In teaching this concept to my present first-grader, I found this cute, helpful video:
We’re about ready to start our 2016-2017 year tomorrow. Madeline starts 6th grade (I still think something must have gotten messed up somewhere, because that doesn’t seem possible). Anson starts 4th. And Kieryn starts 1st.
Before we begin, I thought I’d post the recap of Kieryn’s kindergarten year that our umbrella school asked me to turn in. (I have been so absent on this blog, that advantage needs to be taken when I can capture any memories with little extra effort.)
Kieryn had been eager to begin school for a while, but given my busyness with two in school ahead of her, and one toddler and a newborn behind her, I was not as eager. Her oldest sibling, Madeline, however, began doing “school” with her when she was four, and by the time she began kindergarten this past school year, she was well-primed and ready to go.
We used Sonbeams as the basis for our Bible time. Each week, we had a new verse to learn, going in ABC order. The verses we memorized are:
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
Believe in the Lord Yeshua and you will be saved. (Acts 16:31)
Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (Ephesians 6:1)
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm 34:14)
Even a child is known by his actions by whether his conduct is pure and right. (Proverbs 20:11)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16)
God is love (1 John 4:16)
Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by YHWH? (Deuteronomy 33:29)
I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)
Knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30)
Make a joyful noise to YHWH, all the earth! (Psalm 100:1)
Nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20)
Do not be Overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)
Praise YHWH! (Psalm 148:1)
Look! I am coming Quickly and my reward is with me to repay each person according to what he has done. (Revelation 22:12)
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)
Trust in YHWH with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
Sing Unto YHWH a new song; Sing unto YHWH, all the earth. (Psalm 96:1)
I am the Vine; you are the branches. He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Do not be anXious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
YHWH your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
At the beginning of the week, we would read the verse and sing a song version of the verse. Kieryn would read along in a “box” form of the verse, where every word was written in its own box like this:
After reading it, she would cut it into horizontal strips and would have to place it back in order. The next day, we’d sing our verse song again and then cut the strips vertically one time. She would again piece the words into the correct order. She continued cutting the strip each day until all the words were separate. She also did a handwriting sheet where she traced the words of the verse.
Kieryn joins us for our daily family Bible time that her Daddy leads. She also reads independently from her own storybook Bible.
Kieryn has completed a typing tutorial program on BBC’s website. It has four levels, each focusing on a group of keys. It effectively teaches kids how to properly place their fingers and rewards them with dancing animals singing silly songs at the end of each level.
Kieryn completed her phonics program using the Starfall website and workbooks. She is a very proficient reader, eager to practice her ever-expanding skills.
Taking after her big sister, who loves to write, Kieryn enjoys writing short stories. Most of her stories include words sounded out phonetically, which adds unintended adventure to the reading. Occasionally, Kieryn will type a story and her sister will act as editor, correcting grammar. Other times, her sister will act as transcriptionist, typing out the story as Kieryn dictates it. Following is an excerpt from one such story:
Dina was in a shack. It was her home. And she had lost her family. Her dog was named Marina. It was a girl dog. Dina ran with her dog to the store. Dina made her own bowls and plates out of sticks and other nature items. She got bread, butter, milk, eggs, and dog food. She paid ten dollars. She ran back with her dog. (Marina didn’t have a leash on either.) She ran back. She made dinner over a fire. And she gave Marina some dog food. And she ate some food. And then they went to bed.
Kieryn completed the Math U See Primer book this year. Though she still needs a bit more work to remember how to write the numbers 11-19, and how to skip count by fives, I have no doubt she’ll gain mastery of those as we review them in the next level.
Kieryn joined her siblings as they studied elementary anatomy and physiology. She colored sheets showing different bones, organs, and blood vessels. She also memorized poems about each of the five senses:
I need my eyes, so I can see
I don’t have five, or one, or three
Just two eyes upon my face
It seems to be a common place
For eyes to sit on animals
From frogs, to fish, from bears, to gulls
Two eyes, one face – that’s a match
But really here’s a little catch
Spiders see with eight bug-eyes
And here’s another eye surprise
Scallops have most of all
More than fifty! Must see all!
I’ll stick with two; they let me see
My two eyes are good for me!
If sweet-sweet candy had no taste
That would be a total waste!
Chocolate milk that tastes like water?
Won’t be found on my order
Pizza pies that taste like air?
That’s not right! That’s not fair!
That won’t happen, for I know
Tongue’s the one in the show
Salty, sour, bitter, sweet
My tongue’s taste buds can’t be beat
My tongue, the organ, gives me taste
Without it foods would be a waste!
Skinny Skin, stretched smoothly tight
Around my body day and night
Largest organ that I own
Bigger than my brain or bone
My skin gives me the sense of touch
Hot or cold, smooth or rough
Hard or soft, hand or heel
It’s my skin that lets me feel
Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face
Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,
for if it were where it is not,
you might dislike your nose a lot.
Imagine if your precious nose
were sandwiched in between your toes,
that clearly would not be a treat,
for you’d be forced to smell your feet.
Your nose would be a source of dread
were it attached atop your head,
it soon would drive you to despair,
forever tickled by your hair.
Within your ear, your nose would be
an absolute catastrophe,
for when you were obliged to sneeze,
your brain would rattle from the breeze.
Your nose, instead, through thick and thin,
remains between your eyes and chin,
not pasted on some other place–
be glad your nose is on your face!
An ear splitting sound!
A crash and a boom!
Ringing so loudly,
It shook the whole room!
But I didn’t hear it
I couldn’t at all
My left and right ear
Had gone to the mall!
My left and right ear
My organs that hear
Had gone to go shopping
And that’s what I fear
Without my 2 ears
That spectacular pair
I can’t hear sound waves
Move through the air!
Disposition towards school
Kieryn is an excellent student. In fact, she’s been my easiest student so far! In general, she is very focused, has a cheerful attitude, does careful work, and does not get easily discouraged by corrections. I am so thankful for these things!