Well, as much as I hate to admit it, our summer break is coming to an end…a very sad, heartbreaking, too many thoughts of cold and winter, end. My youngest son starts back in just a few days and my two oldest start college before the end of the month.
This year will be completely different, because for the first time in 14 years, I will be homeschooling only one child!!! My Princess and I will spend our days at home together doing school…alone. It’s a bitter sweet time. I’m sad that the boys are not schooling at home but know that this is what we have worked for, to encourage them to grow up to be independent men of integrity. So, I will choose to excitedly look forward to our little homeschool of one.
I’ve spent a lot of time planning for this school year and making curriculum choices I think will be interesting, educational, and fun. My Princess will be in 6th grade so I’ve selected the following for this year:
BIBLE – A precious friend recommended Bible Prophecy for Kids: Revelation 1-7 and so we are using it this year. It is an inductive Bible study for kids…which I LOVE. I can’t wait to dive in!
MATH – we will stick to Teaching Textbooks. It is my favorite Math curriculum. We have used many different ones over the years but for at least the past 6 years, this is what we have used. My Princess is a year ahead in Math and just informed me that because of this she will not have to take Math her senior year. I didn’t crush her spirit by telling her that’s not how it works!!
ENGLISH – One of my favorite grammar curricula is Easy Grammar. The series starts out by having the student memorize a list of prepositions. Sounds like a weird approach but I’m telling you…it works. Easy Grammar begins in the elementary school books and works its way up to EASY GRAMMAR PLUS for high schoolers.
SPELLING – For spelling, I am using the inexpensive but comprehensive Spectrum Spelling, Grade 6. I used it last year for 5th grade and think it did an excellent job with spelling and vocabulary.
HANDWRITING – I’m sticking with the usual on this one…A Reason for Handwriting. I love that they end each week by writing out Scripture.
READING/CREATIVE WRITING – I’m so excited about this year’s reading and creative writing curriculum. I was doing an internet search for something girly, interesting, and fun for My Princess and came across Isabel’s Secret, Creative Writing Made Easy with Isabel, and Isabel’s Closet by The New Millennium Girls Curriculum.
We are going to start with these three and then read Isabel’s Fun Fair Fiasco and Callie’s Contest of Courage and do the corresponding lap books. I know she’s going to love these! She’ll be doing plenty other reading for fun as well. She’s my one child that actually loves reading!
SCIENCE – Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology (Young Explorer Series) is our science choice for the year. We are adding the Junior Anatomy Notebooking Journal for another dimension and will be doing a boatload of experiments to keep it fun.
HISTORY – This is the first time we are using Project Passport – Ancient Egypt. It is “An Activity-Based World History Study…Designed to Teach Hands-On!” It requires a lot of printing… In times like these, I LOVE my laser printer even more!!
CURRENT EVENTS – For several years, I’ve been encouraged to try World Magazine. A small current event magazine aimed at children. I love that it is from a Christian worldview. They have several editions for various ages. My Princess will be using World Teen.
So, these are my choices. As the year progresses, I will probably change things up a bit. That’s what I do, and that’s the beauty of homeschooling.
Are you doing anything new this year or have any old favorites that you want to share? Be sure to leave me a comment. I love getting ideas!