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Tips & Tricks: Art Class

I have seen that art is another class some people have trouble with as far as what they should be doing. For us it is about the same as PE. I do not use a set curriculum as I just do not see the need for one. You can do art class as cheaply as possible or you do always have the option to outsource to an art tutor/teacher or having your child take a class outside of your regular homeschooling like what we do with gymnastics. Art much like PE you do not need to push. If your child does not want to take an art class I would not force them, too. Here are some of the things that we do: Painting: paint, brushes and paper; we also get canvases Coloring: crayons and paper Cutting and Gluing: kid scissors, glue and paper Drawing: pencils, markers, colored pencils and paper Sculpting: molding clay and maybe some molding tools; you can use Playdoh even although we prefer to use Mad Mattr Art kits: we have reviewed a ton in the past since our daughter loves art Art places: there are many of those

Merry Christmas

 Merry Christmas from OneLuckeyWife to all of you! Our oldest has finished 1st grade and will start 2nd grade in January. Youngest will start preschool at the same time. They are both very excited and I’m so happy they enjoy school. This year for Christmas I made them these cute dolls from one of AradiyaToys patterns. I hope y’all have a wonderful holiday and New Year season! This doll is handmade by me, Daisy Luckey, from a design and pattern by  AradiyaToys .

Tips & Tricks: Ending a Year

Since we school year round we end our year the Friday before Christmas. What I like to do is a big breakfast like we do on the first day of school. If I include muffins or pancakes I let them help me cook it as a fun activity. For the week before and week of ending the school year I use to test over everything we have gone over that year. This way I know if she has retained the information and if we need to review or add in a lesson or 2 for the next school year. I have yet to have to add anything as she remembers literally everything.  We do school like normal but after the end of each class I like to have a tiny party of dancing around the house to celebrate the end of that years class. We do this for the last 2 days of school since I schedule some classes only on certain days. When we have completed school for the day we do a big celebration of playing different games, doing a final experiment, completing a STEM project or with art. It just depends on what she would like to do. I al

Homeschool: 1st Grade End of Year

As we start to wrap up our 1st grade year I thought I would go ahead and let y'all know what I thought about our curriculum choices, what worked and what did not. Of course we used our Timberdoodle Curriculum . I will go by class so first up is English. For English I count everything that goes into it as one class. So, reading, spelling, grammar and writing are what I call English. My main goals where for her to improve on her reading and start to spell more on her own. If you have read our post before than you know I did an extended year because I wanted our daughter to get better at reading. Well then come to find out she was where she should be and then I felt down for not continuing like we normally would have. She has hit all the goal I original set so I call that a win for sure. When I asked her what she thought of English class she said " I really like the games because they are fun even though reading is quite hard." The next class is math. I was really surprised

Tips & Tricks: This is BORING (Reading/Math)

Fight with your child every day to do reading and math? I know we have those days. Instead of losing your mind trying to get your child to finish their assignment turn it into an activity! These are some things I do. First I put the problems or words on a card/piece of paper. Scavenger Hunt: I tape the papers all around the house and our daughter has to find them bring them to me and solve/read them. Sometimes I give clues as to where the next one is. Big TIP make a list of where you put the papers cause if you are like me you will lose them. Animal and the Food: I tell our daughter she is an animal like a mouse and she is hungry if she completes the problems/read then she gets to keep them and eat them making her a happy mouse. Hop to the Finish: I place the papers all about the living room with a finish line. Some of the path ways do not lead to the finish and she would need to back track and find the correct path. In order to move to the next paper she has to correctly solve/read th

Tips & Tricks: Extra Help with a Class

What should you do if your child is not understanding a certain subject or concept in a class? There are many things you can do. Often times the curriculum you choose will have extra work on their website that you can print out or copy by hand and have your student complete. This will allow them to get extra practice in. You would spend more time on in the areas that they do not understand. For instance if my daughter says she that she does not understand what I am talking about when we go over her history class then I reword it for her or explain further what the textbook is trying to say. When she did not understand what I meant in science that atoms join together to make a molecule we physically reacted it with her, my husband and I all being an atom and then we linked arms and feet literally becoming the molecule. Another thing that you can do is hire a tutor. Sometimes having someone else explain the same concept that you are trying to helps the child understand it better. When I