Wow. I totally feel like I was just making last year’s homeschool plans. This year has flown by incredibly fast. It’s time to start planning for the upcoming homeschool year, where I will be homeschooling a 9th grader, 5th grader, 2nd grader, 1st grader, and of course, the ever-busy preschooler.
We are mixing things up a bit and my big 2 kids are going to do the majority of their social studies, science, and language arts with a tutor one day a week and I’ll be reinforcing their learning throughout the week. That’s definitely different for us and I am hoping it goes well. Sometimes you get to a point where you need to outsource a few things, and that’s okay!
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Here’s what we are doing this year:
Math, we are once again using Horizons Math, but only for my middle 3 children. We use the math books plus we supplement with the extra worksheets for more practice. For my oldest, we will continue with Math-U-See. We are also continuing with XtraMath.org. I can’t say enough great things about this website! It’s a completely free way to make sure your kids understand all of their math facts. As a mom, I can login and see how they are doing as well and what needs improvement.
My 5th grader will continue with A Reason For Handwriting, however the 1st and 2nd grader will be working on Horizons Penmanship since I think they need a little more writing practice before moving on to cursive.
All 4 of my school age children will also be working through Q&A For Kids: A 3 Year Journal. I’m pretty excited about this and that it will only take a few moments to work on.
We are continuing Building Spelling Skills for the middle 3 to work on spelling.
My 1st and 2nd graders will also continue working on Explode the Code. This is a very simple program, but can help with the fundamentals for the little kids. Takes just a couple minutes each day and they are fun!
Little 2 girls are going to continue with ReadingEggs since it’s a fun program and helps greatly with reading and phonics. This is one of those things that is worth outsourcing to me, even though it’s an online program, so it frees me up to help someone else with something.
This past year we greatly slacked on our Bible lessons. For Bible this year we are continuing to use Catechism for Kids, which I just love and the kids enjoy, too. I also plan to introduce more scripture writing for handwriting practice. I’ve been writing scripture to help get myself more in the Word and I think that the kids would enjoy this, too, especially with fancy journals and colored pens.
All the kids will also continue with VeritasBible.com.
History we will continue to pull from Allinonehomeschool.com for the little girls and of course the vast variety of books at the library.
My littles will be continuing through Apologia’s Zoology. We really enjoyed their Astronomy set last year and are eager to learn more with their Zoology program.
I think that’s it! Seems like a nice rounded program this year, however I’m not super eager to start. I’m enjoying having a break right now from teaching, but planning is still in order! What are your homeschool plans for the year?