Friday, January 3, 2014

Our Curriculum

This is our 2nd year homeschooling, and it has been a crazy ride.  Last year was full of discoveries, a lot of mistakes, and learning who our family is and what is important to us.  This year, I think that we are finally getting a handle on what works for us and what does not.  For those that are out there still looking for the right thing, I want to share with you, our thing.

Thru a lot of prayer, it became apparent to me that the study of the Bible and our relationship with God is the most important part of our homeschool adventure.  For my two, almost three year old, we use the ABC Jesus Loves Me - curriculum for age two.  We come nowhere close to completing everything on that site each week.  We focus on the bible story and the activities for the bible, and then post the main ideas for the week on the refrigerator and try to work them into our play.

For the 10 year old, we have found a great bible program that is perfect for his level,  We are using Foundations 1:  Preparation for Christ and there are days that we take longer than the time allotted.  So our days do not always align with the program, but that does not seem to be an issue.  We are able to pick up and start our week wherever we left off with no problems. 

For math we are still stuck on the Life of Fred series.  We love them.  They do not teach things "in order", but everything we are learning, we are retaining.  That is the most important to us.

Language Arts we decided to go Charlotte Mason, working in very small short lessons.  We found a workbook that we really like called Language Lessons for the Elementary Child Volume 2.  This is perfect for our son, very short lessons but very thorough and teaching him ideas that are new.

For history we are studying the middle ages.  This has been a challenge and we are using a combination of books and online resources.  As of right now, he is reading King Arthur: Tales from the Round Table (Dover Children's Evergreen Classics) by Andrew Lang.  We have also enrolled him in MineCraft Homescshool Castles and Cannons which starts next week.  He is VERY excited to start this class.  I am hoping that he will do some learning as well as playing.

We are also using portions of The Weaver Curriculum for our science, field trip ideas, music, health, and physical education. 

My sons very favorite thing this year though is learning computer coding.  He is using SCRATCH which is very user friendly for a 10 year old.  We have watched his programs just get better and better, it is amazing what he can do.  It blows my mind.

Oh yeah, and he's helping my husband to rebuild his motorcycle.  Right now they have a naked motorcycle frame in the garage, so far he has learned to solder and how electrical wiring works.  Tickle me impressed.  :)

Till next time,

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