Sometimes things take a turn and school doesn't end up looking like what we think it should and that is just fine.
It is also no secret that I love to read. There is something about the fall season that encourages you to slow down and that is what is required for reading well. Normally I am just reading whatever strikes my fancy but this year I made the decision that while I am going to continue to read the fun non-fiction (brain candy) type books, I am also going to focus on my own Homeschool Mom Professional Development.
Whew! We made it. Our first full week of school has finally been completed. I always have big dreams and big plans for the first week of school and then by the time Thursday hits I feel like we are lucky to still be alive. (Okay, maybe not that dramatic, but darn well close.) If… Continue reading Mars Hall Weekly Round-Up
Last week I shared with you the skills based curriculum we are using for 5th grade so this week I'm going to be rounding it off with what we will be using for 7th grade. I will be 100% honest when I tell you that this 7th grade curriculum is no joke! I never really realized just how much of a jump there was between 6th and 7th grade, especially when it comes to the language arts aspect but gosh its a jump!
This week, I will share what we will be using for our 5th grade "skills based" subjects. Skills based subjects are things such as math, reading, and language arts that have components that have to build upon one another. These are the subjects that have to have some type of understanding of one concept before moving on to the next concept. Skills based subjects are the areas where I will more than likely have each kid doing a different thing simply because they are all at different mastery levels for the various subjects.
One of the best parts of using the My Father's World curriculum is that for the "content based" subjects, things like Bible, History, Science, Music, Art and the like rather than attempting to teach each kid something separate we all do those subjects together as a whole. We all read the same books, do the same activities, and have some wonderful conversations together centered around what we are all hearing, doing, and seeing together. This not only helps my own sanity but it helps to draw us as a family together as we share experiences and make memories together.
August is one of my favorite months of the year because it means that we are back to school. There is something exciting about the new curriculum, the new school supplies, getting back into a solid routine, and the eagerness of learning something we didn't know yet. The other thing I love about August is that it is the ushering of fall, which is my favorite season.
One of the very best things about homeschooling is the ability to set our own schedules. We can take breaks when we like, we choose the hours in the day that we work, and we decide when enough is enough or when we need to challenge ourselves a little bit more. Due to our… Continue reading Mars Hall Legacy Academy: Moving On Up