Remember my interview with Sarita Holzman and my box day when I received Core F in the mail?  I was excited as a kid on Christmas morning when we opened our package of 50+ items.

Some people have been asking about our Sonlight journey, so here goes.

First few weeks of Sonlight

The first week was just a get-to-know-Sonlight kind of week.  We mostly got a hang of our new routine and how to relax into our new routine.


**Update July 2014: Please watch “Why I’m Not Using Sonlight Next year”-


Homeschooling 6th Grade

We’ve covered quite a few books already (and we’re only in Week 5!) so at this pace I’ve had to figure out some ways to really slow things down just a bit so we can really glean from the material.  It’s a LOT of reading, but also it is so meaningful and adds a dimension to our homeschool that we didn’t have before.

To slow things down (for me at least), I decided that whenever I could find an audio recording of the read-alouds, we’d make good use of it.  So far, I’ve been able to access one of our SL books on audio mp3 through my library.

Another thing that took me by surprise were the amount of challenging vocabulary presented throughout the texts (and highlighted in the teacher’s manual), and normally I would have just glossed over those.  But …let’s just say I’m thinking of some creative ways we could make learning vocab fun- and Pinterest is going to help me out!

Here are some videos showing the books we’ve been reading and how things are going…

Homeschooling Kindergarten

I pulled my kindergartener into Core F with my oldest by supplementing our China studies with resources like YouTube videos (in fact, here’s our China playlist), and extra goals.

And here is a quick video of one of our mornings learning about China:

Planning for kindergarten was a bit lengthier than I’d hoped.  I mean, after all- it’s just kindergarten, right? Well, did I ever mention I’m a planner?  So here are some of my get-ready-for-school planning videos I uploaded a few weeks ago.

For kindergarten, we also took a look at ladybugs.  (Here’s my ladybug playlist on YouTube).  Also, here’s a short video of a ladybug rock my daughter made.

We’re also learning about the Fruit of the Spirit, so we’ve been enjoying  Kids of Integrity for that, plus our morning circle routine.

Here’s a clip of one of our Fruit of The Spirit songs during morning time:

So, there’s my lengthy video update of what’s been going on in our home these past few weeks.

How has your first few weeks of school been going?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

About Demetria Zinga

Demetria is a homeschooling mom and mompreneur who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, two daughters, and a dog. She currently runs two podcasts for homeschool moms and moms in business, writes songs, and spends lots of time at coffee shops. Her goal is to be an encourager and motivator of women, helping them to find success and joy in homeschooling, business, and motherhood.

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