January is a snowy, chilly time in Colorado so we found fun ways to play inside this month. Puzzles, games, LEGOs, and dolls filled our playtimes.
Homeschool: Bible, Character and Hymn Study
This month, we focused on “Attentiveness” and learned about good listening. We defined a good listening as “Listening with your ears, eyes, and heart.” The kids had this phrase memorized by the end of the month and repeating it was a wonderful way to help them learn what I expected from them when I talk to them.
We read and narrated several great Bible stories about attentiveness. We also memorized some great scripture verses. We learned about Jesus as a shepherd and that his sheep listen to his voice.
My sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me. John 10:27
We talked about Mary and Martha as they hosted Jesus and his disciples and how Mary was very attentive to Jesus and she chose “what was good”.
Listen to advice and accept instruction and in the end you will be wise. Proverbs 19:20
Our hymn study was Take My Life and Let it Be. We enjoyed singing this together each morning and night. The first week, we only sang one verse a day and then talked about the meaning of the words in that verse.
Homeschool: Literature and Poetry
We read some great books this month. Bud enjoyed Sarah, Plain and Tall so much that we continued in the series with Skylark by Patricia McLaughlin. He was amazed at the characters’ perseverance through a terrible drought.
We also read Rascal by Sterling North. The writing style of this author is excellent and the wonderful language just resonates off the page. Bud got a wonderful glimpse into American life during WWI.
For lighter family read-alouds we read A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald, and Peanut and I read On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingles Wilder.
Bud memorized “Block City” by Robert Louis Stevenson this month and really enjoyed this poem. He loves playing with LEGOs so the words were right up his alley.
We also enjoyed listening to a Podcast called “Story Pirates” each day during lunch. I had Bud draw a picture describing the wild, child-authored stories and Dad would try to guess the nature of the story from his picture later at dinner. It was so funny to hear the guesses.
This month, Bud wrote out several Proverbs about “Attentiveness” as his copywork. If you would like to use this in your homeschool studies please feel free to download it here.
We did some great nature studies this month. We observed the textures of snow on a hike nearby. We read Here Come the Squirrels by Alice Goudey for our natural history book. Peanut had fun “painting with water” and we all observed the quick drying times of our Colorado climate. We tried to get outside as much as possible to play, sled, and ski. It was a fun month to enjoy winter and some time together in a rhythm as a family.