First Day of School 2011/2012

Where or where did the summer go?  It seems like we just celebrated Easter, had a few miserable hot days, and now it is time to go back to school.  Crazy!  In any event, our first day is underway!  I woke up early (well, early for me anyway) at 6:30 so I would have some uninterrupted computer time.  Jake was up by 7 to start his fitness program on the Wii (EA Active 2) – which is apparently broken.  Ugh.  So instead, he spent some time doing the Wii Fit program.  By the time he was done and in the shower, the rest of the big kids were up.  They all settled in for breakfast and I read our daily devotion.  Then it was off for tooth brushing and hair combing.  We took updated heights & weights and first day pictures.  Now they are all diligently working in their books…well, most of them anyway.  Jeff, Jake & Jack are outside dealing with a pile of branches & limbs from a tree they cut down over the weekend.  Not sure what I will call the time invested in that activity…phys ed?  environmental science? recess?  So that brings us up to this very moment…10:30 am.  No tears…no temper tantrums…I think day 1 is pretty good so far! 🙂

Because I Was Asked…

I was recently asked about the curriculum we use in our homeschool.  It is basically a mish mash of various resources that I have put together over the past 10 years.  Jacob (as the oldest) tends to be my guinea pig each year if/when I decide to try something new.  There are so many wonderful Christian publishers out there, but many curricula are just so crazy expensive.   As a general rule, I look for non-consumable materials so that they can then be past down to the next kiddo.  With all that being said, here is the list of materials for we will be using this year. 🙂

Jake – Grade 9 – 2011/2012

  • Easy Grammar
  • Vocabulary Cartoons II
  • Easy Writing
  • Themes in Literature
  • Health in Christian Perspective
  • Algebra I (Abeka)
  • Life of Fred Algebra
  • Exploring Creation with Physical Science
  • World Geography in Christian Perspective
  • World History & Cultures in Christian Perspective
  • Spanish
  • Typing
  • Bible
  • Computer Basics
  • Physical Fitness

Jensen  – Grade 7 – 2011/2012

  • Easy Grammar Plus
  • Vocab/Spelling/Poetry
  • Easy Writing
  • Vocabulary Cartoons II
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Of People (Literature)
  • A Healthier You
  • Basic Math (Abeka)
  • Life of Fred Pre-Algebra with Biology
  • Science Order & Reality
  • History of the World
  • Maps!
  • Spanish
  • Bible

Jackson  – Grade 5 – 2011/2012

  • Easy Grammar 4/5
  • Spectrum Spelling
  • A Reason for Handwriting
  • Spectrum Reading
  • Vocabulary Cartoons
  • Easy Writing
  • Enjoying Good Health
  • Arithmetic 5
  • Life of Fred – Fractions
  • Investigating God’s World
  • Old World History & Geography
  • Spectrum Geography
  • Spanish
  • Bible

Jaelin  – Grade 3 – 2011/2012

  • Easy Grammar 3
  • Spectrum Spelling
  • Beginning Cursive
  • Spectrum Reading
  • Explode the Code
  • Easy Writing
  • Health, Safety, & Manners
  • Arithmetic 3
  • Exploring God’s World
  • Our American Heritage
  • Bible
Jaeda  – Grade 2 – 2011/2012
  • Language Arts 2
  • Spectrum Spelling
  • A Reason for Handwriting
  • Spectrum Reading
  • Explode the Code
  • Easy Writing
  • Health, Safety, and Manners
  • Arithmetic 3 (she managed to finish grade 2 this summer) HAPPY FACE!
  • Enjoying God’s World
  • Our America
  • Bible
We have a glaring lack of arts/humanities materials this year.  I am hoping that we may be able to get ahead on the big stuff and maybe purchase a music/art appreciation course as a Christmas gift to us all and start that in January.  Otherwise, I am planning on just playing some classical music via Pandora while school is in session and hope that prompts some discussion & further research.
That’s about it for now – everything ends up being tweaked a bit as we go, so we must remain very adaptable.  Homeschooling is an incredibly difficult undertaking – especially with toddlers running around!  But I am so grateful that God has put us on and continues to direct us in this journey.  It is my prayer that, while my children may not be able to recall the dates of important Civil War battles or the annual rainfall in Tibet, they will develop a lifelong love of learning.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
HUGS! 🙂

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