We’ve accomplished quite a bit this summer and everyone has been happy with our summer schedule. For the next few months we will continue what we are currently doing. Here are our current building blocks for learning:
Spelling/Phonics/Reading – We use All About Spelling and it takes care of all of this. We are on step 22/25 of Level 2 which means we we begin Level 3 soon. My children’s reading and spelling skills have just exploded with this program. They had a good base with the SWR program. They knew the phonograms and spelling rules but the teaching style of AAS is just fantastic!
Math – We are still using Dreambox Learning. I am so impressed with this program. The different perspectives and ways to look at math are just brilliant. Have you ever wondered why a child might be on a certain level in one math program and take the placement test for another and not be able to apply what they learned to the new math program? They often teach using a different perspective. Dreambox teaches many different perspectives. You learn to look at math in different ways. It’s all about learning to use your NOGGIN! Once we complete Dreambox we will take the placement test in Math-U-See and see where the kids will land. I’m certain we will skip a couple of levels at least.
Science – We are continuing the Apologia Exploring Creation Series. We are working our way through Flying Creatures of the 5th Day. We would have been finished with this but we let Science go for a while to work on other things. We are now lapbooking our way through Science and loving it. At the moment, the popular vote on what comes next goes to Astronomy. For anyone interested I post my lapbooking pieces here on our blog. You are welcome to use them.
History/Geography/Mapping – We have been studying History with Unit Studies and adding those pages to our History Notebook. It’s been really fun. I haven’t decided if we will continue as we have been or if I want to use The Story of the World for a spine as an order of study. Eventually, I know I will teach history chronologically but by doing unit studies now, I am creating memory tags which will really aid in comprehension and understanding for later studies. Regardless of which way I choose to go, our basis will still be living books. We read our way through History and can’t imagine it any other way.
Writing – We will continue to write our pen pals and lapbook. I am currently not using any curriculum for Grammar. I’ll add that when I feel it’s time. At some point I plan to jump back into Writing With Ease. As you can see Writing is not something I’m too concerned about for the next few months. They have plenty of practice in their other studies.
Handwriting – We are almost finished with their Handwriting Without Tears Cursive books. We will pick up the next one when this one is finished. We’ve really enjoyed HWT.
Gospel – Our gospel study will continue with the Old Testament. I think we will dive into the New Testament around January. I feel we need to really focus on Christ and get to know Him better.
The Arts – We will continue using the Anholt Art books as history units. Once we complete those, we plan to focus on Music.
My oldest has graduated from Homeschool and will be attending college full-time on a Presidential Scholarship (full tuition/fees scholarship with a $500 book allowance per semester). We are excited for him and his new educational journey as well. Hooray Michael!
The children will all get many lessons on home remodeling, building, decorating etc. as we are moving into our unfinished house in a few weeks.
This post is linked to The Curriculum Edition of Weekly Wrap-Up.