It’s that time again, time for the Not Back to School Blog Hop! Can you believe summer is pretty much over and everyone is gearing up for back to school or like in our case has already started school? Wow huh?
This year I have a kindergartener and a 7th grader. This is the first year I’m schooling both kids daily and I have to admit I’m a tad scared. I’m still busy trying to plan our year, I’m hoping not to go week by week this year but it takes time to get there. Read more about my planning and enter a giveaway to win a year of Homeschool Minder.
So here is our curriculum for this here!
For Caity I’m pulling things together based on themed weeks. Some themes will last one week, some two and others like Christmas longer. Some of these themes I have used last year for PreK and am just expanding on them this year. I still have a few weeks to figure out a theme for, but here are the themes for the year so far:
- Under the Sea
- Disney Friends
- Zoo Animals
- Fall/Thanksgiving / Turkeys
- Valentine’s Day
- Mardi Gras
- St. Patrick’s Day
- Fruits and Veggies
I’m also working on teaching her to read. We are using different methods including The Reading Lesson to teach reading. You can read more about the different methods I’m using to teach reading (plus there is a giveaway). I’m also using a Common Core checklist to make sure I hit all of the grade level expectations of kindergarten. And I’m finding activities and ideas on Pinterest.
Chase has skipped to 7th grade this year. He’s supposed to be in 6th grade but he’s working at a 7th grade level or above so I felt it was best just to skip over 6th grade and call it what it is!
Math: Math this year is a combination of Time 4 Learning 8th Grade Math and Khan Academy for when he needs extra help. He’s loving Time 4 Learning so we’ll stick with it as long as it works.
- Grammar: this year I went back to Growing With Grammar, I don’t know why I stopped using it last year but it’s what works for Chase and had for previous years so I was stupid not to use it last year.
- Reading: we are reading a mix of grade level appropriate books and books he is interested in. Right now he is reading Rules, next I think we will either continue The Kingdom Keepers series or start the Percy Jackson series since we are talking about ancient history this year and Percy Jackson ties into that.
- Writing: I’m using The Creative Writer Level One. I’m making each week last two weeks so we can take our time working through the book.
- Supplemental: I’m using Time 4 Learning 7th grade Language arts to supplement and fill in the gaps.
Science: For science this year I went with Real Science Odyssey Level 2 Biology. Chase really enjoyed the level one RSO sciences and so far he seems to be enjoying this one. It follows along the level one sciences with lots of hands on labs but has more writing and more meat. It also has microscope labs that Chase is loving. Stay tuned to the blog for a full review and giveaway soon! I’ll be supplementing science with documentaries on Netflix, videos on You Tube and projects I find on Pinterest that fit into what we are learning. I’m also thinking about adding in Marine Biology live class from Currclick but I’m not sure if that will be too much for Chase.
History: I went back to Pandia Press this year for history also. We are working our way through the ancient world with Level 2: Ancient History. As with science, I will be supplementing history with Netflix, You Tube, Time4Learning and Pinterest.
Bible: We still haven’t finished Telling God’s Story Year 1, so the plan is to finish that this year. It was one of the subjects that always got put on the back burner when things got crazy and so the goal for this year is not to do that.
Music/Art/PE: These will be put into the schedule as time allows. PE will be sports, dance classes, hikes, walking with mom and playtime at the park. Art will be through the weekly themes and history, and if time allows artist studies. Chase is teaching himself to play the keyboard, so we will go with that for now for music. I’m going to get him books and program to help him along.
Field Trips: The goal for this year is to take every other Thursday off so that we can do either a hike with the homeschool group or a field trip on our own. I feel experiencing things, places and people is more beneficial to learning sometimes than reading about it in a book. Now that I’m working, we have the finances for us to do more of this type of learning and but more fun back into our homeschool.
Happy Not Back to School Blog Hop Everyone! I can’t wait to read what everyone has decided on this year for curriculum.