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Like most of the rest of the world, we’ve been home-bound a couple of weeks now. With the exception of not being able to go anywhere, our lifestyle hasn’t had to make too much of a drastic change thank goodness, so it does still feel very surreal that the whole world is in such turmoil around us.
I am oh so thankful that we went back to homeschooling this year. I just can’t imagine how hard it must be for so many families to have to juggle suddenly working from home and having their kids at home full time to boot.
Even though my kids are already homeschooled, it has been so hard for them to not be able to see their friends in person, go on field trips beyond the trail near our home, and attend their weekly co-ops, piano lessons, swimming lessons, etc!
Before the world changed: going to a theatrical production of Rosie Revere Engineer with our homeschool theater co-op
I am glad they have each other though, and they do spend A LOT of time playing together (hint: it’s totally OK to throw your schedule out the window and let your kids play during this season!). Right now they’re working together to build something with lego, bits of paper, and I don’t know what else. My 4 year old is wielding the scissors. My 8 year old is directing. And my 6 year old is yelling out suggestions and hunting for stuffed toys who I think will become residents of this construction project. So um, there is some sort of learning going on right now even if it doesn’t involve a schedule, me, text books, or videos!
While I don’t really keep to much of a schedule around here, I do really value open-and-go curriculums. The math curriculum we use, RightStart Math, is completely open-and-go, has a big emphasis on playing games, requires very little handwriting (My eldest in particular will dramatically slump over and refuse to do handwriting…), and everything you need to say is written there for you.
We reached a milestone over the last couple of weeks when both my Kindergartener and Second Grader finished their books (A and B), so they’ve both moved up to the next levels! I rewarded each of them with a Lego watch as a prize. Not sure what prize they’ll get for their next books though! Anyone have ideas for me?
If you would like to supplement your kids math, or if you’re planning to continue this homeschool adventure in the Fall, then I highly recommend checking out RightStart. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- The Math Games kit can be used as a supplement to any math curriculum, including kids who are in a traditional school setting. (If you only want the games kit, use code Games2020 to get it for $37.80)
- At its very basic level, you can get started using the RightStart abacus and a RightStart curriculum book.
- RightStart have 2 manipulative packages – a budget one that contains the very essential and hard to find pieces, with downloadable printables on their website, and the complete manipulative package. All the pieces are used in every single level, but RightStart does have free shipping year-round so if you can only afford bits at a time, then that’s possible too.
- RightStart apps are available now too! These can be added to almost any device (iPhone, iPad, Android – I’m planning to put them on our Kindles for the kids!)
Are you looking for a math curriculum you can use with your whole family? We’ve loved using RightStart Mathematics. You can learn more by checking out the rest of my blog posts on this curriculum, or visiting the RightStart website to get started!
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