Homeschool friends: Now is a great time to score a new abacus -- and it's a cute one! Also, I thought I'd give you a little snapshot into other things we've been doing over the last little while! Being that it's freezing cold and everything has shut down again, we haven't really been on any field trips, but we've been making fun at home.
Whew, I can't believe we're at the end of 2020 already! Unfortunately, like most other people, we spent most of the year at home and away from people. The kids... haven't loved it. There have been some bright spots though, and I hope with this last half of the school year, I can make it a bit more fun for them. So, what did we actually do this year?
It's time to stock up on all your RightStart Math needs! Cyber Monday deals start at 5AM CST (6AM EST), November 30, 2020. This is the best time to get additional manipulatives and books! Read more...
It's been a while since I've given you a looking into our homeschool math curriculum, so I thought I'd give a little update and share a few manipulative swaps that I do. I do love most of the pieces that come standard with the RightStart kit, but there are some things like to swap out. So, here goes!
RightStart Math are giving away their apps this week in celebration of Dr. Cotter's birthday! (Read more)
A few weeks ago I shared a bit about our reading and spelling curriculum, so this week I'm going to share a bit about the math curriculum we use! When it comes to teaching math to preschoolers, there tends to be two main camps: no curriculum (kids learn alongside you as you count things, read books about numbers, jump up and down a certain number of times, etc) and curriculum (following some sort of published guide). (Read More...)
Lately I've been having Manipulative Organization Envy.
Well, to be fair, most days I have homeschool organization envy (my homeschool area is um... chaos). But recently on the RightStart Facebook group, I'd been seeing people using a super duper organized container for all their pieces and well... I decided I needed to try it. I had been using a large Steralite box with all our stuff in it plus a couple extra containers for the cards, but had been taking way too long to find certain pieces in preparation for each lesson.
We've been homeschooling for 8 years now I guess -- if you consider that we are homeschooling our kids from when they are first born! Over the years I've tried various curriculum - some I've stuck with, some I've shelved. This coming year I'll have one in 3rd grade, one in 1st grade, and a preschooler. I'd like to say I've got this all figured out, but I'm far from it! Since I know a lot of people will be homeschooling in the fall and are in a conundrum about what curriculums to use, I thought I'd do a roundup of what we'll be using this coming year. The beauty of homeschooling of course, is if I decide something isn't for us, we can just change it. But I hope this is what we will stick with for the year!
Good News! Due to the cancelation of in-person Homeschool conventions this year, RightStart is taking their convention pricing online! From May 6 until May 31, 2020, get free shipping and 15% off... (read more)
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...