing seems boring and hard. I know, I’ve been there.

But what puzzles me is that when she was still going for her Thai school, she would write pages and pages of the Thai scripts. And her penmanship is beautiful.

But when it comes to write the romanized letters and words, he penmanship doesn’t seem as beautiful. It must be because she’s not really trying her best or she likes to write the Thai scripts better.

But nevertheless, I’m trying to let her do at least 10-15 minutes or writing activity a day. I hope this will help her in the future.