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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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!

November Books

Hey Guys!

Today i’m sharing what books we’re reading in November.

Samuel (10th Grade)

The Death Cure (Maze Runner Book 3)

Dasean (7th Grade)

Below the Surface (Code of Silence, Book 3)

Karina (4th Grade)

The Never Girls Collection, Book 3

Cruz & Lincoln (1st Grade & Preschool)

We are just going to be reading a lot of Thanksgiving books, which i will share in a separate post!

Veronica (Me)

Forgiving What You Can’t Forget – I pre-ordered this book back at the beginning of October, i can’t wait to read it!

Read Aloud

Mummies in the Morning (Magic Tree House, book 3)

That’s all we are reading this month. What are you reading?

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5 Fall Children’s Books You’re Going To Love

Hey Guys!

Today i’m sharing 5 Fall books that you and your children are sure to love!

Autumn in the Forest – This adorable little board book follows a chipmunk through the forest, as it prepares for winter.

Fall Leaves – Such a beautiful book, that really captures the spirit of Fall.

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves – This book will have you falling in love with Fletcher the fox and his innocence.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn – A lovely, sweet, and beautifully illustrated book!

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves – My children and I love all the “There Was An Old Lady..” books!

Have you read any of these books? What’s your favorite Fall themed children’s book?

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Easy Fun Lunches

Hey Guys!

I don’t know about you, but i struggle to come up with lunches for my kids. Lunch is seriously the meal i dread most to come up with. If you are anything like me, then you are in luck, cause today i’m sharing some fun easy lunches i’ve created to help you out.

  1. Pizza Lunchable – Ritz crackers, mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, pepperoni’s, olives, and sliced fresh nectarines and yogurt covered pretzels for dessert.

2. Summertime/Beach themed lunch – croissant turkey and cheese sandwich, graham crackers with blue frosting topped with s’mores goldfish, and blue punch with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

3. Halloween/Orange themed lunch – Sandwich cut into a pumpkin shape, mandarin oranges, carrots w/ ranch, goldfish, orange Jell-O, Oreo, and pretzel covered in orange candy melts top with green m&m.

4. Rainbow themed lunch – PB&J sandwich w/ heart shaped filled with sprinkles, skittles, color goldfish, strawberries, oranges, pineapples, grapes, and blueberries.

5. Pesto Pasta – Pasta with pesto sauce, diced tomatoes, black olives, and parmesan cheese. Raspberries, pretzels, and Nutella.

6. Orange themed lunch – Macaroni and cheese, Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, Orange, and orange jelly beans.

7. Green/St. Patrick’s Day themed lunch – Sandwich w/ heart shaped filled with sprinkles, guacamole flavored chips, Skittles, mini marshmallows, lucky charms, sour cream and onion Pringles, and a sugar cookie.

8. Easter/Bunny themed lunch – Grilled cheese sandwich, Oreo’s, Marshmallows, Veggie Chips, and trail mix.

9. Spaghetti lunch – spaghetti pasta with sauce and cheese, steamed broccoli, breadstick, and salad.

10. Apple themed lunch – Sandwich shaped as an apple, apple sauce, apple slices, and an Oreo.

I hope you enjoy these fun and easy lunches. Which one is your favorite?

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