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 Student Planners

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Today I’m going to share how student planners have helped with making our homeschool days go smoother.

This homeschool year i decided we needed a change.

For the past few years we had just been doing a block schedule (i.e. 15 minutes for handwriting, 30 minutes for history, etc. etc.). Which works great, i believe, if you are a self motivated person. With children (or at least my children) it doesn’t work that great, they don’t hustle to get as much done in the time allowed as possible. Instead i found my kids would get less done during 20 minutes, than if i just gave out a specific assignment which they ended up doing in like 5 minutes. We were falling behind with our curriculum and by the end of the school year we were having to play catch up.

This year for my oldest 3 kids (ages 10, 14, & 16) i ordered them each a student planner from Mardel.

A Simple Plan, Homeschool Student Planner, flowers

A Simple Plan, Homeschool Student Planner, outdoors

We do school Tuesday – Friday, so each Tuesday morning i come into the school room and write out their assignments for the week in their student planners.

This idea is similar to the homeschool workbox system, except those things are so bulky and you have to fill them in every day or week with the child’s work. I feel like those work great for smaller kids, who maybe can’t read what their assignments are yet.

These student planners have made such a difference in our homeschool; no kid is falling behind, no missing assignments, no complaining of how much longer, etc…

I also love that these planners start in July and go to June, which is perfect for our year-round homeschooling family.

These planners have helped so much that i will definitely be using them again for our 2022/2023 school year!

Winter Themed Learning

A few years ago i shared some winter themed learning, when i looked back at that post recently, i was reminded of all the fun we had. That’s when i decided to do another fun filled week, in our homeschool, focusing on winter themed learning. Today i’m going to share everything we did for our winter themed learning week.

I’m going to break things up into 3 categories; activities, snacks, and books.

Activities:

  1. Build a snowflake (using mini marshmallows & toothpicks) – This was a fun & easy activity for all my children.

2. Winter Bingo – I used this printable from The Resourceful Mama and M&M’s.

3. Winter I Spy – I used this free printable from Paper Trail Design.

4. Sensory Bins – I created 3 different sensory bins. One with rice, one with water beads, and one with pom-poms & craft gems.

Snacks:

  1. Snowballs – Donut holes.

2. Snow Covered Pretzels – White chocolate covered pretzels.

3. Polar Bear Graham Crackers – I got the idea/recipe from The Simple Parent.

4. ‘Frozen’ Themed Hot Chocolate – You only need 4 ingredients to make this blue colored hot chocolate. Find the recipe HERE.

5. ‘Frozen’ Themed Muddy Buddies – This was one of the kids favorite snacks we had! Find the recipe HERE.

Books:

  1. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening – Robert Frost
  2. The Magic Of Friendship Snow – Andi Cann
  3. Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares For Winter – Eugenie Doyle
  4. Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter – Kenard Pak
  5. The Biggest Snowman Ever – Steven Kroll
  6. Sneezy The Snowman – Maureen Wright
  7. There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow – Lucille Colandro
  8. Snowmen At Night – Caralyn Buehner

I hope you enjoyed our week of Winter Themed Learning.

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January Books

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing what we are reading in January!

Samuel (10th Grade)

The Fever Code (Maze Runner, Book 5) – He has really enjoyed this series, not sure what he is going to read next.

Dasean (7th Grade)

Case Closed #1: Mystery in the Mansion

Karina (4th Grade)

The Never Girls Collection #2 – She is still working her way through these books!

Cruz (1st Grade) & Lincoln (Preschool)

We are going to be reading some Winter themed books this month, which i will share in a separate blog post!

Veronica (Me)

Didn’t See That Coming

That’s all we are reading in January. What are you reading?

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