I love seeing what other homeschool families are up to....gleaning tips and ideas from other moms...reading about other curricula...and schedules...and routines...
And this week there's a link-up of not just ten homeschooling-blogging-mamas (which would be exciting)...not twenty, or even a hundred...but three hundred Mamas linking up so far! Now that will make for some great weekend reading! :)
If you are visiting here from the hop, Welcome! I'm glad you stopped by and I'm looking forward to getting to know you!
I just discovered the blog hop yesterday, I am excited to be joining in (at the last minute!) the fun of this week's topic with my family's curriculum line-up! I usually write up a post about our curric every year (if for nothing else, so that I can have an "official" record of it all nicely written out somewhere...lol!), but usually toward the end of August. Since I am still wading through our planning stage, I'm just going to share what I've got so far...which really is the basic outline, just minus the nitty-gritty details.
First, a little bit about our school....
This is my 8th year as a homeschooling mama (counting pre-K). Over the years our school has been gradually becoming more classical, with a hefty serving of Charlotte Mason mixed in (especially for my younger ones). This year I will have a 6th grader, 3rd grader, preschooler and a busy one-year-old!
~ the Main Course ~
Tapestry of Grace, Year 1 (Ancient Civ.'s through the Birth of Christ)
If you're not familiar with Tapestry, it's a classical, literature-based program organized into unit-studies ... which allows my children to be studying the same topics all at once (tailored to their own learning levels). I like that!
Subjects covered (for my kids' ages) are: History, Bible, Literature, Composition, Geography, with some art, vocab, timeline work and a whole lot of hands-on crafts. We used Tapestry once before (when my oldest two were in 2nd & K)....and we loved it, but decided to save it for when they were older....now I can't wait to get started again!
~ Math ~
General (my 6th grader) is switching back to Teaching Textbooks 6 again this year....we tried Saxon out last year, but he really likes TT much better, with an added bonus being that he can handle this progam independently :)
Rose (3rd grade) will be continuing on with Right Start Math - quickly finishing out Level B and moving right along into C. After discovering this program last fall, I don't think I will ever use another one for my younger elementary kiddos!
Little Monkey (presch.)...planning to let him "play" with some of the Right Start manipulatives and gently start to work with him on counting, etc.
~ Spelling ~
It will be Spelling Power for General and All About Spelling, level 2 for Rose (another program that we love!)
~ Handwriting ~
A Reason For Handwriting, grades 3 & 6
~ Science ~
Apologia's Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy & Physiology. We've used apologia books for the past few school years combined with our own notebooking, but this year we're going to give the student journals a try!
...And a few extra goodies for what we call our:
~ "FunSchool" Days ~
(two or three days a month, when we just need a little break from the usual routine)...
Nature Walks and Journals
These are little mini-units that I'm putting together ahead of time, Charlotte Mason style.... and which I haven't finished planning yet, but will post about once I do. :)
~ Preschool ~
I am so excited to finally have a preschooler again, this year!! I have enjoyed all of my children's educational stages so far, but there is just something extra sweet about those preschool years! Little Monkey is 3 and is VERY ready to have a little bit of his own "schoolwork" to do...so I am in the process of putting together some weekly units for him...
I'm combining an Alphabet/Letter of the Week theme with
all of my favorite books classic chidren's picture books about animals....and mixing in some bible stories....and crafts...and hopefully one fun little recipe we can make together each week. (Another post for another day!)
Thanks for reading my little show-and-tell :) This was fun!
Hope you are all enjoying these last few weeks of summer - Happy Lesson Planning!!