Monday

Welcome to Our Classroom! (A Little Video Tour)


Today is our first day of school for the 2012-2013 School Year. It's hard to believe that summer break has already come to a close for us, but the kids are super excited about starting school.
 
It's understandable that Carlee is excited because this is her first year, but it really blesses me to know that Carter is excited too...because he's done this before and yet he still loves it. (Thank you God for blessing in this way!)
 
My biggest prayer as we face this new school year is that I would lead our children in the procession towards worship and adoration of God. I will consider it to be a successful year come May 2013 if we have all drawn closer to Him as a result of spending time in His Word and adoring Him through song. I'm prone to distraction so it's easy to lose sight of this goal or to become enamored with things that seem more important than God at the time. By God's grace we will give Him the honor He deserves in our school time.
 
In honor of the new school year, I thought I'd give you an overview of our curriculum, what I have for our preschooler (how can this be that he is turning 3 in just a couple weeks??), and what our "classroom" looks like.

To start with, here's a look at where we homeschool. You'll have to forgive me for the video quality because it's not the greatest!

 
Curriculum
 
We are continuing with our Sonlight curriculum this year and are still thrilled with how well it works for our family, the results we are seeing and how much the kids and I enjoy it.
  • We will use Sonlight Core A with both our Kindergartner and our Second Grader. It covers History, Reading, Science and Language Arts.  
Sonlight requires very low prep time on my part which is perfect for a busy, blogging Momma like myself.  If you'd like to check Sonlight out, click here for a 3 Week Sample or request a catalog. If you decide to place an order and you use my Rewards ID (BZ 20321238), you'll receive $5 off your first order of $50 or more. (Thanks a bunch if you do!)
  
Sonlight Curriculum
 
  
  • For Math we are continuing with Rightstart Math. Our son is starting Level C and our daughter is half way through Level A. It is a very thorough, hands-on approach to math and we love it!
  • Although our Sonlight Core comes with Bible, I absolutely love the Apologetics Curriculum from Apologia so we will be using that here and there as well. I have reviews of two books in their Apologetics series if you'd like to read them here and here
  • Both of our older children will use BJU Press Handwriting this year.
 
This year I made a personal school schedule to help me stay on track better (hopefully!) as well as a "schedule" for the two older children to help them develop some independent skills. Click on the titles below to download your own.
 
My Personal Schedule:
 

Monday

Check each child’s schedule to see what has been completed

Circle Time: Calendar, Number of Days of School, Pledges


Rightstart Math

History/Geography

Read-Alouds/Language Arts

Science

Music Class 1-1:35 pm

 
Tuesday

Check each child’s schedule to see what has been completed

Circle Time: Calendar, Number of Days of School, Pledges


Rightstart Math

History/Geography

Read-Alouds/Language Arts

Science

Preschool with Caleb

TOS Crew Review Items

 
Wednesday

Check each child’s schedule to see what has been completed

Circle Time: Calendar, Number of Days of School, Pledges


Rightstart Math


History/Geography

Read-Alouds/Language Arts

Science

Music Class 11:25-12:00

 
Thursday

Check each child’s schedule to see what has been completed

Circle Time: Calendar, Number of Days of School, Pledges


Rightstart Math

History/Geography

Read-Alouds/Language Arts

Science

Preschool with Caleb

Create a Web about something we learned this week

TOS Crew Review Items

Piano lessons in evening

 
Friday

No Formal School
 

TOS Crew Review Items Past and Present: Vintage Remedies for Kids, Artistic Pursuits, Write Shop

 
Carlee and Carter's Schedules:
 

Colossians 3:23 “ Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

**If it is in RED it needs to be completed before you watch any TV.
P.s. I love you. xoxo

Handwriting
Spelling Words
 
Read your AWANA verses

Read your current poem
Weather (flannel graph): only on Tuesday and Thursday
 
Make the Date with Money: only on Tuesday and Thursday

Chores

Practice Piano (Carter)

Keyboarding (Carter)
 
For our Preschooler I will be utilizing the Preschool Basket I put together for when our daughter was that age. I will also do some Letter Themes with him that incorporate Science topics as well.

So, those are our plans in a nutshell for the upcoming school year. I hope you enjoyed the little tour.

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2 comments:

Marcy Crabtree said...

I love how homeschooling in your living room creates the idea that homeschooling is just a part of daily life. It's just perfect!

Becky @ purposefulhomemaking.com said...

Thanks, Marcy!

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