2021-2022 Homeschool Year Recap

Last month we finished our homeschool year, for the 2021-2022 school year.

Today i thought i would share how the school year went, what we liked, what we didn’t like, etc.

We started our homeschool year in July 2021 and our schedule this year was Tuesday – Friday. We love having Monday’s off. It makes the week go by much faster.

Our group subjects this year were:

Art – I bought Melissa & Doug Drawing Pads for each of my kids and every day i would have something drawn on our white board for them to copy. On Thursday’s i did something called “Think Outside The Box Thursday”, where i would have like half of a drawing done on the board and they would have to complete the drawing, but they couldn’t pick the obvious thing (for example: i draw half a heart, then they have to change it into something else, they can’t just draw a full heart.). All the kids loved “Think Outside The Box Thursday”, so i am definitely doing that again next school year.

Spanish – We’ve been working through Flip Flop Spanish for awhile now, i love it. I think the kids are learning a lot. We will continue to use it.

Bible – This year for Bible i just bought the kids a Christian Gratitude Journal with Bible Verses, it worked ok. After awhile the kids felt stuck having to come up with 3 different things every day to be grateful for. They didn’t want to repeat things, so it became tricky for them. Next school year i am switching things up for Bible.

History – We’ve been using The Good and The Beautiful’s history curriculum for the past several years now. This year we were on history 3. The one thing we don’t like about it, is the audio recordings. They are so cheesy, that we skip over them. But when we skip over them, then we are missing out on some information that they ask review questions about, so i’ve had to change the review questions up a bit.

Science – We did several The Good and The Beautiful science curriculum this year. We did Space, Botany, and Energy. All the kids agreed that Space was the best one. It was a lot of fun. The Energy one was our least favorite.

Geography – We started on Expedition Earth by Confessions of a Homeschooler, we didn’t complete it. We will continue using it next school year. I don’t use it how she has it recommended to use. A lot of the stuff she has in it, is just stuff we don’t care to do, so i make it work for us.

Literature – This is our read aloud time. I had high hopes that we would make it through several different books, but we didn’t even make it through one book. Probably because we started with The Green Ember and it’s a long book and my kids weren’t really enjoying it, so instead of picking another book i would skip days.

Those were all our group subjects.

For individual subjects:

We used The Good and The Beautiful for language arts for my 3 oldest kids and we will continue to use them.

For Math we used Teaching Textbooks for my oldest 2 kids and will continue to do that. My 5th grader uses Math-U-See and will continue with them again next school year. My littlest 2 use Lessons For A Living Education and also will continue with that for math next school year.

All my kids use Wordly Wise for vocab and will continue to do so.

We use The Good and The Beautiful for handwriting and will continue with that as well.

Logic, which i did a review on already, personal finance, careers & trades, and photography were some other classes that some of my children took over the school year.

That was all the book work we did, aside from that we also did life…

We went camping.

We went on hikes.

We built a storage shed.

We re-did the siding on our house.

We built a greenhouse.

We planted lots of things.

My daughter started horseback riding lesssons.

It was a great school year, so many fun memories were made. In fact, the kids can’t wait for July to come so we can start school again.

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Logic Curriculum Review

Hey Guys!

Today i’m sharing my thoughts on two different logic homeschool curriculum. The Fallacy Detective and Introduction to Logic.

**In an effort to maintain full disclosure, we only used Introduction to Logic for 7 days. Therefore, i can’t give a full review of it.**

The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel Bluedorn & Hans Bluedorn – Price on Amazon $27

It’s a very short book, only 38 lessons, so it wouldn’t work for a complete school year. We only used it for the second semester of the school year. The lessons were fun and engaging. Seriously, my son and i laughed so many times and we just really looked forward to doing a lesson every day. It has some subject matter that might be considered controversial (gun control, drugs, etc.), so that is just something to be aware of.

We loved this book and we will be using it again and again, for all my other children when the time comes for them to study logic.

Introduction to Logic by Jason Lisle – Price on Amazon $30 plus $25 for the teacher guide

It is a full school year, 180 days, worth of curriculum. It’s Christian, very Christian. In all honesty it’s just very boring and repetitive. Like i said at the beginning of this review, we only made it 7 days using this curriculum and the reason for that is because it was so boring. It starts out with how God is logical and how all knowledge comes from God and continues to say those things over and over again. Not once in those 7 days we studied, did it tell us some different fallacies and how to detect them. Versus in The Fallacy Detective, in the first 7 days, we learned about; Red Herrings, Special Pleading and Ad Hominem just to name a few.

Those are my thoughts, but i would love to hear your thoughts if you have used either one of these curriculum.

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Homeschool Extra Classes

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A few weeks ago i shared our curriculum choices for this school year, but there are a few extra classes we are doing this year that i didn’t share in that post. So today i thought i would share those extra classes.

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First up, twice a week we are doing geography. We are using Road Trip USA by Confesssions of a Homeschooler. We have used this curriculum before, during our very first year of homeschooling, however my kids don’t remember it.

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We are also doing literature twice a week, and for that i decided to go with Passport to Adventures by The Waldock Way.

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We do art daily, and for that we are using a combination of Draw, Write, Now books and The Good and The Beautiful’s Creative Arts  & Crafts.

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For Bible, we have been using Write the Word for kids by Cultivate What Matters.

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Those are all the extra classes we are doing this year. If you have a curriculum you love for: Bible, art, literature, or geography i’d love to hear about it.

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Homeschool Curriculum Picks {2020-2021}

Hey Guys!

Today i’m sharing what homeschool curriculum we are using this upcoming school year.

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I’ll start with my youngest first.

My youngest is 4 years old and he is going to be in preschool this year. I know you don’t really need a curriculum for preschool, and with most of my kids we didn’t really do any formal preschool. They just kind of hung out and colored, or made messes while we schooled. However, this year i thought it would be fun to try out something different.

Let me just say this, there are sooo many wonderful preschool curriculum options out there, that i couldn’t pick just one. That’s right, we have 3 different ones we are going to be using.

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The Peaceful Preschool – This will be the main curriculum i use.

A Year of Playing Skillfully – I will take bits and pieces from this curriculum and add it in each month.

Before 5 in a Row – Once again, this one i will just be taking bits and pieces from and add it in as we go.

That’s it for my preschooler…

For my 6 year old/1st grader we will be using the following:

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MathMath-U-See Alpha level

English/Language ArtsThe Good and the Beautiful Language Arts level 1

HistoryThe Good and the Beautiful History 2 

Science – various The Good and the Beautiful science units

ReadingAll About Reading level 1 and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

HandwritingThe Good and the Beautiful level 1

SpanishFlip Flop Spanish

 

For my 9 year old/4th grader we will be using the following:

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MathMath-U-See Delta level

English/Language ArtsThe Good and the Beautiful Language Arts level 4

HistoryThe Good and the Beautiful History 2

Science – various The Good and the Beautiful science units

ReadingAll About Reading level 3

HandwritingThe Good and the Beautiful level 2

VocabularyWordly Wise book 4

SpanishFlip Flop Spanish

 

For my 12 year old/7th grader we will be using the following:

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MathTeaching Textbooks pre-algebra

English/Language ArtsThe Good and the Beautiful Language Arts level 7

HistoryThe Good and the Beautiful History 2

Science – various The Good and the Beautiful science units

SpellingSpelling Connections 7 

HandwritingThe Good and the Beautiful level 7

VocabularyWordly Wise book 7

SpanishFlip Flop Spanish

 

For my 15 year old/10th grader we will be using the following:

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MathTeaching Textbooks geometry 

English/Language ArtsThe Good and the Beautiful Language Arts High School 1

HistoryBJU World History

ScienceApologia Chemistry

SpanishRosetta Stone

VocabularyWordly Wise book 10

Personal FinanceFoundations in Personal Finance

P.E. – various activities

So, that’s it! That’s all the curriculum we are using this year. If you are a fellow homeschooler, i’d love to hear what curriculum you are using this year.

Happy Homeschooling!

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Teaching Textbooks Vs. Math-U-See

From the very first day we started homeschooling (6 years ago), we used Math-U-See. I loved how you watch a video of the lesson, and then you do the worksheets that go along with that lesson. We had no problems with Math-U-See until my oldest son hit pre-algebra/algebra.

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My son would watch the video which took like 15 – 20 minutes, the videos up until this point had been relatively short about 5 minutes at the most, and then he would try to do the worksheets but he was finding himself stuck on lots of problems and really just not grasping the concepts.

Re-watching the videos at this point was not really an option, because then he would be spending about an hour on math and not doing any actual work.

Having me teach him the lessons really wasn’t an option either. I love doing math, up until a certain point. I will teach my kids; counting, skip counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, fractions, decimals, etc., but once you get to adding the alphabet into your problems, i’m out.

So, needless to say we were both a little frustrated with math, and we needed a change badly, like yesterday. So during the middle of the school year, i switched him to Teaching Textbooks online. What a difference it has made. He enjoys doing math now, and he is finally understanding all the different concepts.

There is also a big difference price wise as well, Math-U-See pre-algebra costs $182 vs. Teaching Textbooks online pre-algebra costs $67.08!

I love how Teaching Textbooks also grades all the work, all i do is login to my parent portal and check his grades to see how he is doing. No more grading paper after paper, they do all the work for me!

Now, this doesn’t mean we are done with Math-U-See, in fact i just bought the next level up for 2 of my kids for our next school year. I plan to continue using Math-U-See with my children, until they hit the pre-algebra level, and then i will switch them over to Teaching Textbooks.

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Have you used Teaching Textbooks or Math-U-See? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them.

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