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As we have made our way through the first year of home educating, I think we have found our niche…
The year is almost done- for us anyway. We are on the last few pages of our math curriculum, our language arts/English long done, in fact I picked up a few work books on those subjects for them to keep their minds sharp and keep at it until we finish at the end of May. Our last official day of the school year is May 29th. The countdown begins! Our kids have read over 100 books and as their reward in reading we will be making a trip down to McNally Robinson Book Store to wade through their selection, where the kids can select any one book of their choosing (so long as it is appropriate for their age I might add!). I have a feeling Miss S will pick something on horses. A given that Mr. C will find books on hunting. As I reflect back over the year I find myself thinking how proud I am of them, from the beginning of the year until now- their reading has greatly improved. Along with their math and comprehension, and also their confidence levels. I can not get across enough what an attitude change (for the better) we noticed right away when choosing to home educate. It isn’t all roses, but the majority is I have to say. Of course there are days when the kids are sour they can’t play with their friends, but as I always say- whether public school or not- education is education, wherever you receive it, not about playing with your friends. That can happen during ‘after school’ hours, which believe me there are plenty. They are blessed to live in a town where they can hop on their bikes at 3’oclock and head down the street and meet up with friends or go to the park. Our kids are not hard pressed.
So the search is on for our next year’s curriculum as we head into year 2 of home educating. We have it narrowed down for the core subjects, thanks to the conference we were able to attend this past winter. Holding the books in my hands and being able to flip through them and ask questions in person helped a lot to find the perfect curriculum for our family. Instead of wasting countless hours humming and hawing over content pictured on the internet. Here is a list of what we decided to go with-
For science we will stick with our creation science series – God’s Design Science Series we currently have 7 of these curriculum books which will last us a few years- samples of what will be covered are properties of atoms and molecules, our universe, heat and energy, machines in motion etc.
For math we will be sticking with Math-U-See. It is a solid program, the kids start with watching a short DVD video of the lesson at the beginning of the week and work on assignments with their newly learned concept.
For L.A. (English, grammar, spelling, poetry, writing) we will be going with A Beka Book. The work is more advanced in each grade level, making it a good challenge.
For History I have decided to go with the audio CD and the reproducible printables CD of Mystery Of History. A Christian based History curriculum taking you from Creation to present with everything in between, all in chronological order.
And lets not forget about geography! I will be continuing with Little Passport World Edition for 6-10 year olds as well as the Little Passport Early Explorers Edition for 3-5 year olds (a review to come shortly on both of these programs!) Click HERE for more information and links to sign up for this fun educational program!
As for Mr. A who will be in Kindergarten this fall, I have chosen to go with the K5 package through A Beka Book which includes everything we will need for the school year including easy readers.
We will also be including 1-2 book reports on children classics, I haven’t quite decided on which yet but I did write about it awhile back HERE on a few we are considering. ‘Shiloh’ and ‘Where the Red Fern Grows’ I think the kids would enjoy next year. Too many to chose from.
The kids will continue on with their weekly music class, we are so thankful for Mrs. Mac our music teacher who gives up one morning a week to come out and teach the class. This fall Miss S will continue on with piano lessons and we have one very excited boy who will be starting guitar lessons in the fall.
Over the winter I would like to sign the kids up again for the young artist program that is offered at the Station Arts. They learn the different styles and techniques of famous artists, including Monet and Seurat.
I enjoyed doing a lap book on Christmas last year and its origin and am hoping to do one or two again this upcoming year, incorporating different levels with all the kids.
As you can clearly see we will have a fun and full upcoming school year, half the work is deciding on the curriculum and I am very thankful for other homeschool veterans who have shared with me what worked for them and why.
I hope you all enjoy your Sunday, until next time,
Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.