I know I’m late on this, but I thought I’d better document what we’re doing this year. I didn’t have to order a ton of new books since we are still finishing up some from last year <ahem> so I ordered a few extra history books for William. He has read my entire set of U.S. History encyclopedias and has a huge interest in the world wars so I picked up some new books for him to read on his own. He has already finished the biggest one within a few days and finished the book of war stories just today.
~~~Adelaide (4) Preschool~~~
Journal – one entry a week. She draws a picture and then tells me about it so I can write down a description.
Handwriting Without Tears – These books are so great for teaching handwriting and the kids love them. This is one of two books I had to purchase new for Adelaide.
First Language Lessons Level 1 – I’ve used this basic grammar/language book with each of the kids and I like the variety of things it covers.
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons – We gave up on this book last year because Oliver was demanding too much of my time. We’ve started it again and are on lesson 40 so we’ll finish well before the end of the year. Adelaide will be the 4th child I’ve taught to read using this program.
Saxon Math Level 1 - Adelaide is loving having a real math program this year. Each lesson has two worksheets so I do the lesson and one of the worksheets on the first day and then save the second worksheet for the next day. She would happily do everything in one day but I don’t want to move through the material too fast. She is only in preschool after all. I had all the materials and only had to purchase new workbooks. We’ve definitely gotten our money’s worth out of this program.
~~~Henry (6) First Grade~~~
Journal – one entry a week. He writes two sentences and then draws a pictures. I help him with spelling any words he wants to use.
Spelling Workout Level B – I’ve used these books since we started homeschooling on the advice of my sister-in-law Sandy. We’ve been really happy with them. Spelling is tricky for Henry, but he does a lot better if we do the final tests orally. He gets all tricked up when he goes to write them down.
Handwriting Without Tears Character – I thought it would be fun to try one of the themed handwriting books since Henry can make most of the letters nicely. It’s been nice to have something to write about instead of random words.
First Language Lessons Level 2 – We didn’t finish this one last year so we are just continuing on this year. We’ll finish well before the end of the year and that’s okay.
Writing With Ease Level 1 – I’ve never found a writing program that I love. This one is fine. We are continuing on with what we didn’t finish last year. Its fine, but the kids get bored with it. If we are homeschooling next year I’ll probably look for something different.
Saxon Math Level 2 – He’ll finish this up mid year and then we’ll move on to level 3. It’s a little easy for him right now, but I don’t want to move him too quickly.
Mind Benders Book 3 - The kids love these books. I’m sure he’ll have the whole book done in a few months and when he does, I’ll look for some other sort of critical thinking book to exercise his brain.
Piano – Henry started piano lessons this summer. He has a 30 minute lesson once a week and I have him practice everyday as part of our schoolwork. He practices for about 15 to 20 minutes at this point.
Mavis Beacon Typing – Just a little bit each day.
~~~William (8) 3rd Grade~~~
Journal – one entry a week. He writes half of a page and can write about anything he wants. Sometimes he tells a story and other times he writes about whats happening or what he wants.
Spelling Workout Level D - He is still learning to read cursive so I usually print the words in his book next the cursive list words.
Handwriting Without Tears Cursive – William is loving learning cursive. I got him a cursive president book to use when he finishes the basics.
First Language Lessons Level 3 – Finishing it up from last year. It’s a good grammar program though he thinks grammar is pointless. I’ll probably move to Winston Grammar next year.
Writing With Ease Level 2 – Finishing this one up too. I cut out some of the dictation because I think it’s overkill. I’ll look for something different next year.
Saxon Math Level 5/4 – William was so bored with level 3 last year. I started covering 5 lessons at a time and he was still bored. We ended the year with some left to finish in level 3, but I gave him the Saxon placement test and then moved him up to level 5/4. I’m so glad I did. He’s liking the format better and is able to grasp the concepts without getting too bored. I’ll have to see how it goes throughout the year when the concepts get more advanced.
Mind Benders Book 4 – He loves these puzzles.
Piano – William also started piano. Weekly lesson and daily practice and already I can see the improvement. He went from not liking music to enjoying piano within a few weeks which is wonderful.
Mavis Beacon Typing – Just a little bit each day.
Story of the World Book 4 – Great history books! The maps and activities are too old for the kids this year (we didn’t have a problem with the first 3 books) so I read the chapter aloud to them and then quiz them on review questions.
Co-op – We’re doing the co-op again this year. We had a good experience last year and have doubled the classes for this year. Our first class starts next week.
Reading Aloud – I’ve been reading aloud to the kids while they have a snack (after P.E.) and it’s been a good way to get us ready for the day. We’re reading The Five Little Peppers And How They Grew right now.