First Day of School: Reagan starts first grade and Anderson starts kindergarten

Wow, I can't believe that I now have a first grader and a kindergartner.  Nor can I believe that this will be our second year of homeschooling.  I thought that I would briefly write what all we are doing (going to attempt to do) this year:
  • Daily Notebook (Reagan and Anderson): (Daily) Calendar; Making change to the amount days of school (Reagan) and date (Anderson), Tally marks; Weather Graph; Temperature Chart; Writing days of the week, numbers, color and shape names; States; Writing their name, phone number and address each month; Reading dolch words (Anderson) and fry phrases (Reagan).
(click here for a video of Anderson doing his sight words on the 1st day of Kindergarten)
  • Memory Work (Reagan and Anderson): (Daily but each item only once a week) Timelines (all 4), Bones, Presidents, Cathechisms, Oceans and Continents, Books of the Old and New Testaments, States, Hymn, Skip Counting, and Comm Central memory work.
  • Geography (Reagan and Anderson): (Twice Weekly) A Child's Introduction to the World plus activities to go along with the text.
  • Science (Reagan and Anderson): (Three Times a Week) Exploring Creation with Zoology 2 plus the Junior Notebooking Journal.  This is the science that Comm Central is doing this year and the science that I wanted to do last year.  But after just one day, I can tell that it is going to be very hard for us to get through it this year.  Though Reagan did say that it was one of her favorite things today.'
  • History (Reagan and Anderson): (Twice Weekly) The Story of the World 4.  Comm Central did this history last year and I was a major slacker and didn't read it.  But this year, I will for sure.
  • Read Alouds (Reagan and Anderson): (Daily) My goal is to read all of the Magic Tree House series to the kids this year.  My niece's class read them all and then had a Magic Tree House day and I think that would be fun to do with our homeschool buddies.
  • Bible (Reagan and Anderson): (Daily) Egermeier Bible Story Book.  We have started to read this book a few times but we will finish it this year.
  • Math (Reagan): (Daily) Math U See Alpha
  • Math (Anderson): (Daily) Math U See Primer
  • Phonics (Reagan): (Daily) Explode the Code 3.5
  • Phonics (Anderson): (Daily) Explode the Code 1
  • Awana (Reagan and Anderson): (Twice Weekly) Review and learn their Sparks verses for the year
  • Handwriting (Reagan): (Weekly) Handwriting without Tears My Printing Book.  Anderson will be doing his Handwriting without Tears Letters and Numbers for Me book at Comm Central.
  • Writing (Reagan): (Daily) The Complete Writer
  • English (Reagan): (Twice Weekly) First Language Lessons 1
  • Technology (Reagan): (Once a Week) Various educational ipad games and practicing typing (never too early to start)
  • Logic (Reagan): (Once a Week) Mind Ware Logic Links Puzzle Box
  • Spelling (Reagan): (Three Times a Week) All About Spelling 2
  • Spelling (Anderson): (Three Times a Week) All About Spelling 1
  • Reading (Anderson): (Twice Weekly) Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
  • A Bit Extra (Reagan and Anderson): (Twice Weekly) A workbook from Sams for second grade (Reagan) and first grade (Anderson)
  • A Bit Extra (Anderson): Sight word writing, word family ladders, letter writing, number writing, word family stories and word ladders.
Well that makes me a bit tired listing all of that.  My plan was to tell what I was trying to accomplish with Graham as well but he will have to wait for another night.  But I can tell you quickly what my plans for Campbell and Keaton are-keep them occupied!

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