Have a great Thursday! 🙂
Have a great Thursday! 🙂
Are we really halfway though March?? Only today, we updated our school room calendar. Were is the time going?
We are not taking a full week for Spring break. Instead, we are opting for a day or two here and there when needed. Im trying to reorganize this week! My school room has been a disaster for a couple weeks now. We sometimes get into the mode of using the dinner table instead if the schoolroom. When this happens, the school room becomes our dumping ground.
Late last month, my mom and I started an Etsy Store for some beaded jewelry, and other items we enjoy making. While trying to build up our inventory I’ve found myself struggling with how to manage my time between, school, the house, family, updating this blog and my bead blog, and working with my beads. It will be fun working it all into my daily routine.
We have actually taken a summer break this year. It just sorta happened. I had every intention of doing lessons all summer with just a couple small breaks. Then we took a week vacation to visit family the July 4th holiday, and we have been on break ever since. I have been doing a lot of organizing around the house and working on my school planning for the year. We will start back up soon. I have some science, and review I want to cover the last few weeks of summer. We will start our 2010-2011 year officially the first week of September. Indie is age 7, will be starting 2nd-ish grade. Beluga is age 6, and starting 1st-ish grade.
Check out everyone’s entries over at Not Back-to-School Blog Hop at Heart of the Matter
This year we are still using Sue Patrick’s Workbox System. I plan to use workboxes with our curriculum, but this year I have decided to try it a different way, a way that doesn’t take up so much of our precious shelf space. We have a lot of book shelves but it always seems like we need more! It seems I’m forever organizing and reorganizing the STUFF in the schoolroom. I’ll post on our new system soon.
Grammar – First Language Lessons 1st and 2nd grade We have been enjoying working though the poetry, and memorization especially. We do everything FLL suggest. We will be starting the 2nd half of the book this year.
History – Story of the World Volume 2 – Middle Ages
Geography – Trail Guide to U.S. Geography, last year we did Galloping the Globe and covered a lot of the world. We also continue to cover many countries using Story of the World. I think we might rotate every other year between world and U.S. geography.
Science – I’m using a few sources. We are using R.E.A.L. Science, mixed with Considering God’s Creation and we use Enchanted Learning as a resource as well and the Giant Science Resource Book
Art – Artistic Pursuits Book 1, I’m also looking into piano lessons for them
Home EC – We are going to be doing a lot of cooking and baking this year. We have started a food notebook that I’ve complied from many sources, one of which is this cooking lapbook from Homeschool Share. It’s pretty neat! Bible – We will be using Bible Study Guide
INDIE DS – 2nd-ish Grade – age 7.5
Math – Math-U-See, Gamma (book 4)
Phonics – Explode the Code 4 – last year he completed books 3 and 3-1/2
Reading – different books based on interest, science and history books from library, etc. He read an entire book 37 plus book series this past year in just a few weeks. We also listen to a lot of audio books in the van. Currently we are on book 6 in the Chronicles of Narnia series. I highly suggest it!
Spelling – Spelling Workout B, and Sequential Spelling 1
P.E. – we mix it out throughout the year…. Golf, and possible gymnastics, probably soccer at the Y
BELUGA DD – 1st-ish grade – age 6 (end of Aug.)
Math – Math-U-See Primer (we went ever so slow with her last year)
Phonics – Explode the Code 2
Spelling – Spelling Workout Book A
Reading lots of books together (we all hit the library 1-2x per week)
Bob Books (library)
P.E. – Beluga also tries different stuff through the year. Gymnastics, soccer at the Y
Darcy at Life with My 3 Boybarians is doing a Not Back-to-School Blog Hop: for School Rooms this week. Here is our school room.
Our cluttered school room.
There is B doing his math. To his right are our workboxes. We love these Ikea shelves. That whole 8 foot section on the left was $200.
I bring my laptop in and keep it there on the shelf. I like being portable.
The kids use our older iMac there. Again, more Ikea shelves. they have “desk shelves” that i LOVE. That is what the iMac is on. You can move them up and down to fit your needs.
Close up of the workboxes. B and J both have 10 boxes each. Plenty for Kindergarten and 1st grade. We do our First Language Lessons and Ordinary Parents Guild to Teaching Reading at the kitchen table after breakfast or lunch.
We need to do this more often. The kids had so much fun, I just keep feeding them paper. 🙂
Oh the butterflies! Thousands of them!!! I have a whole new respect for these little creatures. How neat they are! I could have sat for hours watching them. We also met a bunch of neat birds including humming birds.