Jolanthe of Homeschool Creations recently posted this update.
We’re at the halfway point in our homeschool time, and even a few day beyond. Even though it’s technically a little closer to the middle of January, our Christmas break provided more of a chance to sit down and look at how each child is progressing and see if there are any changes we needed to make to what we are using.
Overall, we’ve been really happy with our homeschool curriculum choices, but we have tweaked a few things – and I thought you all might like to see what the kids are enjoying the most as well! Over the next week or so, I’ll be sharing a post on each of the kids (it seemed easier than grouping it all into one post!).
Overall our 3rd grade curriculum choices have been a great fit. We have added and/or delayed a few subject areas. Kaleb’s favorite subjects are definitely science, grammar (he loves Daily Grams), and anything art related. He strongly dislikes diagramming though (my heart breaks). While history hasn’t been his favorite, adding in comic strip illustrations to help his take notes and remember the lessons has made a difference the last two months.
Kaleb is one of our most dedicated learners (i.e. not one to complain about his work other than possibly reading). He is typically working on school work before it’s even time to start the day and it isn’t uncommon to find out that he’s finished his math and handwriting – always a nice start to the day! He is also the boy that wants to do as much as he can 1:1 with me, so this year we are pushing him a little bit in working on math via the computer (last year we used Teaching Textbooks, but I did all the lectures with him because he said the computer was too hard – it wasn’t, he just wanted to be with me more).
On the other hand – he is my baby and I want to enjoy every last minute of this 1:1 time that we have together (shhhh – don’t tell him).
Here’s a look at our overall plan for the 3rd grade year…
Our cursive handwriting has really been fun too (although there are complaints some days). I haven’t figured out a way to share the printables yet, but each week we review a verse from the Bible and practice letters and words based on those verses from our Seeds Family Worship albums. It’s been a great way to review verses we’ve learned via song and further cement them in our hearts (for me too!).
The youngest three and I are working on history together and combining Mystery of History and Story of the World has been great. With comic strip illustrations, he is remembering the bulk of what we are learning. Through history we are looking at past and modern geography (I’ll admit that I’m learning a thing or two!).
The vocabulary cards aren’t Kaleb’s favorite, but he is remembering quite a bit, although he is slower to grasp the words than Zachary and McKenna. He tolerates them, but gets frustrated easily since the older two want to give the answers quickly. They have been a fun way to start the morning though.
Looping subjects – Occasionally there are areas that I tend to push aside (or they just get pushed aside) because we have other things happening or something interrupts and we get sidetracked. Spelling and learning games are two of those areas (as well as read-alouds – see below. With these two, as well as science projects, we’re going to put onto a loop schedule where we rotate what comes next. Rather than having an assigned day of the week for each subject, they are going on a rotation schedule a few days each week and work on the next in line. That way if we miss a day, it’s really not a big deal because we can work on it the next day and no area gets lonely.
Reading with Kaleb – I also need to focus more on reading alone with just Kaleb – my reading TO him, other than our read-aloud time. He is a ‘get it done’ boy and focuses in on making sure everything is done properly (cough) and doesn’t always take a lot of time to relax and enjoy – and that is so important too.
Read-alouds – Much of our read-aloud time was spent with audiobooks in the car, but was also hard since one child was here and another was there and no one wanted to miss out on anything. We’ve decided instead to push along in a book and later tell the missing sibling what happened when they were gone. That way we can cover more ground together. Having the kids DOING something (like building with LEGOs or drawing) has been a huge help.
That’s about it for our 3rd grade mid-year curriculum review! How is your year going so far?
Thank you, Heather of Only Passsionate Curiosity
Rebecca at HipHomeschoolingBlog.com shared Lesson 50 on the Human Body on this video.
Marci shared 5 REASONS TO CHOOSE NANCY LARSON SCIENCE
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Choosing the right science curriculum for your children can be the difference between them loving or really disliking science. There is no “one-size-fits-all” curriculum, so homeschool parents have to search and find the right fit for their children.
For our youngest, Nancy Larson Science was the right choice. Take a look at these 5 reasons we chose Nancy Larson Science and see if it might be a good fit for your young scientists.
One of the main things I look for in a science curriculum is a quality hands-on aspect. If you are a regular reader, you have heard again and again that science isn’t found in a text book. Science is all around us. It is hands-on. Nancy Larson Science has a hands-on activity for every lesson.
Students get to dig into the science everyday through exploration, experimentation, sketching, and recording results. Those hands-on experiences drive the lesson home.
How many times have you gotten ready to do a really cool science project with your kids only to find that you are missing some of the supplies necessary or just don’t know where to find something on the supply list? One of the biggest reasons parents do not do hands-on activities and experiments with their kids is that they do not have the right supplies.
Nancy Larson Science fixes that problem. The program comes with the student texts, teacher’s manual, related books, a CD full of resource materials, and a tool kit with nearly all the supplies you’ll need for the entire year of hands-on science! I love when the Nancy Larson box is delivered. I know that everything I need is inside!
3. Teaches study skills
4. Developmentally appropriate
Nancy Larson Science not only teaches reading and study skills that build as the year progresses. NLS teaches in a away that builds on developmental progress, well. Madon Dailey, the homeschool representative for Nancy Larson Science, put together is video that addresses this very well.
5. Open and go
Sunday nights can be long for a homeschool mom trying to prepare lessons for the week. The scripted teacher’s guide and all-inclusive nature of Nancy Larson Science makes it so easy. There is hardly any prep work at all! Just grab a few items from your supply box that are listed in the teacher’s guide and you are ready.
We’ve really enjoyed Nancy Larson Science. If you have any questions about the curriculum, I’d be more than happy to try and answer them for you!
To see more of our adventures with Nancy Larson Science, check out these posts.
Included are vouchers for the caterpillars for the Butterfly Garden, and one to send for the ladybugs.
Tita Williams creates many of the photos used in our Nancy Larson Science programs. She’s also helped with the field testing and revisions.