Friday, August 9, 2013

2013-2014 Curriculum

Is it possible that a new school year is almost upon us!  
I'm feeling both more prepared and more overwhelmed than ever before.
That could possibly be because I will have THREE homeschoolers this year!

John will be staying home this year and joining us in all the homeschool madness!
I'm like 98% sure about that.  Technically, I haven't withdrawn him from VPK yet...
I should probably do that soon.

Anyway, I have been in crazy major planning mode for the past week!
I'm pretty sure my dining room table is still under there somewhere!

So without further ado, here are our curriculum choices for 2013-2014:

Libby - 3rd Grade

Math- Teaching Textbooks 3 (we are making the switch from math u see and are super excited about it!)
Reading/Phonics- Phonics Pathways and Reading Pathways (Libby is dyslexic and needs lots of repetitive drilling in phonics. These books are great for that!)
Writing- IEW Bible Heroes, Prescripts Cursive Words 
Spelling- Sequential Spelling 1 and All About Spelling 
(We are trying both of these because there are things about both programs that I like and I need to see which one Libby responds to the best before we go one way or another.)

Emma Jane- 1st grade

Math- Math U See Alpha
Reading- IEW Primary Arts of Language Reading (We will actually be done with this in October and then I don't know exactly what we will do.)
Writing- IEW Bible Heroes, Prescripts Cursive Letters
Spelling- All About Spelling 1

John- PreK

Preschool- a combination of COAH's Letter of the Week and 1+1+1=1's RRPS
Math- Math U See Primer
Handwriting- Handwriting Without Tears 

We are also a part of a Classical Conversations community, so we use that as our spine curriculum. CC will drive our history, science, and geography studies for the year.

Hopefully I can get all of this organized and the mess that is currently my dining room table cleaned up in time for our start date of August 19!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The old normal

Well, we are officially Floridians again!

We left New Hampshire with mixed emotions last Thursday.
Sad to say goodbye to our cousins, but really excited to be home too.
Florida missed us.

Between my flight two weeks ago and this most recent trip I have come to a decision.
 In my old age, I don't think I can handle the stress of airplane travel any longer.
We sat on the runway in Manchester for over half an hour, so that when we landed in Baltimore we had exactly 27 minutes to make our connecting flight.

Twenty-seven minutes to get four children and their ridiculously heavy backpacks out of the back of the plane and to a completely different terminal.

You know that scene from Home Alone...
yeah, that was us running through the airport like crazy people.

We just made it.
Sadly, Our luggage didn't.
But, I knew it wouldn't.

At about 6:30pm we got a phone call letting us know that our bags had arrived in Tampa and would be delivered to us sometime between 8pm and 2am!
Have I mentioned that the airport is 20 minutes from my house?

 But that was really just a slight hiccup.
The next morning I woke up to way more suitcases than I wanted to deal with.
Three hours later, I came to another decision.

My children have too many clothes!
And rather than wash and put them all away, I am just going to make a large donation to Salvation Army instead.
Not really.  I actually did put all of their clothes away and the laundry is under control but seriously, we need to cut back! 
And by we, I mean they!

Now that we are home, I feel like Summer is officially over.
The kids feel this way too.
As soon as I pulled out all of our books to make some plans for the coming semester, I had three little people all up in my business begging to start school.
Seriously, who are these little nerds?!
Go play!
Because I guarantee, 30 minutes after we actually do start school, they will be begging to go play!

But that's life.
And I am glad to be back to it!