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We’re starting our homeschool yearÂ on Thursday (the day my husband goes back to work at a local school and we’re going to try following his schedule). I don’t follow any one curriculum – I tend to pick and choose and some of it I just do on my own. If you don’t care about my reasons for picking different curricula, just skip on over to my HomeschoolÂ page to see what we’re doing this year.
In the past we have used Saxon Math, but it progresses very slowly and my kids quickly loose interest. This year we’re going to try Easy Peasy for math (and English). I don’t like to pay for books and then skip through them and not really use them. Since there are plenty of online resources, we’re going to try that this year. Then, if we don’t like it, no money wasted.
We did Bob Jones English one year and I did like it, but I thought it was lacking in reading, so we did Learning Language Through Literature (orange) last year. While I liked it because there was more literature involved, I didn’t think it had enough grammar & spelling. Hind sight says that I could’ve added more reading to the Bob Jones English. We’ll be doing Easy Peasy and adding some reading to it. Here’s a partial list:
- Marguerite Henry books (We read Misty of Chincoteague and the kids really liked it)
- Charlotte’s Web
- Dragon Slayers’ Academy – we haven’t read any of these, but my 7 year old loves dragons
- Dragon Rider
- Tuesdays at the Castle – my daughter already read this and loved it
- Wednesdays in the Tower – the sequel
- Dragon Slippers, Dragon Flight, and Dragon Spear
- Kittens in the Kitchen (Animal Ark #1) (my daughter loves all things cat!)
- Ginger, Nutmeg and Clove (Nine Lives #1) (there are several books in this series)
- Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story – I was so happy to find a middle-grade adaptation of this book.
For science, we’re doing Exploring Creation With Astronomy (Young Explorer Series). We’re using Globalmania for world geography. We’ll also be studying Florida since we just moved here. Learning about the state and it’s plants and animals will cover more geography, history, and science.
My husband’s family is Welsh so we study Wales each year. They are learning Welsh through Rosetta Stone (I can’t see it on their website anymore – maybe it isn’t available now) and we teach them Welsh songs. We also attend Gymanfa Ganus (Welsh hymn singing) each year. If the North American Festival of Wales is somewhat local, we attend that.
Once the weather is a little cooler, we’ll be geocaching.
Music includes learning to play piano and singing – Welsh songs, church songs, songs just for fun. Plus my daughter wants to take violin lessons.
For gym, we’ll be swimming, walking/hiking, playing at the beach (hunting for shark teeth and shells to identify) plus my 4th grader will be taking tap dance.
For art, we model using play doh, paint, draw, color, sew.
We will visit the library on a regular basis.
Field trips to local museums and other places as they relate to our studies.
I’m also looking into becoming a foster family for the local humane society. Hopefully it works out! I think helping take care of baby animals would be a great experience for my kids (and me too!).
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