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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