Jul 31, 2011

Curriculum Choices for 2011

We have been homeschooling for about seven years officially now, with Jellyfish going into the 5th gade this year! We have chosen a more traditional homeschooling style choosing from a mix of curriculum companies, and that seems to work for us. Our curriculum choices for the 2011-12 school year is as follows:
    Millie is only two, but is definitely ready for some school work. No official curriculum this year, but lots of tot school activities which I will be sharing as we go along. I am excited! She is really at the age to be soaking in everything!
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    Jul 28, 2011

    Art Lessons

    (sea turtle painted by Jellyfish in Sept. '09)

    We did Abeka Art last year...and it was not impressive. It had lots of "projects", but I was looking for a program that teaches more specific skills such as drawing, water colors, etc. and then builds on those skills.

    There are some great art websites out there with easy lessons (for those of us who are not naturally artistic). Many of them allow you to search by category or grade level to choose a lesson. Here are some of the websites I've run onto in the last few days:

    Art Graphica
    Arty Factory
    The Teacher's Guide
    Deep Space Sparkle

    Art Projects for Kids
    Kid at Art
    Mrs. Brown Art

    We do an hour of art once a week for our homeschool, usually on Fridays. Once I get a plan on paper for the first quarter of school, I'll search these websites for art projects that teach a skill, yet go along with the rest of our curriculum, if possible. My fifth grader loves art...which is a good thing: he's easy to please! 

    Do you have a favorite art curriculum or website?

    Jul 7, 2011

    Thoughts for the Next School Year

    So, it may be a little early to be talking about our next school year, but its already July! Time passes so quickly. We are enjoying lazy summer days at home, but August will mark the beginning of our school year. I am starting to order curriculum and think about things we need to cover, besides the daily curriculum.