Oh how nice it feels to be back to our usual schedule! The kids have been excited about some new things we've added to our week and we are enjoying using many of our Christmas presents as a part of our school time. :)
Joshua picked up right where he left off, flying through his first spelling lessons book. He's using All About Spelling Level 1 and loving it. He's exactly halfway through the book now and I'm only doing the lessons and practicing when he wants to do it....which is almost every day. :) He still isn't very comfortable in his writing so most of the time he's spelling with the magnetic letters, letter tiles or some other form like playdoh or writing them in salt. I think next year I'll go through the book as a review with him when he is writing a little easier, but for now, he's sure having fun learning! He LOVES all the spelling rules and has all the ones up till this point in his lessons memorized. The book has them in a sing songy form so that they are easy to remember and that makes it more fun. :)
Story of the World books and curriculum, they really are written so well and are so much fun to read!
KinderBach this week! We'd really like the kids to learn to play the piano at some point, but I'm completely NOT musical...unless tapping with my feet counts! I can keep a better beat in my tap shoes than I can with my hands! LOL! :) Anyway...we're in Korea for a long while and I really didn't want to wait until we get back to the States to begin some sort of musical exposure and exploration. So I found Kinderbach and thought it would be a great addition to our day. The kids have loved it!
So far we've all learned what a quarter note is and looks like, finger placement and the names of some of the keys. There is a character that 'lives' on each key and each of their names begins with the same letter as the key that they live on so it's easy to remember. We've met Dodi the Donkey so far this week and he lives in the two black keys! :) It's been really fun and I'm excited about learning to play right along with all of the kids. After the six levels we'll have a good basic knowledge of reading music, and in the lessons there are several 'Everyday Songs', 'Christmas Songs', 'Hymns' and 'Patriotic Songs' that we'll know how to play. It sounds like a good music foundation to me for a 7 year old and so worth it x4 kiddos!! :)
So ALL that to say that our first week back to schooling is going pretty good and we're having fun, as The Adamses always do! :)