Wednesday, August 27, 2014

School Year 2014-2015

  Well, as I said last week, summer is quickly fading.  This is the first year we have taken a real "summer break".  We normally school year round.  However, this year with all 3 partcipating in 4-H, 2 in the Bible Bee, and the garden, we decided to take a few months off.  It was a very good decision too, it may be a new trend in our household ;) 
  Derek has actually been asking for 2 weeks now when we are going to start back up again.  Which, by the way, is incredible!!!  He's my child, who could normally careless about school!  He loves Geography and well.....that's about it.  He did come to me and ask if we could do a different math.  I have loved and praised Teaching Textbooks for the last 2 years, but I'm very much into child-led learning, so I've been looking at different math curriculums for the last couple of weeks and we are going to start with Singapore Math, which is what Heart of Dakota suggests using anyway.  He wanted a "math workbook".  He loves Rod & Staff (we use it for 1st grade) and they have a "worksheet book" for 3rd grade, but not for 4th.  We looked at a few other curriculums, but for now, we've settled on Singapore.  He has done Singapore before during summers as review, so it's not all completely new to him.  So here's the run-down for this year's curriculum lists.

Derek - 4th Grade
Heart of Dakota - Bigger Hearts for His Glory ~
We use this for Bible, History, Science, Dictation, Poetry, Handwriting, and Reading
(We are finishing up this guide.  He will start "Preparing" sometime around Thanksgiving)
Singapore Math 3B & 4A
(This is just a google picture of the ALL the workbooks.
He doesn't have to do all of these this year;)
BJU English 4
(He will be finishing this up and starting 5 around Thanksgiving also)
Galloping the Globe & Rand McNally Intermediate Geography & Maps
Bible-Based/Self-Paced Computer Typing Curriculum
Lindsay - 2nd Grade
Heart of Dakota - Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory ~
We use this for Bible, History, Science, Spelling, Poetry, Handwriting, & Reading
(She will be finishing up this guide and starting "Bigger" around Thanksgiving also.)
Teaching Textbooks 3
(She wants to stick with it for now :)
BJU English 3
(She will also be starting 4 sometime around Thanksgiving)
Galloping the Globe & Rand McNally Beginner Geography & Maps
Bible-Based/Self-Paced Computer Typing Curriculum
Leah - Preschool
Rod & Staff Preschool Workbooks
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Rod & Staff Math 1
Confessions of a Homeschoolers K-4 Curriculum

  Also, this year, we are going to start something new!  We sat down and talked about somethings the kids really want to work on or learn but just don't have time to work at them every day.  So, I'm so excited this is what we came up with!!  Every morning we will start out with a chapter from "The Miller Books".  We will be starting the school year with "Missonary Stories with the Millers". 

  After we have read our chapter, we are going to review and complete a day in our Calendar Book from Christian Light Education. 

  This is mainly for Leah, since the older 2 know their months and days, however, they wanted their own Calendar Books also.  :)  This books also reviews daily weather and seasons. 
  And then each day we will move onto learning that day's subject. 
Monday - Geography (Galloping the Globe)
Tuesday - Spanish
Wednesday - Sign Language
Thursday - Music Theory
  On Fridays, we have Music School in the morning and Co-op in the afternoon.  This first semester at Co-op Derek is taking Pencil Drawing and PE and Lindsay is taking Art (Acrylic Painting) and PE.  Leah will be in the preschool class.  They do all kinds of fun crafts, songs, centers, and work on their letters, sounds, and numbers.  I will be teaching Home Economics to the older girls and Ronnie will be teaching a mechanics class the first semester.  We are looking forward to a new school year!! 
  Also, my goal for this year for the blog is to do a review each week of our Heart of Dakota units and also one of our other curriculums each month!  I've had a lot of parents say to me, they would love to homeschool, but just don't think they could.  So my hope would be that I can share how rewarding and easy(most days;) homeschooling actually is!!
Proverbs 1:7 ~
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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