Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First Day of School Pictures

We have been in school for about a month now.  So I am very late in getting this up. Life has been very busy here.  I finished up a big project and now we are in the midst of a very busy schedule.  Life is crazy like that and we always seem to be busy doing one thing or another. 

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My little guy is going beginning preschool this year.  Some days we actually get some stuff done and other days we do a lot of play.  I can’t keep shoes on this kid but he is a happy barefoot kid.

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Mickey is in 2nd grade this year.  Every time I look at her she is looking more and more grown up.  How did this happen?? 

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Curriculum 2013-2014

2nd Grade

We started school last week.  We are taking it slow and getting into our full schedule.

Reading/Phonics
We are continuing on with McRuffy Phonics and Reading Curriculum.  We have enjoyed it for the last 2 years. This program has done a good job at teaching phonics to my daughter.  I also like the readers that come with the program.  They are silly and have fun characters that keep the attention of my girl.  I like how each reader focus on the phonics skill that we are learning for the week. 

We will also supplement with Reading Eggs.  This has fun maps with games that teach and reinforce phonics skills.  It is a good supplement on those days that we just need something different.  This will be our second year with it.  After she finishes all the maps on reading eggs she can continue on with reading eggspress. 

Math
This year we are changing programs from McRuffy to Math-U-See.  We have already started this program and my girl loves it.  It is very hands on and teaches to understanding.  You move one when the child is ready and shows understanding.  There is also a dvd that teaches to the child the concepts.  I like that it uses different ways to engage the child.  You hear it, you write it, you do it. So far it has been a success in our house. 

Science
We are continuing on with Real Science 4 KidsFocus On Elementary Physics Book Bundle I like the pace of this science program.  There are experiments that go along with the chapters and concepts.  We will finish up biology and then go on to Physics.  I hope that we can get to the astronomy books in January.  Science is probably Mickey’s favorite subject. 

We will also learn about different animals based on what her younger brother is doing.  This will probably be unit studies that I can either find or put together. 

Geography

This year we will move on from learning the states to learning about countries.  I have ordered Little Passports the World Edition.  Each month your child is mailed a package about a particular country.  We are using this as our jumping off point and using unity studies to learn more about the countries. 

Art

This year we are trying out Mike’s Inspiration Station.  I think that this will be something fun to do as we finish the week.  We will also be doing some art projects that go along with her brother’s art projects.  I hope we can make art more of a priority than we did last year. 

Preschool

My boy is 3 this year.  So we are just introducing school this year.  He sits at the table with us during school so this will give him some things to do. 

I bought a box curriculum that is meant to do in a month, from Mother Goose Time.  We bought the A to Zoo animals.  We are already enjoying it.  We will pick a couple of these boxes throughout the year.  Since we are doing a lesson a day instead we are going more slowly and focusing on an animal a week it will take us longer to get through.  We may do two animals a week depending on how it goes.  I am really following my little guy’s lead here.  We will be learning the letters, numbers and colors.  

I am linking up with the Not Back To School Blog Hop

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Check back next week when I show you where we homeschool.  Also remember to enter the book giveaway

Learning to Speak Life: Fruit of the Spirit {Review & Giveaway}

I am excited to be reviewing and giving away this family devotional to one lucky winner.  Learning to Speak Life is a devotional series written by Michael and Carlie Kercheval.  Carlie is the founder of So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler.  The family devotional is intended for the entire family specifically with children from ages 3-12.  The first book in this series is “Fruit of the Spirit”, which you can find in Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) love, joy,peace, patience, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  If you are looking for a family devotion for your family, I would highly recommend you to check this one out. 

Fruit of the Spirit Book Cover

This is a very interactive book and tries to use different teaching methods to really hit home specific fruit of the section. This is a very interactive book.   Each section is supposed to take a week but they encourage you to go at the pace of your family. 

Every section is broken down to really learn about the fruit of the Spirit.  Here are some of the ways that they help you out as a parent. 

  • Scripture – Each week there is a verse that they ask you speak out loud as a family and memorize it as a family if it is reasonable for them to do so. 
  • What Is…? – This is the explanation section that uses God’s word to explain and teach about the fruit of the Spirit so that everyone understands what they will be learning about.
  • Confessions – Each section uses 5 confessions that you as a family speak out each day. 
  • Copywork – This is a section for your older children to copy scripture. 
  • Role Play – Each chapter gives a role play scenario to act out as a family.
  • Silly Sayings – What better to remember something than to be silly about it. 
  • Short Story – This helps to show how the fruit look in our day to day life.
  • Family Discussion Time – Here is a section that you use to discuss questions about the fruit of the spirit.  There are questions that are layed out for you to use with your children. 
  • Family Project – In each chapter there are family projects to further reinforce the fruit of the Spirit.
  • Prayer – There is a short prayer that is written out to again to help reinforce the different fruits. 
  • Digging Deeper – There are extra scriptures at the end to further the study. 

This is a great study to begin or end your day with your children.  I like that it focuses on really getting our children (and us the parents) to really understand the different fruits of the spirit.  How do you show love? 

 You can buy your very own copy at Amazon here.So please enter to win a pdf copy of Learning to Speak below.  So enter the giveaway by entering below.  We would also really appreciate it if you would like Homeschooling – A Change of Heart facebook page and Learning to Speak Life facebook page.  But the only mandatory is to leave a comment.  If you just can’t wait head over to Amazon and get your own copy.  I promise you will not be disappointed.   

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Free Calendars and Updated Weekly Planner

School has started in our house.  I have added preschool to homeschooling day and that can be a whole new challenge.  I am confident that we will figure things out.  As I do, I will share with you my tips. 

My first tip is to start slowly.  We have been off during the summer and now we are trying to get back in the swing of things.  We have a light schedule as we try to figure out how this year is going to work for us.  Right now, it is really slow and that is okay. 

I have updated the weekly planner.  After I started using it the Month line on the planner just didn’t make sense so I changed it.  Now it says date.  So if you would like to download the new updated file just click here or on image.   Weekly planner Mon Tues Wed

I have also added more calendars to our planner.  I now have August through December ready for download.  I hope that they will help you and you child getting to know the days of the month. 

August 2013