Homeschooling in Florida

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5th grade homeschool curriculum

I wanted to share the curriculum that worked for us this year. After many recommendation and many trials, this worked well for us this year:

  1. Math -Teaching textbooks and occasional worksheets
  2. History – Story of the World with workbook and misc. videos from library and online as well as occasional research and learning we did as we followed along with classical conversations.
  3. Bible– We went between bsf, my own home made studies and now we are doing Kay Arthur’s Lord, teach me to pray for kids
  4. Reading Comprehension – Spectrum Reading grade 5 plus miscellaneous books we enjoy reading
  5. Vocabulary -Worldly Wise book 6, you can use 5 for 5th grade, up to you. we don’t do every single activity in workbook. As long as she understands the word, I’m okay.
  6. Spelling Spectrum grade 5 – great spelling resource. I don’t stress if there are missed words, I just keep adding them in per week until she masters it.
  7. Cursive – Prescripts Cursive Medieval to Modern World – or if you are in a Classical Conversations group, use the workbook used that year
  8. Science – Library dvd, Evan Moor Daily Science grade 5, my daughter loves pinterest and we are almost daily doing new experiments. Yesterday we made homemade doggie treats and organic toothpaste for dogs.
  9. Geography – I really like the weekly geography with Classical so we try to do that often. I have a workbook “The complete book of Maps and Geography” grades 3-6. Sometimes I like it and sometimes I wonder if I’m wasting my time. Dvds from library work well too
  10. ELA – English Language Arts – Evan Moore Grammar and Punctuation grade 5, Paragraph editing by interactive learning – this is just a quick assignment daily,  Fictional Writing  by Teacher Created Recourses grades 5-8. I purchased all of these at Ace Teacher supply Store.

We also do Awana, dance, soccer and go on many field trips.

We are part a homeschool group called Classical Conversations. I like the different learning facts that we learn each week. It makes it interesting . We do a weekly science experiment, learn about famous artists and musicians as well. At home we spend extra time on one or two things that we learned in classical. This week we are focusing on World War 2 and last week we spent a lot of time on Morse Code and some of the first industrial machines. It just adds a nice touch to the the learning and I feel like we’ve covered a lot when we add in Classical conversations. I don’t worry too much about the memorizing, that’s just not our style.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Homeschool Organization

Here are some things I have that helped me stay organized

Unit shelves (I think this is best used horizontally)
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80275887/

KALLAX Shelf unit IKEA Choose whether you want to place it vertically or horizontally to use it as a shelf or sideboard.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00275848/

My bookshelf was purchased at homegoods, I can’t find it online but if you search for rolling pantry 5-7 shelves, you’ll find similar items.


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Organize Homeschool lessons / Preparing Lessons

I recently suffered a concussion, 3 to be exact, on September 2, 2016. Today, 5 months later, I am still not able to do everything I could. Some days I can’t move or think and other days I am able to get out and do a few errands – Praise God!.  ( So if my sentences at time are off or a mispelling – I’m not 100% yet- but on my way)

If I hadn’t pre-planned during my summer months, nothing would have been done. I hope you will consider always preplanning your year, at least up to 6 months. You never know what circumstances might come your way. Along with preplanning, it is also important to begin teaching your children to do things independently . I know most moms might poopoo this, but my 10 year old can do her own laundry, clean her own room, knows her daily chores and can cook her own meals. When I was in bed unable to move for months, she was independent enough to make breakfast for the family, take care of her clothes, take care of the dog and her schoolwork. Of course, some things were on hold – things that required mommy like new words and other things, but being prepared and having taught independence to my 3 children helped me when life took a sudden turn.

We use a lot of workbooks, books, teaching textbooks and classical conversations. I say we use classical conversations lightly because we don’t get into the extreme memory of facts. I like to use it as a weekly nudge of new things. For instance, today I printed up pictures and maps about WW2, pics of atomic bombs and discussed the years and showed my daughter maps of Hiroshima, Midway, Germany and Poland, but no stress if it isn’t memorized.

 My yearly planning method:  

I noticed that if I planned  per day – it totally stressed me out. Sick days, Visitors and other interruptions messed up my schedule.  I tried an online schedule planner and it worked great for a while but going back and making changes because of interruptions became confusing.

This is what I did this year and it worked out great for me.

I purchased a teacher lesson planner

lessonplannerbook.jpg  I bought this because I like the layout of each week . Here’s link : Teaching is my Superpower lesson planner

I took each book or workbook by subject and divided it up by 32-37 weeks for school year. I decided how much needed to be done each week to finish by June 1- or mid May.

I split it in half and wrote per week what needed to be done between Sept 1- Dec 15

Click here for my weekly list, insert your own subjects :  dailyplanner   print out 6 copies, cut and glue one at start of each week. Go subject by subject planning through year – do not plan daily until you get to that week. (I didn’t do every single subject every day, I know my subject list is long – I did a little here and there to complete year, anything with cc was classical conversations, if you’re curious, FWriting is Fictional writng – a great workbook I purchased at ACE teacher store, and PEditing is a workbook on paragraph editing)

-Even when I was sick, my daughter could see the pages in subjects that needed to be done by Friday, so is we had an off day, no worries, she knew what had to be done in week.

Cut above link in 6 strips and glue into lesson planner, write what needs to be done weekly – not daily.

Here’s an example of one of my weeks. (Okay, I haven’t been the neatest this year…. I got a little fancy and made a border from American girl doll paper I had handy.)
lessonplannerpagedailyplanner1

To preplan the months, I only wrote what needed to be one per week. As the weeks came around I would fill in the days (when I was feeling okay). It made life so much easier. I didn’t do it on the above pics, but as time went on, I would highlight the most important subjects blue and all things classical yellow. To makes sure the most important things each week were completed.

Here’s an online planner Ive used in the past if you prefer to be more orderly :  Home School Manager online planner   , I met them at the FPEA conference all with many others. This was the only online lesson planner that seemed best and easiest to understand. It isn’t working for me, but it did in the past. My daughter especially liked it because she didn’t need to bother with my handwriting – which needs work. Here’s a sample of one of our printed weeks: lessonplanneronline.jpg FYI :There was a second page attached that isn’t shown

 

Anyways, just wanted to give you a nudge to preplan your year and your future. Even if life goes smoothly, preplanning will help you a lot.

Don’t forget to include 3-6 weeks during the year for holidays, vacations, sick days and catching up. Some weeks, it would put review and catch up for all subjects. If you don’t need that week, then save that time for when you need it. Mine always seemed to work out at the right times.

Don’t get frustrated, don’t get stressed. Ask God for help and He will always be with you.

I have more tips on how I organized my stuff and how I keep classical organized. I’ll try to post that soon.

God bless