Throughout the school year, I’m hoping to give a few little peaks into what homeschooling looks like for us, what’s worked for us, what hasn’t, and what we are all learning…
So here’s a little peak into our curriculum for this school year…
Math– We love Saxon math! The format is clear and easy to follow, and it is very black and white. The curriculum is also very cyclical, which I really like because it is continuously reinforcing all of the concepts that they have learned. Sarah Ann is completing Saxon 2 this year, and Reece is over halfway done with Saxon K (we started in the summer), so he will finish that this fall, and we will move onto Saxon 1 after Christmas.
Science–This year for science we are doing the Magic School Bus science club, and we have had so much fun with it so far! Each month we get a new kit in the mail about a different topic. Each kit comes with seven science experiments to complete as well as lots of information about the topic. Plus, I can add in Magic School bus episodes and other books from the library. So far we have done acids and bases and water, and next up is air! We do a couple of experiments each week, and the kids absolutely love it!
Social Studies–We are finally diving into our social studies curriculum next week! We are going to be doing “Road Trip” from Confessions of a Homeschooler. We will be learning about two states each week. We will be memorizing all the states and capitals, as well as learning about famous people, historical events, important facts about each state, and trying out some yummy recipes. We will be notebooking through the 50 states, and we are really looking forward to getting started!
Handwriting–This year Reece is doing the Kindergarten “A Reason for Handwriting” book. He really likes it, and each lesson teaches about a different animal to go along with the letter. Last year, Sarah Ann did the 1st grade book, but we took a break this year because I feel like she is doing enough handwriting in her writing/language curriculums. We will begin “A Reason for Handwriting” with her again next year when we start cursive!
Reece’s Reading–Here’s where the real fun begins! A couple of weeks ago we began level 1 in All about Reading with Reece. He is doing well, and we are figuring out our groove. We really like the hands on lessons and activities, and lots of repetition and confidence building. We will most likely continue this year round through all four levels. Reece has been so proud and excited when he has had to read stories! I also read to Reece (and usually Carson too) each day while Sarah Ann does her independent reading. Teaching your child to read has to be one of the hardest yet most awesome things to experience as a parent!
Sarah Ann’s Reading/Writing/Language–I went back and forth about having Sarah Ann to a structured reading curriculum, but in the end I just decided to let her read what she wants to read. She reads independently each day, and then she and Jeffrey always read before bed. She and I do her reading comprehension workbook together, so that I can hear her reading and also see that she is understanding what she reads. Oh, this girl loves to read, sometimes to the point where we have to tell her to stop reading and go to sleep because Mommy and Daddy are ready to go to sleep! For Sarah Ann’s writing and language, we have continued with Abeka. She is doing great, learning lots of grammar and the writing process. She is doing the second grade books this year, so it is challenging her, but she is working hard and doing really well! I am grateful that we can go through it all at her pace. We have really moved through a lot of it so far, but I know we will slow down a bit as she writes more and more.
As holidays and special activities come up, we do activities and read books to go with those topics. We love our weekly library trips and picking out all sorts of books, and of course spending time all reading together too. Next week we will be focusing on fall! For Bible, we memorize our Awana verses each week, and practicing their verses is one of the kids’ favorite things to do in the evening with Daddy before bed!
I am thankful for our curriculum to help guide us as we learn, but I am also so thankful that school is just a part of our daily life–learning, exploring, growing, observing, and experience it all together each and every day!