If you missed Part 1 of this series you can find it here.
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If you’re like me then all this instruction is nice but what you really want to see are pictures. What does it actually look like? So, here you go.
Sister’s Boxes Brother’s Boxes
A Reason For Handwriting Series (each at their own level). These books have 4 days of practice and on the fifth they copy a scripture in their best handwriting onto a special decorated sheet to be given away.
Homeschool PE by Anne Elliot
This isn’t really seatwork but we do it together and I do consider it part of our curriculum . Sister is our equipment manager so she reads the lesson plan and collects supplies for the day. I haven’t yet figured out how to fit balls and bats and such in the box. Brother is our water boy so he gets drinks for everyone while Sister gets the equipment ready.
Sonlight Readers (Sister at 4th grade level and Brother at 1st) These boxes do get changed up quite frequently but since I’m using Sonlight there is a plan is already written out for me. To make scheduling even easier, instead of following the exact page numbers presented in Sonlight’s guide I figure out the average number of pages they need to read to finish on schedule and assign that.
Sister ~ Math U See Gamma
Brother ~ Horizon Math (1st)
Math for each progresses at a “until you understand it” pace. For Sister this means that she watches the video and completes one practice sheet each day until she is confident in her ability to pass the test. She may take a test at any time but if she hasn’t worked all the practice sheets then she must make a 100% or the following day she’ll do more practice. … She’s very good at knowing when she’s ready and has yet to miss the 100% mark. For Brother – none of the concepts are really new to him, yet. Mostly, it’s just practice to help him work faster.
Friday’s are for Fact Practice so I try to come up with some fun way to approach these exercises.
Critical And Creative Thinking Activity workbooks (each at their own level)
Brother’s Critical Thinking workbook makes an appearance in his Math box but Sister’s sits in her Spelling box. Both of them do a couple of pages each week. Brother adores his. Sister, not so much. She doesn’t like that many of the questions don’t have “right” answers.
SPELLING / PHONICS
Sister ~ Sequential Spelling
Love, love, love this. Sister is actually a pretty good speller but she lacked the confidence to just try when she was unsure. This book has shown her just how many words she knows.
Brother ~ Explode the Code 1-3
These correlate somewhat with his Sonlight readers and the exercises are very much helping to improve his speed.
Sonlight Core (Sister at 4th grade level ~ American History 2nd Year and Brother at 1st ~ World History 1st Year)
I basically do the same thing here (averaging out pages) as with the Reading boxes above.
ON THE SUBJECT OF LIFE?? (This is our box labeled BANK.)
This isn’t really your standard sort of textbook but we are having a lot of fun with it and learning about all sorts of jobs in the process. Each month they choose a career and complete tasks that replicate real world work from that career. We decide ahead of time how much “cash” each task is worth. At the end of the month, I open my “store” where they can buy small items with their Earn My Keep cash.
Because Art is a rather time intensive and sometimes expensive “do-together”, it only comes around once every three weeks. This three week window allows me to budget for the next project, order books from the library and acquire any hard to find supplies. On Art week we spend Monday delving into a particular artist, Tuesday continuing our study and getting supplies together and finally, on Wednesday, we complete a project related to that artist. Originally, I meant Thursday and Friday to be focused on etiquette but so far our art studies have spilled over into those days.
You will note, of course, that three boxes are missing from my list. Like Art, our Geography and Science studies are time-intensive “do-togethers” so they also follow a three week rotation.
On Monday, we read the lesson as a family, Tuesday is for making a pretend postcard as if we visited the place in our lesson, Wednesday is for a Reaching Out activity and on Thursday we complete one of her “Too Fun To Resist Excursions” which is often a craft of some kind. Each chapter includes a list of extra resources to look at and I love that I have three weeks to order them from the library. On geography week I don’t assign these extra books but instead strew them about the house for the children to find.
Brother ~ Nature in a Nutshell for Kids
Real Science 4 Kids (Biology) Sister ~ Level 1 and Brother ~ Pre-Level 1
On Week 3 we tackle science. Monday and Friday are for Nature Notebooking. On Tuesday we read our lesson. Wednesday we experiment and Thursday we work on creating a study folder related to the lesson.
OKLAHOMA STATE HISTORY
My State History Funbook by Joy Dean
They each have a copy of the same book and fill it out to the best of their ability. In addition to that, I ordered a slew of travel brochures (free!) from the OK Tourism Department. We have yet to hit this box this year but last year we took a week here and there and did it instead of our standard fare.
So that’s our base curriculum for the year. But obviously, the same old thing day after day gets boring (and that’s just for me! Imagine how the children feel?)
Next time: the change-up.