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

Hi Guys!

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!

A Look Back At 2021

Hey Guys!

The last time i was blogging consistently was probably back in January 2021, so i thought today i would share what has happened over the past year.

February 2021 – We obviously welcomed our 6th child into the world, i already shared his birth story if you are interested in reading that you can go back and do so. Our second child also had a birthday, he turned 13 years old.

March 2021 – My husband and i started a garden, but honestly with a new baby i didn’t have much time to work on it and so it never really produced much. We also bought a new truck.

April 2021 – We ordered butterflies, so the kids to see the whole process of how they change/grow.

May 2021 – Our 3rd child had a birthday, she turned 10 years old.

June 2021 – Our 1st child had a birthday, he turned 16 years old. Our 4th child also had a birthday, he turned 7 years old. My birthday is also in June, so lots of celebrating happens in our family in June.

July 2021 – We started our 9th year of homeschooling! We did some adventuring. We also renovated our master bathroom shower. We took out the old wall surround and replaced it with tile. It looks so much better and lighter and fresher in there.

Before
During (the lighting was horrible for this picture)
after

August 2021 – Our 5th child had a birthday, he turned 5 years old. My husband and i celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary. Our family took a trip to Eastern Idaho. We checked out Craters of the Moon and a cool little ghost town, called Bayhorse.

September 2021 – We decided it was time to get rid of the chickens. They were becoming too much work and adding too much stress. So, once we got rid of them, we torn down their chicken coops. Which was really sad because we had worked so hard on building them. We decided to build a storage shed in that area where the chicken coops were. We also went camping a lot in September.

October 2021 – Both my husband and I got sick with a nasty virus. I was sick the first half of the month and he was sick the second half of the month. Luckily only a few kids caught it too, but they were only sick for a day or two. My husband continued working on the storage shed while i was sick.

November 2021 – We finished up the storage shed, we still need to paint it though. We also replaced some windows on our house and ripped up the vinyl siding on the back of our house, as we are going to replace all the vinyl siding on our house with lap siding.

December 2021 – We started putting up a wooden fence on our property, although it is a long process and we won’t be done working on it for a long time. Not much else happened, we were busy getting ready for the holidays.

January 2022 – After ripping off the vinyl siding off the back of our house back in November, we finally got started replacing it with lap siding.

That’s pretty much everything that happened around here over the past year. Now that i’ve given that update, i feel like i can share more things as they happen, in real time.

How was your past year? I always feel like we didn’t do much, but then when i look back at all the pictures and write it all out, i’m like “wow, okay we actually did do a lot of different things.”. Anyone else feel that way? Maybe it’s just me?

Anyways, i hope you are all doing well and i can’t wait to share more of what we are up to later.

Take care,

Homeschool Postpartum Plans

Hi Guys!

Today i thought i would share what my plans are, concerning homeschool, after baby number 6 is born.

Baby number 6 is going to be the 3rd baby born since we have become a homeschooling family. Baby number 4 was born at the end of June and we didn’t start back to homeschooling until August, so i had a bit of a break there. Baby number 5 was born at the beginning of August and we started back to homeschooling at the end of August/beginning of September. So i have homeschooled with a newborn before.

With baby number 6 though, i want a bigger break than just 2 weeks. We have been a year-round homeschooling family for a few years now, however this year we haven’t been doing 6 weeks on 1 week off. The reason for that is, i wanted to get as much school done with before baby number 6 is born. That way once he is born, we can take 4 weeks off.

That’s my plan, once baby number 6 is born, we will take at least 4 weeks off. Then once we start back to homeschooling, we will enter into it lightly. We probably won’t go back to a full schedule for at least another 2 weeks after that.

I want to enjoy the time with my new baby, plus take the time to get adjusted to being a family of 8.

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