Month 1 – September 2011 Curriculum – Cycle 2.pdf from the Preschool Palace

 

I have shared before how I really appreciate the Preschool Palace curriculum.  It gives me ready made activities to fill my 2 and 3 year olds workboxes as well as offer a wealth of information and resources.  Check out their Cycle 2 new school year curriculum.  www.preschoolpalace.org/Documents/Monthly curriculum/Month 1 – September 2011 Curriculum – Cycle 2.pdf.

Hospitality

I love to entertain, and if you were to happen to stop by my house unannounce (which happens more often then you think) you would be welcomed with open arms and open home.  But I actually struggle with hospitality.  This is a terrible thing to admit as the wife of a pastor.   Hospitality does not come naturally to me and often it is not included in my planning and scheduling.

I have recently posted about a new planner I have been using, Keepers at Home Organizer.  How excited I was to discover that the Keepers at Home Organizer has a tab dedicated to hospitality.  It has you focus on several goals:

  1. My Service as an Individual: Young mothers I could be an older woman to, Older women from which to learn, new friends and old friends
  2. Our Service as a family: families in our church who need encouragement, new members of our church, newlyweds, young friends that my children could reach out to.
  3. Extended family
  4. those sick and bereaved
  5. Widows in need
  6. The elderly
  7. and group events my family can organize to encourage Christian fellowship.

There are places to keep track of letter writing and the actual planning of an event and so much more.  Keepers at Home Organizer {I am not an affiliate of Keeper of the Home Organizer, I am just that excited about this planner and want to share its wonderful qualities.}

It is so easy for anyone to get busy with the everyday needs of your family that you forget to look outside of your own family.  I plan to be more intentional in hospitality.  This also goes hand in hand with our new preschool curriculum. {I am an affiliate of Heavenly Homes products and do receive some commissions when your order products through my link.}

What kinds of things do you do to show hospitality?  I would love to hear your ideas!

What I am working on this week.

We are officially on break from school this month.  However we do continue to do some academic things, particularly arithmetic.  Samuel will continue doing at least 3 lessons in Practical Arithmetic book 1 per week.  Isaac will continue to do at least 3 lessons per week in his Ray’s Arithmetic workbook series 1.  We continue with our read alouds and our weekly library trips where the children continue to explore their interests. 

In this month off I have several things planned–namely cleaning and organizing.  I am frantically cutting and laminating every spare moment to get as much of the girls curriculum done–Letter of the Week (all her printables are on the site for free or you can download all the files in one shot for a small fee of $10.  It was well worth my time to simply purchase the curriculum rather than try and download the activities individually.)  I am currently up to letter D as well as supplementing with lapbooks to go along with the books we will be reading.  We will be following the Before Five in a Row book list.  I will upload pictures of my progress soon.

For the older boys I have created a planner for each that I am hoping will aid them in becoming more independent.  The ideas have been based on the concepts from the self-learning method and the countless planners I have tryed to use over the years.  I am a bit of a planner junkie.  I am pretty happy with how these planners have turned out.  We are experimenting for the month of June before I print out an entire quarter.  These are the planners I have so far:  Weekly Assigment Planner for the young Student for quarter 3 and Weekly Assigment Planner for the Independent Student for quarter 3.    Both planners are word documents and the reason there are 12 boxes every day is because we use the workbox system.  Today went very well and I will let you all know what changes and updates I will end up making.  If any of you have suggestions or ideas I am always welcome to those.  I plan to upload all 4 quarters by the end of this month.  Also you will probably note that we homeschool all year round and we begin the new school year with each new year–in January.  We can do that because we home educate;) 

I hope you enjoy these.  Happy planning.