Tuesday, September 18

DIY Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

It's that time of year again! We are in our second year of homeschooling, my daughter and I are both getting into a productive routine and we are really enjoying learning together. I have noticed that my daughter is a auditory learner, so for this kindergarten school year we will be focusing on reading,. Whether it's me reading to my daughter, learning phonics, and sight words, most of this curriculum will be reading out loud. Everyone's homeschool days and routines are different, so I would like to share what we are using for our reading focused kindergarten school year.

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Reading/Language Arts/Writing

        

During our 4 year old preschool year, Ava picked up handwriting pretty well and pretty fast. This year we will continue to practice writing, individual letters, numbers, words, and sentences. We will be doing daily journaling and writing short letters to friends. We will also be working on sight words as Ava is interested in learning to read. We are enjoying these  Pinkalicious phonics books so far, she is also doing pretty well with sight words and recognizing sight words in books.


Math

        

My daughter loves to ask the time, like she has a car and a schedule that she needs to keep lol. So guess who is learning to tell time?! Ava has a clock puzzle that she got for a birthday that we will be using for telling time, so glad I saved this gem. I finally also purchased some counting cubes because guess who is learning addition and subtraction?! I figured having visuals would help her grasp these math concepts. We will also have a few workbooks for additional math reinforcement.


Science/Technology/Art


I'm pretty sure that science is my daughter's favorite subject, she loves learning about space. We do lots of reading and lots of exploring in nature for science. Ava loves to do science experiments and lately she has enjoyed putting together a motorized car! For art, we visit art museums at least 4 times a month. We go to art classes at the museum or art club at the library, less mess for me to clean at home! This year we will also be going to the symphony. The symphony here has shows for young children and I think Ava will enjoy going.


History/Geography


If you follow me on Instagram, I have mentioned a few times that Ava loves maps! She loves drawing them, learning about them, and she insists on having a map to look at in the car lol. This year, we aren't going to in depth into history but we are definitely learning black history and touching on world history.


Extras
When we aren't doing school work, we will be visiting the library, going on playdates, playing at the playground, exploring nature trails, meeting up with homeschool friends, visiting our local museums, participating in ballet, free play gymnastics, and kids yoga.

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We are excited to continue our kindergarten homeschool year. If you are a homeschool family, what grades are you teaching? What are your curriculum choices for the year. Let me know in the comments. All the pictures here are clickable or feel free to visit my Amazon store to see all of the books that we are using. Until next time!

April K.
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Sunday, September 16

Atlanta Fall and Winter Events You Don't Want to Miss

Happy Fall everyone! I hope you enjoyed the festivals this summer had to offer. Now I would like to round up some family friendly fall and winter festivals for you to enjoy. Check them out below. 

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1. Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade - September 22, 2018. A family friendly nighttime favorite. Feel free to bring your own lantern to walk with in the parade or just enjoy watching. 

2. Old 4th Ward Fall Festival - September 22, 2018. Before watching the lantern parade, stop by the O4W fall fest to enjoy food, a kids area, music, and build your own lantern for the parade.  

3. Sandy Springs Festival - September 22-23, 2018. Pet parade, art, food, music, and a children's area with rides, games and crafts. 

4. Candler Park Fall Festival - September 29-30, 2018. Food trucks, live music, and a children's area. 

5. Atlanta Streets Alive - September 30, 2018. I can't wait to hop on the train to enjoy a car free Midtown! Still deciding on if I'll bring my bike or just enjoy the walk. 

6. Ghost Tours - October 2018. October is the start of all things spooky and my kiddo is obsessed with being spooked! We went on a ghost tour last year and had such a fun time. The ghost tours are in Lawrenceville, GA but are well worth the drive! 

7. Atlanta Parent Magazine Family Festival - October 6, 2018. This festival looks loaded with fun activities for the kids! Admission is only $5 per person and includes 5 activity tickets.

8. Fall Fun At Atlantic Station - October 13, 2018 2pm - 6pm.

9. Spooky Film Festival - October 13, 2018 After the Fall Fun event, stick around to watch Hocus Pocus on the lawn at Atlantic Station. 

10. Halloween Hikes - October 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2018. The Chattahoochee Nature Center will be hosting family not so spooky nature hikes this October. It your little one loves being outside, this would be perfect for them. 

11. Fall Festival On Ponce - October 20-21, 2018. Art, food, music and a kid's zone. 

12. Little 5 Points Halloween Parade and Festival - October 20, 2018. Perhaps the best parade of the year, Ava and I excitedly await this parade every year. There are costumes everywhere, music, food vendors, and just an all around good time! This is the one event that you shouldn't miss.

13. Grant Park Halloween Lantern Parade - October 26, 2018 6pm - 10pm  

14. Dinosaur Trick Or Treat - October 27, 2018 10am-2pm. The Fernbank Museum is hosting it's annual Halloween Party for kids. We are museum members and will be attending this event for the first time this year!

15. Goblins In The Garden - October 28, 2018 10am-4pm Families can enjoy fall art activities, train rides, and scarecrows at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Feel free to wear costumes!

16. Trick or Treat at Atlantic Station - October 31, 2018 4pm-8pm We trick or treat every year at Atlantic Station and it's always nice. Not too crowded, activities on the lawn, just a fun time.


I hope you will take part in these fun fall activities. I'll be updating this list with more events as information becomes available. Jot them down in your planner, put them on your phone calendar, and get busy making fun memories! Until next time. 


April K.
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