Back to School

Oh goodness! I can not believe how long it has been since I wrote on here. It seems as if I go through highs and lows of writing to keep this up to date. At one time it was nearly a daily thing for me, HA! Now it's become a yearly thing.

Well, as Fall approaches and school is finally beginning at the Burton Academy, I thought it might be an appropriate time to start up our family site again.

James is in 6th grade this year. You read that right, 6th grade. It was at this point in my childhood that my parents decided to homeschool my brothers and I. That decision was made shortly after my brother Nicholas had a science teacher who was not willing to call on him or challenge him in class, or let him move ahead in the curriculum.

The rest of THAT story is for another post.

I tend to be a homeschooling mama who gleans from other 'more seasoned' homeschool moms about the different curriculum that they use, and how it has worked for their families, then drawing together all of that information, try and make the best choice curriculum wise for my kids.

Much to the enjoyment of David who did it all through his schooling, we do Saxon for Math, starting in 1st grade.

The Explode the Code series for phonics has worked well for us starting in K and going through 4th grade. In 5th and beyond, we're hoping to stick with Easy Grammar and Write Source, and incorporate more of our Journal writings, with prompts from the book "Writing Down the Days".

So far, we've done Spelling Power for our everyday spelling starting in grade 4, and for handwriting we do a bit of "A Reason for Handwriting". I'm thankful for this series because it teaches the basic print writing and Cursive. :DI'll also be having the kids practice their nice handwriting in letters to friends and family members across the miles.

Reading is done every day, not only with readers and comprehension books from Abeka, but also trips to the library, Goodwill, and suggestions from friends fill our shelves with books and our minds with adventures.

The history study we really enjoy is The Story of the World series. A book written in the way of story telling, and an activity book filled with wonderful ideas for getting more out of the story. We're on Volume 2 which covers the Middle Ages.

Science is always the toughest for me, which is a big reason I'm so thankful for our homeschool coop which offers science classes for some of the kids to attend, and to do experiments in. Here at home, however, we do little "kitchen" type experiments. We have several Magic School Bus Science Kits, as well as a book called "Janice VanCleave's 201 Awesome, Magical, Bizarre, & Incredible Experiments" which we'll be drawing from once again.

Along with the book work that is required for schooling, we'll have our fun with coop classes, field trips, learning videos, trips to our favorite parks, music lessons, and playing out our adventures with each other.

Here's to a better year, y'all!

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