decision. Each child learns differently
and therefore a lot of the curriculum and learning resources we use may not work
for everyone. However, I have always
loved to read what others use throughout the year, and it has given me
significant insight into my own schooling choices for the kids.
in 3rd and 1st grade, however, I don’t depend as much on
what their public school grade would be – I want to work at their pace, whether
it is faster or slower or right in the middle.
That is the beauty of homeschooling, individualized paths for each
so when I need new curriculum in March, I purchase it. If we finish a math book early, I go to the
next level. This means that when I talk
about our homeschool curriculum for this year, we won’t necessarily be starting
at the beginning of book 1, because we started in March, or July, or we will soon start in October. This is a glimpse into
what works for us currently – always subject to change!
less with Jack than with Emma this year.
year. He is currently about two-thirds
of the way through book 1A.
Math is his favorite, and I let him work on as much as he wants. He is typically doing 1-2 lessons each day,
depending on how long they are. I expect
him to finish 1B before the end of the “regular school year” and then we will
move onto 2A & 2B.
six cores we have purchased from Sonlight and I typically just pick a
book for him to read. Recently he has
been reading the Frog and Toad books, which he thinks is a riot. We are working on Level 2 and 3 books for the
most part, in addition to whichever books he chooses from the library.
to two pages of this each day. I
actually have two of this same workbook, I don’t know how that happened, and we
are almost through with one of them. So
I think that I might start over again at the beginning of the second book to
make sure that his writing improves before we move onto the next book in this curriculum.
much as his little heart desires. I did
purchase the book My Very First Story Writing Book from Usborne to use at some point, but
we haven’t started it yet.
math, reading, and writing, and then add in the other subjects we do altogether
with him as much as possible, while still giving him a lot of freedom to do the
things that he cares about most – which currently are creating stop motion
videos, making mine craft let’s play videos, and drawing elaborate video game
maps on rolls of paper. Add in as much Scratch
as we will let him do, and he is a happy camper.
– but not with any particular curriculum – are:
let’s get started!
first book. We will continue going
through until she has completed both workbooks, and then we will move on to 4A& 4B around March I think, perhaps a bit sooner if we start moving
quickly through it.
Emma also picks out her own books from the library to read, and has been
enjoying pretty much anything by Andrew Clements as of late,
especially re-reading The School Story, a book about a 12
year old girl who wants to have a book published, which leads us to…
amazing. We are encouraging her to do as
much writing as she wants to creatively on her own, and then we work through
editing together. We also have the Usborne Write Your Own Story Book for Emma to work through. It works on character development, writing
descriptive scenes, etc. We are just
starting it, but I think she is enjoying it so far. For copywork we are using Bible verses that
we are learning together as a family.
book, and is LOVING cursive. Once she is
finished with this book, we will continue to do copywork in cursive, and then
move on to whichever handwriting book comes next in the series. She has very neat penmanship, and for that I
curriculum, and we are using Sequential Spelling Book 1. It is not based on ability as to where you
start, rather they recommend everyone start at book 1 and continue to move
through them. I really like the program,
and Emma is thriving with it. We are
about 40 days into this book, it has 180 days of lessons, so this should take
us through the end of our regular year this year.
decided which science program they wanted this year from the Apologia
line. This is our first year using this
curriculum, and so far we like it. We
started at the beginning of August, so we aren’t that far into the book. What I really like about the curriculum is
that it has a companion notebook. One
that is for 4th grade and up, and one that works for the kinder-3rd
grade set. Jack got the younger
notebook, and Emma got the older notebook.
Emma has really enjoyed learning how to “take notes” on what she is
listening to – we have the textbook, but also chose to purchase the CD which
reads the textbook aloud to the student.
This is a huge timesaver for me when Lucy is not into school for the
day. I probably could have used the
younger book for Emma, but I thought it was a little too young for her, and we
are able to pick and choose which parts of the notebook she is using. Since we work on it together as a family, it
isn’t difficult for me to help her if she has trouble writing out information.
We also LOVE all things Magic School Bus and incorporate a lot of their products/books/shows into our everyday learning as well.
daily. I like the kids to listen to a
wide variety of music, because I like to listen to a wide variety of
music. However, I thought it would be
good to get some sort of music appreciation course into our year, and also a study
on composers. I chose two items to help
with this The Story of the Orchestra, and The Classical Kids Collection. We have yet to start either of these, but I
am excited to start them this month! For
art the kids both have their Fun-schooling notebooks as well as
the book Do You Doodle? which allows them little prompts and then they
can draw away. Emma is also in piano
lessons and theater once a week.
day in our home, the kids love to ride bikes and play outside, climbing trees,
etc. But, we also LOVE the CosmicKids Yoga station on YouTube. Lucy
is even involved in it this year. It
helps the kids to slow down and relax, and center themselves for school, and I
love that for them!
read whichever books they would like. We
have been making our way through the Narnia series, and Emma and I have
read the first Harry Potter book together this summer. She and I switch off on reading it out loud,
and it has been fun to share this with her.
We just started The Chamber of Secrets and I know
that once this book is done we will most likely be waiting to continue the
series. A few of the read alouds we will
be doing soon are Justin Morgan Had a Horse, The Lewis and Clark Expedition, and Tolliver’s Secret.
going to try and condense it as much as possible.
full year before Emma would be on the age range for the book levels. The reason was because we had started with
the other cores from Sonlight so early.
However, this also caused a couple of issues. First, Core D pairs the Language Arts and
Readers with the History curriculum starting in Core D, but I knew she wouldn’t
be ready for those books yet. However,
we had fully exhausted Ancient and Medieval History, and we were ready to move
onto American History. So we started
Core D, and decided to move slowly through it, and add in other elements.
start Core E, and instead we are working through a bit more of U.S. History
through state studies and studies of Presidents. One of the books we are using to help us with
this is The United States Cookbook.
It has little facts about each state in addition to a recipe that we are
going to cook together. I am not going
to make it through all the states before we start our next core in January or
February, but it is going to give us a little extra history in the meantime.
little workbooks that I picked up at the dollar spot at Target. I plan to work through the states in the
order they were accepted into the Union.
history for the year. While I love to do
all the reading with the kids (and we still are using the Children’s Encyclopedia ofAmerican History), I know that this will be a lot of fun.
in my children. Emma loves writing
stories, so we are going to concentrate a lot on writing this year. She has received her first dictionary, which
is helping her out a lot in regards to spelling correctly when she is writing. She loves to listen to me read to her, which
is something I am happy to oblige her with.
curriculum that you use with your kids? Or a favorite subject you love to teach or study?