Sunday, May 27, 2012

Homeschool Highlights: Pre-K Wrap Up

We have completed Jenni's Pre-Kindergarten school year! It is truly amazing to see the progress she has made over the 36+ weeks we had school. It has been such a joy and a blessing to see her excited to learn and be with her every step of the way!

 Jenni's first week of Pre-K (August 1, 2011 - Age 4 years)

Jenni's last week of Pre-K (May 25, 2012 - 4 years, 10 months)

Pre-K Highlights
Memorized weekly scripture
Greater understanding of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit

Completed Singapore Math workbook
Completed Saxon Math K
Jenni knows all the basic shapes, enjoys reading and creating patterns, and can read numbers 0-100. She can count by 1's, 5's and 10's to 100. She can do simple addition mentally, "harder" addition and subtraction using manipulatives, understands ordinal position (1st-5th), and can use the balance to weigh and compare manipulatives. She has learned the days of the week and the months in the year. She can sort items by shape, size and color. She has a good understanding of many types of graphs, identifying more, less, or equal to, enjoys telling time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour, and has a good understanding of counting money with pennies, dimes and nickels. She enjoys using manipulatives during math (pattern blocks, counting bears, clocks, the balance, linking cubes, etc.), reading math stories and enjoys math games.

Reading, Writing, Spelling
Completed Explode the Code Primer Set A, B and C (Get Ready for THE CODE, Get Set for THE CODE, Go for THE CODE)
Completed Explode the Code Book 1
Jenni knows the letters of the alphabet, is able to say each sound the letter makes and write each letter - capital and lowercase. She can write her name and a few other words/names from memory, and she can write words that she can sound out. Her writing has greatly improved over the year and she is able to write a few sentences at a time. She can read short words with short vowel sounds, some sight words, and some larger words.

Bob Books, Set 1, read-alouds and other #1 beginner books
Completed Before Five in a Row (B4FIAR)
Five in a Row, Volume 1 (FIAR in progress, will continue this in Kindergarten)
Jenni has always enjoyed the books we "row" a week at a time and all the activities that we do along with the book - all the activities tie so nicely together with the story.

Jenni has enjoyed different hands-on activities from growing vegetables and flowers from seeds to mixing colors.

Beginning Geography, Grades K-2 workbook (in progress, will continue this in Kindergarten)
We began learning about different cities, states, countries, and continents through various stories we read in B4FIAR and FIAR, as well as working in a Beginning Geography workbook that we will continue in Kindergarten. Jenni knows the city, state and country which we live in. She can recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" (aka America). She also has learned the basics of map skills - directions - left, right, up and down - and is beginning to understand north, south, east and west. She knows a few different names of countries (United States of America, Mexico, China, France, and Russia) and knows a few facts about each.

Jenni loves all different types of art - coloring, drawing, painting, tissue paper art, foam art, etc. She loves to use scissors to cut paper and glues the pieces onto other sheets of paper to create designs. She also likes creating art books and other "pieces of art" for family members.

We are all looking forward to the summer - relaxing, enjoying the outdoors, working on fun crafts and projects, getting ready for the big move late summer once our house is finished being built, and welcoming Baby J into our family! Jenni J is really looking forward to kindergarten and moving up to the next grade! We plan to start kindergarten in June, somewhat following a year-round school calendar. Joshua will "formally" begin preschool when he turns three next January. His preschool year will mainly consist of Letter of the Week - Alphabet Fun activities that I started with Jenni when she was 3. Jenni had a great time learning and experiencing new things that way and we will continue the concept with Joshua but make the activities more "boyish." :) What a huge blessing it is to be able to stay home with my children, teach them and see them grow!

Jenni's Kindergarten Curriculum 2012-2013
Saxon Math 1 (math book, workbooks 1 and 2, and daily meeting book)
All About Reading, Level 1
Explode the Code Book 2 (ETC Book 3 in the spring)
Beginning Geography, Grades K-2 (Evan-Moor)
Daily Science, Grade 1 (Evan-Moor)
Five in a Row Volume 1 (FIAR Volume 2 in the spring)

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