Summer has gone by fast and perhaps many of y’all are getting back into the swing of crazy schedules especially with school for the kids.
I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but we do homeschool our little ones and for now it seems to work perfectly for our family.
I have had friends ask me how I manage stay sane having my little ones 24/7 and in all honesty, I wish I could laugh at that question because for me, it’s a blessing to have and be able to teach our children in this season of their lives.
I know everything always has its own challenges, homeschooling has its own as well but it’s worth it in every way. If I could describe it in one sentence, I would say it’s been the best learning environment for our munchkins.
So back to the homeschooling. How are we able to provide a legitimate education for our little ones? The answer is simple. Start by doing as much research as possible, ask those that have successfully homeschooled and be okay with mixing different curriculums for different areas to suit the needs of your children/students. Stay as organized as possible!
We usually do not take summers off except for needed breaks here and there throughout the year and that works perfect for us.
Our little ones are 6 and 8 which is 1st and 3rd grade this coming school year. That is not too important in our opinion because we focus on helping them to truly learn over the achievement of a certain grade.
Our homeschooling goals;
- To enjoy learning
- For our kids to learn independent study.
- To teach our children the practicality of what they study in books.
- To stretch our children’s imaginations beyond the little box of books.
- To teach our children that learning is continuous and not just for the classroom setting.
- To teach our children to be challenged.
So as far as this semester goes we have already been doing so much with our children, meaning that our fall semester is a continuation of what we are already learning.
Kindergarten/1st grade material
- Saxon math 1 (Our little one absolutely loves it. We use the same for our older boy and hope to use it throughout).
- Math learning wrap ups(addition and subtraction).
- A Beka kindergarten poetry (have loved these because each poem has questions at the end to help determine if the student understands the piece. But also makes it fun to discuss each poem).
- POP for Sight Words Game
- Kumon(my book of writing words)
- Christian Liberty Academy(Writing With Diligence) grade 1
- A Beka Blend Practice Cards(K5-2)
- The World God Made
2nd/3rd grade material
- Saxon math (2nd – 3rd grade)
- Math learning wrap ups(addition, subtraction)
- A Beka, Multiplication Flash cards
- A Beka, Spelling 2 and Poetry
- A Beka, All about spelling level 3
- A Beka, SeatWork Text Language
- A Beka, Enjoying God’s World Science Reader 2
- Spirit flier book series (Books 1-4, Books 5-8)
- A Beka, Our America(History and Geography Reader) 2
- Snap circuits(science projects)
- Alpha Omega, Switched on Schoolhouse Science 3
All in all, having chosen to teach our children from home, we strive at 3 major aspects for them;
- Knowledge; learning a wide variety of things beyond textbooks or classroom settings.
- Comprehension; being able to interpret what we teach them and what they read on their own.
- Application; for them to have the ability to explain to others and apply what they have been taught.
P.S. We don’t do Bible as part of our homeschooling because we believe that Bible reading should be part of their daily lives and not just part of school. They usually spend time reading their Bibles while I prepare breakfast or during their nap times in the afternoon and are free to read more in between school.
Our hope and prayer is that, they will desire to put God first above all academic achievements.