The Good and The Beautiful Language Arts Review

Hi Guys!

I shared during my curriculum picks that we are using The Good and The Beautiful for language arts this year. **Side note: What homeschooler isn’t using it? as it seems to be very popular this year.**

Anyways, we are into our 10th week of school, so i thought i would give my review on this curriculum.

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I’m just going to dive in and tell you my pros and cons of The Good and The Beautiful language arts curriculum.

(We are using levels Pre-k – 7)

Pros:

~Levels 1-5 are available to download for FREE!

~It’s pretty much open and go, not much prep work involved.

~I love how it covers more than just language arts, they also add in geography and art appreciation.

~If you don’t decide to download it for FREE (or you order one of the levels are aren’t available for free download), their prices are aren’t that expensive compared to other language arts curriculum.

~It’s just beautiful. I love all the artwork throughout it.

~I feel like it’s a well rounded curriculum, it covers everything, there are no gaps. From spelling, to punctuation, to grammar, to vocabulary, to writing my kids are covered.

Cons:

~It’s advanced. Which isn’t really a con, it’s just something you have to be aware of before you order/place your child into a level. They have a level placement test which you can download for free on their website.

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That’s it, those are my pros and cons. Which obviously my pros outweigh my cons and i’m 100% sure i will be ordering this curriculum again next year!

If you are using The Good and The Beautiful this year i’d love to hear what you think about it. Leave me comment with your thoughts.

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September Reading List

Hi Guys!

Here’s what we are reading this month.

September Reading List

Samuel (13 years old/8th Grade)

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Where the Red Fern Grows

 

Dasean (10 years old/5th Grade)

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The One and Only Ivan

 

Karina (7 years old/2nd Grade)

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Mac and Cheese

 

Cruz (4 years old/Preschool)

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The Best Nest

 

Veronica (Me)

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The Fall of Butterflies

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Eat Pray Love

Those are all the books we are reading this month. What are you reading this month?

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A Homeschool Mom’s Schedule

Hi Guys!

A few weeks ago i shared my 8th grader’s homeschool schedule. I thought today would be a good day to share my current schedule.

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5:00 – Wake up – Drink coffee, let dogs out, bible time, blog, drink water, release chickens, chores, etc.

7:00 – Wake children up, breakfast time..

7:30 – Clean up, get dressed…

8:00 – School time

11:50 – Prepare lunch, lunch time, clean up, chores, etc.

1:00 – Put baby down for nap, finish up school with kids

2:00 – Workout, shower, laundry, office work.

4:00 – Get baby up from nap, prep dinner, dinner time, clean up

6:30 – Family time, play with kids, etc.

8:00 – Start getting kids ready for bed; bath times, pj’s, etc.

9:00 – Tuck kids in, lock chickens up for the night, spend time with hubby.

10:00/10:30 – Lights out, bedtime.

That’s my schedule for Monday-Thursday, Friday’s we don’t have school so my days look a little bit different on Friday’s.

 

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8th Grade Homeschool Schedule {Free Printable}

Hi Guys!

This year i’m going to be sharing with you my kids homeschool schedules.

Today i’m starting with my 8th graders homeschool schedule for the first semester of the 2018/2019 homeschool year.

8th grade schedule

Monday-Thursday

8:00 – Math

9:00 – English

9:30 – Vocabulary

9:45 – Language Arts

10:00 – History

10:30 – Science

11:00 – Reading

11:30 – Handwriting

11:45 – Piano

12:00 – Lunch Break

1:00 – Art

1:20 – Spanish

1:50 – Typing

2:00 – Schools out

Since we do year round schooling, we don’t do school on Fridays. I plan on sharing more about our year round schedule later on this month, so if you are interested in hearing more about that, be on the look out for that blog post coming out in the next few weeks.

I’ve made his schedule into a handy printable, which you can download for yourself for free, by clicking the link below!

 

———> 8th Grade Homeschool Schedule (First Semester) <————

 

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August Reading List

Hi Guys!

It’s another new month, so you know what that means, another monthly reading list!

august reading list

Samuel (13 years old/ 8th Grade)

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Bound For Oregon

Dasean (10 years old/ 5th Grade)

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I Rode A Horse Of Milk White Jade

Karina (7 years old/ 2nd Grade)

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Wake Up, Sun!

Cruz (4 years old/ Preschool)

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Veronica (Me)

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Prodigal Summer

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Idaho: A Novel

That’s what we’re reading this month. What book(s) are you reading?

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Homeschool Curriculum Picks {2018/2019}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m going to share with you all of our curriculum choices for each kid this year.

Cruz (Preschool/ 4 years old)

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I couldn’t just pick 1 curriculum to use with him this year, because there are so many good choices out there. So i’m doing a mix up of 4 different ones.

God’s Little Explorers – I used this in the past with Karina and we enjoyed it.

The Good and The Beautiful Pre-K Level (language arts) – This was super affordable ($15) and it’s much raved about in the homeschooling community. So we are excited to give it a go!

Confessions of a Homeschooler Letter of the week – I bought this years ago when i started my homeschooling journey and this will be my 3rd child i’ve used it with.

Encompass Preschool Curriculum – What really excites me about this one is the planned out field trip ideas and snacks to go with each week.

Karina (2nd grade/ 7 years old)

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Math: Math-U-See Beta level

English: BJU Press English 2

Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 3000 Book 2

History: Abeka Book Our America

Science: ABeka Book Enjoying God’s World

Reading: All About Reading level 2

Language Arts & Literature: The Good and The Beautiful level K – This covers phonics/reading, spelling, grammar/punctuation, literature, and art.

Dasean (5th grade/ 10 years old)

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Math: Math-U-See Epsilon

English: BJU Press English 5

Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 3000 Book 5

History: Abeka Book Old World History & Geography 

Science: Abeka Book Investigating God’s World

Language Arts & Literature: The Good and The Beautiful level 1-5 – This is a free curriculum!! And like i said above, it covers: phonics/reading, spelling, grammar/punctuation, literature, and art. I’m starting him on a very low level because he does need some extra help with spelling and i’m sure by the end of the year we will finish level 5.

Samuel (8th grade/ 13 years old)

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Math: Math-U-See Algebra 1

English: BJU Press Writing & Grammar Grade 8 

Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 3000 Book 8

History: Abeka Book America Land I love

Science: Abeka Book Earth and Space

Language Arts & Literature: The Good and The Beautiful level 2-7 – He also struggles with spelling, so i’m starting him low too and by the end of the year he will be where he needs to be at.

That’s all for their individual work…

Each kid is also doing some form of Spanish class. Some do it on the computer, phone app, and others do worksheets.

The 3 oldest kids also do Typing Instructor for Kids on the computer.

They are all still learning piano.

So that’s everything, curriculum wise, we have going on this year. I hope you enjoyed hearing about our choices, and if you homeschool your kids, i’d love to hear what curriculum you are using this school year!

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First Day of School Interviews {2018/2019}

Hi Guys!

I started this tradition of interviewing my children on their first day of school, when we first started homeschooling back in 2013! Ever since then it has become one of my favorite things of our whole back to school process.

Here are their interviews for this school year…

Samuel

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My name is Samuel

I am 13 years old

The yummiest food to eat is Grilled Cheese with pickles

My favorite show to watch is Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street

The best thing about school is getting done

The worst thing about school is waking up early

The coolest person on Earth is Mommy

I am really super good at being creative

My favorite color is Silver

The best place in the world to be is outside

When i grow up i want to skydive

I really really do not like to eat raisins

My best friend is Jackson

When i was little i used to dance

3 words that tell about me: creative, smart, funny

This year i hope to learn Spanish

 

Dasean

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My name is Dasean

I am 10 years old

The yummiest food to eat is all foods

My favorite show to watch is Nexo Knights

The best thing about school is Math

The worst thing about school is siblings complaining

The coolest person on Earth is Mommy

I am really super good at building LEGOS

My favorite color is Red

The best place in the world to be is home

When i grow up i want to be a master of building LEGOS

I really really do not like to eat raisins

My best friend is Jackson

When i was little i used to suck my thumb

3 words that tell about me: funny, smart, intelligent 

This year i hope to learn fractions

 

Karina

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My name is Karina

I am 7 years old

The yummiest food to eat is strawberries

My favorite show to watch is Son of Bigfoot

The best thing about school is Math

The worst thing about school is nothing

The coolest person on Earth is Mommy

I am really super good at typing

My favorite color is pink

The best place in the world to be is with my mommy

When i grow up i want to sing

I really really do not like to eat broccoli

My best friend is Mommy

When i was little i used to drink milk

3 words that tell about me: cute, funny, a princess

This year i hope to learn how to be a mom

 

Cruz

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My name is Cruz

I am 4 years old

The yummiest food to eat is bread

My favorite show to watch is Halloween kid shows on YouTube

The best thing about school is B

The worst thing about school is nothing

The coolest person on Earth is Cruz

I am really super good at playdough

My favorite color is Red

The best place in the world to be is with family

When i grow up i want to be Lincoln’s age

I really really do not like to eat bird poop

My best friend is Lincoln

When i was little i used to sleep in a crib

3 words that tell about me: funny, silly, gooey 

This year i hope to learn ABC’s

 

  •  In case you are curious, you can read some of their previous interviews below:

2013/2014 School Year

2014/2015 School Year

2015/2016 School Year

2016/2017 School Year

2017/2018 School Year

 

  • Or if you want to interview your own kids, i have made it into a handy printable. Just click the link below:

Free First Day of School Interview

 

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