Helloooooo out there! I’m finally getting back into the swing of things as far as homeschooling goes, and wanted to share what we’ll be studying this year. I’m breaking it down in a three-part series for your viewing pleasure. 🙂
I decided to start earlier than planned (We started August 3rd), mainly because we didn’t have any plans for the month and would be sitting around mostly, so I figured we should just start school. So, our school will run from August through May, following a 4/1 schedule (4 weeks on, 1 week off), schooling Monday through Thursday. In total school will run 36 weeks. I tried a 5/1 schedule last year, but I like the idea of doing something new monthly, so we’ll try it and see if it works or not. I’m also trying to test out loop scheduling, a concept I learned about here. I haven’t been able to fit it in yet, but I’ll keep my eyes open for an opportunity. (BTW, I loved the webinar Pam and Sarah did on loop scheduling. Check it out if you can. It’s on the link above.)
Plan for Second Grade
My oldest is the one child I’m currently technically homeschooling, so this is what I’ve planned for him. I presented my ideas to him, we discussed them and what else he wanted to do, and came up with a pretty good list of to do’s for the year.
When I began planning the school year I thought we’d pick up where we left off with using Math-U-See Alpha level. However, the more I reviewed it, the more I didn’t feel it was going to work for my sun this year. So, I changed direction and decided to create a list of topics I wanted to cover with him. Each month we plan on doing something different, eventually building him an excellent mathematical foundation.
|Money and Time|
|Skip counting 2s -10s|
|Addition facts 0-9|
|Multiplication facts 0-9|
|Subtraction facts 0-9|
|Division facts 0-9|
|Shapes and measurement|
The topics will cover the basics of each principle. We use lots of different manipulatives, activities, videos, stories, websites, and real-world experiences to teach him the concepts. We’re working through money right now and it’s going well.
This year, we’re giving Brave Writer a try. I’ve followed and listened to Julie Bogart’s way of teaching language arts and simply fell in love. I love lessons that are dynamic and integrative to not only teach the concepts, but show how they’re used in a story. We will begin our first book, The Trumpet of the Swan next month.
If you’re thinking of using Brave Writer, you can purchase a discounted copy of the level you’re interested in through the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op.
That’s it for today, friends. Come back tomorrow for part two!