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.
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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
Kindergarten School Day #63.
Indie (6 y/o in February) is moving right a long. He has finished both his PHONICS – Explode the Code book 1, and MATH – Math-U-See Primer (started last May) books this week. These are the two subjects I want him to do at least 4 times a week. I usually ask him to do two pages of each, each session. Sometimes he does more but the norm is two pages of each. Daily, we also read lots of books. We start with bible stories. Right now, we are working from the Veggie Tales Family Devotional. This usually starts our school day, on the couch. Then we move on to other books. If we are not reading for a unit from KONOS or Five in a Row, most recently horses, then we read random library books we’ve picked up for the week. We are also working though the Magic Tree House Chapter Books that both kids are into. We usually read MTH at bed time. We are currently on book 15, Viking Ships at Sunrise. We started this series at the beginning of the school year as well. I like them because they take you to different geographic locations at historic times. You learn a little about each culture and/or a famous location or event. They are just fun. Yes, it’s a magic tree house but it’s a fun way for the kids to get interested in history and geography. A lot of the books also have research guides as well.
Indie only does Handwriting Without Tears every week or so but he gets a lot of handwriting practice from doing his math and phonics work, there is a lot of writing with both books. He has pretty good handwriting in general, and he tries hard every time he writes. He prides himself on making good looking letters and numbers. At the start of the school year, I was concerned that he was holding his pencil wrong, and starting his letters in the wrong spot, but he’s gotten better over the weeks. I have to be gentle when correcting him other wise he wants to throw in the towel, and give up. He needs lot of praise before correction. “I love how you make that A, you are doing great! Can you just move your finger a tad to the left?” or “Awesome letter O, next time, lets try to start that O at the top!” 🙂
Preschool Day # 63
Beluga 4, is plugging right along…. having fun. She is right there with Indie and I as we read books, and from time to time she’ll do table work but, lately she’s been more interested in crafts, drawing, painting, and Play Doe, while Indie and I are working on school work. That’s OK. She’s learning every day. There is plenty of time for her to do table work when she is older. I did buy her Get Ready for the Code Book A, and she has a Handwriting without Tears Preschool book that she insists on doing sometimes. She also asks to do Math-U-See sometimes but she is mostly interested in playing with the blocks. 🙂
Indie is also signed up for 4-H were we are learning about birds. We are looking forward to the birding field trips and watching birds on nature walk in our neighborhood and in local parks. We’ll soon be starting a KONOS unit including birds that we are looking forward to.
In addition to school work, Indie is doing soccer 2x a week, and weekly homeschool P.E. class for 3 hours. Beluga is in ballet once a week.
I’m sure I’ve forgotten something but for now, that’s it.
We are fortune enough to have and extra room in our house that we call the school room. We do lots of our activities in there. I have the room set up so the kids can find lots of hands on things to keep them busy. They have buckets of blocks, legos, coloring books, markers, crayons, colored pencils, scissors, hole punchers, and stencils. J has magnet Dolls. There are puzzles and marbles, books…. you get the idea. A couple weeks ago, I just happened to walk into a thrift store and saw a wood table and 6 chairs for $39. The table has 2 leaves and was perfect for our needs. I bought it, and love it! We have been using a large folding table but it’s just too big. Now, I just need to figure out where the kids can put their personal stuff. I keep thinking it needs to be at arms length but that might not happen. Don’t look too closely at the mess. Hehe, the kids just left the room. 🙂