Monday, May 13, 2013

Our Little School at Home: Rev to Rev Complete! LHFHG Continues..

We finished! We finished! School ended last week. What an incredible year of growth for my sons.

Rev to Rev Year Summary:

Joshua loved, LOVED, LOVED this year of study. He claims it is his favorite guide so far.

We finished the year reading and discussing George Washington Carver. Such a great book to end the year on - full of godly character: faith, resourcefulness, diligence, sacrifice...and the list goes on.

Joshua enjoyed the bible study, but found it a little light - not the study, but perhaps the scheduling of the materials. I think this was an attempt to keep our days balanced, so he completed a study on the book of Matthew alongside the study of Hebrews this year. He also participated in Bible quizzing, memorizing a majority of the book of Matthew. (Okay, proud mama moment - his team placed first for the year!!)

He really enjoyed Draw & Write through History. I am so thankful that we were introduced to this resource. Joshua has taken up drawing and sketching as a result. He has purchased some great art supplies and instructional books to continue his study. I have to say - huge GROWTH in this area. When we started HOD with Preparing Hearts for His Glory, Joshua HATED drawing - especially from this series. BUT now, after having stuck with it, he LOVES it and is EXCELLING.

The state study was also a hit. Joshua really enjoyed learning about the states and daily came to recite some ridiculous law that the state had at one time or another. We shared quite a few chuckles.

The American Testimony dvds were also a great hit. Once in awhile, a segment would not grab his attention & he would complain - but then again, we are doing school, not trying to entertain him! The videos did lead to some great narrations and discussions. One resource I wouldn't want to skip - even on those "not-so-exciting" segment days!

Little Hearts for His Glory

Jacob and I are continuing LHFHG next fall. I am not planning to finish it in the fall, so we are taking our time. We have loved it! Somersaulting through the months of the year, memorizing Scripture and the rhymes made our year so fun. Jacob has enjoyed the science and art activities...but his favorite part of our day is the time he gets to curl up in my lap for reading - History, the Thornton books or ANY of the resources. He doesn't care what we are reading...he just loves to be read to. He is really struggling to read himself, but he is pretty young yet, so I am not too stressed yet. I was hesitant to use Singapore math because friends who have used it haven't like it...but we are enjoying it..and most importantly, my little guy is understanding the lessons!

LHFHG has been a breath of fresh air. I used a different curriculum for my oldest, and he sits in on the Thornton Burgess books...he gets a kick out of them (and he is 13). Too funny! He also jumps in and does the rhyme with us when we are doing something like somersaults. I have to admit - sometimes the actions distract us and we spend far more time on the rhyme than necessary - but we are having FUN and LEARNING!


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