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Babysteps to Homeschooling: Learning to Plan

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Finding dinosaurs in our backyard dino exacavation!

One of the tings I learned from our first week of homeschool is that I need to do a better job of planning.  I had a lot of activities to do, but they were not necessarily in the best order.  So this week I tried a different plan: one letter per day with all activities for that letter and then one themed book for each of the other days.   I am using the 4 year old curriculum from  ABC Jesus Loves Me as my primary curriculum and branching out from there.

The plan seemed to work, but honestly, we didn’t do quite as much “school” this week.  The weather has cooled off slightly so the kids took advantage of it and played outside a lot.   I’m fine with that.  At this age, play is still very important so I didn’t push the “school” work and just let them play!

Our letters of the week were E, F, and L and I focused on one letter per day. I printed off a ton of letter activities.  Ella’s favorite letter activity were these  Letter Mazes.  They were a nice change of pace from simply tracing/writing or coloring.


The other two days of the week we focused on books.  Our ABC Jesus Loves Me “Book of the Week” was How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?.  We borrowed it from the library, but I think I’m going to have to buy it, the kids loved it so much! I used the dinosaur theme for “math” and “science”.  The problem I had is that my girly-girl is not in to big, ugly dinos! I struggled to find “cute” dinosaur activities and finally on Sunday evening (of course), I found this printable dino pack from 2 Teaching Mommies.  My little princess LOVED these dinos! We also did a dinosaur dig in the backyard (picture up top).  I broke a shovel putting the sand in the table and Ella was convinced a dinosaur had stepped on it and broke it.

The second book we focused on this week was Mrs. Rosey Posey and the Fine China Plate.  Mrs. Rosey Posey is a an absolutely delightful short series of  Christian “I Can Read” books published by Zondervan.  These books are pure gold! I’ll post our activities from this book in a separate post because Mrs. Rosey Posey deserves her own space!

Our Bible story this week was Shadrach, Mishack and Abednego and we talked about obedience.  Something is working because Ella spent the week being more obedient that I’ve ever seen her and reminding me that she is supposed to obey her parents! Can I have a HALLELUJAH?!

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  • Shell Fruscione
    June 5, 2012

    We LOVE the “How Do Dinosaurs” series! &I am just starting to homeschool my son & I have no clue where to start planning so thank you for posting this! I like the letter of the day idea for sure.

  • Camille
    September 9, 2011

    Thank you! I think Levi is around Miles age — he likes to cut, glue and paint. In other words, the bigger the mess the better.

    Those dinos saved me! She LOVED them!

  • Lisa
    September 9, 2011

    It sounds to me like you are doing a great job! Kids learn best through fun and playing. I’m going to have to check out some of these materials when Levi gets just a little bit older. The dinosaur printables are adorable!