Homeschooling Journey: Week 18

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Wow, have we actually seen a glimpse of winter here in good old Michigan?  My girls are wanting a really big system to blow through just once so that they can have the joy of sledding and building a snowman.  Originally, I am completely against the snow and cold.  Give me 80 and 90 degree weather and I am one happy camper, hey it’s in my blood can’t help it, haha.  But, I must say I remember having so much fun as a kid playing in the snow which seems like we always had from November to February/March.  I guess if we really want to take advantage of a winter wonderland we should pack the family up and head up north for a weekend because all of that snow action is alive and well up there, so I have heard.

Homeschool Week 18

This week was a pretty laid back week.  On Monday, I chose to take a day off as it was a much needed day off.  We have been going full speed for quite a while not only with our homeschooling but with dance, piano, and other extracurricular activities.  It most definitely has been a blast either way as I love the flexibility that homeschooling brings.  As Michigan homeschoolers we are truly blessed at how much flexibility we are allowed and we need to make sure we are fighting for our right.  Just yesterday, I received an email from HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association), regarding the Michigan State Board targeting homeschoolers.  You can click here to read the original article if you haven’t already.  I most definitely do not want to take our freedom for granted.  It’s important to stay alert on what is going on around us as homeschoolers.  This I am learning very quickly as a new homeschooling family.

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This week we have been making our own wall art.  We thought we would decorate our walls with some cuteness before we have to do cosmetic painting to sell our home.  You can bet I am taking a ton of pictures before this is all said and done, haha!  The girls have so many ideas up their sleeves I can’t wait to see what they come up with.  (Sorry for the smudge in the picture on the left, I think little peanut butter fingers got a hold of my phone) 😉

On Friday, Sweet Pea (8) and Cup Cake (5)  started their classes for the winter semester at Palaestra.  They are most definitely excited!  Sweet Pea will be taking Fashion Design II for Third to Fifth graders.  Basically, last semester they sketched their creations.  This semester they will be learning to sew then create.  Sweet Pea cannot wait to get her hands on that needle and thread as she has been practicing here at home.  Cup Cake will be taking a class called: “Lollipop Logic.”  It’s pretty much like the other class “Brain Games” but more concepts have been added.  Cup Cake is excited because she gets to have the same teacher.  She just loves her!

Just to ease my own curiosity, what curriculum are you using with your homeschoolers?  I am trying to round up ideas for this coming fall.  I am thinking of sticking with A Beka Book because it’s going really well but I also want to weigh all my options.

Happy Homeschooling!




Lindsey Clair

Lindsey Clair is a homeschooling mother of three daughters. She is married to her best friend Ron since 1999! Lindsey possesses a degree in Child Development and just completed her BS degree in business marketing with a social media concentration. She is currently a professional blogger and social media manager. Lindsey is also a trained musician in the areas of piano and vocals. Her hobbies include reading, shopping, blogging, and hanging out with family and friends.

2 thoughts on “Homeschooling Journey: Week 18

  1. Lindsey,

    This is my first year hs’ing as well. I have two seven year old boys who would be in first grade in public school, and an eight year old girl who would be in third. Because my boys were tested as intellectually gifted, I tested them out of the first grade… so we are doing 2nd and 3rd grade together this year. I teach all three on the same level, which allows my daughter to refresh on all of the subjects, while adding new things on top of what she knows, and my boys are learning subjects tat are meeting their intellectual needs.
    What I do with mine is what I call collective homeschooling, as in, I pick and choose whatever works best! Haha.
    Calvary Children’s Ministry online pdf files (This has the ENTIRE Bible in a kid-friendly format, with coloring pages, word searches, mazes, etc.) Totally free and available online. We also use this as our handwriting, where daily they must copy their memory verse.
    The first part of the year, I was using Abeka for generic social studies, but I quickly ran out of interesting subjects to go over in these books, and so I decided to do the last part of school using Maps, Globes, and Graphs Level B (Henry Billings) for Geography. This is really simple maps and globe information, cardinal directions, etc. Plus, the activity pages are easily copied to be handed out. I also got a book from somewhere (oops,can’t remember, it was a free ebook) called “Map Mysteries”, which we do one a week for fun.
    I started using Lifepac for this, but it was dizzying keeping the children interested when it hops around so much, and feels very disjointed. Plus the directions were so vague that I was spending more time trying to clarify what each new term was that we all got frustrated. I switched (God forgive me) to an American Education Publishing Grammar/English book (yeah, bought at Sam’s Club!) BUT, it is SO much better! I copy the pages and we do the work as handouts, and it follows a very direct course through basic language and grammar skills. Since I do both 2/3 grade, I have both 2/3 grade books and I start the week with 2 grade in one subject (like verbs), and end the week with the 3 grade version of the same subject. Works wonders!
    I use the Wordly Wise word list (Book 1) I did not get the books for this year, but I bought book 2 and 3 for next year because I really liked the curriculum. We just went to the website,looked at the word lists, and I get a kid dictionary definition for each one. We use to use the games and quizzes during the week with our word lists,and it has been great! My kids love to point out any words that we have done when they see them in books or in public, so it must be working!
    Guilt again, I use the American Education books for this as well, but just as with th Grammar, it is simple and fun for the kids. Next year we are going to be doing Saxon Math. I supplement my current curriculum with and
    No curriculum this year, we go on subjects and use library books, but I have a Christian Kids Explore science book for next year.

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