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Our homeschool

Our homeschool table is cleared off on the weekends!
We are Christian homeschoolers, and we use a Christian curriculum. In past years, we have used The Weaver Curriculum, Konos and Sonlight Curricula. There were things we liked about each of those, but there were things we disliked as well. This year, we are using My Father's World curriculum again. This is our third year with MFW-We've done Exploring Countries and Cultures; Creation to the Greeks; Rome to the Reformation; Exploration to 1850. This year we are studying 1850 to Modern Times.

I like Unit Study curricula that can be used for more than one child at a time, and My Father's World is that way! This year, we are enjoying "1850 to Modern Times" for 3rd-8th graders (and 2nd graders with a sibling in the program). 1850 to Modern Times is the final year of a chronological history-based study for students. We will be learning U.S. and world history as we solve cryptography puzzles, bake Vietnamese Apricot Coconut Cake, recite the Gettysburg Address, and sing catchy states and capitals songs. We will be reading about Hudson Taylor, a pioneer missionary to China, and Sergeant York, a humble mountain man and Christian who became a great World War I hero. 

A wide variety of books and activities are included for Bible, reading, science (Mostly animals and animal types this year!), and geography. For art we are using the God and the History of Art. You can find more about My Father's World and request a catalog on their website here.

For math, we've always used the Math-U-See curriculum. A friend recommended it when we were going into first grade. I found a used version at a local homeschool store, which I purchased. We used it for 1st and 2nd grade, and found that it worked well for our daughter. It includes a teacher edition, student text, and video (now a DVD). We have since ordered the other levels from the website, which you can find here. This year, my 2nd grader will finish the Gamma level, my son is learning fractions in the Epsilon level, and my older daughter is using the Algebra version. It has a few weaknesses, but those are vastly outweighed by the pros of the curricula (in my opinion)!

My daughter writing her spelling words...
For spelling, I've never used a formal curricula that I purchased. I have lists that I downloaded and printed from the internet from All About Learning Press. They have free lists for each grade level up to 7th grade. Each week, I give each child a list of words, they write each word two times per day. I try to do a pretest on Wednesday, and if they get 100%, then they do not need to write the words again the next two days. If they are wrong, they have to write the words again. On Friday, I give them an oral test, and if they get any words wrong, they need to write them 5-10 more times correctly- "to get it in their head the right way." This is what has worked for us so far, so I will keep doing this. My older kids are both excellent spellers, so it works! This year I ordered All About Spelling from All About Learning and am using it again with my 3rd grader, who has a harder time spelling!

In Bible this year, we read passages each day in our Bibles (our new favorite for our younger/ newer readers are the NIV Young Reader's Bibles). We are reading from A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God, and memorizing different Bible verses. After Bible reading, and a question/ comprehension time, we have a family prayer time, when we pray aloud together. Often, that is my most favorite time of day-- I LOVE listening to our children pray to their Creator!

For my eleventh-grader this year, she is studying U.S. History and Government. She will be reading and developing a Worldview, study Thinking Like a Christian by David Noebel and Chuck Edwards of Summit Ministries, and Assumptions That Affect Our Lives. She will learn to apply God's truths to daily life through the encouragement and challenges in Growing Up Christian and Christian Character.  She has her own Early American Literature Supplement, will use Easy Grammar (grade 11) for Grammar, and read historical documents such as the Mayflower Compact and early political speeches. She will be using United States History and Never Before in History for her social studies this year. She is doing Physics in a co-op class with a great teacher. She will also take ASL, piano lessons and Choir.

Last but not least, I am using Five In A Row curriculum for my first grader. From their website, this is a description: "Five in a Row was created by Jane Claire Lambert, a successful homeschool teacher with more than 17 years of experience.  To use Five in a Row, just pick one of the 70 books used in Five in a Row, locate the corresponding lesson plan in your teacher’s guide, read the story aloud each day during the week and use Jane’s suggestions and lesson plans to lead your children on a wonderful learning adventure. It’s that simple!"  These are the books we will be reading and studying in the first semester:

The Story About Ping
by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese
Lentil by Robert McCloskey
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno
The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills
Who Owns the Sun? by Stacy Chbosky
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provensen
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say
CranberryThanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin
Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk
Papa Piccolo by Carol Talley
Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews
The Clown of God by Tomie DePaola
Storm in the Night by Mary Stoltz
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost (with illustrations by Susan Jeffers)

It's been lots of fun so far!

Let me know if you have any questions!
Why do we homeschool? Read this post here.
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