As I have written we have changed curriculums this year to Trail Guide To Learning. We are using Paths of Exploration books this year. Our first unit was focused on Christopher Columbus for six weeks. We incorporate reading, copy work, word study, grammar, science, history, geography and art.
I had a few concerns when we started because reading and copy work are areas that Mickey needed to work on but she also complained greatly by having to read so much or write all the time. Now that we have finished up our first 6 weeks Mickey tells me that her favorite parts are reading and copy work. She has greatly improved in both of these areas.
We had a lot of very hands on activities which is just what I was looking for. In the first week of our unit we studied about Bazaars where people bought food and clothing. It is very much like our Farmer’s Market that she attends weekly. So we made a special trip to a night Farmer’s Market where Mickey took a photo journey and added it to an album that she would use in her end of unit presentation. She LOVED this.
We also had a lot of hands on science activities. We used Trail Guide for Learning and also our Astronomy book that we use from Real Science 4 Kids. I was so thrilled how the 2 correlated in our learning. We studied planets and put together a solar system model. The end product is now hanging in my daughter’s room. She is very excited.
We also studied constellations. The kids enjoyed learning the stories and finding the constellations on their own board.
We also learned about the weather. I think that one of the fun things we did was learn about clouds and rain while we had a thunderstorm going on outside. It really made the lesson come to life.
Nate is feeling the heat from the water. I don’t know why is has the sock but it made him happy.
Mickey being fascinated about how the “clouds” were releasing the rain.
We also tried our hand at making a sundial. There is a lot more that goes into a sundial than I ever knew. It was fun creating art and science at the same time.
One of my greatest joys taking this journey is the excitement my child had while reading about Christopher Columbus. She couldn’t wait to read on and learn what else was going to happen. She didn’t fuss about reading her book because she knew that I was also going to read to her from my book. Her reading improved and she enjoyed reading. How great is that?? Her writing has also greatly improved. She looks forward to the copy work and likes to see how neat her writing can be. She enjoys working in her lapbook and likes to cut and paste. This program has been a huge blessing to our family.