In this post, I will share with you what we use in our homeschool and where we homeschool. I am loving all the questions! Keep them coming!
Handwriting: Handwriting without Tears
Reading: We love Bob Books but we are also at the library every week getting new books to read. We don't think you can ever read too much!
We also love Education.com for printables. You can customize your pages and there are lessons on every subject. We especially love the science lessons.
We use ABCmouse.com as a fun perk if our regular school work is finished but not as a core to our educational plan.
We use a calendar to help teach days of the week, months and also number order.
*Of course SuperBoy is almost always sitting in the middle of lessons with Red so he also absorbs a lot of what is being taught there*
Handwriting: Handwriting without Tears cursive
History: The Complete Book of United States History; we also use History.com.
Geography: Discovering the World of Geography; we also have US map that we are currently using to work through each state. We locate the state and then spend some time learning the history and other information about that state.
Science: Apologia Astronomy and notebooking journal
ELA: Learning Language Arts through Literature
PE: Our family tries to be active every day! We swim, play tennis, ride bikes, play soccer, have Nerf wars and take lots of walks.
Bible:for both we read the good old fashioned Bible of course but we also use Beginnings 1 and we love the character training from We Choose Virtues.
I have always used The Well Planned Day planner and will always continue to! Check it out here and you will see why: http://hedua.com/cart/index.php/wpd/wpd13-14.html
This year we also bought the student planner for Red. It's also as equally awesome for those who like to keep their assignments organized.
We have shelves and closets full of books, games and activities that we use in addition to our "core" books above. We literally look for every opportunity to be a teaching moment of some kind. Life skills are just as important as academics. I also want to mention that I am a HUGE fan of unit studies. I really love them. We use them several times a year. I try to use them for upcoming holidays, when we need a break from our routine work and also when one of the kids becomes fascinated with something in particular. Amanda Bennett, and A Journey Through Learning are my favorite places for Unit Studies. You can google search though and also find some other great ones for free from other homeschool blogs. Confessions of a Homeschooler has some as well as a ton of other really wonderful printables and resources to use. The Unlikely Homeschool is another great blog worth checking out. She has loads of valuable information and tools. I really can't emphasize enough how important it is, in my opinion, to use the world around you as a teaching tool and to hit the library!
Ok, on to where we homeschool. This picture is our "in the house" classroom. However, it's not unusual to find us at the dining table, upside down on the couch, on the counters, on the floor, on a bed, in the kitchen, standing on one leg, at the patio table outside, at our once a week homeschool co-cop, in the car, at the library, on a fieldtrip, in the yard, or in another town. These are all legitimate classrooms as well!
That's about it in a nutshell! Stay tuned for the final post next week in this homeschooling series!