Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Another Homeschool Year: Quick Overview

This is quite a challenge of a homeschool year for me. I have:
  • 11 almost 12 year old daughter doing mostly 7th grade work
  • 8 almost 9 year old daughter doing mostly 4th grade work
  • 6 year old daughter doing mostly 1st grade work
  • 2 year old almost 3 year old daughter doing preschool type work. Also: getting into EVERYTHING. Potty training. Battling a Starfall addiction.
  • 3 month old Baby Boy growing and changing every day. Also: being extremely cute. Needing held. Needing nursed. Distracting older sisters from work with extreme cuteness. 
So, even though we don't exactly follow a year-round schedule, we've already started back to school. The first week we did only math. Then we added a few things. This week we've added a few more.

So far, so good.

Here are some of the subjects and resources we're doing this year.

  • Passages selected by me (including but not limited to a Psalm, a section from Luke 2, a section from Proverbs, and a New Testament passage.
  • Baptist Catechism from Truth and Grace Memory Book 1. {See more from Grace & Truth Books}
Saxon Algebra 1/2
Saxon 54
Saxon 2
Activities from:
Math in Minutes by Sharon MacDonald
Math for Smarty Pants by Marilyn Burns
Idea Book for Cuisenaire Rods at the Primary Level by Patricia Davidson.

Not to mention all our board games, card games, and much more.

for our oldest.
for our 4th grader.

Logic isn't studied as a formal subject for our youngest.

Our oldest is working through this book:

As well as a Study Skills book and a spelling book I picked up at a thrift store.

Our fourth grader is still working through last year's grammar book:

Because grammar is one subject that fell aside when we moved and had our Baby Boy. She also has a spelling workbook from the thrift store, although it's more for fun than anything else. (She is a natural speller, unlike our oldest.)

I'm going through this book with our first grader:

She's also still learning to read using this book:

Each girl also has poems to memorize (selected by me), handwriting (cursive for the two oldest), and selected reading from our History and Science studies.

This is the first year I'm having our oldest work through a specific writing curriculum. The younger students write for fun and narrate their lessons to me instead of writing.

The oldest is using this book:

All three of my school age kids are using this as this year's History spine:

We use the activity book and many supplements from the library.
Our oldest also outlines related pages from this book:

This is when I'm thankful for my husband's teacher card at the library, because we read a lot of the suggested books for each chapter and my book budget would never reach that far.

We will be using (once it comes in!):

I also ordered the student notebooks for each of my three school age children. (The junior notebook for my first grader.)
We also have several chemistry reference books and experiment books.

Our oldest and I are still working through

And our second daughter is working through

We're adding French this year as well. My mom - now finished with her 27 years as a homeschool mom - has passed down several homeschooling things to us including an older edition of Rosetta Stone French. We also have a set called Children's Living French (includes cassette tapes!) and this set of Hooked on French:

Other stuff:
For art we do picture studies (favorite resource: old calendars) and "how to draw" type books.

For music we do a lot of music listening, singing, and piano lessons when we get around to it. (Our piano is currently living in at our church since we couldn't get it into our rental house.)

We also do Shakespeare study by reading from Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare, Nesbit's Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare, or the beautiful picture books by Bruce Coville.

I'm a sucker for curriculum and books, so there are many more things on our school shelves. And that's not to mention all the things my kids love to do online (typing, math drills, Latin games, etc.). I hope to share more about our homeschool as the year goes on, but that's enough for a start.

Do you homeschool? What are you using this year?
This post is linked up to the Not Back To School Curriculum Week Blog Hop at iHomeschool Network.
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Dawn said...

Have a wonderful year. Just remember to enjoy the littles. They are only young for a short time. Learning is always happening.
Blessings, Dawn

Stefanie said...

Looks like a wonderful year!

Popping in from the blog hop.

Julie Anne Turner said...

You make this look easy. I love how you are so flexible, and yet your kids are excelling. One of these days I will have a million home schooling questions.

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