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homeschooling in june

We took a little break before getting back to school work. It was however full of learning experiences of course! We flew down to Los Angeles to visit family. We drove to Point Reyes and checked out a lighthouse. We went to the CAL botanical gardens. We had a picnic in the Oakland rose garden. We visited the Academy of Sciences. We attended a painting and ice cream making activity day at the Jr. Art and Science center. We watched a bunch of things, like Muppets, Little Bear and the BBC show Britain in Bloom. We laid in the grass and read books and played and cooked. It all felt glorious and refreshing and then we were ready to get back to work.

I picked up about 30 Bob books from the library and we started going through them one at a time until all of a sudden Clover was reading. She sounded out every letter and remembered some of the words. She could not memorize them though and had to actually read which was exactly what she needed. They have been great resources and we are ready for our next pile of Bob books.

We finished the rest of the Kindergarten phonics book and started on math again. I had picked up some base ten foam pieces from the school resource center and we have started to experiment with those. I feel like the material we have covered as of late is first grade level stuff like long vowels and number place values. We will continue chipping away it through the next month or so.

It feels good to work year round, taking a couple weeks off here and there. This summer Emma will try out Capoeira at the YMCA and we will continue to swim. We have firm plans to attend every concert that the Oakland municipal band performs and probably eat a lot of watermelon and strawberries. We will continue with our read aloud chapter books like Betsy Tacy and the Children of Noisy Village and Emma practicing with those Bob books. I think she will be so excited and ready for first grade.

Families belong together

You all know the most heart wrenching thing that a parent can imagine is having their child taken from them. I feel sick to my stomach lately reading about the Trump’s administrations “zero tolerance” policy on immigration. Children are being taken away from their families without their knowledge or consent because they entered into this county. I am so saddened that it is happening here in the United States and that is has gone on more than a day, more than a week.

A majority of families are coming here are escaping violence. I myself would make the same decision if in their shoes. Asking asylum from the United States is not against the law but yet we are imprisoning the adults and separating the children like actual Nazis. I don’t care if we are separated by political points of views, this is atrocious behavior and I cannot wrap my head around it. How can we not act in a more humane way?

life in May

We always have squirrels visiting our balcony. This particular one was quite brave and ran inside the house.

Impromptu concert while walking past the lake. Being a pedestrian can definitely have its perks.

Emma’s old mattress is now a reading spot next to her bookshelf. Conrad the alligator has also stayed close by.

Working hard at letter practice.

When Emma’s desk is not in use it makes a nice secret hideout/store front.

books we have read together this year

Emma’s Kindergarten Read Aloud Book List

chapter books:

Frozen chapter book series
Children of Noisy Village series
Mermaid Tales series
Usborne Mermaid Stories
Jenny Linsky and the Cat Club series
Pippa Mouse
Mary Poppins
Alice in Wonderland
Winnie the Pooh
Sophie’s Adventures
Betsy Tacy
Me and My Sister Clara


Charles Darwin’s Around the World Adventure
Waste: Where Does My Garbage Go
Amazing Women A-Z
Story of the World Vol.1

picture book favorites:

Angelina Ballerina series
Hannah’s Hotel series
Ling & Ting series
This Is How We Do It
The Dolls’ Christmas
Will Moses’ Mother Goose
The Sandwich Swap
Extra Yarn
Red Knit Cap Girl
Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear

audio stories:

Circle Round story time podcast (NPR)
Beatrix Potter anthology
Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery
Just So Stories
Frog & Toad