It’s been a few months, which means I should work on regularly posting how our homeschooling adventures are going.
I came to a nice happy place of blending Wildwood Curriculum with a DIY approach, which provided us with a very nice first week of school. It was a little hectic, but I attributed that to the general “we’re still trying to find our groove” sense. We were looking forward to slightly redesigned schedule for week 2.
Then we were the victims of a hit-and-run car accident.
Happily, we only had our youngest in the car with us and his carseat protected him so well. My husband and I have some injuries, but nothing severe. We tried to do week 2, but the constant phone calls with our auto insurance, the police, the doctor, imaging done to check for broken bones; and the fatigue that comes with being in pain – I decided to reboot our entire school to account for my fatigue and pain (hopefully both of which will be short-lived). I decided to combine all the kids! into all the subjects! and using my 6th grader’s subjects as the template to follow.
Here’s my selections for Term 1 of our 2019-2020 school year. Links to Amazon are affiliate links, thank you for your support!
- Spelling: copywork and Phonetic Zoo (sixth grader), copywork and spelling lists I find online (everyone else)
- Handwriting: copywork and Harry Potter cursive (sixth grader), and a cursive workbook for my second grader. My fourth grader will keep working on refining his printing.
- Reading: all kids have read-aloud time with me each day so I can monitor what they’re getting stuck on. My dyslexic child has some gaps to fill with regards to reading, so we’ll be using the “whatever works for us at this time” method. I have at my disposal: Progressive Phonics, Phonics Pathways, MCP Plaid Phonics, and lots of easy readers and graphic novels.
- Grammar: everyone is getting focused grammar. In addition to reading well-written material, we’re using grammar workbooks from Amazon for my sixth grader.
- Poetry: Langston Hughes (sixth grader) and poetry anthologies for everyone else
- Sixth grade reads for term 1: Number the Stars, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
- Fourth grade reads for term 1: The Ballad of Mulan, Race to the Moonrise, The Heroes of Asgard
- Second grade reads for term 1: Tales of Greece and Troy, Tanglewood Tales, Understood Betsy, The Boy Who Drew Cats
- Classic Myths to Read Aloud, Rick Riordan novels, and other mythology books
- US – America First Updated Edition
- UK – Our Island Story (might be switching this out, not sure yet)
- General – The Human Odyssey
World Religions, Logic, and Philosophy
- Sixth grade: Logic Safari, Philosophy Rocks
- Fourth and second grade: What Really Happened to Humpty, Grandpa’s Teeth
- All: The Kids Book of World Religions
- Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding
- Buckley, Burgess, Asimov, and other books to support
- Sixth grade: Campbell’s Biology and Science of Harry Potter (which covers everything from alchemy to psychology, so it’s not just hard science)
- Home Geography for Primary Grades
- The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Holgersson
- Halliburton’s Book of Marvels: The Occident and The Orient
I’ll post what we’re doing for Afternoon Rest once I finalize what exactly we’re doing! I have some ideas but I need some uninterrupted time to think and figure out if I’m overloading everyone or not.