Our school year is in full swing!
Although this school year is just beginning, there is already a different feel behind it.
We are less rushed, and more at peace.
I have changed the structure of our days slightly, I’m taking more time with my precious boys,
and I’m attempting to limit unnecessary distractions as much as possible.
I have also found, and stuck with some amazing curricula, plus added a few newbies into the mix.
So far, we are loving our choices and are having fun digging in!
So, here are our choices for the 2016/2017 school year :
Choice #1 – From Adam to Us (History)
One thing I always try to do while schooling, is simplifying our day as much as possible.
Not only are we LOVING this new to us history, we are also loving that it combines Bible with History.
Two subjects in one!
We are all enjoying this fresh new pace!
Not only is it fully adaptable to all three grade levels and ages of my boys,
there are many additional activities, vocabulary, creative writing, map work, and literature studies that correspond with each unit.
To assist with our History lessons, I also purchased the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History.
This book is awesome! Full color pages, descriptive wording, and maps all help bring our History lessons to life!
(We love Usborne books!!)
Choice #2 – Wordly Wise
We began Wordly Wise last year.
Let me just say that it was a struggle from day one.
My sweet oldest baby boy struggles with all things school, and he was quickly discouraged by the complexity of these lessons.
Yet, we did not give up! We encouraged him, helped him along, even pushed him.
And guess what? This year, he is flying through his lessons with ease.
He and his brother are learning word meanings, and usage, and are actually using these words in their daily conversations.
It’s so wonderful to see how far they have come!
Choice #3 – Evan Moor’s Daily Language Review
Daily Language is another Language Arts curriculum that we began last year.
Much like Worldy Wise, Daily Language has been as struggle since day one.
Although our kids still struggle with these particular lessons, there has been tremendous growth!
They are growing in confidence and fluency, and will actually finish the bulk of their lessons independently.
Daily Language teaches proper sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and so much more.
The lessons are separated by week and day of the week.
The best part is, Evan Moor makes this book available as an ebook (from their website) so you can download and print pages as you need them!
Choice #4 – Evan Moor’s Spell and Write
These lessons are a tried and true favorite.
Our older two boys completed these wonderful workbooks up until grade 5, then I transitioned them to Wordly Wise in grade 6.
Our youngest is currently beginning his grade 5 year with Spell and Write.
Each unit begins with a word list and a story.
The rest of the unit is full of activities and lessons based on said story and word list.
And we love it!
Choice #5 – Exploring Creation with General Science (Apologia)
This is a new resource for us.
The wording is a bit heavy, however, I am pleasantly surprised at how our boys are grasping the concepts.
We are definitely not moving as quickly through it as I would like, but thats ok!
We’re currently studying the history of science all while completing awesome experiments.
It’s a bit more work, and a lot of explaining and discussing, but we’re really enjoying it so far!
Geography – Various Resources
When it comes to Geography, I try to keep it light.
Our main resource is the Trail Guide to World Geography.
This is the third year we have used it, however each year is different.
There are so many layers and so many different ways to use this wonderful book.
Each year it feels like a whole new study.
Choice #6 – Literature
What school year would be complete without a killer literature unit?
Our schooling thrives on novel studies!
In all honesty, our literature/novel studies are the first thing I plan in any school year!
This year we will be studying two novels :
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
As always, I have created a literature guide to go with Tom Sawyer to really help our boys dig in.
You can find it here.
Well friends, that is the bulk of our learning for this school year.
So far, its been a great! We are truly off to a wonderful start!
Even with the chaos of life!
I am truly looking forward to seeing where this year takes us!
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