2014-2015 Curriculum {4th/5th & K/1st}

CurricChoicesI cannot believe that summer is almost over! This year we decide to take the summer off. There was just so much going on, including my moms 70th, my grandfather’s 98th {and subsequent illness that has us waiting to get the call that he has gone to be with the Lord} The biggest reason we decided to take off the summer is because of my husbands summer term {I mentioned in the past he is currently working towards his Bachelors/MBA} We wanted to make sure we got as much family time as possible before the Fall/Winter semester starts for him {next week} Ahhh I digress…lets talk Curriculum!

We are really excited for the 2014/2015 School year to begin! As always I’ve selected a very eclectic homeschool Curriculum {meaning I don’t strictly do a curriculum in a box, Classical, or  Charlotte Mason. I fall in the category of, well…eclectic!} If I told you that all of our school curriculum has been selected and we know exactly what we’re going to do for every single subject, well…I would be lying to you. The reason being that I’m still trying to decide between a couple different things, so look for a more in-depth ‘curriculum by grade’ post in September!

All Together {as a Family}:

Our family is very spoiled, my husband’s office is downstairs! He works from home 100% of the time, which means that he is very involved with our children’s homeschooling!

My husband and I want to instill faith, humility, honor and character in our children. Here are some of the resources we will be using to accomplish this:

Along with all of our Bible time together we will also together do:

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4th/5th Grade: {Boy}

As usual Elias will be participating in our  Thursday ‘co-op’ throughout the school year! Classes he will be taking include Archery, Pottery, Leatherworking, Woodworking & Theater!

*Please note Elias is doing a mixture of 4th & 5th grade this year to ensure he is working at his level for him! These are all the ‘main’ books for the subjects we have a many ‘filler’ resources. I’m planning to having a large post coming up in late September about some of my favorite resources.

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Kindergarten/1st: {Boy & Girl}

I would really like to find a local “school age” play group. I’m not interest in a co-op for the twins. We shall see what happens.

* Please note that the twins will be working at their paces, so if they don’t accomplish anything in for ‘first grade’ that’s absolutely okay! If they’re anything like their brother they were all in excel in certain subjects, I just wanted to be prepared.

My husband and I also have some really fun family field trips and activities planned for the school year!

Coming Soon! {Back to School Edition}

  • ‘Back to School’ Reviews and Giveaways
  • Just for you Mom: Homeschool Mom’s Bible Giveaway
  • Our 2014/2015 full Schedule
  • How we Organize our School Room {Next week!}
  • Amazing History Book List
  • How We Decide on our Curriculum
  • Our Day: A day in the Life of a Homeschooler
  • AND what you’ve been asking for since May:  My 2014/2015 Homeschool Planner {I’m running a little late and I apologize. Look for it later this month!}

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Don’t forget to head over to the Not-Back-To-School Hop and see more 2014-2015 curriculum! It’s always fun to see what cool resources families are using this year! Who knows you might learn about something you would like to incorporate in your curriculum!  

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Homeschool Mom’s Bible {NIV} Review

photo 1-1As moms we are used to meeting everyones needs and making sure that our families spiritual life is growing…as homeschool moms we are used to having over filled plates. Not only do we feel we are responsible for our children’s spiritual journey and their education and making sure that our children are socialized without being taking over by socialism! Then add in daily schooling, activities, church, ect… I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was to get a copy of The Homeschool Mom’s Bible to review! It was in March when my husband and I were having the every important “without the kids” Barnes and Noble date! We were perusing the tiny Bible section and I came across The Homeschool Mom’s Bible. I flipped through it and feel in love…alas…we are home owners, parents, and have bills so the bible was not in our budget. So I prayed that somehow I would be able to get the bible. There was more than once when our budget had to go to repairs, shoes for the kids, you know…THEN I got an email…The Homeschool Mom’s Bible would be available to review then very next week!!!!! I was BEYOND thrilled…yes I cried! Ok, enough about that!

About the Homeschool Mom’s Bible

It comes in either NIV or KJV with 366 Days of  Devotions by Janet Tatman {a veteran homeschooling mother with more than 25 years of homeschooling experience}!

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Janet did an amazing job with the devotions, they are extremely encouraging almost like chatting with a “been there, done that” friend! They have been spot on every single day. I truly felt like the Lord spoke through Janet’s words to the depths of my heart weather I was happy, sad, overwhelmed or discouraged.  On the cover of the bible there is a little tag that says “Encouragement” and that is exactly what this bible doe, it encourages homeschool moms in their day-to-day life. I really recommend this Bible for all homeschooling women. I think it is very important that women/moms stay in the Word and this is perfect! If you {or someone you know} wants a bible that gives daily encouragement, you will not go wrong with the Homeschool Mom’s Bible.

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Please note that the Homeschool Mom’s Bible is NOT study Bible, so there are not footnotes and extras.

What the publisher is saying:

Heartfelt Inspiration to Revive, Encourage, and Strengthen the Homeschooling Mom

If you’re on an airplane, you’re instructed, in the event of a loss of cabin pressure, to put on your own oxygen mask before helping your child. The reason? If you don’t have a supply of oxygen, you won’t be able to help anyone else.

The same is true for the rest of life: you can’t give what you don’t have. And as a homeschooling mom, you pour yourself out every day for the sake of your children. Yet how do you fill yourself up? Where do you get your spiritual oxygen?
Now you can be filled and restored by the original Bible for homeschool moms—with a full year’s worth of encouraging daily devotions placed alongside the clear, accessible text of the NIV Bible. These heartfelt, practical readings written by Janet Tatman, a former homeschooling mom, cover topics such as finding strength to keep motivated, avoiding burnout, staying focused and committed, navigating the needs of toddlers while educating siblings, managing schedules, delegating tasks and chores, setting boundaries, and most importantly, maintaining proper soul care while juggling educational and household responsibilities.

The words of these devotions will breathe life into your soul so that you can successfully run the race.

I received a copy of the Homeschool Mom’s Bible from the publisher for free in exchange for my honest opinion. I was in no way persuaded to give a positive review.

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Encouraging Little Readers!

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For many of us we have one or more children embarking on the journey to become a reader!! YAY!! I love to read and I want my children to have the same love for it as I do! I’m sure you feel the same way too! My oldest son is well on his way to being a reader just like me…you know the ones who read a novel in a day or two because they can’t put it down? Yeah, thats me! I read the entire “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” in 2 1/2 days! 

 

Here are some great and fun reading tips…it doesn’t matter if your child is at a very basic level or if they are well on their way to chapter books, these are still great to implement!

At Home:

Turn off everything…the TV’s, iPads, ipods, radios…anything that can be distracting to your little reader! Your child will begin to learn that when it is quiet it is time to read! Be sure that you are using book that at your child’s level. ipick

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{I would highly recommend printing on cardstock and laminating after they have been cut to make them last!}

Designate a time EVERYday as reading time! Morning, noon or night! It doesn’t matter. For our home it is the afternoon for about an hour. Sometimes my son wants to read to me and other times he wants to read by himself. He must read something from the bible {His favorite book to read!} ((Heartmelting)) Then he may read any of his books. Currently his big favorite is THE CLONE WARS!  

Check out some great Literacy Apps HERE! Reading Aloud Tips: 

Reading aloud should be fun and interactive.  Ask your child questions during the book, like “what do you think will happen next” and make personal connections, “remember when,” that create a context for reading.  This sets your child up for success—even adults need to understand the context of reading materials in magazines and newspaper articles.
Laying groundwork for future independent reading is done when you first read aloud to your children: pause to confirm and revise predictions, ask questions and make connections.  This teaches your child that understanding text is a process that occurs before, during and after reading.


Before Reading
Choose books you or your child can get excited about reading.  There are so many books out there, don’t spend time reading ones you won’t enjoy!

  • If you haven’t read the book already, scan it to get a sense of it before you start reading aloud.
  • Plan an introduction—find links to personal experiences.
  • Introduce the title, author, and illustrator.

During Reading
Read with fluency and expression.  Children need to hear changes in your voice to indicate when you are reading dialogue. Vary your pace, too. Slow down to build up suspense and speed up during exciting scenes.

  • Hold the books so your child can see the illustrations.
  • Try to establish frequent eye contact with your child.
  • Invite your child to question and comment but keep it focused on the story.
  • Explain words and ideas you think your child might not understand.

After Reading
Sometimes a book will pique curiosity and lead to questions and conversation afterwards, sometimes not.  It’s ok either way!

  • Allow time for discussion
  • Encourage various levels of response with questions
  • Retell the story or reread it to enhance comprehension.

Reading aloud is a great time to enjoy books together.  The increased vocabulary, correct grammar and comprehension will come naturally.  Soon enough, it will be your child’s turn to say “all by myself” and read these books to you.  Then, it will be the chapter books and “just one more chapter before I go to bed, please?”  Way to go mom and dad, you’re building a strong foundation of readers who WANT to read when YOU read aloud today.

Fun Idea Child Reading:

Cook! Yes Cook, have your little one read a recipe!

 

Apple Salad

 

Ingredients:

1 dozen apples

2 cups washed grapes (any seedless brand)

1 cup raisins

1 cup walnuts

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions: Wash, core and slice a dozen apples, and place in a large bowl. 

Add raisins, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, and stir thoroughly. 

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes about 6 servings


Get more recipes HERE!

2013 and I’m on a roll!

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This year I set a few “Bloggy” goals for myself! One of my biggest goals was to figure out WordPress…clearly I did! I have had WP for many months and just haven’t had the time figure it out…it is so much different from blogger, in a good way. I also wanted to have my 2013 Family Planner ready to download on January 1st…and I did! In addition I also set other goals…like finish my Homeschool Planner that I have had almost done for month, but just haven’t had the time to finish…eek…I finished it today!!!

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HOMESCHOOL PLANNER DOWNLOAD

{Due to extremely high traffic volume the download may take a few minutes.}

I have a ton of other printable in the works {Including a reading encouragement program!} and cannot wait to get them done and share!! AND I have a blog planner that is almost completed!

Smiles & Blessings