We have gotten to a really good place with our curriculum. We know what works and what we like. No fluff! We are streamlined. We prefer a literature and history-based homeschool with lots of books. The kids are at a great age to do their hands-on projects independently.
We’re done with preschool work and it’s so fascinating to me to have the girls reading fluently. Alex is also coming along nicely with reading and writing. He’s a whiz at math!
Our Curriculum Choices for the 2015-2016 School Year
Alex is 5.
He often listens in with our history and science reading, but I don’t make him do any work other than coloring pages. Tapestry of Grace has a new Primer program that is great for littles.
He likes Bible Treasures and it gives us a good overview and introduction.
Alex does fall soccer and baseball in the spring.
Tori is 9 and Kate is 8.
I let the girls choose their schedule:
Monday: First Start French I, then Level II!
Wednesday: Guitar lesson for Tori and Piano lesson for Kate
Thursday: Song School Spanish…then I don’t know what.
Weekly: Art and Nature Study
Kate does fall soccer. Tori does gymnastics in fall and winter and track in the spring.
Liz will be 15 in October.
She is finishing up Videotext Algebra. The goal is to complete that program by Christmas and move on to Videotext Geometry.
We sat down and planned out the next school year and set goals. She’s finishing Second Form Latin by mid-September. She wants to switch to French, so we will do that as a family.
Apologia Biology should be completed by mid-September. Liz begged me to find a 2nd edition Chemistry by Dr. Jay Wile. There’s a new 3rd edition, but we weren’t impressed with the reviews. She will complete Chemistry, then move onto Physics (I’ve already purchased that in case it goes out of print too!).
She is excited to study homeschool Christian psychology this year.
She is ranking up in Civil Air Patrol and is excited about new leadership this year. She has to pass a physical training test every month.
See what our high school homeschool looks like so far.
The Whole Family
We are rotating back to Year 1 cycle in history with Ancient Studies in Tapestry of Grace.
We use the book lists and assignments in Tapestry of Grace Year 1 for Bible, literature, history, geography, writing, and art. We will have a whole Old and New Testament overview this year!
We supplement art studies with Artistic Pursuits.
We anticipate lots of traveling to see ancient sites this year! We’re traveling to Greece this fall and celebrating Christmas in Rome!
We’re working on time management skills with the girls having their own agendas that they check off every day.
When I started easing back into a full-time school routine, I worried we’d be “doing school” all day long. The first day was rather long. The second day, everyone had completed work by lunchtime!
We kinda finished our entire ancient history curriculum in one semester, including trips to Greece and Rome.
We’re spending a few weeks reviewing, notebooking, completing projects, and filling in the gaps of ancient history.
Elizabeth is beginning VideoText Geometry and finishing Apologia Chemistry. She has to complete some philosophy and government readings for history credits. She’s still enjoying Homeschool Christian Psychology. We’re finishing up with I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. We’re having some amazing conversations between that and the psychology book. She’s performing in a local production of the musical Mary Poppins this winter.
I have spent some time considering what’s most important and removing the fluff from our school time…and our lives.
I’m still purging our home of stuff, cleaning and throwing away and donating. If we haven’t used those items for crafts this year, it’s tossed.
I have all these unit printables in files that the girls loved but Alex doesn’t. They’re gone.
The kids are mostly old enough to do arts and crafts unsupervised. I allow them the freedom to complete projects their own way – even if it’s messy and veers off in a different direction than I’d planned. I bought the girls watercolor calendars.