Melody is in 1st grade this year. There are a few subjects where she is doing 2nd grade level work, and she is participating in some activities as a 2nd grader, but she is enrolled in the charter school as a 1st grader. I don’t plan to have her “skip a grade” even if her reading level last year was something like a 4th or 5th grader. She is a typical firstborn child. Melody is very enthusiastic about learning (most of the time). She is definitely most like me right now. She is an analytical kid and a huge bookworm. She is a visual learner. Her favorite subject is art, and she is very creative with her work. And true to her name, she loves music and enjoys learning to play the ukelele with her dad. 🙂 They also like bike riding together.
Emily – PreK
Emily is our PreK kiddo. In terms of academics, she seems to be right on target for her age. She is waiting for the day when she can participate in everything that her big sis is a part of, and even though they have similarities, she is her own person, for sure! Emily reminds me a lot of myself as a kid. That said, she is a typical secondborn child, just like me. She is definitely a more hands-on learner (tactile/kinesthetic), and even learned how to cut shapes from paper before she turned 2 (I’m not sure why I thought it was a good idea for me to give a not-even-2yo child scissors, like real scissors that cut, and yes, I was there to supervise the whole time every time). She likes to draw. Emily is an awesome share-er and always watches out for her friends. She is our expressive child. She is my little helper whenever I am cooking or baking in the kitchen.
Eventually we will sign up again for dance or some sports, but I think we have found something that both girls really, really enjoy – singing and theater! I know, who’d have guessed with music-loving parents? :p They are both really compassionate about helping others, and are an inspiration to me to get into the Bible. I am encouraged by the people they are becoming. They aren’t perfect, but they are my lovely girls.
Now in our 2nd week back to homeschooling, we are finding our rhythm. All the girls’ activities will begin next week, and I can’t wait to see all our friends on a regular basis again now that everyone is mostly back from vacations and other summer activities. 🙂 Both girls really thrive when we have a structured schedule, and I hope to be more organized this year to be able to give them that! I guess I’ll be posting more about that in the Day-in-the-Life post. 🙂
P.S. Obviously, I’m behind in actually linking up to this blog hop. 😉 And obviously, I’m not going in the right order…I’m not ready to post my School Room post because it is in disarray. You can argue that it is not, or just for me to show you how it is, as it is, but I think the school supply closet threw up and it just doesn’t even make sense in here. :p Trust me on this one.
Linking up to ihomeschoolnetwork’s Not Back-to-School Blog Hop: Student Photo Week 2013.
Related Post: 2013-2014 School Year: Curriculum