Monthly Archives: October 2012

The best laid plans…….

So, when I decided to start homeschooling, I had this great idea that I would start a blog.  Mostly to document our journey and what we were learning, but also to hopefully post things that would help others along the way.  And I had visions that I would be posting every day.  Well, obviously that has not happened.  I’ve even missed my weekly reports for the last few weeks.  They had been getting kind of repetitious for me and not much fun to write.  And of course, after doing school and figuring out meals, plus laundry and everything else, there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day!

The good news is, I have made some changes to our curriculum the past few weeks, and it is definitely for the better.  So, I am not going to go back and write weekly reports for the weeks I missed, but try my hardest to start back weekly from this point.

If anyone is interested in how my curriculum changed, please keep reading……..

My daughter was in public school K-6th grade.  She has always liked anything “workbooky”, partly because there seems to be alot of that in PS and that’s what she was used to, and partly (I just realized) because they are pretty much “black and white”, meaning you either know the answer or you don’t, and there doesn’t tend to be alot of writing involved (by this I mean something she has to compose).  Writing is where she really struggles, and is the main reason I pulled her out of PS.  I didn’t realize how bad it was until 6th grade, and that’s not because of a lack of involvement since I was very involved in her schooling at PS (as much as I could be).

Originally for homeschooling, I wanted to stay away from “workbooky” type things and busy work.  But then Scholastic had to go and have their Dollar Deals and I found alot of free resources online (being the frugal gal that I am), so I had all of this great “STUFF” to use.  Problem was, most of it was “workbooky” and there was so much of it I was going crazy trying to fit it all in and plan it according to what we were trying to study.  So, for the last few weeks I have ditched most of this “STUFF”, or “JUNK” as I renamed it, and got my focus back.

Also, today we started Rod & Staff for English and Spelling.  I will be using the English for both grammar and writing.  At this time, I am not adding another writing component until my daughter becomes more comfortable with it.  She still wants to run and hide when I ask her to write a sentence, so yeah it’s pretty bad.  For History, I have decided to not worry so much about reading every book I can find on a subject, because really and truly they mostly contain the same information.  Very freeing.  Honestly, deciding to pare down what we are using for each subject has really helped, and I feel like we have been getting more accomplished than before (gasp!  how is that possible?).  Until next week……..(hopefully) 🙂

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Week 6 Report

We got quite a bit accomplished this week!

We continued Chapter 2 in AoPS Prealgebra, and also went back from the beginning and made flashcards of all the important rules.  I think this will help my daughter to have them easily accessible on index cards.  She has also been doing problems online at the Alcumus section of their website.  She finished up her first Perplexors workbook, and started on a new Math Perplexors one.

Grammar was more about verbs and verb tenses.  Again, she picked up on this fairly easily.  We started Writing with Skill this week.  The first week is practicing writing summaries.  She has not had much practice with this before (we went through WWE orally and pretty fast) so I had to help her, but she did pretty well considering this is where she has the most trouble.

For History, we continued studying Mesopotamia by reading some supplemental books from my booklist that I had checked out from the library. We also went back over the chapters we had read in Human Odyssey and I had my daughter take notes (with my help) on the important parts.  We also started reading about the Indus River Valley civilization in Chapter 10 of Human Odyssey.  We also worked a little on our timeline.

She also worked on another unit of Greek and Latin Roots, did more Cursive work, and worked on her Doodle Definitions.  This week in the Story of the Orchestra, we learned about the Cello.  Also another fun week at co-op for Chorus and Karate.

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Week 5 Report

I am being so bad about getting these posted!

This week we started Chapter 2 in the Art of Problem Solving Prealgebra book.  We also finished reading our first book, The Golden Bull.  It really helped my daughter make associations between what she has been reading about Mesopotamia in History.  We also started working on sentence structure and continued our grammar lessons about the parts of speech and learned about tenses.  She is really doing well with grammar, so I hope that will spill over to help her with writing, since that is where she struggles.

For Logic, she continued doing her Perplexors workbook and we also briefly started Logic Liftoff.  Science was BFSU lessons D-2, D-3, D-3A, and A-5A.  We also studied another unit on Greek & Latin Roots.  We learned about the Viola in our Story of the Orchestra book this week.  Also another week of Chorus and Karate at co-op.

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