We've been using the homeschool curriculum My Father's World for 1st grade and LOVE IT! I have been working on "school" with Sitora for two years now using preschool and kindergarten materials I've purchased from different sources. It's always been fun for her and we enjoy spending the quality time together. I've never felt like I was pushing her, rather, I wanted to inspire and challenge her within her comfort zone. She catches on to new concepts so quickly and soaks up knowledge like a sponge. I would stop when she seemed uninterested and kept going when she begged for more.
So when searching the My Father's World website looking into purchasing the kindergarten material, I was surprised to see she had already mastered the skills. Why should I pay a few hundred dollars for a curriculum with material she already knows? So I contacted a friend who owned the 1st grade material and stopped by her house to check it out. Everything was perfect for Sitora's level and I knew she would be thrilled to dive in. So my dealinator hubster bought the curriculum slightly used and we waited in anticipation for it's arrival.
We are currently in week 4 and I am extremely impressed. Seriously. I wake up every day thinking, "I'm so excited to do school today!" I love having a teacher's manual so I can check off the items finished. (Yes, I'm one of those weird people who likes to-do lists and crossing things off.) I love having reading activities for Sitora to cut out and paste. I love the fun and practical ideas for teaching her math using everyday household items (like tape measures and pennies). I love the devotions that teach her about animals and how God can teach us about life through their example. I love her memorizing Proverbs in an easy to understand version. I love teaching her how to draw using a instructional book - because it is really teaching me how to draw... ;) I love how the science books inspire us to explore our backyard for simple and profound discoveries. I love watching her eyes sparkle and light up when she learns a new concept. I love that I get to be the one who teaches her. I never, ever would have thought that I would be a teacher. I feel empowered, excited, and encouraged to keep going and see where this wild ride will take us as a family.
This truly is colorful homeschooling. An array of learning styles like watercolors splashed across a canvas. Blues and reds and purples and yellows flying across the sky like a rainbow as we learn together. After all, when in my wildest dreams would I have imagined my 4.5 year old doing school in her bumblebee costume sitting on a princess swimming floaty? Thinking outside the box for sure :)
Sitora- "Why would ten men sell pens? And where are their bodies? Maybe the people thought it would be too creepy to draw their bodies."
Hmmm... I'm not sure I would buy pens from these men to begin with. Just sayin'.
A certain little munchkin decided to alter the state of the world. Guess who.
Sitora says this is a drawing of special paintbrushes with flowers as the handles. She also drew fall leaves on each side.