It's this time of the year where I get to share the plans for our school year:)
I stress "plans" especially this year, because it is soo very overwhelming to think that I have 3 kids to school each day and a toddler to keep track of. But there are moms everywhere schooling 3 or more, so I have some inspiration... it can be done!!!!
But not without some plans and preparation;) Oh, and TONS of grace and patience;)
Let me also share that I attempt to base our choices from The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer. I was recommended the book from a dear, like-minded friend and have used it as my homeschooling manual ever since! That being said our Bible study, history and science will be done as a family !
What We're Doing Together
- Bible - One Year Bible story Bible, Awana verses and Draw to Learn series... starting with Proverbs;)
- History - Story of the World... finish vol 2 and start vol 3;) And I have found that there are a LOT more books available at our local library with the Renaissance and Early Modern Time periods... so there will be a LOT more reading;) And hoping to include some time to highlight musicians/artists of these time periods as well!!
- Science - We're studying Chemistry... my WORST subject ever, good thing I married a Chemistry major;) We'll be using Adventures With Atoms and Molecules: Chemistry Experiments for Young People - Book I ... doing experiments and learning new vocabulary each week! I'm actually looking forward to it;)
- Spanish - Hooked on Phonics Spanish I found this at a really good price during the year and hope it will just to give us a taste of Spanish. Just enough to pursue a more intensive program!
Anna - 3rd Grade
- Math - Saxon 3
- Grammer - First Language Lessons #3 or Rod and Staff... I'm still debating :(
- Spelling - Spelling Power
- Reading - library selections based on history topics
- Writing - journaling, history narration exercises
- Handwriting - history copywork
I've been struggling to give Chris a "grade placement"... I feel like he's reading and doing math more on a 1st grade level, but he's a 5 yr old boy;) I'd rather go slow and have him enjoy it, but I think he's ready to take on a little more... blessing of homeschooling is that he can try it and if it's too much too quickly we'll scale back! LOL.. I felt the same way last year;)
- Math - finish Saxon 1 and then move to Saxon 2
- Spelling - using an old Houghton Mifflin spelling workbook I was given... very similar to Spelling Workout
- Reading - Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading, LeapFrog readers + library books
- Grammer - First Language Lessons
- Writing - letters to family/friends, prompts from spelling
- Handwriting - history copywork, cursive, if he asks!
- Math - Saxon 1 and Math Mastermind
- Reading - Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading , Bob books, LeapFrog readers, + library books
- Sight Words
- Handwriting - abc trace/write, letters to friends/family
If we can get him to take 2 naps and learn to play quietly for minutes at a time we will be doing GREAT!! Course NOT standing on the table or eating crayons as we work would be nice, too!!
I do hope to include him in our Bible reading and Spanish... again, we'll see:)
We plan on starting Aug 22nd.... so I have plenty of time to tweak:) Especially if I find other ideas from the NOT back-to-school blog hop ;)