Saturday, May 5, 2012

What Worked, What Didn't: 2011 - 2012 School Year

Let me just be honest, ever since April I have been counting down the days until we "officially" finish school.  For some reason, Spring is crunch time as far as I'm ready to wrap up what we are currently working on, ready for a break, and most of all... I'm ready to clean out what we've finished!  I like seeing those stacks of books that we've finished as a sense of accomplishment for the year.  That's just how I'm wired.  As soon as we wrap up the lessons we are currently working on, we will be diving into a time of nature study and science... and I cannot wait!


I couldn't resist, and I started cleaning out the schoolroom in March.  I came across my school year's goals and plans that I had written down, probably last summer.  Umm, I barely even recognized the plan in comparison to what we actually did.  The beauty of homeschooling is you get to tweak things as you go.  What I thought would be a perfect plan turned out to be a good base idea that pointed me in a direction.  Typically for me, once reality sets in, I've planned too much!


The following is a very condensed version of what we did this past school year for my two children.  I started typing out what I had originally planned to do for this school year, but it seriously was too much!

1st Grade - 2011/2012 School Year
Bible: Daily / Family Devotion Time
  • Bible Vs. Memory - From Copybook & Seeds of Faith
  • Prayer Jars / Prayer Time
  • Books of the Bible - Songs for memory purpose
    -1st Quarter - New Test.
    -2nd Quarter - Old Test.
    -3rd Quarter - Ten Commandments
    -4th Quarter - Review of previous quarters
  • Hymn Study - 3 hymns per term* This was the goal, didn't always happen
  • Read A Beka's Pilgrim's Progress -1st Term
  • Wisdom & The Millers - 2nd Term
  • Thankful Journal - 1st Term
Character Study:
Math: A Beka - Finish 1st Grade / Start 2nd Grade

Language Arts: (This changed a lot, but this is what ended up being a fit for us)
  • Phonics / Spelling - American Language Series
  • First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind by Jessie Wise
  • Handwriting - Copybook & Thankful Journal
  • Literature - Boxcar Children, Mandie Books, BFIAR books, various library books, adventure journaling, and reading list
History:
  • Beyond Five in a Row Vol. 1
  • Geography:States Notebook & Mandie Books on Europe

Science:
  • Beyond Five in a Row
  • Experiments: Glow in the Dark Lab & Magic School Bus Science Club
  • Nature Studies & walks

K4 - 2011/2012
Bible: Daily / Family Devotion Time
  • Bible Vs. Memory - From Copybook & Seeds of Faith
  • Prayer Jars / Prayer Time
  • Books of the Bible - Songs for memory purpose
    -1st Quarter - New Test.
    -2nd Quarter - Old Test.
    -3rd Quarter - Ten Commandments
    -4th Quarter - Review of previous Quarters
  • Hymn Study
  • Read A Beka's Pilgrim's Progress -1st Term
  • Wisdom & The Millers - 2nd Term

Character Study:
  • Manner's & Health - Rod & Staff (1st Term)
  • Little Annie's ART Book of Etiquette & Good Manners by Stebbing (2nd Term)
Math: A Beka - Numbers K4

Phonics: A Beka - K4

Language Arts:
  • Phonics - A Beka Phonics K4
  • First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind by Jessie Wise* With this she participated by memorizing the poems and all the memory work, strictly voluntary from being in the room during the time I was teaching her brother.
  • Handwriting - Copybook & Thankful Journal
  • Literature - Boxcar Children, Mandie Books, BFIAR books, and various library books.
History: I never intended on doing history with her, but most of the time if I was reading, she wanted to be in the room to listen, so that is the extent of the history for her.  Some days she was interested, others she had no desire.
  • Beyond Five in a Row Vol. 1
Science: She ALWAYS wanted to be included in science!  I did not originally prepare for this.
  • Beyond Five in a Row* Some of this stuff was over her head or uninteresting to her, while others she loved.  But I will have to say, the majority of the science was rather boring, IMO.
  • Experiments: Glow in the Dark Lab & Magic School Bus Science Club
  • Nature Study & walks
I plan to definitely change a few things about next year, and yet, keep quite a bit the same.  I liked our schedule.  I'm hearing from a lot of my fellow homeschooling mom's that they are burnt out from going all the time with all the co-ops, classes, and practices.  This year we didn't sign up for anything.  We were, however, committed to serving the seniors at our church one day each month.  We did do one field trip each month... not on purpose, it just usually worked out like that.  The kids still got together with other friends often, so we all still had our little "social lives"... it was just in a more controlled fashion... and we got more accomplished at home.

**I will be updating links on this page as I add reviews or other posts that might go along with what we did this school year.  The existing links, which take you to sites you may purchase various products, are strictly for your convenience.  I do not receive anything if you purchase from these sites.

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