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Our Homeschool Curriculum 2013-2014

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Until about five days ago, I was all set to use My Father’s World, Creation to the Greeks this year. I had already bought the basic set and student sheets for Big Brother and Big Sister. I even went to Wal Mart last week and got the suggested school supplies to go along with the curriculum.

And then…

I realized, I didn’t really want to teach the material. I was NOT looking forward to the year. I love My Father’s World and would recommend it to anyone. I think it is solid and complete and very Biblical. I just wasn’t feeling it this year.

Last year, I finally felt like I was getting into the swing of things with school. I hit my sweet spot and really felt like things were clicking. I’ve been using My Father’s World because it is a complete curriculum.. laid out for me with day to day instructions. I needed that… it seemed to be that every year, we were either moving or having a baby. I needed to not have to do much planning in terms of school.

This year, we are fairly settled (although, I know things can change) and I’m not pregnant (again… I know things can change)… and I feel ready to be creative and see where the year leads. Sounds very unschoolish, doesn’t it?

I started by asking the kids, “What do you want to learn about this year?” Wow… were they excited. They were thrilled to pieces when I told them they could have input in what we learned about.

IMAG3790This is Big Sis’s list.. learn about animals and airplanes and furniture.


And this is Big Brother’s… he wants to learn about “how stuff works”


That’s where we’ll start. We went to the library this morning and got books about machines, airplanes and pandas.

Now… I’ve also recently discovered Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool:

Easy Peasy

A complete, online, Biblical, FREE homeschool program. It’s pretty amazing. I’m planning to use that for our language arts… and maybe throw in some history and science as well. I am a little concerned with screen time, but others have reassured me that it is not an issue and the kids will have plenty to do off screen.

We will still be using Math U See for our math. Big Brother is now in Gamma and Big Sis is in Alpha.

We will also be utilizing legos A LOT in our learning. I would LOVE to somehow become affiliated with legos and be able to product test and do fun reviews and giveaways. That is all my children want to do these days! And they are SO creative. It really blows my mind. Check back monthly for our daily lego challenges. You can find the one for August here.

I am hoping to get this Simple Machines Set from Lego Education:

As far as Little Sis is concerned, I’ll be working with her on her letters. I’m going to be using Getting Ready on Easy Peasy. As well as resources I’ve used in the past like this one:

My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God’s Word in Little Hearts

We will also be utilizing Busy Bags… more on that later!

And then there’s Baby Girl. She’s going to be a challenge. She is my passionate toddler who is in to everything. Last year, we were able to get school done while she took a morning nap. This year, well… we will just have to take it one day at a time with her!

So… it appears that our curriculum will be growing and building as the year progresses. Honestly… I am so excited. I feel so free and adventurous. I know this is going to be a great year. We are starting tomorrow and my kids are so excited as well.

How about you? What are you going to be doing this year?

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Freebie Friday- Clock Minutes Printable

Do your children struggle with understanding the minutes on a clock? My son is having the hardest time remembering that the 1 on the clock is the same thing as 5 minutes. I mean… he can count by 5s and all that… he’s just having a hard time making the connection. This week in Math U See, he’s been working on the minute hand, so I threw together this printable to help reinforce what he’s working on.

I hope you find it helpful!

Clock Minutes

 Click to Download ————–>Clock Minutes

FYI: Here’s what the completed activity should look like:

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Our Homeschool Curriculum 2012- 2013

With each year we homeschool, I feel like I’m getting more of a grasp on how to handle things.

We are continuing with My Father’s World for both Big Brother and Big Sis. We will be using Math U See again as well. I chose not to use Apologia this year. We really enjoyed the Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day last year, but I think that we are going to have a pretty full year with My Father’s World and didn’t want to add any extras.

Ok… First up is Big Brother

My Father’s World- Exploring Countries and Cultures

We are starting the Multi- Age Family Cycle from My Father’s World this year. Big Sis and Little Sis will be able to join in some of our activities. This package includes our Bible,  history, read alouds, science and art. I am super excited about reading the missionary biographies. I am also super excited about getting our friends who have lived in other countries to write letters and share first hand accounts with the kids (oh.. by the way… I might be contacting you soon 😉 ).

We are going to be joining together with some other families in the area who are also doing Exploring Countries and Cultures this year to do a co-op, meeting once a week. I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to do this curriculum this year… with our finances being tight as usual, but a dear, dear friend who did this curriculum last year, sent me all of her stuff… all I had to buy were a couple of books and the student sheets. Praise the Lord!

For spelling, we will be using the third grade spelling bee list provided by our local homeschool association. I shared in THIS post how I will be trying to make spelling more fun.

Math U See worked well for us last year. Big Sis will be ready to start Alpha in a couple of months and Big Brother is starting Beta, but I have a feeling that he will be going through it pretty quickly.. so we have Gamma waiting in the wings.

Ok… for Big Sis, we are using:

My Father’s World First Grade Basic Package

We did this curriculum with Big Brother a couple of years ago, so all we had to order was the student sheets.

We are also going to be working on reading, using Bob Books… right now we’re almost done with set 1… then it’s onto set 2! I’ve used several different beginning readers, but I think these are my favorite.

For Little Sis, I have put together some Busy Bags, similar to THESE I found on Pinterest. She also has a school box with crayons, pencils and a journal… just like the big kids. I have LOTS of File Folder Games that I can pull out for her as well.

We will continue to use our journaling system that I explained in THIS POST. For Big Brother, I have and will continue to use these writing prompts that I found on… you guessed it… Pinterest!

Last year I had hoped to introduce music into our homeschooling, but with a baby coming mid- school year, it just didn’t happen. I am hoping to teach piano to Big Brother this year. If you know of any FREE online resources, please share!

In order to keep all this organized, I searched until I found a lesson plan template that I liked. I am using the Weekly and Monthly Planners as well as the attendance found HERE.

I have sections in my notebook for the whole family’s monthly calendar, Big Brother’s weekly lessons, Big Sis’s weekly lessons, our year long range plans and attendance record, and information pertaining to our co op.

Do you like the cover? Feel free to print one our for yourself. Click here –> HomeSchool Planner Cover
It will be upside down when you click on it, but I promise it will all turn out alright when you print!

Hmmm… what else? Oh yes, we’re going to be trying to workbox system this year for a change, but more on that later.

Well.. I think that’s about it. I am excited for this upcoming year and judging by the kids excitement this morning, it should be a really good year!

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Our 2011- 2012 Homeschool Curriculum

 Okay… so I know that most homeschool bloggers have already written a similar post about their curriculum. I am a little behind on things… but hey… my husband just graduated from seminary, we just moved to a new state and I’m pregnant… I think I’m doing just fine!

This year I’ll be homeschooling Big Brother (6 years old) and Little Sis (4 1/2).

I’ll start with Big Brother:

 – Adventures in My Father’s World. With a Little help from Grandma, we were able to get the basic package for Adventures. Now.. I do hold a (expired) teaching certificate. I am beyond qualified and capable of writing my own unit studies and lesson plans. However, with all the craziness that defines our lives right now, I think a laid out, step by step curriculum is just what we need. Adventures in My Father’s World is look into American History from a Biblical point of view.

 – Science- Apologia: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day. Although Adventures in My Father’s World does come with some science materials, Big Brother has been completely obsessed with Ocean Animals lately. I showed him the books from Apologia about Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day. He was so excited. In fact, he was so bummed to have the stomach bug yesterday because he had wanted to get started with his “special ocean animal science.” This is my first experience with Apologia. I am excited to see how it will go.

– Spelling- we will be using Super Teacher Worksheets- First Grade Printable Spelling Sheets

– Math- We will be using Math U See– Alpha

And now onto Little Sis:

 Reading- We will be using simple reader books like the ones pictured above. I also picked up a handful of leveled reading books from the Target Dollar section for when she’s ready.

 Bible and Alphabet- I love this book. You can find it here on Amazon. There is a verse for every letter of the alphabet. Not only will Little Sis be memorizing scripture, she will also be working on her letters and character education. Each letter/ verse has a little story that goes with it.

Math- We will also be using Math U See– Primer

And for them both:

 I am not sure what possessed me, but at the Southeast Homeschool Expo, we picked up a couple of recorders and a book. I will be attempting to teach the kiddos basic music reading and how to play a recorder this year. Pray for me. Big brother might also begin piano lessons.

These are our “journal boxes” where the kids keep their supplies.. pencils, crayons, scissors, etc. as well as a journal. This journal is really for their personal use. If we have a science day and they want to write about the experiment… or if we go on a field trip and they want to draw/ write about it… or if they just want to write about their day… the journals are here for them. You can read more about how we do journal time here.

We are excited to take advantage of our local library as well as all the fun field trips the mountains of Western North Carolina have to offer. We have been planning a trip to the Educational Forest near by as well as looking into a nature center in the next town over. It should be a fun and interesting year.

I know I’m a little late with this and that others have already shared their curriculum with the Hip Homeschool Hop… but hey… better late than never!

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