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Homeschool Report September 2014

We took the first week of the month off to spend with dh who took vacation time.  We began reading about Greek heroes, including Zeus and Hercules.  Reese didn’t like the human body chapters of his science, but he made it through okay.  He does enjoy our history lessons very much, as well as making up sentences in language arts.  In math he has been working on rounding.  Andy’s books have arrived and we are settling in to his routine.  His handwriting has improved very much, he seems more willing to take his time and do it well.  Not much exciting to report, except that we are steadily marching on.  :)

Homeschool Report August 2014

The first month went very well.  I’d say it was due to two things;  ds4 was excited to start school again, and I did major lesson planning beforehand.  I mean literally mapping out every lesson for the year, printing up worksheets, finding and bookmarking websites, etc.  For the whole year.  Everything is done and all ds4 and I have to do is show up lol.

HPIM0773 Hard at work!  This year’s workload is definitely more than he is used to but so far he is sticking with the longer school days.

HPIM0775 First book of the year, The Chalk Box Kid.  He really enjoyed this and gave it a 10 out of 10. 

Math is coming along slowly but surely.  Trying to get multiplication and division downpat.  Doing great with language and geography and turns out ds really loves history!  One day we opted not to do school, but he asked if we could still have a history lesson.  :)  He’s doing well in science but does not like to take the end of chapter tests.  I used tests all the time with my two oldest boys but never have with the two younger ones.  Need to work on getting them more used to them.  We took an unexpected week off at the end of the month for dh’s vacation.  Got to put nose to the grindstone for September!

Homeschool Wrapup 2013-2014 Year

I found an old post where I compared my curriculum choices from the beginning of the school year to the end and thought I’d do that again.  It was actually quite helpful.  Here is the post from the start of our 2013-2014 year with my notes.

Ds3 12yo 7th grade
Math  Abeka Basic Math, work on multiplication with 5x5 does not equal 10 We actually finished up the math workbook but never got through the times tables
Language   Writing Skills book 2  Liked this one quite well, no frills grammar and writing
Science  Tops Science units on electricity and chemistry to begin with  This did not go over well.  Too hard to follow.  Even though it was very hands on I feel they didn’t learn anything and we wound up not doing much science this year
History  Complete Book of US History  Another one I liked.  Simple but efficient
Geography  continue Trail Guide to World Geography  We completed this one!  It was a lot of work to put together but a very nice geography resource
Nature  The Nature Connection  Wish I hadn’t bought this one.  Way too simple
Reading  various classic books  Ds chose some good books and progressed nicely with his diction and read-aloud skills.  I have to note here that toward the end of the school year ds became restless, bored and uninterested in school.  We switched him to Time 4 Learning for the last few months and he did very well.  I think he needed a break from me.  ;)
Ds4 8yo 3rd grade
Math  Abeka work on basic skills with 2 plus 2 does not equal 5  Abeka math has worked well with all the other boys, but not ds4.  I think it’s the repetition
Language  Writing Skills book A, continue Explode the Code series  We never made it to the Writing Skills book, but did continue with ETC and thank God for that…ds is now reading proficiently and proudly!
for all the other subjects ds4 will follow along with ds3  This system worked great.  Ds4 enjoyed having lessons as a group and I enjoyed not having to teach twice

Homeschool Room 2014-2015

We did a pretty big overhaul of the homeschool room last year, and I still love it, so this year will just have a few tweaks here and there.

Keeping the same desk configuration with my desk facing the window and two tables butted up against it, one for ds3 and one for ds4.  The tables work great…lots of room to work, we can all see each other, the cats have full access.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  :)

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On our map wall we replaced the World Map with a US version for our Road Trip USA study this year.  There is also an animal classification poster for use with both the Road Trip USA and our science.

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The opposite wall still houses a bulletin board and now also a word wall for science vocabulary.

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Last year we had supplies set up in the middle of the tables for easy access.  Turns out, easy access is not all that desirable when you have four cats and young kids.  This year I used these super cute labels and hung the supplies in a clear shoe hanger thingy.

HPIM0768 HPIM0769 I like this very much.  :)

All our homeschooling books and resources are still housed on a shelving unit with (most) everything labeled and organized.

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And that’s the tour of the homeschool room for this year.  Familiarity with a hint more organization.  Ohh, that should totally be our theme this year.  If we did that kind of thing.  I’m linking this post to the Not Back To School Blog Hop. 

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Homeschool Curriculum 2014-2015

This is a milestone homeschooling year for us.  It’s our 15th year!  We started when ds1 was in 4th grade.  Now ds4 will be entering 4th grade.  So this is the fourth and last time that I will be teaching 4th grade.  :)

Ds3 is 13 and will be in 8th grade.  Towards the end of the last school year he just wasn’t giving it is all and seemed to really dislike school.  So we switched him to Time4Learning (which he used for a while a few years back) and he really liked it.  I’m going to let him continue with T4L for now.  Soooo, ds has decided (at the very last minute) that he would rather have books and be taught by me this year.  He thinks it will prepare him better for going to public high school next year.  Nothing like having to put together a complete curriculum at a moments notice lol.

Math  Math Connects
Language  Writing Skills Book 3
Science  Physical Science
History  The American Journey
Geography  Road Trip USA
Reading  Various classics

Ds4 is nine and will be in 4th grade.

Math  Spectrum Math 4
Language  Writing Skills Book A
Science  Harcourt Science 4
History  The Complete Book of US History
Geography  Road Trip USA
Reading  Various classics

Here’s to another fun-filled homeschooling year.  :)

I’m linking this post up to the annual Not Back To School Blog Hop

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At 11:17am on July 12, 2013, Lea said…

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At 12:14pm on August 26, 2010, Cynthia ~ The Girlz Korner said…
Hi there from The Girlz Korner in upstate New York where you'll find light, witty and rather entertaining articles on every topic imaginable from The Little Black Dress to Making Whoopie. So if you get a chance to kick back and exhale, if only for a brief moment ... come on over and see me some time.
At 9:02am on August 10, 2008, journey2learn said…
Very excited to meet and connect with other homeschooling moms.
At 12:07pm on July 21, 2008, Jennifer Wheeler said…
wow - 4 boys...and I thought 3 was lots :)
At 8:43pm on July 16, 2008, Val said…
Hi, I am a Mom of sons too!
At 6:32pm on July 16, 2008, 3boyzmom said…
Thanks!!!
At 5:54pm on July 16, 2008, Blessedhsmama said…
Hello Linda,
Thanks for the comment! Hope your having a great day!
At 8:41pm on July 15, 2008, Linda said…
We take the summer off and usually do not start back until the first week of September. I am working on lesson plans this week and decorating our new homeschool area.
Hope you are having a great summer!
 
 
 

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