First Week of School Recap

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Last week we started school, so i thought i would share how it went, what i’ve changed this year, and what still needs to be tweaked.

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Our first week back went pretty smoothly. This year we are still doing a 4 day schedule, the only change is that Mondays are now our days off, instead of Fridays. I am really liking having Mondays off, i feel like when school starts on Tuesday i’m more prepared. When we had Fridays off, it felt like Friday was just a “Woo-hoo! We made it through the week let’s party” type day. Now having Mondays off, it feels like Mondays are a “let’s get ready to tackle this week” type day. I feel like more is being accomplished during the week and that i’m more prepared to do school.

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Another change we have made this year is, we are now doing math in the afternoon versus first thing in the morning. I have no idea why i didn’t do this sooner, as it really has made a world of difference. There has been no complaining or crying over math, yet. Also, i just feel like my kids are able to focus more on mathematical problems when they are truly fully awake (which by the afternoon they are) and have a few good meals in their stomach.

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This year we are also doing school in our school house we built. This has been a huge blessing and i can’t imagine going back to dining room table schooling again. Having all our school work in one area just feels amazing. No more running up and down a flight of stairs to grab something you forgot.

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The one major thing that isn’t working right now for us is, my preschool & first grader schedules. I really need to find things to entertain them while i teach a lesson/work with my older students. Right now their schedules leave lots of gaps of time where they have nothing scheduled to do, so they get creative and before i know it we have gone through several bottles of glue and it’s only the first week of school.

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I plan on sharing our schedules and a tour of our school house in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned for that. If you have started back to school, i’d love to hear how it’s going.

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September Books

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It’s been awhile since i’ve shared what books we are reading, so i thought today i would share we are are reading in September.

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Samuel (10th Grade)

The Maze Runner

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Dasean (7th Grade)

Code of Silence

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Karina (4th Grade)

The Never Girls Collection – Book 1

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Cruz (1st Grade) and Lincoln (Preschool)

Blueberries For Sal

The Runaway Bunny

Caps for Sale

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

If you Give a Dog a Donut

Make Way for Ducklings

Rechenka’s Egg

An Egg is Quiet

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Veronica (Me)

The Wives

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Read Aloud

Dinosaurs Before Dark

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Those are all the books we are reading in September. What are you reading?

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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}

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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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Homeschool Planner 2020-2021

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Today i’m sharing what homeschool planner i’m using this year.

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First, before i get into what planner i’m using this year, i thought i would share homeschool planners i have used in the past and what my thoughts on them are.

When we first started homeschooling i used Confession of a Homeschooler’s planner. Which worked ok for our first year. It’s pretty inexpensive ($9.95) because of the fact you have to print it out yourself. That was the part i didn’t really like about it. I found out i like already printed/bound planners.

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My next year of homeschooling (and up until 3 years ago) i used, Well Planned Gal’s Homeschool planner. It ships to you already printed/bound, it has a lot more features (shopping lists, dinner menus, weekly to do lists, etc.), and is sort of reasonably priced ($34.95) for all that it offers.  What i didn’t like about it, is that it is only for up to 4 children.

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I then tried the Bloom Daily Planner, which was very basic and simple compared to Well Planned Gal’s planner. What i didn’t like about it, was at the time we were doing year round schooling, and this planner started in August. The cost for this planner fell between COAH & Well Planned Gal, at only $19.95.

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This year i’m using, A Simple Plan. I’m really excited to use this planner. I love that it starts in July (for those year round homeschoolers). It wasn’t as expensive as Well Planned Gal’s, this one was only $22.99. It can be used for up to 6 kids! It feels like it will be a perfect fit for our family.

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If you are homeschooling and have a planner you love, i’d love to hear about it!

Happy Homeschooling!

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