Last day of school
First day of school
Started at the table, ended by the fire because it is cold!
We started each school day by praying for an African Unreached People Group. AIM has created cards, much like playing cards, which represent African UPG’s and give a small description for each. Then we did a daily devotion, practiced a weekly memory verse, and read a Bible story. Throughout this school year, Kyle learned 25 Bible verses and we completed one and a half children’s Bible story books.
We then did math, practiced handwriting, and did reading. We finished math with about 15 lessons remaining in his book. They were all review anyway, and I am content having done 145 lessons. He completed almost the entire Reading Made Easy book which I anticipated taking us two years to complete. He really has this reading thing down. He also completed one and a half of his “early readers”. I started the year with one goal: teach the boy to read. I believe I accomplished my goal! After reading, he would copy two or three sentences from the story in Reading Made Easy.
Sometimes Kyle stays up too late Sunday Night Sleepovering with Dad and Monday morning is a drag.
I had hoped to do a lot of reading aloud and it just didn’t happen. We did read aloud a number of children’s chapter books and we managed to read through a book and a half of the Uncle Arthur’s stories. I hope to find more really good read alouds for next school year. We started quite a few which were recommended, but the vocabulary was way more advanced than I thought he was understanding and he seemed totally uninterested. The ones we did find which were on his comprehension level, he loved.
Copy work from early in the year
We baked plenty of cookies, colored plenty of pictures, and took plenty of walks. We played plenty of games! Over all, I am very pleased with how his first year went. I have some work to do, getting my girls to play quietly without interrupting us. But I believe we can find a decent routine after a couple months' break.
So proud of my boy! In celebration of all his work, we had a little party with a few neighbor boys last night and, of course, baked a cookie cake to share!