We are just 10 weeks away from finishing the school year and here are my reflections thus far:
Sonlight is a great curriculum to start the homeschool journey and I like that it is clearly labeled and defined as well as a Christian curriculum.
Even though I have loved Sonlight (and used the kindergarten curriculum to prepare my son for public kinder and then 1st grade curriculum this year as we started our homeschool journey), I will not be using it next year.
I feel like we just need something more. More in-depth, more digging-deep, just more. So for my sons 2nd grade year, which we will start probably in July of 2021, I have picked The Good and the Beautiful curriculum. It seems like it is more of a college-like schedule, where we will have ‘A’ days and ‘B’ days, with math and Bible everyday. I am still not sure what I will teach on what days, but I have picked this for my sons second grade year:
Language Arts: Level 2 with Handwriting Workbook: Level 2
History Course Set: Year 2 with the History Read-Aloud Book Pack: Year 2
Science Units: Paleontology (future release) and Marine Biology
Math Course Set: Level 2
Bible: We will read daily and my son will complete his second Write the Word kids journal
I am also debating purchasing a little keyboard/piano so both my boys can have music time. In addition, we will continue with our KiwiCo monthly boxes for a little extra enrichment.
Let me just say, Sonlight was great to get my feet wet with homeschooling full-time. It guided me and set the tone for how to work our days; however, at this point (now more than half-way through), I feel like it is lacking that spark. I just sit and read and I feel like my son isn’t being challenged enough to really THINK and DO. I am excited for this new curriculum and what we will all will learn on this homeschooling journey.
Are you homeschooling for the 2021-2022 school year? Share below!
We’ve been homeschooling for eight weeks now and thought I would post an update on how things are going.
I am absolutely LOVING homeschooling and very pleased with our decision to homeschool this year. I think I might have picked a curriculum level too low for our son so I might adjust that next year, but we’ll see as we continue these next few weeks.
To be honest, this past week was full of events that we somewhat neglected our homeschool work and played “catch-up” on Friday. However, usually we only do school Monday-Thrusday. I aim to start our day around 9:30am and we get through all the subjects by lunchtime, with two breaks in between (after history and language arts).
I literally go straight through the curriculum exactly how it is listed…Bible first, followed by history then read-alouds. We are finishing up the previous book from last week, Homer Price, and will start Catching Their Talk in a Box next week, so we are behind with the read-aloud chapter book but will catch-up eventually. I will say, Homer Price is NOT my favorite book and I wish I would’ve pre-read it…I would have skipped it all together. To me it’s just a fluff chapter book with no life lessons to be learned or any depth. So not my favorite.
At the back of the curriculum, there are two sections with additional materials for the year, with one of the sections containing questions for each read aloud as well as questions for the I Can Read It! books (mentioned below). I pull those pages that I need from the back section and stick them in with that weeks work, just so I don’t have to flip back and forth as much.
After a quick break, we move into Language Arts, with spelling, phonics, handwriting, reading, and creative writing/copy-work. I bought a spiral notebook for word work and that is where my son writes all of his spelling words and his spelling test on Day 4 (for us it is usually Thursday). I would absolutely get the option Explode the Code workbooks! Don’t skip that as that is where a lot of the application, phonics, and spelling practice comes in.
Again, we do a quick break to get some wiggles out and so I can gather the next subjects materials, which is science and math. I play ‘Eye of the Tiger’ on our Echo Dot to get my kiddo back to the table to start our next subject and it really helps him to know its time to start back again and I don’t have to yell at him to come back. It is a nice transition and allows him time to wrap up what he is doing…he has until the end of the song to be back at the table and it works like a charm for us!
This week, with everything I had going on, we didn’t get to do the science experiment (on Day 4) but we will do it Monday to make up for the missed day. I also bought another spiral notebook for science experiments and we use that to write down observations and data.
I LOVE the science books and activities and so does my son! The Usborne books are so wonderful and the questions that my son completes are so good! Right now we are looking at Africa and he had to color in the continent on the map and make color in a separate map of Africa and table the different parts (like desert) and identify which animals live in that region. So far he has completed South America, North America, and now we are on Africa.
After science we complete the ‘Math-U-See’ math work and then we are done! I really don’t have a ton of feelings about ‘Math-U-See.’ It is fine for us and my son hasn’t been that challenged yet by it, but I don’t NOT like it, I just don’t really care either way. I have heard really great things about The Good and the Beautiful math curriculum so that might be something I look into for next year but I’ll try a free sample first before deciding.
My youngest LOVES working with his big brother and he really loves tracing these letter cards. I found them here and shrinked the printing size down to get four on one page, laminated them, cut them out, and voila! My kiddo uses a dry erase marker to trace and loves it!
Well that is a little reacap of homeschooling! What questions do you have regarding homeschooling, the curriculum, how we go through our day, etc? Post them below or on my Instagram. I will have a question sticker on my Instagram stories TODAY so you can leave your questions there, too!
I haven’t been inside of Target since March (so I think I got carried away!) Haha! I needed to make a return so decided to go and get a few snack items for our boat outing on Saturday…then walked away with a ton of homeschool items as well!
As soon as I walked in, the Dollar Spot was right in front of me so naturally I had to make a run through…y’all! All the teacher stuff is out!! There were so many storage containers, book boxes, posters…all the things! I tried to keep it reigned in but did walk away with quite the loot:
Here’s the run down of what you see and how much it costs (a lot of items were on sale so I went ahead and stocked up on a few things while there):
Shower bath tote (grey, also was available in white) – perfect for organizing pencils, markers, art supplies – $5
Target markers – $0.65
Elmers liquid glue – $0.50
Glue sticks – $2.49
Watercolor paints – $0.99
Washable kids paints – $2.99
Pencils – $1.19
Pencil sharpener – $0.50
Tape – $3.39
This super cute math concepts preschool workbook that I got for our youngest is only a dollar! They also had a few other options for different grades!
I had to get a this cute treasure box for weekly incentives! I filled it with a few of the dollar spot reward items, plus some candy I had at home:
Prize box – (I can’t find the price of this but I’m thinking it was only $3)
Pencils – $1.00
Spinning top markers – $3.00
Bag of erasers – $1.00
This former reading teacher just HAD to get this $3 dry-erase poster set! It has all the charts and graphs: plan your story, five w-s chart, sequence chain, characters, timeline, predictions, conclusions, opinions, topic triangle, informative writing chart, outline, cause and effect, graph, and two blank lined-pages. I just love it! And for $3!! Can’t beat it!
Construction paper – $4.99
Lined spiral notebook – $0.25
8-count blank storybooks – $3.00
Dry-Erase board (one side is lined and the other is blank) – $1.00
Dry-Erase pockets – $1.00
Everything is now organized and ready for our school days!
Currently we are working in the nook area where I have the chalkboard set up. Eventually I will have a separate space set up for school, where I can hang more things and leave items out for both the boys. But for now, I just grab what I need, set it on the counter, and we work at the kitchen table.
Today starts week 2!
I will head back to Target in a few weeks and see if there are any other awesome items for homeschooling/teaching/back-to-school! I’ll keep you posted!
See you back here on Wednesday! Have a wonderful Monday friends!