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I wasn't planning on starting anything until the 11th...but between reading about all your first days and getting our stuff in the mail I just couldn't resist doing some homeschooling today!
Sam woke up and I had the Sudoku board all set up (we used the color markers today). He really wanted to learn how to play so I explained the game and then did a really simple version by only removing two markers from each row. He caught on really quick and had a blast! It's a great game for logic and it's something that everybody in the family can use! After breakfast I asked him what he wanted to do first and he said he wanted to do the Bible . We're using a large print KJV Bible as a primer. We started in the book of John and we go through each verse (we do one or two a day )and he just reads whatever words he can and afterwards we highlight the words he knew so he can see his progress. Next we did the first lesson in Horizons K and then moved onto reading. We reviewed our blends cards and read the first lesson in our McGuffey Eclectic Primer. I had some blank index cards and the highlighter out and after we read the McGuffey lesson he wanted to write the words in the lesson on the cards to make a sentence. So he wrote cards for "The", "Cat", "And", "The", "Rat". As he was writing them he was telling me a story about how the cat and the rat have magical swords that come out of their hands and that they have a battle with a lady named flower (so he added a "Flower" index card ). Then he took the cards and taped them into a little blank story book and drew some pictures to go along with the story. I had planned on doing spelling and handwriting but he covered those with his story cards so we stopped there for the day. A little bit later the mail came and we got our Letter Cubes! I had already had the Blends set but had to order the CVC set. Sam LOVED these..I would highly reccomend them to anybody who had a kid who likes manipulatives! He played with them for a good half and hour, figuring out how to make all different words.
So, we didn't stick exactly to plan but he learned a ton and most importantly had FUN!
Just wanted to share our unofficial "first day"!
<span style="font-family:Comic Sans MS">Homeschooling Mom to Sam (3-21-02)