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Friday, July 12, 2013

Homeschool Curriculum 2013-2014


So before I get to our 2013-2014 curriculum I will say that I lied. I said I wouldn't start any new projects until Micah's room and my bedroom were done. Well since then, we've repainted the utility room (ceiling & walls), added in a laundry organization system, painted a chalkboard wall in our kitchen, repainted the kids bathroom, created chalk art for Micah's room, and a few other little projects. All while watching 8 kids. My 4 and a friends 4 boys. Then we took vacation last week to the mountains in South Carolina and Charleston. So we've been pretty busy.



Now that everything is finally settling down this summer and I am no longer babysitting I am really focusing on our upcoming homeschool year.

I LOVE homeschool planning. It's one of my favorite things to do.

(Working on our fall homeschool schedule during swim lessons.)

I can't believe this will be our 3rd year homeschooling. It goes by so quick, and I can't imagine spending my days any other way.

Deciding to homeschool was the toughest decision I've ever made. But I don't regret it one bit. It was the best decision for OUR family. Remember everyone's "perfect" is different. So choose what is right for YOUR family.

This year we are going to try something new. We are going to do our main subjects Monday-Thursday. With Friday being a more relaxing and hands on day. On Fridays we will only do Bible, Calendar, Memory work, Sign Language, Art, Music, & Cooking. All other subjects will be Monday-Thursday. Also we do not do every subject every day. Some subjects are only 2 days a week like typing, handwriting, geography, history, etc.

Also my husband, Steve,  is going to help teach this year. He is taking over science for me. My kids love science., especially Ethan. He wants to be a scientist when he grows up. Smart boy. I however think science is my weakest area. I can teach them it, but I do not really enjoy it. Last year I really struggled getting through it. I would have rather done anything, but science! I will still do some fun experiments with them, but Steve will be taking over their regular science studies. Not sure which day he will choose to do their work with them yet, but it's all up to him! I feel so relieved to be in charge of one less subject.

Curriculum 2013-2014



Ethan- 2nd Grade

Phonics- Horizons Phonics & Reading
Math- Math Mammoth 2
History- Mystery of History
Science- Elemental Biology & Sassafrass Zoology
Spelling- All About Spelling
Handwriting- A Reason for Handwriting
Art- Confessions of a Homeschooler Artist Study, Deep Space Sparkle, & Pinterest Ideas
Music- Confessions of a Homeschooler Composer Study, Classics for Kids, and Piano Lessons
Typing- Typing Instructor for Kids
Bible- Adventures in Odyssey Devotions
P.E.- Homeschool Co-op & basketball
Geography-Evan Moor Geography Practice 2nd grade
Memory-We will memorize historical quotes & speeches, poems, & bible verses. Also use Living Memory
Sign Language- still deciding what to use
Logic- Detective Club
Writing- Still deciding if we should use Winning with Writing again or get a new curriculum
Grammar- Growing with Grammar
Literature- Read aloud classics with the family
Contenders of Faith Study with daddy
Boy Scouts

Makenna- Kindergarten

Phonics- Horizons Phonics & Reading
Math- Singapore Essentials A & B
Spelling- All About Spelling
Handwriting- A Reason for Handwriting
Science- Elemental Science Intro
Social Studies- Abeka
Art- Confessions of a Homeschooler Artist study, Deep Space Sparkle, and Pinterest Ideas
Music- Confessions of a Homeschooler Composers Study, Classics for kids, & Piano Lessons
Bible- Adventures in Odyssey Devotions
Memory- We will memorize historical quotes & speeches, poems, & bible verse. Also use Living Memory.
Sign Language- still deciding what to use
P.E.- Homeschool Co-op, gymnastics, & soccer
Kumon- art workbooks
Little Keepers at Home Study with me.
American Heritage Girls

Callie- Pre K

Phonics- All About Reading pre level
Kumon- Number, Letter, and Art books
Sign Language- still deciding what to use
Bible- Adventures in Odyssey Devotions
Memory- We will memorize historical quotes & speeches, poems, & bible verse. Also use Living Memory.
Art- Confessions of a Homeschooler Artist study, Deep Space Sparkle, and Pinterest Ideas
Music- Confessions of a Homeschooler Composers Study, Classics for kids, (& piano lessons?)
P.E.- Homeschool Co-op, gymnastics, & soccer
Little Keepers at Home Study with me.

(Some of our cute new supplies. Thank you Target!)

We also have educational board games, toys, & puzzles out for them to use if they are done with their work or waiting for me to finish with another child. And we love to watch educational shows and movies to go along with what we are learning. I have a schedule of what subject will be done in what order for each child. That way I can work one on one with a child, while the other children work on more independent subjects like handwriting. I'll share the schedule in my next post, along with how we organize our school supplies in such a small house!

Every night before bed is story time for the kids, and Ethan is also required to read an extra 30 minutes before bed on his own.

It might sound like a lot of work, but most subjects only require 20 minutes. We start school at 9am. With a break at 11:30, lunch at noon, and read aloud time at 12:30. Then naptime for the 2 youngest at 1pm, while Ethan and Makenna finish their studies. We should be done between 2-3pm everyday. Fridays we will be done by lunch time.

I'll be posting soon about which curriculum I liked from last year, which ones I decided to drop, and the new ones I'm excited to try out.

Our homeschool co-op also will be doing p.e. this year, along with sign language and other classes too. Between our studies, 2 homeschool co-ops, moms group, field trips, sports, and church it will be a very busy year, but we are looking forward to it!

5 comments:

  1. Is this what you have to turn into the state?

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    1. No. I only have to turn in a paper signed by a teacher stating they think my child is at grade level. Starting in 1st grade you have to do a yearly evaluation. The teacher just looks over some of the work you did that year and asks the child some questions.

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  2. Also do you buy these books 2nd hand or just off of the website?

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    1. I buy them new because I plan on using them for at least 4 kids. So I want them in excellent condition. I do go to homeschool used book sales though to buy extra books, puzzles, games, etc. And I buy all my school supplies like pencils and paper right now during all the back to school sales.

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  3. I so agree with you. The hardest part is to decide if you are going jump into homeschooling and commit yourself to be a big part of your child's education. But once you see the advantages and benefits homeschooling brings, it'll be all worth the time and effort.

    Anne
    http://HomeschoolingOption.com/

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