Week one is done and we are into our second week and like typical homeschool fashion it has gone completely not according to plan. Mice and baby and general chaos limited the lovely first week I was hoping for, but never-the-less, we finished and I think they may have even learned a vocabulary word. Gasp!
So I wanted to share what’s up with us this year: what we’re studying, what our classroom looks like, what books we’re using…because we homeschool people love that stuff, right?
So besides rodents and baby challenges, I am officially teaching a kinder, and 2nd, and a 6th grader. That’s a lot! I’m trying to work out the kinks, but the tricky thing is that I know very much that I cannot set the bar too extremely high right now so I’m trying to figure out the balance between lower expectations and STILL having order, which is a must!! I’m thinking like the perfect balance between Kate Gossline and her opposite. Does that make sense?? Suggestions welcome!
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So…for my Kindergartener we are taking it pretty easy, but making lessons a little longer and a little more intense. Here’s what she’s doing:
Math: Horizons K
(second book…I felt like book 1 was way too easy for what she is doing)
Phonics: Phonics Pathways and Explode the Code
Reading Practice: BOB Books and Easy Readers
Jack is in Second grade this year. He and Sophie are sitting together and doing a lot of their subjects together. Here’s his list:
Math: Saxon 3 (he got ahead in math and he’s doing fine)
Phonics: Explode the Code
Grammar: Easy Grammar
Noah is Sixth grade and he’s doing a lot more independent work this year, which is great. He is really getting stretched in some areas…like writing and that is good. He’s doing really great so far as a MIDDLE-SCHOOLER!! Yikes!
Grammar: Easy Grammar 6
Writing: Write Shop (he’s doing this through our enrichment classes at our hs group)
Literature: I am assigning him books and giving quizzes over them. He’s also journaling along the way. Right now he’s ready The Golden Goblet. Next is The Odyssey.
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We always do some subjects together. It just has to be that way and its way more fun! For history we are starting over with volume one of Story of the World. Noah has already done it so that’s why he’s doing Mystery of History. But we will do it all together some days. We are also using History Pockets Ancient Civilizations as well.
Art: I make up the lessons. Every Friday is Fine Art Friday and I LOVE this time of the week. Last week the kids created their self portraits and I am so in love with what they drew!!! I’ll be showing some of our projects as we go.
Our schoolroom is our lower level family room. Last year we did school at the dining room table,
which I do like doing, but I just doing have space for all our stuff. Also I wanted to use a bunch of posters and hang up art and stuff and I don’t want it all over the main living area of our house. So lower level it is.
Here is our history corner…maps and such. We’ll hang up projects here as we go as well.
I made a five-minute art wall with two hooks and a wire. I am so excited for this little spot. Their portraits are already hanging (I had already taken the photos for this post…sorry) and they look so good with the other art!
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The bad thing is that our school room is on the lower level, which means there’s no natural light since we live in a townhouse where windows are from the devil, which means sub-par photos. Sorry. Yuck.
Jack and Sophie’s desks. And all our books. (I have yet to show you what I did in our family room: paint, rearranged, added some wood planking, etc…I should totally do that.)
So that’s our school room and what we’re working on. Hope you liked it.