Saturday, August 30, 2008

Back to school

No back to school for us since we do year round school with Dorian.
Public school here in the US is starting back which will be nice for going to the Zoo, Omsi and the Children's Museum as they will be less crowded. Still quite a bit of kids from public schools go there on field trips and also homeschoolers. Autumn is around the corner so nature walks will be lovely.

We decided against a boxed curriculum for 1st grade. Now that we know his learning style it is much easier and fun to pick out things that suit him.
As most of you know Dorian has sensory processing disorder and we also think high functioning Asperger's. We are so lucky we can homeschool as Dorian does best in a small, consistent environment without a lot of change, distraction, noise and chaos.
We love to learn through daily life, but we also add in curriculum. We like to keep it fun. We want him to love learning. Right now we use:

K12 1st grade math

Headsprout Reading
Hand writing without tears
Rand McNally Geography
Kumon Telling time

We are also look at signing him up for some classes at a charter school for science as we thought it would be fun. The library is a huge resource of ours and of course field trips and just learning through daily life.
Right now math is his favorite subject, so that means he must be taking after Ash!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Fly Little Butterfly, Fly away ...

They hatched and we had 4 beautiful butterflies! It was so eat to watch them fly away.
One went right on a flower and sat there and let Dorian at it! Then he flew off into the sky.
After we watched them all leave "home" we found this beautiful butterfly, he must have got hurt by a bird or something. His little wing was injured on one side. We put him in a bush to hopefully get better.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

We have buuterflies!

I just posted this morning that we were waiting, well we have 3 new butterflies!


We are watching the butterfly cycle in our home! We got this kit to study the butterfly cycle.
It is really neat! Right now they are in the chrysalis stage. This week they should be turning into butterflies! This was a photo from last week when only one was a chrysalis and the rest were getting ready to turn into them.