J6 is my only student left in Five in a Row. R11 and I9 are doing some Beyond Five in a Row this year, but I have just one little rower left and I have to say…he’s a very different sort of rower! He’s not really into the notebooking/lapbooking although he will do some. He does copywork just fine, but he is more of a doer! This has sort of changed things up in our homeschool this year. Instead of doing the lapbook or a 3 pronged folder for each title, I’m doing a 3 ring binder with sections this year- much like Mrs. Lambert suggests in her manual. I try not to get caught up in how much he produces. He’s doing everything he needs to do and we are having a grand time- even if it looks different than it has before! So, rather than showing you a post here and there, I will share some of the things we recorded for several titles.
|R11 and J6 took orders for the Moonjelly Cafe night during Night of the Moonjellies. We had a great time serving up some summer fun.|
|White board moonjellies- he worked on these as I read the book. It’s a family favorite!|
|Isn’t it fun when big sisters listen and draw too?|
|He made a sign for his Moonjelly Cafe.|
|We use Draw, Write, Now- all of my kids have responded well to this program and it makes an excellent copy work source!|
|I combine the drawing techniques from the work book with copywork from the FIAR book itself. The handwriting paper I create using StartWrite.|
|He really liked the book Down, Down the Mountain- this was a first for me because we didn’t own the book before and it was not available for borrowing. Book sale to the rescue!|
|He does enjoy using an atlas. Here is the young Mr. J working on a map of Michigan- yes, I know…who lets their first grader do handwriting on the floor? Me…I guess.|
We’ve watched computer videos, used Google Earth, made stop motion animation videos, and he reads to me all the time- all of these relating to FIAR. I think we’ll step it up some after the new year- just to cover some other skills, but all in all it’s been a great year so far. My last first grader!