Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Homeschool Recap 2013-2014

We started school last week and I never recapped what we did last year.  What did we do last year?


I want to write all this down for my benefit, so it's somewhere.  Because obviously, it's going to get lost in my head. 


So I'll just copy and paste what we started with and add on my late night comments and absurdness.  I mean, changes that we made throughout the year. 


Copy, paste. Copy, paste.  Ctrl-c, Ctrl-v.  Gotta love it.  Dang, how old is my header?  Blog needs some serious love.  But it ain't gonna get it.  Sorry to say, the photography blog brings in the dough.  This one doesn't.  Dough = $10 a month.  Enough to pay for the hosting and such.  Yah, I'm rolling in it. 


Seriously, I'm getting off track tonight writing this.


2013-2014 School Year Recap.  You can go to this post to get links to the items and see our curriculum from last year.  I'm just going to tell about it here.


Chewy was in first grade.
Scooter was in second grade.




CHEWY RECAP:
Math - Horizons 1 & 2, 4 days a week.  So, we did math 5 days a week.  Chewy got into the second grade book.  She liked it, I liked it, it all was good.
Spelling - K12Reader First and Second Grade, 4-5 days a week.  I liked it.  Chewy did well with it.
Language Arts (Vocabulary & Grammar) - K12Reader worksheets,
Curriculum Corner Worksheets, English For Everyone worksheets, and Mommy selected items. 90 lessons.  2-3 days a week.  Um, it was a lot of work to prepare.  But it went over well and was fun.
Language Arts (Reading & Writing) -
K12Reader worksheets, Curriculum Corner Worksheets, English For Everyone worksheets, worksheets from a Treasures book, and Mommy selected items. 90 lessons.  2-3 days a week.  Again, lots of work to prepare, but fun.  We still need to finish illustrating our original fairy tale.  Forgot about that.
Writing - Writing lessons with Language Arts (see above).  Journals.  Letter Writing. Prompts.  And bunches of other things as needed.  Every Single Day.  The kids especially loved squiggle stories.
Handwriting -
A Reason for Handwriting A, 4-5 days a week.  It went over well, it was short and sweet.  On to cursive this year.
US Geography -
Confessions of a Homeschooler's US Geography (we won't be doing the history part), 4-5 days a week.  Kids loved it!  So much fun!
Art - Mommy directed and related to other curriculum, holidays, or family events.  1 day a week.  I think we did stuff and had fun.
Artist study -
Confessions of a Homeschooler's Famous Artists (I'm doing an abbreviated version for half a year), 1 day a week.  The kids loved this.  They learned quite a bit, so did I.
Composer study - Confessions of a Homeschooler's Famous Composers (I'm doing an abbreviated version for a half of a year, after the artist study), 1 day a week.  We didn't finish this, but enjoyed what we did with it.  I selected some of the composers and we left out others (because I couldn't get the book from the library).
Science - My own curriculum.  I'm trying to write up an introductory science curriculum with 34 lessons.  It will have1 introductory lesson, 11 life science lessons, 11 earth/astronomy lessons, and 11 physical lessons that cover simple and easy things for kids.  We'll do some science reading, light activities, and worksheets about 2-4 days a week and then one lab/hands-on lesson once a week.  This curriculum is taking me forever to prepare, but it's fun. I may post my science curriculum for others to use, once we try it out.  Anyone interested?  Good grief.  I was gung ho in the beginning of the year and posted lesson plans and stuff.  I fizzled out towards the end of the year.  It was tough just keeping up and staying ahead.  So I never finished writing up the lessons to post.  You'll have to convince me to do that if you want them.  Not even sure if I can remember where I left off.
Music - We'll see where we can fit some basic piano or guitar playing in.  Daddy might be in charge of guitar!  Chewy started guitar lessons at a local shop.  She went for 7 months and then stopped to start figure skating.  We don't want the kids to be in too many activities.
PE - We're an active family, so this won't be difficult.  The kids will bike while I run.  We'll take family bike rides and hikes.  The kids and I will get out for kickball, baseball, trampoline jumping, basketball, and other activities in the yard.  We'll have trips to the pool and skiing/snowboarding in the winter.  Not a problem.  We even let the kids sign up for soccer in the spring.  I was an assistant coach and had zero experience with soccer.  I am not a team sport person, just sayin'.  But I tried to be really encouraging with the kids.  They did improve a lot, but they're much better at mountain biking.  I'm sorry if you're a soccer person, I just can't get into it.  But it's great that it's available for so many kids to play.
Spanish - The kids want to learn spanish, but we're not doing any curriculum this year.  I don't want to get in over my head.  We'll just do some basic vocabulary as we go along throughout the year.  That fizzled out too.  I think we may wait a year or two and then get into a better program that I don't have to teach.


SCOOTER RECAP (mostly the same, except for math and music)
Math - Teaching Textbooks 3, 4 days a week.  XtraMath as needed for practice (free).  Soooo...this was the biggest change.  I had Scooter doing math 5 days a week.  About a third of the way through this program, he decided he'd rather learn the lessons from me and not from the computer.  Hold that....the whole reason we got Teaching Textbooks was because he didn't like to learn from me.  So I did math with the boy.  I came to really dislike Teaching Textbooks for my boy.  Teaching Textbooks is multiple choice and multiple choice is not a good choice for a third grade boy learning math and trying to find the easy way to get the answer.  He would guess.  So when he finished Teaching Textbooks (it didn't take the whole year), I started him on Horizons 3.  We're currently finishing up Horizons 3 in fourth grade right now and he'll get into Horizons 4 sometime this year.  I find Horizons to be more advanced than Teaching Textbooks (comparing 3 vs. 3).  Plus, no multiple choice.  My boy has to work out the answer.  He gripes and complains, but he does it. 
Spelling - K12Reader Third Grade, 4-5 days a week.  See Chewy's stuff above.
Language Arts (Vocabulary & Grammar) - K12Reader worksheets, Curriculum Corner Worksheets, English For Everyone worksheets, and Mommy selected items. 90 lessons.  2-3 days a week.  See Chewy's stuff above.
Language Arts (Reading & Writing) - K12Reader worksheets, Curriculum Corner Worksheets, English For Everyone worksheets, worksheets from a Treasures books, and Mommy selected items. 90 lessons.  2-3 days a week.  See Chewy's stuff above.
Writing - Writing lessons with Language Arts (see above).  Journals.  Letter Writing. Prompts.  And bunches of other things as needed.  Every Single Day.  See Chewy's stuff above.
Handwriting -  A Reason For Handwriting B & C, 4-5 days a week.  See Chewy's stuff above.
US Geography - Confessions of a Homeschooler's US Geography (we won't be doing the history part), 4-5 days a week.  See Chewy's stuff above.
Art - Mommy directed and related to other curriculum, holidays, or family events.  1 day a week.  See Chewy's stuff above.
Artist study - Confessions of a Homeschooler's Famous Artists (I'm doing an abbreviated version for half a year), 1 day a week.  See Chewy's stuff above.
Composer study - Confessions of a Homeschooler's Famous Composers (I'm doing
an abbreviated version for a half of a year, after the artist study), 1 day a week.  See Chewy's stuff above.
Science - My own curriculum.  I'm trying to write up an introductory science curriculum with 34 lessons.  It will have 1 introductory lesson, 11 life science lessons, 11 earth/astronomy lessons, and 11 physical lessons that cover simple and easy things for kids.  We'll do some science reading, light activities, and worksheets about 2-4 days a week and then one lab/hands-on lesson once a week.  This curriculum is taking me forever to prepare, but it's fun.  See Chewy's stuff above.
Music - We'll see where we can fit some basic piano or guitar playing in.  Daddy might be in charge of guitar!  Scooter also started guitar in January 2014 and is continuing it. He loves the guitar and picked it up quite quickly. He loves to practice, so we never have to tell him or ask him to practice.  He just does it.  Actually, practicing guitar is what he'd rather do than school.  He now has an electric guitar thanks to a generous uncle and aunt, so he's practicing even more.  The kid can memorize songs like you wouldn't believe.  I play along with him sometimes and I can't memorize the songs as quickly as he can.  Yes, I'm learning some guitar too, on my own.
PE - We're an active family, so this won't be difficult.  The kids will bike while I run.  We'll take family bike rides and hikes.  The kids and I will get out for kickball, baseball, trampoline jumping, basketball, and other activities in the yard.  We'll have trips to the pool and skiing/snowboarding in the winter.   See Chewy's stuff above.
Spanish - The kids want to learn spanish, but we're not doing any curriculum this year.  I don't want to get in over my head.  We'll just do some basic vocabulary as we go along throughout the year.  See Chewy's stuff above.


Whew.  Done.  I think.  Now I've just got to get another post ready with the curriculum we're using this year. Plus I'd like to recap our first week of school, before we finish the second week.  Maybe I'll just have to recap 2 weeks at a time.  I plan our schedule out 2 weeks at a time, so I guess it would make sense to recap them like that.  Done.  That's what I'm going to do.  Hopefully.  Don't count on it.  I seem to get busy with who knows what.  And this post doesn't have many photos.  I'm tired and it's time for me to go to bed and get ready for another fun-filled day of homeschooling.  What's on your agenda?

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