Monday, October 14, 2013

Seven Days of Homeschool Seven: What?

           For the past 5 years we've been using My Fathers World for our home school curriculum. We really love how simple it is to use, very open and go. We also enjoy that it makes lessons easier for me as all my students 2nd - 8th grade are grouped together for History, Science, Art, Music, and Bible. The elements of Charlotte Mason that we find important are also included: short lessons, copy work, and great books. As well as the elements of Classical that we find important: care for the stages of learning (logic, rhetoric, ect), a 4 year history cycle (MFW included a 1 year geography making the program 5 year), latin/greek, and great books!  Cant say enough about My Fathers World. :)

History, Science, Music, Art and Bible (aka "Together Studies"):
This year we are journeying through Explorers to 1850 in our together studies.
Exploration to 1850 Deluxe Package Curriculum 

We have added a new student this year, Lily is doing My Fathers World Kindergarten this year.
And Jadon is using My Fathers World First Grade.

All of the children use Math U See for Math. We will be using Pre-Algebra, Epsilon, Gamma, Alpha and Primer this school year.

We use a workbook form of Primary Language Lessons for grades 2-3 and Intermediate Language Lessons for grades 4-6. In 7th grade My Fathers World recommends All in One English so that is what we chose for this year.

We use a program called Writing Strands, also recommended by My Fathers World. We start with book 2 in third grade and work our way through the series. Its a great program, mostly independent and fun. 

For handwriting we like  A Reason for Handwriting. Handwriting is not recommended by My Fathers World but we add it for practice. Natalie is not using any handwriting for the first time this year in 7th grade!

We are trying the Sequential Spelling DVD  this year for spelling.

We use the Book Basket list for readers as well as 1000 Good Books reading list, Sonlight Reading List and McGuffys Readers. I tend to do a hodge podge based on the children's needs at the time. Natalie is using  Progeny Press Study guides as well for her literature.

I hope you will continue to join me for this series: Seven Days of Homeschooling Seven. Where I will share:
-Who we are homschooling?
-What curriculum we are using?
-When do we homeschool?
-Why do we homeschool?
-Where do we homeschool?
-How we do we homeschool?
-Our favorite  homeschool helpers.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Seven Days of Homeschooling Seven: Who?

Most of our school years are well under way. The dust has settled, routines are becoming comfortable and some of the kinks are beginning to need some working out. This is the time of year that I begin to re-evaluate and look to other blogs and pintrest for inspiration to revive my homeschool year. This seemed like the perfect opportunity for a good old homeschooling series! Being that this blog is new I thought I'd introduce my school! We have seven children, five of which I am formally homeschooling.

Rainbow Dash
age 12
7th Grade
Favorite Subject: Reading and Art
Age 10
grade 5
Favorite Subject: Math and Science

Age 8
Grade 3
Favorite Subject: Handwriting

Super Man
Age 6
Grade 1
Favorite Subject:  Science

Pinky Pie
Age 4
Grade K
Favorite Subject: School!

Iron Man
Age 3

Age 1

Teacher and Principle

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Exploration to 1850 Weeks 3-12

I had every intention of adding to this blog weekly about our school adventures. The last 10 weeks have been a whirlwind....

We went to Pioneer Days and learned about Indians, the Civil War and life 100 years ago.

We had Holy Spirit Week with a Mustache Day..

 Lily and Jadon went to a Dairy Farm..
 We found the Perfect Spelling Curriculum..

We learned to work Independently a little bit more. :)

We started Kindergarten

We made apple pie, moon cake and had a restaurant. We also played colonial games in our yard.

We started a Preschool Binder.

We had our principle come to read us his favorite story!

We took some "class" photo's.

Whew! This year has been more of a challenge than I thought!