Kindergarten in Review

Language and math: We started the year with the Star Wars books. I wanted something fun and easy to start our first ever homeschooling year, especially because we hadn’t done much preschool work. We love Star Wars so we enjoyed these books but they really seamed more geared for supplemental summer work. After we finished the kindergarten books (we also did first grade for writing) we started Explode the Code and Mathematical Reasoning level B. We are about half way through each and I really love then both. I love how Explode the Code is very simple but a great mix between reading and spelling. The only negative thing is, sometime there are drawings of a man or women and are for people’s names (like Jan or Sam) and that sometimes confuses Jaxon. Mathematical Reasoning has been great at mixing up adding, subtracting, geometry, graphing, patters ect. but could could use more measuring, telling time, and 1’s, 10’s, 100’s places.

Reading: We started Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons (after working on letter names and sounds for a bit). I love this book but it quickly became obvious that it advanced to quickly for Jaxon. So we bought some Bob books and Primary Phonics books (both great) and just read and re-read the first few books for awhile. We are continuing to do reading lessons but just slower (1 or 2 a week) and then Bob books the other days.

Nature Connection. This is a great book and I’m sure we will use it many more years. It is divided by months and has activities, drawing, and even fiction book recommendations each month.
Tinkerlab. Jaxon really likes this book and has done many of the art projects. Most are fairly easy and use items I already have.
The Curious Kid’s Science Book. We didn’t use this book much. Many need special items that I would have to order and the few we have done didn’t really turn out…
Red-Yellow-Blue. We got this at our library, and had for almost six months. It is a basic art introduction that is divided by color. It focuses on the meanings of colors and how they have been used over time.

Activity books: Geography this year was the fifty states (mostly a coloring page for each state and a $1 book I got at Target, and forgot to add to my photos) plus the 50 States activity book. This follows the 50 States Book (which we started but I found to be not a great read aloud). But I really like this activity book and you wouldn’t need to also buy the 50 States book, it is just fun and easy activity pages. Jaxon liked the Sticker Fun History (found in the bargain section of Barnes & Noble) and it is a good basic introduction to Egyptians, Greeks, Vickings, ect. Jaxon, however, did not really like the Space book. I don’t really know why he didn’t like it but it wasn’t that educational either so I wouldn’t really recommend it.

So that’s a wrap for kindergarten! I’m already working on next year’s curriculum and am super excited (I will share those soon)!



Road Trip Ready

For us, summer means multiple road trips so I thought I’d share a few audiobooks we have loved and will keep your kids entertained while on those long summer road trips:

  1. The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  2. A Bear Called Paddington
  3. The 101 Dalmatians
  4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  5. Doctor Dolittle
  6. The Swiss Family Robinson
  7. How to Train Your Dragon

Also I highly recommend the app Libby by Overdrive. This free app lets you borrow digital media from your local library. You have to have a library card and a way to play them (iPad, Kindle, ect). It is great for road trips because you download the book so you don’t need wifi to play them.



Yoga Books for Kids

6 yoga books for all ages

Six of our favorite yoga books. The top left is the easiest, for toddler’s (and Nellie’s favorite) and the bottom right is more for middle school or high school. We are not yoga experts but these books have made it fun and easy, the perfect way to start our day.

  1. Sleepy Little Yoga: A Toddler’s Sleepy Book of Yoga
  2. Babar’s Yoga for Elephants
  3. Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story
  4. Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story
  5. I Am Yoga
  6. Yoga For You

Do you do yoga with your kids? Any favorite books?



Money making ideas for the young entrepreneur

Why your kid needs to have a lemonade stand and four other money making ideas.

Lately Jaxon has been in to making money. My little entrepreneur. But all this money making has been a great opportunity to learn about money value (unschooling math), how hard work can get you what you want, responsibility, and so much more!

Here are five money making ideas to get your entrepreneur started:

1. Lemonade stand. Fairly basic and kind of common. My kids like to add mint leaves to their lemonade. Also this drink stand I found on clearance has been a great way for them not to overfill or spill cups of lemonade…as much. Here is a similar one.

2. Sell plants. Herb seeds and some recycled yogurt containers = an easy and useful product to sell. Also you can buy one strawberry plant or succulent, learn about propagation (earth science class!) and sell the new plants you grew!

3. Yard sale. This doubles as a good way to declutter! I try and mostly just give a bit of guidance when pricing items, like $20 is a bit much for a used toy, but then its fun to see them work out a price with their “customers”.

4. Service, like shoveling snow or raking leaves or weeding or picking up pine cones or….I think you get the idea.

5. Plant sit. Water a neighbor’s garden or house plants while they are on vacation. And I have the perfect book to inspire you: The Plant Sitter by Gene Zion. So this is a bit of a tease, because this book is no longer made. It’s in the $50 range on Amazon used books! But that also tells you how good it is! My parents still have this book (and aren’t aloud to sell it) and it was a favorite growing up. Gene Zion, the one who wrote Harry the Dirty Dog, is the author of this charming children’s story.