Happy New Year! I can’t believe we are in the year 2013. This year, I will have a 10 year old, a 7 year old, and a 4 year old. Where does the time go? Seriously! I am understanding now what my parents meant about children growing up so fast. I am cherishing every moment possible with lots of pictures, haha.
Since we are now in the new year, some changes have been made to our blessed homeschool. We will continue with A Beka curriculum as a supplement, but moving forward with unit studies and lapbooks and a lot of library time. Right now we are doing Michigan history with “Great Lakes” videos and books. The girls are having a great time learning about our lovely state. Changing this up has brought joy back into our homeschooling as there was a lot of heartache and struggles. Since the terrible tragedy in Connecticut, everything was put into perspective for me. Homeschooling looks more beautiful to me every day. I still think about those poor parents and families that have to move on without their precious children. So devastating.
As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I will be reviewing and blogging about a variety of curriculums and programs to find what works for my family. I received my first shipment and pretty excited about that. A lot of science, math, etc., in the near future. You will be able to view those reviews at www.brandonmhomeschool.com if interested as I cannot communicate about the products other than on my personal blog.
My little preschooler (3.5) is learning how to use the computer now. She loves it. We are currently covering her letters, numbers, and shapes. She is learning how to trace and write her name. She is so proud. In the weeks ahead I will be introducing her to www.starfall.com. It’s an excellent program for preschoolers and kindergarteners. She did a calendar lesson today on there and loved it. She learned to click and drag pictures onto the calendar, so fun.
We are now in the final semester for Homeschool Connections classes. The girls will be resuming next semester with more classes. Since we are signed up through the homeschool partnership through a local virtual school program, it’s great to get our homeschool classes paid for. In the fall of 2013, I am looking to add online Oxford Virtual courses into the mix. Right now looking at foreign languages for cup cake (9.5) and sweet pea (6).
Tonight, sweet pea will be completing session two of gymnastics. She is so excited to move forward with session three. It is family night tonight, so siblings get to participate on the equipment too. The girls are also continuing with dance classes and piano lessons. Love being busy!
Tomorrow we will be participating in Fun Friday at for homeschool fellowship. There will be open gym time for two hours then the kids will be playing board games that they choose to bring while sipping hot chocolate. Should be a fun time.
What are your plans for your homeschool in 2013? Happy Homeschooling!