Hard to believe that it’s time to start a new year! Even more surprising is the fact that we now have K, 2nd, 8th, and 11th…oh my! This is our 5th year homeschooling and we are so thankful that the Lord has chosen this path for us and breathed new life into our school this year. It’s been a tough couple of years.
We started early, and at a slower pace this year to make sure everything ‘fit’ within our why and how for homeschooling. So far, after a bumpy start, it seems to be working great! Now, onto our choices for the year!!
With the various ages that we have, this one has always been hit or miss for us. This year seems much better.
We begin our day with a ‘meeting.’ We pray, read a couple verses then read a really meaty devotional that challenges us in our walk.
The girls will continue in AWANA starting back up next month. We also read the Torah portions from a Messianic congregation in our state as a family each night. It includes readings in both the Old Testament and the New. It has been exciting to see how certain things going on in Israel coincide sometimes coincide with our readings.
The boys and I study together, using the Apostolic (NT) Scriptures from Homeschooling Torah, our ‘core’ curriculum. We read a chapter then answer the questions in our Bible journals. We will discuss these on Friday. Homeschooling Torah is a branch off of Foundations Press, and are the same writers of the Bible curriculum that we have used the last 3 years.
I ‘stumbled’ upon this website thanks to a few new friends! It was an absolute answer to prayer! It puts God’s Word right at the center, and all parts, of our day. You can mix and match, or use everything they have available. We are doing the latter. AND…it is ALL planned out for you! You get TONS of freebies, encouraging emails and FB group (I LOVE this group), teacher helps and SO much more. They use a variety of media/methods and use a “Hear, Learn, Keep, Do” method and it works wonderfully! And, for a FULL curriculum for your whole family, (high school levels in other subjects coming soon), the price is AMAZING! You can choose to pay monthly or yearly.
The History has been very interesting–my oldest boys will be reading Plutarch, Newton (his own words), and the Apocrypha just to name a few. My 14 year old is using the Science, which has a different ‘subject’ matter each day and he loves it! The oldest boys, 16 & 14, also use the daily Typing instructions–LOVE this! We started off strong with PE/Health but failed–mom needs better planning and am going back to reread all of Anne’s posts–SO helpful! We also use the Arithmetic, Phonics, Spelling, and Copywork for the girls. Both sons use the Vocabulary, and the 14 year old uses the Writing, Spelling, and Grammar. Another LOVE!!! There are also Chore instructions for you to teach the kids and I love the way she has these included! Rounding it out, we also visit Art, Hebrew, Music, Poetry, and Geography–originally I planned to do these weekly but I see that I need a ‘better’ plan for that and will fix it for next week.
The K, 2nd and 8th grader use the Arithmetic included in Homeschooling Torah, but also use the FREE All In One Homeschool for additional work based on their abilities. The 11th grader, who really dislikes Math, is currently using All In One High School, (also FREE), for a full year’s study, and credit, in Geometry. He LOVES it!! Yay! We have tried something different almost every year!
I already mentioned that my 14 year old son is using Homeschooling Torah for Science, and his little sisters will as well. The girls are also part of a local KONOS homeschool co-op that meets on Fridays and this semester is heavy on Science.
The 11th grader is working through Apologia Advanced Biology: The Human Body as a co-op with a friend of ours. She is a CRNA, and I am an RN so this is exciting for us! They will be doing dissections and so forth and she will lead this weekly class for them at our home.
Again, the base for them is Homeschooling Torah and the girls are also using KONOS. We have also taken several Civil War related field trips this summer…learning never ends when you homeschool!
In addition to Homeschooling Torah, the girls are doing worksheets and several other things.
Ava is finishing up Language Lessons for Little Ones that she started last year. She is diligently trying to learn to read–this excites her the most! Emily is finishing up Explode the Code and may finish up First Language Lessons.
The older two boys will be doing a weekly co-op here at the house that I will be teaching. We are using Excellence in Literature: American Lit and Composition. My 14 year old won’t be using the guide, his writing comes from HT, and we are using free Glencoe Lit guides for him.
Well….we tend to go overboard on this!! Besides those included in HT, here we go!
The 11th grader is taking Japanese this year using a VARIETY of things. The grammar workbook I got at Barnes and Noble. He is also listening to a CD and repeating back the language. He is also continuing to learn about the Japanese culture, drawing Manga and studying the form.
The 8th grader is continuing Spanish. Last year he did French and Spanish both, but he is really good with Spanish so he is focusing this year. We use a lot of things for it as well, including Barron’s that we picked up at Barnes and Noble. He also plays Acoustic guitar in the middle school worship band so he practices that as well.
We are possibly looking at Soccer for the boys and gymnastics for the girls. My daughters LOVE gymnastics…and all things crafty! In another year, my 7 year old will be old enough to take classes at JoAnne’s so I am looking forward to craft classes with her.
We have also been studying and playing around with essential oils, natural remedies, candle and soap making. We make a lot of our own products around here. We will continue this, adding Botany while mom finishes the Foundations of Herbalism course from Vintage Remedies! We are loving learning to, and praying to, become self-sufficient. We are currently growing Basil, Sage and Thyme!