Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Perfect timing! Today is our first day of school and I just received Kadi's test scores. smile emoticon:) She did amazing! Great job baby girl!
Hailey thank you again for taking the time to administer the tests for us. We appreciate it so much!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

2013-2014 Course of Study

Here we go. Another wonderful year of homeschooling ahead of us. I can't help but get all giddy just thinking about it.

Although we loved Bob Jones University Press curriculum we will be making some changes this year due to what we believe may be a learning style clash.

I bring to you our 2013-2014 curriculum choices and resources. :)

Kadence will be in 5th grade this year. She is still steadily moving along.

Bible - We will be using BJU Bible Truths for second grade. We will be using second grade for two reasons. One we feel Kadi's Bible knowledge is a lower level than her core knowledge and two we will be doing this subject with Adam. So I wanted something a little more middle ground for them.

Math - Horizons Math 5. This was our first change away from BJU. Although we liked BJU we could tell about half way through last school year that Kadi was loosing interest. She likes to learn the material and move on. After MUCH research I think Horizons may be a great choice for her.

Science - BJU Science 5 plus a couple "just because" units, BJU 5 does not cover Astronomy and both children REALLY want to do Astronomy this year. Sooooo we'll use the same unit I used when Kadi was in Kinder/first as a fun fill in.

Heritage Studies - BJU Heritage Studies 5.

Language Arts - Our biggest change this year. Kadi will be using Switched on Schoolhouse 5th grade. It is a computer program and it grades a good majority of her work for me. It includes Writing, Spelling, Reading and English.

Spelling - All About Spelling Level 1 for extra practice and for a fill in on possible gaps from past curriculums.

Art - Weekly Co-op
Music - Guitar and Guitar Co-op
Dance - Kadi will be taking Ballet and Jazz as well as be in the performance troupe at the Fountain Arts Center

Adam will be in 1st/2nd this year. He is still in limbo between grades as he is progressing quickly through the 1st grade work but I want him to complete the curriculum before moving forward so not to have any gaps. He should be done by Christmas break and will come back as a 2nd grader. :) I'll post the update on curriculum as that time comes.

Bible - BJU Bible Truths with Kadi.

Math - BJU Math 1st grade and LOTS of fun interactive games. He may be advancing quickly but he is still only 5 afterall so we still do lots of hands on games.

Science - BJU Science 1st grade. Abeka Health and Safety 1st grade. Astronomy Unit with Kadi.

Heritage Studies - BJU Heritage Studies 1st grade.

English - BJU English and Phonics 1st grade.

Reading - BJU Reading 1st grade.

Handwriting - A Reason for Handwriting level B

Spelling - All About Spelling Level 1

Art - Art Co-op
Dance - Adam will be taking Ballet and Tap again at the Fountain Arts Center.

As we all know these are just starting points and changes are possible. We'll see. :)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Teaching Style?

Your Dominant Teaching Style: Charlotte Mason

Individual Teaching Styles
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Day just isn't the same without. . . .

our morning devotion. :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

In my backyard

Sometimes the best homeschool experiences happen right in your own backyard. Sometimes they happen just at the right time to coincide with your curriculum. Sometimes that time is RIGHT NOW!

We had a bunch of little bugs in our garden. No clue what they were, or if they were helpful or harmful. (you'll want to click on the pictures to make them larger)

Sooo we looked it up. Come to find out we actually had several different stages of a certain bugs life cycle right in our garden. Can you guess what unit in Science we are starting THIS week? Yup life cycles. :)

Shown here are 3 of the stages.

Larva (mostly black with orange), what we believe to be the larva going into pupa stage (yellow), and pupa (orange with black)

Any guesses yet what this insect could be?

It's a. . . ..

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Annnnd now we breath. :)

As some of you know this was the year Kadi had to do her very first standardized test. She did it and felt great about it. It was mailed. All that was left to do then was wait for the test results.

They came today! She did great! We are so proud of her. :)

We are all doing a happy dance and are going to celebrate with a family movie night, her choice of course.

Monday morning we will take the scores to the district office and not have to worry about it for another 2 years. :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Our 2012-2013 Course of Study

As we all know things can and probably will change but as of right now these are our curriculum choices and resources we will be using for the 2012-2013 school year.

Kadence will be in 4th grade this year. - We really enjoyed using the Bob Jones University Press curriculum last year and will be using it as a base for core this year as well.

Bible - We will be starting the year off with Grapevine Studies Ruth.

Math - BJU Math 4

Science - BJU Science 4 plus a couple "just because" units. I am working on one now that will be based on the movie "Finding Nemo". I expect some of the Magic Treehouse Series will spark other units as well.

Heritage Studies - BJU Heritage Studies 4, We will also be doing a USA study (2 states per week based on regions) as well as learning about 1 president per week in order.

English - BJU English 4

Reading - BJU Reading 4, We will also be doing several book studies this year. Some of the books may include the original Boxcar Children, Stuart Little, Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. As well as many of the Magic Treehouse Series.

Handwriting - BJU Handwriting 3, we did BJU Handwriting 2 last year since we hadn't officially started cursive yet.

Spelling - We have decided to go a different route with spelling this year. We will be using Spectrum Spelling 4 as well as taking advantage of all the wonderful games that Spelling City has to offer.

Typing - Typing Instructor
Spanish - Rosetta Stone and weekly Co-op
Art - Daily art and weekly Co-op
Music - Guitar and Guitar Co-op
Dance - Kadi will be taking Ballet and Jazz at the Fountain Arts Center

Adam will be in Kindergarten and a half this year. Adam is in limbo right now between grades. He is advancing quickly out of the kinder work but not yet ready for full on 1st grade yet. We will keep accessing his progress and may move to full on 1st come the first of the year. When that time comes he will be switching to the BJU 1st grade curriculum.

Bible - Bible - We will be starting the year off with Grapevine Studies Ruth.

Math - Various workbooks and content from The Head of the Class website.

Science - Will tag along in Kadi's BJU Science 4 with me adding in age appropriate material. Also Abeka Health and Safety 1.

Heritage Studies - Will tag along in Kadi’s BJU Heritage Studies 4 with me adding in age appropriate material.

English - Various workbooks and content from The Head of the Class website.

Reading - Picking back up on Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons at Unit 50, Possibly using the You Can Read series by 1+1+1=1 afterwards. Also Reading Eggs website.

Handwriting - I have made handwriting worksheets to go along with the 100 easy lessons book.

Spelling - Possibly Spectrum but haven't decided yet and Spelling City.

Typing - Wasn't planning on typing this year for Adam but he has asked to, so we will use the Disney Typing with Timon and Pumba as he wishes.
Spanish - Rosetta Stone and Co-op
Art - Art Co-op
Music - Lessons based on Little Einstiens tv show
Dance - Adam will be taking Ballet and Tap at the Fountain Arts Center.