What We’re Learning This Year– a Post about Curriculum
If you’re not a homeschooler, this blog post will probably be meaningless, but we homeschooling moms like to discuss our curriculum choices and find out what’s working for other people! So here’s what’s up in the Together Homeschool this year– subject to change without notice, of course, because that’s how we roll.
History: The boys are continuing through Mystery of History, volume 2. They are reading the lessons and occasionally doing the suggested activities as they fit in with our other subjects and our schedule.
Reading: Both boys are also doing their reading out of living books that go along more or less with our history and science reading (mostly history). Since they are both reading well above grade level, and they do so much reading on their own as well as for other school subjects, we have dropped graded readers altogether at this point.
Science: The boys are learning about swimming creatures this year in Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day.
Computer: I am basing the boys’ computer lessons off of Easy-Peasy Homeschooling’s computer lessons. Because they are pretty shaky on even some of the basics, we are starting pretty much from the very beginning, although we’re working pretty quickly just to get them up to speed. We probably won’t have computer on the schedule all year; at this point I’m just wanting to familiarize them with the basics so that they can do what they need to.
Angry Ranger– Fifth Grade
Math: Horizons 5th grade. We have used this every year in our homeschool. It’s nothing fancy, but it seems effective for both boys so we continue to use it.
Spelling: Lists from K12reader.com.
Grammar: Climbing to Good English
Writing: a combination of copywork, dictation, and writing exercises. Basically I’m just making this up as we go. If the history book has a writing exercise, he does it. When the science workbook has copywork, he does it. Sometimes he blogs or writes book reports.
Darth Piggy– Third Grade
Math: Horizons 3rd grade.
Spelling: Sequential Spelling. DP struggles greatly with spelling, so even though we started in this book back in February, we are starting again in lesson one this year. Already in his work this year I feel like I’m seeing some improvement, so I’m hoping that his brain has had some time to mature and that maybe this year we’ll see some breakthroughs.
Grammar: Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, grade 3. We skipped 2nd grade in this curriculum, because last year was his first year doing grammar and we did the kindergarten and first grade work. Hopefully he’ll be able to keep up with the work.
Handwriting: A Reason for Handwriting, Transition book. I’ll be teaching DP cursive this year. Please pray for me.
Princess Squeezy– Preschool
I’m kind of doing a hodgepodge and not a real curriculum with Miss Squeezy, since in my opinion 4-year-olds get more from just being alive than from a lot of bookwork. But my girl really wants to be a big kid who does schoolwork, so we are doing some things. Right now we’re using Before Five in a Row, and I expect we’ll switch to regular Five in a Row partway through the year. We are going through the Get Ready for the Code books, practicing writing her name, and doing some basic work with number recognition, counting, shapes, and colors. Mostly we’re working on following directions and listening to Mommy.
A big part of our school this year is project work. But this deserves a post all on its own; so maybe I’ll write one next week. Or maybe I’ll eat chocolate and take a nap. You never know with me. I’m totally unpredictable.