We are officially out of the elementary school years and have removed a large portion of those curriculum choices from our home. We were so thrilled to have a lady visit our garage sale a couple of weeks ago who had just started homeschooling a 2nd grader and a 1st grader. She had adopted the girls not too long ago and we were able to send her home with a TON of children’s books (lots of good nonfiction) and curriculum and manipulatives. I love that while we no longer need them, they went to a home where they will be appreciated and used. We chatted elementary learning and schedules and ideas for the longest time with this sweet lady. I hope their school year goes beautifully.
That means, though, that we are in middle school curriculum with Miss J. She is 6th grade this year and still, definitely, on her own curve of interest and learning. We are working toward more independence for her in her school work but treasuring moments that she truly desired. For example, she wanted to have a picnic at the park today. So, we did and took our history along to enjoy the sunshine.
So, on to the actually products Miss J is using.
Bible: Hebrews – Better Than is the theme for Lads to Leaders 2021 so we are studying this book of the Bible. She was reading through it and as she finished that up, she asked if we could go back to a daily study together that also included singing. So, we are using Erynne Sprouse’s study of Hebrews titled Perfected: God’s Best Reserved For Us. Miss J and I are working through it together and also singing several songs each day from an older hymnal.
Guitar: SchoolhouseTeachers.com has guitar program that we are using a bit, as well as teaching Miss J to learn to play things she is interested in.
History: Notgrass History’s From Adam to Us is the course we chose for this year. We are using the student workbook, the timeline, the primary source excepts, and the maps books that go along with this program. She also has a notebook for answering questions and writing vocabulary. It is a simply written but quite in-depth look at history. I am really pleased with this study.
Literature: There is a literature component to the Notgrass history program and we are using that. We are in the middle of Aesop’s fables now and have read The Golden Goblet. There are a number of good literature titles that we will be reading through the year and we have chosen to do them aloud, as it is a fun way for her and I to connect.
Science: To date, Miss J has been using a couple of different science subscription kits, , working on a project each day. Since each kit tends to have several activities, it has kept her busy so far. She is finishing up ClubSciKids kits, with the robotics kit left to go. She also worked on the kits for the Creator Kit review with Pitsco Education. After next week, we will be searching SchoolhouseTeachers.com to find a study that looks interesting to her.
Math: CTCMath is being used for Miss J. She is doing well with the 6th grade math component on CTC so we will keep on with what is working well. She still enjoys getting the ribbons when she does well at the end so the simple things are still joyful. Here’s to hoping she keeps doing well with it!
Writing/Grammar: IEW provided us with a perfectly timed review earlier this summer for their program Structure & Style for Students. This program has been great for Miss J and she has learned a lot. We are not flying through it and are doing less than a full lesson a week but she is making steady progress and has gotten to where she enjoys it. I am calling that a pretty good win for a student who doesn’t like to write all that often.
Dance: Miss J is taking lessons 3 times a week at the same studio as her sisters. She is taking ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. She loves classes and getting to see friends each time. Her teachers are wonderful and make class an exciting and healthy time.
Lori, At Home.
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