A few things I have learned after our families first year of homeschooling…..
Love, Patience, Prayer, Repeat
Find support with fellow homeschoolers
We don’t have to have “formal” school everyday, they still learn with out the books
Enjoy teaching your children, they really do get/understand what they are learning
Throw out the extremely rigorous schedule, it just stresses us out and makes us grumpy
Its okay if we don’t get it “all” done
While out in public, people may find out that we homeschool, then they begin to quiz our children about things that they might/should know? WHY?
Materials that are a must in our Homeschool
Laminator, White Board and Markers, Scissors, Glue, Construction Paper, Markers/Crayons, Scotch Tape, Computer, Printer/Copier, Label Maker, Timer, Electric pencil Sharpener, Camera, Wii, CD player and lots of room for everyone to spread out!
2011-2012 at Soaring Creek Academy
I’ve been planning for this new “school” year for the last few months. I have gone to a Homeschool Conference, researched blogs and reviews online, talked with fellow homeschoolers and prayed.
Although we have been working on Reading, Math and Phonics all summer, we will begin our school routine in August. We will add Bible, History, Science, Art, PE, Handwriting.
On with our 2011-2012 Curriculum
Bible: Sonlight Core A readings, NIRV Kids Book of Devotions, The Memory Bible; Learn 52 Bible Verses with CDs.
History: Sonlight Core A:Inrto to the World Cultures
Science: Sonlight Core A:Biology, Earth Science and Physics
Art/Picture Study: Usborne Art Treasury, Free Art Time, Any other projects we decide to do?
Read Alouds: To many to list
Natalie 7yrs, 2nd Grade
My main goals with Natalie this year are for her to become a stronger reader and enjoy reading for herself.
Spelling: Modern Curriculum Press Level B
Phonics: Modern Curriculum Press Level B
Reading: Sonlight 2nd Grade Reading Schedule and Readers
Handwriting: D’Nealian Handwriting 3 (cursive)
PE: Tap and Ballet, Wii, Whatever else she comes up with physically
Adam 5.5yrs, Kindergarten
My main goals with Adam this year are to begin reading and writing letters and numbers on paper.
Phonics: Modern Curriculum Press Level K and Level A
Reading: Sonlight K Reading Schedule and Readers
Handwriting: D’Nealian Handwriting K
PE: Wii along with whatever he may come up with physically
Travis 22months (2 in September), Tot School
My main goal with Travis this year is to have fun, learn colors, count to 10.
Math: Counting objects, Number Recognition
Phonics: Work on recognizing letters and sounds, Leap Frog Letter Toy
Art: Learn Colors, Color, Dry Erase Board, Paint
PE: Chasing Siblings, throwing a baseball, Jumping off furniture
Manipulatives or Helpful Items
Math: We use Math-U-See blocks to help with counting or colored foam blocks
Spelling/Reading/Phonics: We use www.starfall.com
Legos, Wooden Building Blocks, Word Tiles, K’Nex, Globe, Rubber Band Peg Board, Flash Cards, World Map, Ice Cube Trays, Connecting Blocks, Lacing Beads, Caps from water bottles/soda bottles/gallons of milk/juice containers, dice, board games, puzzles.
Please remember that these are the things that work for OUR family. Don’t feel guilty if something is different that your curriculum, as we all use different materials to fit our needs. You use what works best for you, no matter how nice or better the next item may seem. The grass is not always greener on the other side!
I hope you have a wonderful school year!