Monday, February 1, 2010

Homeschool Part 3

In Part 2 I explained that the kids work on Science and History all together. So for Amanda and Kenny they are working on the same Exploring Creation and Mystery of History that Stephen is. Usually this consists of me reading the section aloud to them and then we discuss it and work on the project that goes with it. Some days this is a short thing and some days it's more in depth, just depends on what we are covering.

Kenny is in second grade this year. He seems to do fairly well with math and has caught up with Amanda this year. They are both working through Teaching Textbooks Math 5.
The cd-rom set up of this program keeps the kids interested and if they miss a problem it walks them through the solution step by step. It's nice to be able to walk them through things myself but to also have another resource!

For language arts he's working on Explode the Code book 7.

Wordly wise book 3 for vocabulary (LOVE these books!)

A reason for handwriting book B.

And he is reading aloud from the Pathway reader series book Busy Times.

I have a list of books that I had typed up that I wanted him to read independently....but then I read Stacy's list and I may chuck mine and just go off of her's. (yes, it was that good!)

Kenny goes with his dad and brother Stephen to the BSF bible study once a week and works on the assignments weekly. He is also memorizing verses for AWANA's and is also studying hard for the bible quizzing team!

Something that we haven't started yet (but need to) is Just Write book 2. I've purchased this recently and I just need to work it into our schedule.

Amanda is in fourth grade this year. For Language arts she's working on finishing up Just write book 2 (almost done!) and then she'll be onto book 3. She should be able to finish that by June.

Vocabulary is Wordly wise book 4, A reason for handwriting C...are you detecting a similarity here?

She reads faster than I've been able to keep up with. I REALLY want to start recording the titles of all that she's read. (note to self: DO THIS!)

Amanda is on her second year of the AWANA bible quiz team. The kids really put in an amazing effort to memorize verses and questions for this! In a couple of weeks a class has opened up so she'll be joining the boys and going to the BSF study too.

Most days I feel like we've just covered all the basics. In my next post I'll discuss the goals that I have for the rest of the year. I'll also talk about all the things I'd like to add in that we haven't been able to accomplish thus far.


Dusti said...

Wow Kenny is doing awesome in math. :) Chandler is working out of the same book. I like the TT series really well so far. Thanks for sharing what you do for school. I love reading what other moms are using. And love booklists too. If you have time to print one out that would be great. Right now I'm using a few different sites for reading ideas although I'm starting to use a lot of what Sonligh has in their curriculum. Looks like your kids are learning a lot. That's great they have a bible study they get to go to.
God Bless

Anonymous said...

the TT series is really fun!
I love it! Plus, you're a great teacher:)


Renata said...

It's really interesting seeing what you are using - that maths sounds good. I admit that my kids maths is quite boring - very, very repetitive - sometimes I think a computer maths program would be good... well maybe a good supplement.
Hope you are keeping well
Have a lovely week
Renata :)