School year 2011-2012

11 07 2011

I still can’t believe that I have a 2nd grader, a 1st grader and a PreKer this year!!!!  The time is going so fast and for that I am so thankful to have them home with me during the day.  We changed up somethings this next year and I hope it goes a little smoother for us. 

The first thing we added was the book The Well Planned Day: A Family Homeschool Planner.  With my children doing different things at different levels and the crazy fun that comes with 4 children and number 5 in early Novemeber……..we needed some ORDER!   So, we hope this helps keep Dave and I on the same page.  This way he can walk in and pick up right where I left off if I need him too etc.

For History this year:

We will continue with Core B from Sonlight for Isaac and Grace.  We will finish weeks 18-36 this next year.  We decided last year to only do 1/2 of the sonlight Curr. in one year and we are so thankful we did!!!!  The year was much smoother and we were able to focus more time on what we were doing instead of rushing through it.  We are very happy with this decision for our family.

For Math:

We will continue moving through Math U See.  We can’t say enough good things about this math program and are so happy with the ease of use and the way the kids take to it.  This year both Isaac and Grace will be working on Beta.

For Science:

We will continue with Answers in Genesis, but will move onto God’s Design For Heaven and Earth.  Last year we were so happy with the worldview taught in this book and they way they presented other worldviews. 

For Spelling:

Here is our big change this year.  We were so unhappy with Spelling Workout last year.  We decided to start over with another program and decided to go with A Reason For Spelling book A.  Book A maybe too easy for Isaac, but we didn’t want him to have spots that he missed, so we will just go with it.  We felt like he learned almost nothing from Spelling Workout so we are going to try another approach this year.

Language Arts:

Grace and Isaac will continue with First Language Lessons Level 2 this year.  We really enjoyed the way it was taught in this book and the way the kids took to it.  You have to love when your child says, “Mom, you just said a pronoun.  That is a word used in place of a noun.”  They were both able to pull out parts of speech and give me the definitions.  We are also continuing with Writing With Ease that goes with First Language Lessons.

Latin:

We will be starting Latin this year and have decided to go with Prima Latina by Leigh Lowe.  I am very excited about this book and the way it is taught.  After I read the introduction to the teacher I was amazed at what I learned about our grammar system!  I think this will be a GREAT addition to our school day.

Reading:

After Isaac did the Level 2 readers in sonlight last year I was nervous about what to buy this year.  He seemed to FLY through them with no trouble and wants to read everything.  So I tapped into a wonderful lady at our church that is a reading specialist for the public school here.  She offered to test both of my school age children for reading level to give me an idea of what I should do.  Isaac tested a solid 5th grade level and Grace at a 1st grade level.  This was such a help in choosing our reading for this coming school year.  So for Isaac we will be doing Sonlight’s Level 3 Readers (which are not grade 3 readers according to many school standards) and for Grace she will do Level 1 Readers with many books chosen by Ms. Dana from our church.  I am so thankful Ms.Dana was willing to help me go through each book they would be reading and give me her thoughts on it!  Grace will also continue with Explode the Code books 4, 5 and 6 this next year.

Penmanship:

Late last year we started New American Cursive and we will continue with it this year.  We will hopefully finish it by Thanksgiving of this next school year.  I am very happy with the way it teaches Cursive and how well my children are both doing with it.

Bible:

Dave does almost all of our Bible time in our home.  He likes to mix it up with different things so it is hard for me to let you know what we will be doing.  I do know he wants to continue with Leading Little Ones to God.  Other than than I am not sure. 🙂

PreK:

I do have a 4 year old this year at home and I need to make sure I am giving him the attention he needs to move into K next year……so here it goes. ( I am very nervous about have 3 homeschoolers this next year and a newborn baby, but I know my God will give me the strength to do what He has called me to do).  For reading we will start Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, but will wait until January to start.  He will be doing lots of preschool workbooks and math books.  We will also be doing Sonlight 4/5 Level for him and let Ethan listen in and do things with him as well.  Owen is more of an active child and needs more moving during the day.  I think we will be doing lots of dancing and singing this year as well with him 😀

 

So there it is!  The list will most likely change at some point to meet our family’s needs.  I will be posting our future schedule soon; I am still working on it a bit. 🙂

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3 responses

12 07 2011
Luke Holzmann

I am so glad that your decision to take the Sonlight Cores slowly has worked for your family. Keep up the great work, and may this year be even better than last [smile].

~Luke

21 07 2011
Breanne

Thanks for sharing all of this Becky! I always love reading about your curriculum choices. I’d be interested to hear why Spelling Workout wasn’t a good fit for you (and also how you end up liking A Reason for Spelling this year). I’m still undecided about when to introduce spelling and what to use for Lily (she’s K this year so we’ll probably wait at least a year).

We also love Leading Little Ones to God. We’re going through it with Lily for the 2nd time now. I have a few minor gripes about it (KJV verses and some archaic language, using hymns we’ve never heard of), but I still think it’s a great resource for teaching systematic theology to kids in the 3-8+ age range. I also use the memory verse each day as Lily’s handwriting copywork assignment.

2 08 2011
Kristina Combs

Hey Becky just stopping in to say I found your blog and have added it to my Google Reader. Looking forward to reading your thoughts 🙂

xoxo
Kristen
@PearlGateway / twitter

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