I caught my kids snuggled up reading together several times this month. With the weather turning colder and the days getting shorter, they seem to find their own places to get cozy with a book. Bud has even been reading to his little sister lately which really warms my heart and encourages me as we walk through this homeschool journey.
Reading and Math
Bud has just a few remaining lessons in All About Reading, Level 1. He is excited that he has the ability to read books to himself now and reads most things easily and quickly. He enjoys getting gold stars on the stories he reads from his AAR readers.
The math lessons this month included some handwriting in Right Start Math, Level A. This was totally new to Bud and he was a bit discouraged at first. I continued to keep the lessons very short (5 minutes or less) and got him a new pencil and pencil grip and lightbulbs suddenly went on. It was the first time I saw him get excited about writing!
History and Science
We read a great book called The Titanic: Lost and Found by Judy Donnelly. Bud wanted to hear the story again and again and reenacted the events with his little toy boats in the bathtub. We looked at the globe to see where the boat went and where it sank and learned what iceburgs were.
On September 11th we also took sometime to pray and think about the tragic events that happened 12 years ago. We watched a video showing pictures of the towers. It was a hard thing to explain to Bud, but a good opportunity to share the gospel with him. We read The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordecai Gerstein which was a good way to introduce Bud to the setting of what took place. We also painted a special picture to remember the victims and their families.
For science, we read some great books this month related to the changing seasons and started doing Nature Walks. We looked at the rock retaining wall in our driveway and talked about the chipmunk habitats contained in it. We took several hikes along the swift-moving streams after the crazy Colorado flood rains came through and observed the changes it made to the landscape. We also took a field trip to a great Toddler Time at our local nature center where the kids learned all about habitats of creatures in our area. They got to look around outside and identify the homes of birds, squirrels, moles, and bugs.
Habit Training: Self-Control
This month we worked on the habit of self-control, especially controlling tempers when things don’t work out the way we want. We have 5 family rules and two of them involve this habit – No Screaming and No Yelling. This is a habit that constantly improves and then declines again so I will probably be revisiting it often. The main way we tackled this one was through prayer and encouragement. I started coming into Bud’s room first thing in the morning right after I had had my quiet time and reading an encouraging verse to him. Then we pray together that God would help him control his temper throughout the day.
I’ve also been convicted to work on my own self-control. After all, it’s pretty hypocritical of me to ask my children to improve their attitudes, if I am grumbling over silly things also. This verse was helpful to me and we are working on memorizing it together:
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure children of God” Philippians 2:14-15
September is historically the driest month of the year in Colorado, but this month we received the same amount of rain we usually record in an entire year. It was mind-blowing how the rain just did not stop. That just never happens here. We got to see a worst case scenario of drainage and thankfully our house emerged dry. That can not be said for many of our fellow Coloradians so we continue to pray for them daily as they work to restore what was lost.
The last week or so has been gorgeous. We are enjoying lots of time playing in the 60 degree weather under cloudless blue skies. I am looking forward to fall hikes under golden aspen leaves and seeing our first snow. Yay for fall!