Friday, June 13, 2014

School's Out for Summer!!

WHEW!  We FINALLY reached our 180 days (well, 184 days to be exact!  WOOT!!)  We've had an excellent year at home learning and growing together.  I haven't posted as often as I'd planned, so here's our year in review, Photo Blog style!!

Learning to fish

Spelling Practice

Art projects

Lego Club at our Co-Op

Field Trips to the Zoo

Field Trips to a working farm

Strawberry Picking

Science Classes at the Zoo

Independent work

Math time (hot chocolate helps!)

Picnic Lunches

And more picnic lunches!

History Projects

Lego Models of books we've read

Homemade Butter

Geography Practice - Ben can now correctly place all 50 states on the map thanks to this fun app!

Science experiments

Read Alouds

Education Apps (this is Time4Learning)

Handwriting practice

Super Serious Math Games

Enrichment videos

Cool Field Trips

Co-Op Science Class

And ending it all with lots of pool time this summer!!

So now we have 3 years of homeschooling under our belts.  After a little time of rest, I'll begin planning for next year!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Excited to try out Time4Learning!

I've been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning can be used as a homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment and for summer skill sharpening. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.

I've heard such great things about this resource, I can't wait to get my boys up and going on it!

What We've Been Up To....

It's been a busy year so far for us!  So busy, in fact, that I haven't had much of a chance to update our blog in several months.  However, we're on break for the next week, so I thought this would be a good time to update with some pictures of our recent homeschooling adventures.

 Field Trip to Ripley's Aquarium to kick off our year

 Recess soccer fun!

Addition Bingo

Just a regular day of school work!

Stamping sight words

 Veteran's Day Crafting

Overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge followed by a field trip to a Renaissance Festival!

 Breakfast with Discovery Education

Fun handwriting practice!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

2012 - 2013 Homeschool Curriculum

Last year, because we pulled our son out of public school in October, I felt very disorganized and unprepared, despite having previously taught 2nd & 3rd grade for 8 years.  This year I feel better heading into the start of our school year.  I have been able to try out or preview several different curricula to decide what I think will work best for us and feel very good about my choices, though I must admit, the more curriculum plans I look at on other blogs, the more stuff I see I want to try!  I may just have to avoid doing any more reading about other curriculum choices!

So, here's what we're going to be using:

2nd/3rd grade (my guy is 2nd grade age, but using some 3rd grade material)

We do a bible reading every day, with a related craft or activity done twice a week.  We're using The Story for Little Children and will be reading a chapter a week.

We do formal Math instruction 4 days a week, and one day a week we do fun Math games and fun Math fact reviews (like Fact Baskets where I take him outside and call out a Math fact.  Each time he gets one right, he gets to shoot the basketball!)
Singapore 2B & 3A.  We used Singapore last year and were happy with it, so we plan to continue (although I'd LOVE to try Teaching Textbooks, but it just isn't in the budget.)  We'll supplement with Kids College (an online game for Math & Reading) and Xtra Math (a free online site for learning math facts)

We do Literature five times a week, usually reading one chapter a day for four days and then using the fifth day to review and summarize what we've read so far.  This year we're focusing on classical literature and will be creating lap books to go along with each novel we read.  We're starting out with Treasure Island.

Language Arts:
We do grammar lessons twice a week and Reading Comprehension Skills once a week.
For grammar, We're using Scholastic's Success with Grammar, Grade 2, and for Reading Comp we're using Carson Dellosa's Reading Comprehension, Grade 2.  We begun both of these workbooks last year and will continue with them until we complete them.  I'm considering going to BJU Language Arts afterwards, but we'll see.

We do short Spelling activities daily.  I'm creating my own Spelling lists each week, pulling from the Dolch list of words and other phonetics lists.  Most of the Spelling activities are done on, though we do enjoy spelling words with letter tiles and writing them in the driveway with chalk.

We do writing twice a week.  At the beginning of the year it will be mostly free choice journal writing but will progress to more formal writing as the year continues.  By the end of the year I hope that he can write a well structured paragraph with a strong topic sentence, supporting details, and good word choice, as well as being grammatically correct.  Writing is his biggest weakness, so we'll see how it goes!

Copy Work:
Each week we learn a new Memory Verse and so his copy work will revolve around this verse.  We'll do copy work 2-3 times a week.

Social Studies:
We'll do short geography lessons twice a week using 's Roadtrip USA.  We're also going to be learning about the history of South Carolina 3 days a week (rotated with Science units).

We're starting out with Weather as our first unit of the year.  We'll also be studying Matter, Rocks & Minerals, Human Body, and Animals.  We do Science or History 3 days a week and rotate between Science Units and History Units.

He'll be attending our local YMCA's Homeschool Swim & Gym class once a week for 3 hours as well as partaking in a karate class once a week for an hour and a half.  We also play outside most every day swimming, jumping on the trampoline, riding bikes, playing basketball, or just running around with neighbors!

For my 3 1/2 year old, we'll be using 's K4  program.  I won't be following it exactly, but will be pulling from it the things that fit my little guy the best.  We'll also be using Tot Boxes for some hands-on fun.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A few pictures from our Home Schooling Adventures

Since the addition of my 16 year old daughter to our homeschool, things have been busier than ever!  Here's a few pictures of what we've been up to, though!

Math in the driveway.  The superhero cape helps.  :-)

Writing time.
"Draw Write Now" for B, name tracing for the little.

Wetland Ecology Field Trip

Clay model of a "Magic Tree House" character

Math dice game with mom

Fine Motor Skills practice with
a golf tee game and cereal balls

Our daily practice of sitting still & quietly.
We're up to about 5 minutes!

Noah's Ark rainbow craft

Garden of Eden painting

...and the Garden in abstract  ;-)

Blessings from my home to yours!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Three Week Menu Plan

I decided to go ahead and plan for 3 weeks this time.  I used to plan for a month at a time and liked it because it gave me an idea of what ingredients I needed so I could look for sales in advance, as well as taking away the need to plan every.single.week.  My family likes the plans because they like to know what's coming up for dinner each night.

Monday, January 9, 2012

My New Cleaning Schedule

My boys helping with laundry

Since we are now homeschooling, I had to find a better way to incorporate cleaning into my day.  I found that it works best when I focus on on area a day and spread out my cleaning over the course of the week.  I'm also a big proponent of the "1 load a Day" mentaillity when it comes to laundry.  I do a load of clothes Mon, Wed, & Fri, and then either towels or sheets on Tues & Thurs.  Sometimes Monday requires 2 loads of clothes to get caught up from the weekend. I also have chores assigned to my 3 children (16, 6, & 3) and we have a Chore Time each day when they get these completed.  Finally, each weekend I tackle one big cleaning task that needs to be done on a monthly basis, such as shampooing carpets or cleaning trim.

I love looking at others' cleaning schedules, so here's mine if you're interested!

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Blessings from my home to yours!

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