It’s hard to believe that we’re heading into our seventh year of homeschooling in September. Last year, I was pretty near ready to give up, so we embraced a year of more relaxed homeschooling. As we head into summertime, I’m feeling much more refreshed and prepared to tackle homeschooling again in the fall.
My oldest will be entering grade 6. Middle school. I feel like grade 6 is where this homeschooling thing gets real, you know? My youngest is heading into grade 2. And the middle child is heading into grade 5. Finding subjects that we can work on together is proving to be a bit more challenging this year. However, I think I’ve come up with something that will work.
For Bible/History/Literature, we’re going to attempt Sonlight Core F (Eastern Hemisphere). This package is geared towards grade 6+, but my older two are reading at a high school level so I’m not too concerned. For the youngest, I’ll supplement with picture books.
Older children: I purchased a used version of Institute of Excellence in Writing Structure and Style Level B. I’m not sure yet whether we’ll love it or not, but I’ve heard many good things about this program. Andrew Pudewa is an excellent speaker, and based on the sample DVD lesson that I’ve watched, an excellent teacher.
Youngest Child: We’ll continue with All About Reading Level 2. We’ll begin to work on writing skills through extremely short (single sentence) written narrations.
All the children: Daily Grams is an incredible (and simple) grammar program that involves a single page of exercises per day that teach and reinforce basic grammatical concepts such as parts of speech, punctuation, sentence types and structure, and more. The girls will use Building Spelling Skills as well.
Last year, we really enjoyed Simply Charlotte Mason’s Visits to Africa. This year, we’ll be using their Visits to Asia book. Rather than the mapping exercises in Sonlight, we’ll use this program once a week for mapping.
This year, I’m going to take a deep breath and tackle two of my least favourite science topics: chemistry and physics. I’d much rather spend all our time doing nature study, but my children’s education does not revolve around my interests. We’re using Apologia. To make things easier on myself, I invested in the lab kit, which contains all the materials needed for the year.
Next year will be our fourth year using Teaching Textbooks. It has been a lifesaver for me, as my older girls can work on it relatively independently, affording me time to work one on one with my youngest. She’ll be finishing up Jump Math 2.2 and then starting Teaching Textbooks 3. The older girls will both work on Teaching Textbooks 6.
Once again, we’ll be using A Reason for Handwriting. I love the way that this program is laid out, with four daily practice exercises and then a Bible verse to write out and share. The older girls will continue with cursive and the youngest with print.
My youngest and middle children are interested in studying music, so the two of them will have weekly lessons. My middle will progress into her second year of ukulele lessons, with voice lessons added in. My youngest has recently begun piano lessons and will continue for the year.
All of the girls will use Duolingo for French. We’ll also continue meeting with our conversational French group.
The girls use KidsType for practice. My oldest now has her own computer for typing up assignments,
It sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? Stay tuned for my next post! I’ll share all about how I’m scheduling and organizing our year to allow for plenty of time for friends, family, and adventure.