I really like to keep things simple here at our house and so if something works for us, I just continue using it. Even if something “better” comes along. Now if something isn’t working I switch it up until I either find something that works or decide its something we should not be doing anyway.
This is where I find myself as we begin this new school year. Christian is in his last year and so I feel like I’ve pretty much figured out what works for us for each subject. Occasionally we’ll add something in or change something for one child. But for the most part I just use the same stuff we’ve used all these years and don’t even really look at the new “better” stuff that is being published. It’s kind of freeing.
|These are our main school bookshelves. The 3 black bucks on the left are for Gabriel,
Phoebe and Benjamin. We keep the cuisenaire rods, wooden pattern blocks and the
Leap Pad on the bottom shelf. The white bucket has some math flash cards
and some other math enrichment stuff. Christian and Josiah keep their school
work in their rooms.
So here’s the low down on what our school year curriculum will look like this year
Art, Speech and Computer at our local community college
SAT Prep Class (co-op)
Apologia Chemistry (focus on writing lab reports as he has already taken this class)
Teaching Textbooks Geometry (finish up last bit from last year)
|For the Easy Grammar I just have the teacher book. It has the worksheet on
the left and the answers on the right. It is reproducible, but I just cut a plastic
page protector and slip it over the page and let them write with a dry erase marker.
When they are done, they remove the page I have to cover the answers on the
right and check their own work.
|I am so very excited about this addition to our homeschool this year. I’ve read
almost the entire book! We are sharing the book so instead of ripping out the
page to write on I bought composition books for us. I know…big spender!
Rip the Page – Adventures in Creative Writing
Christian Kids Explore Chemistry (Christian and Josiah won’t be doing this)
Mystery of History 3 (Christian and Josiah won’t be doing this)
I’ll be posting some ideas for Esther soon. She really needs to be kept busy!
So this is our year. I’m excited, I think I have the right balance of fun and academic. Most of all, I don’t feel overwhelmed when I look at what we’ve planned. And that is always a good thing.