September is finally bringing the start of the "official" homeschool year for us. We did some school throughout the summer, so it's hard to say when we are starting and stopping. We normally try to start in August to get a head start on the year so we can take lots of breaks. This year we had the chance to visit with all the cousins, aunts, uncles and more grandparent time when we normally start school, so we got a late start. We had a blast and were worn out and ready for home by the end of the trip (or maybe that was just me, because my kids were in tears and begging to stay longer.).
We are all pretty excited about starting this new school year and all that we are going to learn together!
Kaylee is in Kindergarten this year and so excited to be learning! She has lots of work in her workbox and is slowly easing into knowing how to do all her subjects.
Devotions: Listen to Karolyn read a story from her Bible
Bible: Bible Study Guide For All Ages
Math: Primer from Math-u-See (She's already 1/2 way through her book because she really wanted to start it this summer)
Phonics: Hooked on Phonics and Explode the Code
My Father's World 1st grade curriculum
AWANA verse memorization
Karolyn is entering 2nd grade and is finally at the "required reporting age" for the state of MN. I'm always amazed at the leaps and bounds she's taking in her learning.
Her 2nd grade curriculum:
Bible: Bible Study Guide For All Ages (beginner with Kaylee)
Devotions: Read a story to her sister from her Bible
AWANA: practice her verses
Phonics: Explode the Code
LA: First Language Lessons
Math: Math-u-See, finishing Alpha and starting Beta
Spelling: Spelling Workout Book B
Writing: All About Me and some Outlining with Kolsen
Handwriting: Transition to Cursive
Reading: She has a book list from me and lots of books she gets at the library each week. She reads one book off my list and then chooses one of her own.
Read to Sister: She reads at least one book to Kassidy
Guitar Lessons (From dad)
My Father's World: Countries and Cultures covers science and geography for the year.
Art: I Can Do All Things Drawing Book
Kolsen's 4th Grade Curriculum:
Devotions: Keys for Kids
Bible: 2-3 chapters every day
AWANA: He's in Truth and Training for AWANAS this year and that means A LOT of time spent memorizing verses!
LA: First Language Lessons (we've only got 10 lessons left!)
Grammar: Grammar Lesson Grade 4
Writing: The Institute for Excellence in Writing
Math: Math-u-See: Gamma and then Delta
Spelling: Spelling Workout D
Handwriting: AWANA verses and finishing up our cursive book from last year.
Reading: He also has a list from me that he chooses every other book from.
Rosetta Stone: Spanish
My Father's World: Countries and Cultures
Art: I Can Do All Things Drawing Book
I'm sure I've missed some things, but that covers most of the "book" stuff we have on our list for the year. We also do a lot of character training together and life skills. Our three month membership to the YMCA will help make sure we'll be getting plenty of exercise and the kids love helping me with cooking activities in the kitchen, especially those involving sharp knives.
I've used these crates since Kolsen was 6 and they've held up to quite a bit of usage! I love keeping their books in these crates because we can easily move from the classroom to the kitchen (while I cook lunch) or to the living room for a change of scenery. I've also had the older kids take their stuff to a different room when they need a quite location. Right now Kassidy uses a set of tall, plastic drawers in the classroom which aren't really portable, but they work great for holding all the manipulatives she uses each day.
Kolsen and Karolyn at their table. Notice their crates on the floor next to them.
Kaylee and Kassidy at their table in their normal homeschool attire.