I’m joining ihomeschoolnetwork in their “not” back to school blog hop for the month of August. As I previously shared, we will not be doing Modest Monday’s during August, but will still have a link up at the bottom of this post for you to share your homeschool posts.
I can’t remember ever being so excited to start a school year. While I’m apprehensive as to how I will manage with a nursing baby, a two year old, a husband in college, and a business to run, I’m looking forward to the subjects we are going to cover and the curriculum we are using.
We decided to use Heart of Dakota curriculum this coming school year, though I picked a few different items to use for math, english, and spelling instead of what the curriculum called for.
Mosiah will be in the Bigger Hearts For His Glory set. I had originally planned on combining both boys in this year, but after looking at the year after this I realized that our 6 year old would not be ready for it next year, so I’m separating them. This is the perfect level for Mosiah, and he is so excited over the school books I’ve shown him he gets to use.
Math- he will be using Teaching Textbooks 3 for his math. We have used Math U See and Christian Light Education before, and I’m hopeful that this will be the perfect choice for him. He struggles with math, so I’m praying that Teaching Textbooks will take the struggle out of math each day.
History-this is one of his favorite subjects! As assigned in Heart of Dakota, he will be reading A First Book in American History, Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans, The story of the Wright Brothers and Their Sister, and Journeys in Time for history.
Science-I’m very excited about the science that Heart of Dakota uses. I think it will be the perfect level for him! He will be using One Small Square: Seashore, One Small Square: Woods, Science in Colonial America, John Audubon: Young Naturalist, A Pioneer Sampler (I love this book!) and Thomas A. Edison. The teacher’s guide gives you science experiments to do throughout the week, which look fun and easy!
Grammar-Heart of Dakota calls for Rod and Staff English, but I’m using Essentials in Writing, which is on a DVD. It’s our first year to use it and I really like what I’ve seen so far!
Handwriting-He will be doing Rod and Staff handwriting, copy work of the poems he will be studying, and later in the year will start a cursive handwriting program.
Reading-He will be using the Heart of Dakota’s reading program – Drawn Into The Heart of Reading.
Timeline-My Mom would be so happy, we are going to start a timeline for both boys this year using the beautiful Homeschool In The Woods Timeline. I have memories of creating a timeline in high school with her. I will be purchasing the CD of all the timeline figures soon, so we should be set for the rest of our school life! I plan on letting the boys color the people and put in their timeline book.
Music-Mosiah started taking piano lessons this year, and on top of that we will be focusing on learning the hymns as outlined in Heart of Dakota.
Israel will be in Beyond Little Hearts For His Glory. He loves the time period this curriculum uses, so I have no doubts as to him enjoying school this year.
Math-Israel will be finishing up Christian Light Education Grade 1 books, and then going into Teaching Textbooks Grade 3. He is pretty good at math, and I don’t think he will struggle with the jump at all.
History- He will be reading American Pioneers and Patriots, Stories of the Pilgrims, and Boys and Girls of Colonial Days for history.
Science-We will be using God’s Wonderful Works for science, along with lots of science experiments that go with the book.
Grammar- Both boys will use the same Grammar DVD and do it together.
Handwriting- Israel will use Rod and Staff handwriting books.
Reading-I don’t think that Israel is ready for Drawn Into The Heart of Reading, so he will be using the scheduled books for emerging readers. Some of the books he will read out-loud to me are:
The Early Reader’s Bible, Owl at Home, Frog and Toad All Year, Frog and Toad are Friends, Wagon Wheels, Amelia Bedelia, Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express, Prairie School, First Flight, Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book One, Underground Railroad, Animal Adventures, and The Courage of Sarah Noble.
I’m learning not to stress about teaching my children to read at a really young age. When they are ready to read, they do it. I struggled with Mosiah for a long time, and when I was pregnant with our last baby and sick in bed he just had it all click by himself and started reading. Carrianna loves to do workbooks and have her own school time, so we are going to use Little Hands to Heaven with her and have Olivia (who is 2) sit in with us during that time as well). I’m going to do lesson time with the girls right after devotions, so they will hopefully be a little more content to play and do a few things on their own.
Carrianna is also going to start the Primer book in Math U See. I LOVE that book for starting children out in math, and I plan to use it for all my children, even though we do not stay with Math U See. Carrianna does not know how to write all her numbers yet, but a lot of it can be verbally done and then I will help her learn how to write her numbers as we go through the book.
Later on this week I will blog about my criteria for choosing curriculum, and what I look for when picking out new curriculum.
Now I would love to hear about your homeschool life! Instead of our normal Modest Monday link up, I’m asking that only homeschool link ups be shared below. Thank you!