We're in our 7th week of our first year of classical homeschooling and we're still smiling! I must admit 2013 has had my tummy in apprehensive knots with some of the things it's thrown at me, but my insecurities are being reassured and my obedience to God's call on this season of my life confirmed.
Jonah is thriving with his education. He surprises me daily with what he is learning, retaining, and piecing together. He can read almost anything you put in front of him, including his Jesus Calling Bible and his Jesus Storybook Bible. He needs help on some words, but he reads aloud and comprehends what he's reading which is incredible to me! Especially since I haven't done a single reading lesson with him. I've assured him this is a gift, one I didn't possess at his age. It is a gift from God to use for His glory. Reading equals education and education equals freedom and the path way to doing what God has made him to do.
Since school started he's learned to read, write, and recite 8 Bible verses including the reference. We've covered the same amount of Bible accounts and the character traits Obedience and Attentive. We've reviewed these over and over as these two qualities are necessary for home education.
At the start of school he knew all of his letters, letter sounds, numbers, and how to recognize each. My language arts curriculum is like speech and writing therapy for him. The author has a system for learning to speak, identify, and write each letter in a way that has really helped him hone his skills. We've covered the letters "a, d, c, g, o" and the strokes that make up the letters. I tested him based on the authors assessment. Her highest level of mastery is if the student could hear the letter sound and write it clearly. He did that with each of the 5 letters that we've covered. I was so proud!
He's learned about Art for the past six weeks at CC. We've covered shapes, mirror images, perspective drawing, abstract art, upside down drawing, and today our final project of taking a box and using our imagination to draw with the techniques we've learned to make something original.
Here is our memory work for this week. Super excited to be covering these guys! I've moved our marker board in our dining room. He can read many of the words as we eat 3 meals a day here or he is in and out playing. This helps him remember what he's learning, and me, too!
Instead of listing everything he's learned, I wanted to let Jonah tell you for himself. He is not only memorizing for the week's assignment, but retaining all of this. It's incredible!
Jonah Reading. He is flying through all of these Kindergarten books.
Jonah reciting the part of the Timeline he knows. I wasn't checking this portion with my teacher's book. He got most of it correct, but may have switched or left out a small portion. But, to be reciting this much of history at age FOUR! WOW!
This was him reciting all of the history sentences we have learned, all of the grammar, and most of the science.
He was tired of the quizzing by this point, but I wanted to make sure to record the geography we've learned. (It's the subject we've spent the least time on).
This is by far my favorite thing he's learned. I had no idea he knew this until last week. He was getting stuck on Deuteronomy and I told him if he couldn't say it without being silly to stop practicing. Last week, I was making my bed and he walked in and recited the books from Genesis until Joel perfectly. I was shocked. I began helping him with the remaining 11 books last week with a goal of him reciting them for his presentation today. He succeeded!!