Sunday, August 30, 2009

The 2009-2010 School Year

Well, the beginning of this school year, that is!  I cannot believe we are starting our seventh year of homeschooling.  Our eldest 1g11 is in sixth grade and our twin girls 2&3g7 are entering second.  There have been a whole lot of times when I felt I didn't have a clue what I was doing and lots of frustrations along the way but right now ~ for this moment~ I feel like we've come to a place of confidence in what we're doing.  We've settled nicely into our eclectic mix of curriculum, found a nice balance between unschooling and structure and have learned to really enjoy each other!

August 24, 2009  Our 'official' first day of school
Our curriculum  Can I just insert a HAHAHAHA here?  When I say "eclectic", I really mean it :)
For all three girls, I am using My Father's World: Exploring Countries and Cultures.  This curriculum encompasses science, history/geography, Bible and art.  This is our first year using it and I have to admit, I *adore* it!  My only 'complaint' is that I find it's very weak in Bible.  I have a feeling I'm going to have to supplement in that area.
1G11:  Math: ACE
             English:  Intermediate Language Lessons & A Workbook for Dyslexics
             Handwriting:  Handwriting Without Tears
2&3G7:  Math:  Abeka
                English/Spelling:  Abeka & Primary Language Lessons
                Handwriting: Handwriting Without Tears
What's neat about MFW is that they incorporate nature studies and a history/science notebook into the curriculum. There are a lot of neat extra's that you can do that are offered but not necessary to the curriculum.  It's a lot of fun! And it makes the more mundane tasks of english and math more bearable!
Last week, the girls learned about habitats and did a nature study that they thoroughly enjoyed.  As soon as I get rid of dial-up (on Tuesday - yay!) I'll post a picture. 
It's an exciting time for sure.

© Adorning Grace 2011

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