It’s back to school time, y’all! That also means back to homeschool as well. We are entering into our fourth year of homeschooling, and this year I’ll be teaching our 8 year old, a 6 year old, and 4 year old. Our 2 year old will be participating in art, science, and family reading, but mostly building block towers and putting together puzzles. Personally, I would consider our family’s style of schooling to be classical with a bit of Charlotte Mason thrown in. My husband and I both love the classical aspect of learning (if you’re not sure what that means, be sure to look further into it to see what style of learning you most line up with), but I adore living books and practical life skills and learning as well.
For history this year we are delving into American History and my kids are so excited about it. They’ve been watching Drive Thru History about the American Revolution and asking all sorts of questions about our great nation’s history.
Let’s start off with our “spine” books. These are going to be our primary “text” books.
These four books are going to provide the bulk of the factual aspects of our study on American History. This year we’ll be studying from Columbus to the Modern Age.
To help make these stories come to life for my kids, as well as to help them with the form and cadence of the English language, we’ve got a whole bunch of fictional books to solidify what we’re learning.
We’ve got a vintage copy of all of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. Fun fact: many of the family members are buried locally and you can go see their graves. I foresee some field trips when we get to those characters in the books!
We’ve also got the Rush Revere series. The photoshopped face of Rush Limbaugh tickles me, but they’ve got really good reviews so I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised in getting into them.
We’ve also got a whole handful of fiction covering various points in American history. In addition to these, I’ve got a whole shelf full of various biographies of American figures and fiction like Magic Treehouse books for my kids to read on their own during quiet reading time. We’ve also got plans to head to the library and check out all sorts of stuff.
We’re actually going to be following lesson plans drawn up by Nicci at A Farmhouse Full. She’s a homeschooling mom of eight kids and is releasing her first draft at lesson planning at a discounted price, so if you’re still searching for what to do, check her out.
For additional supplements and to have some fun with handwriting, we’ve got a couple of books on the Statue of Liberty and Native Americans as well as some Draw Write Now books that focus on early America.
Nicci also drew up some great printable to memorize geography, historical facts, math facts, and ELA facts that we’ll be incorporating weekly. She’s also put together a great board on Pinterest full of art projects that we’re going to be doing. I’ve got a whole bunch of craft paper for Native American drum making. 😉 I also have a feeling that my kids will be sneaking in episodes of Matti and Dada because they absolutely love learning about Picaso and Seurat (who happens to be my favorite artist).
For science this year we’re doing Supercharged Science, which is an experiment based curriculum that really helps kids to understand the science they’re learning by hands-on methods. We’ve done quite a few of her experiments in the past and can’t wait to dig into her Earth Science curriculum. I’ve got all of her DVDs and will use those as the kids get older, but we’re starting with this one.
For our math curriculum, my eight year old will be doing Singapore Math 4th grade, and my six year old will be doing Singapore Math 2nd grade. My four year old will be continuing with his number recognition and we’re going to start on basic addition and subtraction.
For Bible memorization, our kids will be following the UPCI Junior Bible Quizzing material and will be thoroughly memorizing 165 selected verses from Galatians and Hebrews. This will be my eight year old’s fourth year participating, and my six year old’s second year. We generally start at age five, so my four year old still has another year before starting. I would have taken pictures of our material, but it was getting to be nap time, so I had to wrap it up. 😉
Any other homeschool moms out there? What are you doing for school this year?