It seems like summer has flown by for us this year!
We’re pretty relaxed and spend most mornings reading and completing the lessons so our afternoons are free to play, explore, create, bake, watch videos, or ride bikes.
I’m not worried about schedules or how long it takes to complete a book. Some days, we don’t get to math. We do science only a couple times a week. We read every day.
Our curricula this year:
We still use Tapestry of Grace as our base. I like their book lists and activities. I print Notebooking Pages every week to coincide with our history and literature studies.
We don’t really label with grade levels, so here’s what my son will be working through so far this year. He’s 7 years old.
He also listens and participates in history and literature read-alouds with his sisters.
- Christian Liberty Nature Reader
- Life of Fred
- Singapore Math 3
- Spelling Workout A
- Apologia Who is God?
- Apologia Land Animals
My middle girls are 10 and 11 years old and here are their core texts. They’re also enjoying Bible studies from Time-Warp Wife.
- The Story of the World
- Elementary Greek
- First Start French
- Singapore Math 6
- Spelling Workout G
- Apologia General Science
My eldest daughter is almost 17 and will be attending a local university part-time for dual enrollment.
She’s looking for a part-time job too! It’s a bit discouraging how few jobs are available for a 16 yo and how potential employers talk to and treat her. She volunteered with the Red Cross for two years, but has no paid experience. And everything is online now, so she can’t charm anyone by walking in. There are no help wanted signs in windows anymore.
She is still finishing up French, year 3 history, and some literature. She has to review algebra and take a math entrance exam to enroll in college algebra spring semester.
What are you using this year?
What does our schedule look like?
The kids really work quite independently.
We do history and literature read alouds in the mornings, after breakfast.
The kids then work on their notebooking, Bible, vocabulary workbooks.
I assist Alex, which really just means I just watch him do his work. Every few days, I read a science chapter to Alex and he works through his science notebooking journal the other days.
I assist with and discuss science with the girls. Dad reviews science in the evenings and weekends and does some of the more extravagant experiments.
Dad does math with the girls in the evenings and weekends. We all like to listen to Life of Fred!
We’re usually finished with the bulk of school work by lunchtime.
Then the kids can read whatever they like, create art or crafts, play outside, rollerblade, scooter, ride bikes, wait for their public school friends to get home on the bus, play table games, iPads, Wii, watch Netflix, hike in the woods, bake something yummy, practice typing, research, nature journaling, or almost anything they want!
We take days off for field trips and other activities. Since we school year-round, we don’t stress. Evenso, we still often complete the year’s workbooks, journals, and other curricula by March!