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reading, writing and arithmetic

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)
Literature (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)

Apologia Chemistry (co-op)
Teaching Textbooks Algebra 2
SAT Prep (co-op)
Literature (co-op)
Notgrass World History, Literature and Bible

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.

Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1
Apples Spelling vol. 2
Easy Grammar Plus
Literature (co-op)
Creative writing (co-op)

Teaching Textbooks Math 6
Apples Spelling vol. 1
Easy Grammar Plus
Literature (co-op)
Creative writing (co-op)
 Art (co-op)

Miquon Math Purple Book
Teaching Textbooks Math 5
Spelling – to be determined
Art (co-op)
Creative writing (co-op)

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!

{Together Time}
Bible Reading
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.

To see what others are doing in their homeschools, check out Hip Homeschool Hop and “Not” Back to School Blog Hop

Thanks for sharing with your friends!


Monday 8th of August 2011

We (I) am really excited about Rip the Page. It isn't a curriculum, so that appeals to me. It's just a book to help get the creative juices flowing.


Saturday 6th of August 2011

Your blog is the second one I've read today mentioning Rip the Page! I'll definitely bookmark it on Amazon. I've already pick a writing curriculum but I can always supplement, right? ;)

Thanks for sharing about your year. I stopped by here from the blog hop.


Friday 5th of August 2011

I'm ordering Rip the Page! too. I'm excited to read through it. I'm thinking {hoping} it'll be just right for my daughter.


Friday 5th of August 2011

I remember reading about "Rip the Page" somewhere and how much the person loved it. I'm glad you reminded me about it. :)

You guys sound nice and relaxed!


Friday 5th of August 2011

Rachel: It always looks better on paper than it does in real life! One thing I've learned about myself is that I have a hard time with change. We've used Mystery of History for several years and then last year I put together an American History study - my kid really didn't like it and they asked if we could do MOH this year. Definately less work for me. Rip the Page is a new book (not officially a homeschooling book), I'll try to post a review about it soon. Also, our co-op really helps. All the chemistry labs will be done there and the teacher will give a lab grade.

Christy: Your gonna love Notgrass. That's cool that your cousin can do that for your. We are so spoiled here in Texas.