Thursday, September 10, 2015

2015-16 School Year

Our 2015-16 school year officially started on August 24.  We weren't completely ready, plans were a little sketchy, and we were still waiting on a few books, but we started anyway. One of the first objectives: get into a routine. This year I have a 9th grader, a 1st grader, and a 1 year old.  Whew! I'm tired just thinking about it.

1st grade curriculum:

  • Abeka....pretty much all the way. They have a good solid phonics program that I highly recommend!
  • Piano lessons from mom
  • Gymnastics class

9th grade curriculum:

  • Bible-New Testament Survey (Lifepac from Alpha Omega)
  • English I (Switched on Schoolhouse)
  • U.S. History to 1877 (making our own curriculum; preparing to take the CLEP exam)
  • Algebra I (Saxon)
  • Physical Science (Abeka)
  • Spanish I (Instreamia.com then switching to Switched on Schoolhouse) 
  • Piano and Guitar lessons 

The kids have a list of things they have to do before school starts each morning. Having these things done makes our day easier to get started.

  • Make bed
  • Get dressed/brush teeth
  • Pick up room/Take care of dirty clothes
  • Eat Breakfast
  • Feed cat and dog

I also have some goals to accomplish before school starts in the morning. I try to check emails, start laundry, unload dishwasher (with help from kids), and grab breakfast before I start school. We normally start about 9:30, although nothing is set in stone- the joys of homeschooling! We are very flexible, but generally work until noon, then take an hour break. We reconvene about 1:00 and work until done. Millie (1st grade) doesn't have much to do in the afternoon, just a little reading and Social Studies. The baby will play for a while, but we do a lot of running after her. She is climbing and getting into everything. I normally don't allow TV while we're in school, but the baby will watch Sesame Street and that helps me finish work with the other two. 

Things to think about:
 
  • Yearly Portfolio-it's better to start this right away. It is much harder to keep up with everything if you wait (don't ask me how I know).  Keep up with field trips, art projects, sample work, grades, etc.
  • Grades, attendance: find a program to use (I use Homeschool Helper). There are several to choose from. Or you can do it the old fashioned way...pen and paper.
  • Number of weeks: figure out a tentative schedule for the year. Consider holidays, breaks, and days off so you know how many days/weeks you have total. This is helpful when planning curriculum.

Here's a peek into our school year so far. Ignore the destruction in the background...we live here!




Thanks for stopping by, 
Laurie

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