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Sunday, August 1, 2010

2 Weeks Down, 34 More Weeks to Go

We have successfully completed our first two weeks of homeschooling. I started early this year because of our extensive travel schedule for the Fall, as well as the fact that we are expecting several overnight guests in this next couple months. I am hoping that by getting an early start, we will be able to comfortably take off time when we need to.

James is entering fourth grade this year. He has a full curriculum that includes:
*A Beka Mathematics
*Shurley English
*All About Spelling
*Writing with Ease
*Handwriting without Tears: Cursive
*Story of the World
*Lego Simple Machines Pack (Physics)

Isaac is my first grader this year. He'll be doing:
*A Beka mathematics
*McRuffy Phonics & Spelling
*First Language Lessons of the Well Trained Mind
*Handwriting without Tears: Print
*Writing With Ease
*Story of the World
*Lego Animal Habitats Pack
Henry will be starting some Kindergarten work this year:
*A Beka Mathematics
*McRuffy Phonics & Spelling
*Handwriting without Tears: Print

All the children will be making lapbooks as well as some extra odds and ends. I got these neat books called: Mind Benders. They are these logic puzzles the kids have to solve. I also picked up a hands-on geography program that I think we can manage. Three of the kids can easily participate, and we only have to complete a project about once a week.

We are also taking swimming lessons at the Ligonier YMCA. The class size is tiny and the kids are really doing well. The last couple summers we were lucky if the kids got into the pool. This year they are swimming with assistance, jumping off the side, and going under water. And the best part is that they LOVE it!


Angela said...

Sounds like y'all will have a fun and busy school year! Enjoy!!!

Katherine T. Lauer said...

What fun! Good idea to get an early start so you can go slower.

Rob & Michelle said...

I am new to homeschooling and was looking for people who combined McRuffy Phonics and Reading with Handwriting without tears. I came across your blog. For kindergarten did you reinforce phonics with the McRuffy Handwriting? Or did you skip around in Handwriting Without Tears to match what was being taught in McRuffy? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you! Michelle