Tuesday, April 19, 2016

So what's up?

In case you have not noticed yet.....we do things a bit differently around here!

Our family has chosen to complete a year round school schedule in the past. We felt that taking 3 months off each year allowed the children to forget the facts they had learned in the previous school year. Of course this caused us to lose at least 2 months each fall in reviewing items we have already covered.

Nothing makes me twitch more than teaching a concept twice.

This spring I considered taking a summer break for the first time since our very first year of homeschooling. I quickly decided it wasn't going to work for our family. We need to be able to take time off sporadically throughout the year. My husband's military schedule means there can be deployments and permanent changes of stations on very little notice. We need to be fluid with our schedule and get our 180 days of school completed while working around out unique lifestyle.

With all of that in mind we are excited to be starting our newest year of school on May 1st! We will be working on a three week "on" and one week "off" schedule this year.

This year we will have five children joining us for school! Our oldest is starting 7th grade. How in the world did THAT happen? We are in all new territory these days.

So what are we up to this year?

All 5 of our children will be working on My Father's World Exploration to 1850 as our core program. This program covers Bible, History, Science, Art, Music, and read alouds.

Then we are on to our individual subjects.

7th grader:
Apologia's General Science
Math U See Zeta
Logic of English
Here to Help Writing

5th grader:
Math U See Delta
Logic of English
Here to Help Writing

1st grade twins:
Math U See Alpha
Dancing Bears Phonics
Handwriting without Tears

Math U See Primer
3 Dinosaurs ABC phonics packs

I have to say after two years spent studying creation through Roman times I am excited to start covering more recent history. I am especially excited to start working on American history. It will be a nice change of pace for our family. I am hoping that living so close to Philadelphia and Washington DC will offer up some great opportunities for field trips and living history projects.

We are looking forward to sharing our newest school year projects with you all!

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