1. Continue Emily and Elizabeth's reading lessons. I use The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading. These reading lessons are very plain (no colorful, kiddie pictures), but very thorough featuring systematic phonics.
2. Copywork with Emily and Elizabeth. Scripture verses and simple sentences for Emily. Practicing writing the alphabet with Elizabeth.
3. Consistent chores. An example of our chores for everyday (but Sunday!):
Emily (5): empties garbage for whole house, vaccums dining room area after dinner,
Elizabeth (4): restocks diapers, toilet paper, and napkin basket, wipes table after dinner
Luke (2): wipes little play table and chairs, helps Mommy throw laundry into wash
Girls: sort laundry
All kids: make beds, tidy rooms, help with clean-ups
4. Consistently going to library and getting good books...notice I am using the word consistent a lot here...it is hard to be consistent!
5. Time outdoors enjoying parks and the water!
6. Play dates with another homeschooling family (here the same time in newport we are...our husbands are in the same class for six months...good to have someone with similar experiences in military and homeschooling life.)
7. Unit study on the Pilgrims and Indians. We live about an hour from Plimoth Plantation (http://www.plimoth.org/). In August, we are planning a weekend vacation to a campground, and we are planning to visit this historical spot. We want our children to know about our nation's rich Christian heritage!! We are reading these now before we visit the historical site so that the kids will have some knowledge of the subject and hopefully enjoy it more. After we finish reading these, I want the girls to create their own little Pilgrims and Indians book. Simple idea: make a simple book with paper. Then, draw and color pictures on each page. If able, have the child write a simple sentence about each page. Here are the books we are reading for this unit study:
1. Margaret's Pumphrey's Pilgrim Stories: chapter book (ages 4+) about Pilgrims 1620 journey, exploring the New World and their struggles, making friends with the Indians. This book often mentions the Pilgrim children and their experiences. Really good, and I am learning a lot too!