Monday, February 13, 2017

Homeschool Curriculum: What's working, what's not...

It's a new year and a new semester Back to school!!! It's that time of year when you've had a few weeks off and its time to start again, refreshed and ready to begin a new school semester! And for many of us, a time to revisit our curriculum, cut out whats not working and jump right into the improved choices! At least that is par for the course in our happy homeschool life!

Most of the things I chose have been working out wonderfully for our family! But we have made a few changes that I thought would be fun to share on the Homeschool Mother's journal this month!

We stuck with Not Consumed Ministries for our Bible studies, finished and loved a Contented heart and moved onward to My Brother's Keeper. The girls are loving this so far!

In the Math ballgame, we started out a little scattered, with two of the kids doing Math U See and our oldest doing a combination of Life of Fred and Teaching Textbooks. After a bout with each, we decided to try Algebra I of Math-U-See with her, something she wasn't originally interested in.. and she actually really enjoyed it! So now Mr. Demme happily instructs all of my children in Math, and I couldn't be happier about that!
In another note, Hudson has been doing Reading Eggs in his computer time, and doing Math Seeds included in that program. He seems to enjoy it! Math isn't as much of a priority to me as reading at his age, but I think that he's doing well with basic addition facts. His reading game is on point, which to me is most important for my 1st grader!

History is our biggest game changer this month! Callie has grown even more attached to her American Girl study, especially since she got her first doll back in October for her birthday. She loves studying them, and that is one thing she very much looks forward too! Lacey however wanted something more challenging. So we settled on a combination.

We are still doing American History and are working through the same time period. Right now we are camping out for the month of January studying the aftermath of the revolution, and working through the rest of Heritage Studies 3. I LOVE this series, but since it is a little below both of the girls grade level wise we are working through it rather quickly. So we will be finishing it up by the end of the month, and moving on to Heritage Studies 4 together in February. Sister will be working through her Portraits of American Girlhood Studies as a special study on her own, which she really enjoys! Bella will also be working through Joy Hakim's A History of US: Beinning with the civil war. She enjoys these books and they also give her a challenge, which she enjoys! *I will write a blog post about our pioneer studies soon and give you all of our wonderful resources we found along the way!
She is also undertaking Geology and History at Schoolhouse Teachers to supplement our Zoology study from Apologia.

One last thing that I'm struggling with is art! My children are very creative sorts, and I'm- well, not so much. So I really want them to have a good solid art class but I'm not really well equipped to teach it! So I finally decided on See The Light Art Class, a DVD art program by See the Light production. It was a toss-up between this and Home Art Class, so I'll let you know what I think about Art Class first!

Lastly, and I'm doing this last because its absolutely rocking my socks off. Most homeschool Mom's are shocked that I haven't heard about this before, but I hadn't! The website is SchoolHouse Teachers and oh my goodness! What a plethora of information is available on this site!!! We are using it on some of our math review! Bella also uses it for History, Geology and Art! We are also really excited about checking out the music courses as well! It's less than $13 a month, and for all that it has to offer that's a fantastic price! We still haven't had time to evaluate everything, but we are excited about checking it all out!
Homeschool is a blessing because you have the ability to tweak what you are doing when it is suitable for you and your family. You can cater to a child's interests and help them find what works for them. It is absolutely an amazing learning environment. I'm so thankful for the blessing of homeschool, and to be able to take time and change directions when it benefits my sweet babies!

Linking up with my friends over at the iHomeschool Network!

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