Homeschool Lesson Plan: Reading, Language and Writing
As I have said in my previous post, we are doing an Independent Homeschooling Program. I made our own curriculum based on different books that I have borrowed from my nephews and nieces when they were Preschoolers and with the help of my son’s therapists.
My main goal this year is for Ren to develop more of his fine motor skills through writing. He now knows how to spell and write letters but unfortunately, he is still struggling on the spacing and folowing the blue-red-blue lines on the writing pad. I have noticed that he is overwhelmed looking at all the lines at the writing pad.
I am glad that his therapist suggested to make our own line on a blank paper, and do it one at a time.
Connecting broken lines (standing and sleeping) needs not to be boring so his father drew objects that goes together, to make it more fun.
You may notice that his name is at the bottom, it is because he doesn’t like writing his name. We usually spend more time writing his name than answering the worksheets.
I don’t want to push him to write his name frequently so we just start at the easy to write letters (standing and sleeping lines) like E, F, H, I, L, T and then with letters with slanting line like A, K, M, N, V, W, X, Y, Z
When he doesn’t like it, I let him write what he wants to write, like this one:
We also do imitations. He cannot avoid going beyond the line when coloring, so we color together to show him how is it done.
That’s what I like about homeschooling, we can customize the lessons based on the weaknesses and strengths of the child.
Ren is very good in reading. He can read like a Grade 1 students, he knows the pattern of every words. So I skipped the phonetics subject. Instead, we are focusing on his comprehension skills. Yes he can read, but that doesn’t mean he understands what he reads.
There are lots of storybooks available in the market, but I can’t find something that is easy to understand and not that complicated.
So, here is what we did. We usually do our storytelling based on the things we did that day. It is also one way to exercise his imagination, recalling and cognitive skills to understand the what, where and who questions. He can’t answer the why questions yet.
Example: Mama and Ren went to Jollibee. We went there by riding a Jeep. We ordered chicken, burger, and juice. Ren ate the chicken while mama ate the burger. We both drank juice. Then we went back home.
- Where did Mama and Ren go? – Jollibee
- What transportation did we ride on? – Jeep
- What did Ren eat? – Chicken
- Who ate the burger? – Mama
- Where did Mama and Ren go after eating at Jollibee? – go back home
Also, I taught him things like what things would usually go together.
and parts of the house and it’s uses.
next time, I will post our Math and other activities.
As I have said, I am an teaching my son independently, if you have any suggestions and recommend other activities, please don’t hesitate to post it in the comment box. I will appreciate it so much.
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Nieva Gaudan Acosta says
I have daughter and I plan to homeschool her in the future. I’m doing research about this topic these days. As what i understand, I need to enroll my child to a homeschool provider that is accredited by Deped so that, someday, when we want to send her back to the traditional school, she has records provided by the homeschool institution. While enrolled in a homeschool provider, we need to follow the curriculum provided by them, correct? How about you? Did you enroll your child to a homeschool provider accredited by DepeD and was allowed to make and follow your own curriculum?
Please help me understand. Thank you!
PS: Your blog is full of helpful information.
Mommy Levy says
Hi Nieva, I homeschooled my son when he was still 5 years old (kindergarten), so it doesn’t really have an impact if I did our own curriculum. If you will homeschool your kids and they are already in grade school, I suggest to get a homeschool provider for the school year to be credited. I hope I answered your question.
I have request that could you share the curriculum with me as i am working a volunteer teacher for very poor kids .They can not able to afford and buy books .i hope yours self made curriculum will help them a lot.i have 25 preschool kids.
Mommy Levy says
It’s been 3 years already, and I don’t know where I put it na. I just made it kasi. Sorry.
sexy mama says
Hi everyone! I read all your comments and they are comforting and helpful. I’m planning to enroll my daughter at The Master’s Academy. can anyone tell me if that is a good institution for a home school study program? My daughter is 6 years old and unfortunately she doesn’t know how to read yet. I made a mistake when I enrolled her last year at Kids R Us in Sumulong highway,Antipolo. They were only 5 in the class and all of them do not know how to read. She is actually enrolled right now but I’m going to withdraw her from her current school because her health is deteriorating.
I recommend Dr. Seuss too and books published by Scholastic. You’ll find lots of them in Booksale. 🙂
jared's mum says
galing mommy! very organized + you really are covering loads of things already! i wish ganyan din kami ni jared, but am not really pushing him much. for now it is mostly play so i just try to include counting, shapes + alphabet learning when opportunity arises… hopefully we’ll start with doodling real soon 😉
as for reading materials, go for dr. seuss books’ mommy. they are age-appropriate + ren won’t have trouble reading them. ^_^
I think you are doing a great job! Teaching a kid do homework is already tough for me what more teaching her everything like what you are doing.
Thanks for the ideas, they will be helpful once Maxyn is ready to be home-schooled.
Super Mommy Jem says
Thanks for sharing Mommy Levy. I grab some ideas here for my nursery boy :)…. This is very helpful especially the drawings in tracing the lines.
Mommy Pehpot says
Chico’s starting to learn too.. and we’re still on standing line.. I am devoting a week for standing line eh.. di ko pa napost ung lesson plan namin but I will do as soon as we’re done with standing line..
as for me since Chico is still a baby, and gets bored easily, specially in writing, I would sing song to him.. “standing line, standing line, blue to blue, blue to blue”
it’s a plus point that Sati joins our session, mas masaya sila mag aral ng mag kasama 🙂
wow great job mommy! I wish I also have the patience to teach my kids like that. i guess not every mom has that talent.
Tina Santiago-Rodriguez says
I was there, Mommy Levy! 🙂 Sayang we didn’t see each other! We got there around 11.30am and stayed until the end! 🙂 Hehe! God bless!
thank you all for your encouraging words and suggestions.
@mommy Tina, yes we made it to the Robot Zoo. Hinahanap nga kita:) di ka pala nakapunta
Hello mommy Levy!
You can try out confessions of a homeschooler http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/ she offers lots of free printables good for kindergarden and preschool 🙂
Let me know if you need any help.
As for good books, check out the list of Five in a Row or Sonlight. They have good books listed… you can find these great books over at BookSale and online through The Learning Basket (they have FB online shop).
Way to go mommy! You are doing really well! 🙂
Pinay Mommy Online says
Both my eldest are attending traditional school. I was planning to homeschool my youngest but since the accreditation centers are from Cagayan de Oro, I planned to send Bella direct to K1 next year in a traditional school. But this year, I am planning to teach her some basics. Hopefully I will be as successful as you are.
Tina Santiago-Rodriguez says
Hi Mommy Levy! 🙂 Missed you at the Robot Zoo yesterday – was hoping to meet you in person! 🙂 Were you there?
Anyway, re: good children’s books, you may want to refer to http://www.thelearningbasket.com for good choices and FUN learning ideas! 🙂
God bless you and your homeschool journey! 🙂 Your little boy seems to be writing MUCH better than our 5 yr old, haha! BUT children develop at different paces, I always say! 🙂
Koko Tamura (Blogger Bark) says
I think HOMESCHOOLING is a great way to learn.. not only do the kids get closer monitoring.. they can get to learn beyond the walls of a learning institute through actual and hands on experience… You are a great inspiration for many moms… great job youre doin!
Franc Ramon says
Excellent lessons for kids. When I was a kid and until now, I have very bad penmanship but great of you to make learning more interesting for your kids.
Wow Levy! You really a hands-on mom! You are not just a mom but a passionate teacher too!
Wow Levy! What can I say? You are really a hands-on mom! I will go back to this post once I have to toddler to tutor. 😉
aww. good pointers for home school. i think these are pretty good exercises.
i think you can never be too sure if you’re doing the right thing. but as a parent, as long as you’re doing the best for your kid, it’s the same thing. Keep it up, remember to let your child socialize with other kids as well and don’t hold on too tight so they can learn on their own. 🙂
Galing Levy! I’m sure Ren is in good hands and he has the best teacher not even the most expensive school has.
Marriage and Beyond says
I’m all for homeschooling! Our family loves it! Great job, Levy and Ren! 🙂
@ Blanca, thank you and I hope I am doing it right
@Ycor/PrudentPinay Nanay, I will check that book. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂
Hi have you tried the Phonics-in-reading book? I was in the same situation you have right now. My eldest was just starting to read and we had to work on his reading comprehension. I had a hard time looking for the best book for him until I saw these series in SM. It costs P75/ea then but now its being sold half the price! it might work
Here’s a link of a book review from smartparenting:
H, have you tried Phonics-In-Reading Series books? I was in the same situation before and had a hard time looking for the right books and I after a lkong search i found the best one. Best is that it only costs P35/ each.
Here’s also a link of the book review from smartparenting:
Home schooling is slowly gaining ground here in the Philippines. You’re doing a pretty good job at it. It’s good that you are making connections to real life experiences while teaching your son the basic pre-school skills. 🙂