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Homeschool Wrap-Up August 2019

Homeschool Wrap-Up August 2019

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5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices L  8th Grace Homeschool Curriculum Choices K

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Back to Homeschool

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We started back to homeschool in early August with a partial schedule. All subjects were added in by August 19, the day my oldest also began his senior year! He is taking all of his classes at the community college for dual credit so you won’t be seeing him in my wrap-up posts any more! He’s a BIG kid now! Read more about his journey here in our 11th grade wrap-up post.


 

5th and 8th Together Learning

This year I have combined my younger two kids for a few of subjects – History, Geography, Writing, and Grammar. We are also studying the Bible together in the morning during our breakfast time together. Below I will share a bit about each!

Geography

We began our geography study with AFRICA Country by Country. I created the Country by Country series and am excited to finally be using it with my kids! One of the ways we are extending our geography and world learning is by reading. I have chosen several books that take place in Africa to read aloud to my kids while we are learning about Africa. We began with A Long Walk to Water, which we are all loving so far! I keep our map open during reading to consistently remind my children of certain locations. I want them to be fluent in world geography and this is a simple way to help with this.

Country by Country AFRICA

They are completing one country per day on their own, totaling 4 per week. I have instructed them to circle any fun facts that they’d like to look into more together. The snakes of Benin was a definite circle for both! We spent some time online together learning about Benin and the snake temple, it was pretty interesting – but not anywhere I’d like to visit!

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History

In history we are working together daily, with a goal of 5 lessons per week. So far we are enjoying Notgrass and I am really glad I switched to this and combined my kids for history this year. Last year they each did separate and it was too much for me and neither got as much out of it.

Notgrass History From Adam To Us

We sit together at the dining room table, with me in the middle, and explore the topic together.

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We are doing many of the activities, all of the vocabulary and extending our learning and retention by creating Jeopardy game cards to play with later! After each lesson, they each create one fact card to use in our Jeopardy game. We are waiting to play our first round until we have accumulated enough facts – we are almost ready!


Bible

We do Bible learning together during our morning routine! This is something I began last year and we have continued this year. Click here to see what we are doing in the mornings right now!

Homeschool Morning Routine


Writing & Grammar

We picked up where we left off at the end of last year with both writing and grammar, see more about our mid-year switch here. We are finishing up SWI-B and are currently writing reports about whales.

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Fix It Grammar continues to be a good fit. It’s a review for both, that they both need. We aren’t to the point of learning new things yet since I decided to start at the beginning with the first book [The Nose Tree}, but the review is needed.

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5th Grade

5th Grade Homeschool

How is my baby in 5th grade? This one is even harder for me to accept than the 12th grader! She is supposed to be in Kindergarten forever!


Science

We are using Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners Science 5th Grade and we are loving it so far! We do lots of the reading on the couch, so that sweet Baxter can join us.

5th Grade Homeschool Science

We are loving the experiments! See the blubber glove in action here on Instagram!

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The bean plant experiment was awesome, I shared about it on Instagram here!

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We had great results and it is still growing!

Evan Moor Science Experiment


Math

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Teaching Textbooks Math. She is using level 6 and flying through it.

Teaching Textbooks Math

 

We are also using our Spielgaben Math Workbooks to review concepts as I notice struggles. Recently we have been digging back into telling time and the workbooks have been a helpful addition.

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Enrichment

She started her weekly enrichment classes at the end of August! This year she is taking Apologia Science – Swimming Creatures and Mind Benders.

Homeschool Enrichment 5th Grade


Reading

See her 5th grade reading list here.

Here’s her completed list so far for 5th grade…

  • Spark
  • Star in the Forest

Currently Reading: Sing Down the Moon, The Familiars {book 1}, Wings of Fire {book 13}, Wonderland {yes she likes to have multiple books going at once – she’s my bookworm}

5th Grade Reading List


Extras…

We recently reviewed Reading Eggspress and I fell in love and we are now using this for our reading comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. I am assigning her the computer portion 2 days a week and the worksheets with me 2 days per week.

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Night Zookeeper is another wonderful addition that we discovered through a review we did for them. She loves it and uses it about twice a week. Read more about it here.

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8th Grade

8th Grade Homeschool

K continues to train many hours a week with his gymnastics so many of his homeschool choices are based around this. He is competing level 9 this year, and has an Instagram account here if you’d like to follow his gymnastics adventures! You can also follow my posts about his gymnastics with the hashtag #krashthegymnast.


Math

Teaching Textbooks works SO well for him. He is doing unbelievably well with Algebra 1 so far and is really turning over a new leaf of confidence in math. I am so proud and happy for him!

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Science

Last year we started using LIFEPAC for science and the format works well for him so we continued this year. So far, so good! Baxter LOVES science time since we often do it on my bed.

LIFEPAC 8th Grade Science


Reading

See his 8th grade reading list here.

Currently Reading: Finding Gobi {independent read}

Finally Finishing: Hiding Place {reading together}

Up Next: Running For My Life

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You can also see much of our everyday homeschool life on Instagram!

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5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

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My daughter is 10 and going into 5th grade this year. Below are the 5th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for her! Changes may come, but this is the plan for now!

Curious to see what she did in the past?

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5th Grade Subjects

We will not be doing all of these every day. Follow along with us and I will share throughout the year so you can see how it all fits in!

The list is long, but not all of these are essentials. She won’t do all of these every day!

    The Visual Version

        Teaching Textbooks Student Workbook Gr. 6Notgrass-Adam-to-Us1   Vocabulary Grade 5 Evan Moor Science 5th   aas 5 Apologia Swimming

    IEW SWI B IEW-fIX-iT3 IEW Fun and Fascinating5th Grade Reading List

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    See all of our past curriculum posts!

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    8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    8th Grace Homeschool Curriculum Choices K

    My middle son is 13 and going into 8th grade this year. Below are the 8th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for him!

    Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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    8th Grade Subjects

    The Visual Version

     TT Algebra 1   Notgrass Adam to Us   lifepac-8-Science-10pack

       

    8th Grade Reading List IEW fIX iT IEW-Ancient-History-Theme-Based8

    Country by Country

     

    Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold!

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    See all of our past curriculum posts!

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    4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year-End Review

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    The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I have shared many of these posts, you can see them all here. This is my third child to homeschool 4th grade, which is why the post is titled “Round 3!”

    Next up, 4th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 4th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

    Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!  


    Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 5, Spielgaben, Life of Fred

    Once again, Teaching Textbooks does the job for us! She completed Math 5 and will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Math 6 for 5th grade.

    We read Life of Fred together at least a few times a week, we both LOVE LOF!

    Our Spielgaben set continues to come out and the pieces are often used for reinforcement. We are using the new math workbooks this summer for review!

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    History/Geography ~ LIFEPAC 4th Grade 

    This was a great fit for us! She enjoyed reading together and did the workbook portion on her own.

    We will be switching to a different publisher for next year – not because I didn’t like LIFEPAC but simply because I need to combine my kids to save time instead of having two completely different history programs. Next year we will use Notgrass From Adam to Us for 5th and 8th grade.

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    See more about LIFEPAC History/Geography here in our full review!


    Reading ~ 4th grade reading list.

    Books read together :

    • Island of the Blue Dolphins
    • The Wild Robot
    • The Wild Robot Escapes
    • Endling
    • Granted

    Books read independently:

    • Warriors series
    • Wings of Fire series
    • more than I can remember

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    She LOVES reading, but only loves reading books she chooses. Her big change for the upcoming school year will be having assigned books to read. I will mainly be assigning historical fiction for her, since her natural reading choices are mostly fantasy and animal fiction.

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    Grammar ~ Growing with Grammar then Fix It Grammar

    We began the year by finishing up Growing with Grammar Level 3 with plans to move on to level 4. We decided to try IEW’s Fix It Grammar and it is a great fit! We started with their first book and I taught my kids together {4th/7th}. Since we started later in the year, we just got as far as we could and will begin where we left off when we start back to school in August.

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    Vocabulary ~ Spectrum 4th Grade  

    No photos of this one, but I continue to like Spectrum Vocabulary workbooks for my kids and will be having her use the 5th grade version in the fall.


    Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 4

    We love AAS but my girl is a naturally good speller. We took pretests for many of the units and she knew almost all of the words. We will use Level 5 in the fall since we already own it, but I imagine she will breeze through it too. It’s nice to finally have a kid I don’t have to drill on spelling so much!


    Handwriting Practice ~ Character Copywork

    I combined a bit of Bible with handwriting having her copy verses using Character Copywork.

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    Writing ~ IEW

    We started the year with Bible Heroes {which we were finishing up from 3rd grade} and paused in the middle to do SWI B  {I combined my younger kids for this 4th/7th} and that was a great idea! We will finish up SWI B in the fall {we have 3 lessons left – which purposely saved because I wanted to spend time on them and not rush at the end of the year} and then move on to All Things Fun and Fascinating. IEW is a great fit for us! She is a natural writer, and will write TONS on her own. When she grows up she wants to be a LEGO designer but if she doesn’t do that she wants to be an author.

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    Science ~ Learning About Science & weekly enrichment class {Apologia Astronomy}   

    Most of her science came from her weekly enrichment class which she loved. They used Apologia Astronomy and she came home with all sorts of fun stuff! Working on the solar system project together was a highlight! You can see her oral report here on Instagram!

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    We used Learning About Science as a home addition to read about some additional science topics together.

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    Art ~ See our plans here!  

    We tend to be stronger with the “extras” during the first few months of school. I loved our art plan and love the projects we did and artists we learned about. I plan to continue on in the fall and get some good art in for a few months at least!

    Artist Books (1 of 1) Masterpiece Society Art Turtle project (3 of 4)Masterpiece Society Studio Art (4 of 4) Masterpiece Society Studio Art (5 of 1)


    For Fun ~ Kids Cook Real Food eCourse

    Again, I was great for a couple of months and then main subjects took over. I love the cooking course nd hope to do more with it again in the fall!

    4th Grade Year End Homeschool


    Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 11th grade. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade & 5th grade. See all of our past reviews and choices for other grade levels here!

    Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices



    7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year-End Review–Round 2!

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    The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I have shared many of these posts, you can see them all here. This is my second child to homeschool 7th grade, which is why the post is titled “Round 2!”

    First up, 7th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 7th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

    Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!


    Science ~ LIFEPAC 7th Grade

    My older son used Apologia science for all of middle school and I knew the layout just wouldn’t be a good fit for my middle son. I decided to give LIFEPAC a try and it is a good fit for him! The mini-book style works well, breaking down the huge book into smaller sections is less overwhelming. The breakup of the reading with questions is better for him too. We will be using LIFEPAC for science in 8th grade too.

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    Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra

    Once again, Teaching Textbooks does the job for us! He completed Pre Algebra and will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1 for 8th grade. Wondering if TT math is a good college prep math program?

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    History/Geography ~ LIFEPAC 7th Grade

    This was a great fit for us! It isn’t his favorite subject, but he liked the layout of the LIFEPAC booklets. We mostly did the lessons together, on my bed or a couch, with help from Baxter.

    We will be switching to a different publisher for next year – not because I didn’t like LIFEPAC but simply because I need to combine my kids to save time instead of having two completely different history programs. Next year we will use Notgrass From Adam to Us for 5th and 8th grade.

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    See more about LIFEPAC History/Geography here in our full review!


    Reading ~ 7th grade reading list.

    Books read :

    • Refugee – FAVORITE!
    • Chains
    • The Hiding Place
    • Run Away Home
    • Beyond the Bright Sea

    He dislikes reading alone {enjoys reading together} and he did not read as much as I would have liked. 8th grade is going to be a game changer for him, as it was for my older son. He simply MUST read more books.


    Grammar ~ Fix It Grammar

    We began the year with LIFEPAC Language Arts and ended up making a switch mid-year. We decided to try IEW’s Fix It Grammar and it is a great fit! We started with their first book and I taught my kids together {4th/7th}. Since we started later in the year, we just got as far as we could and will begin where we left off when we start back to school in August.

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    Writing ~ IEW

    We started the year with IEW Ancient History Based Writing and paused in the middle to do SWI B  {I combined my younger kids for this 4th/7th} and that was a great idea! We will finish up SWI B in the fall {we have 3 lessons left – which purposely saved because I wanted to spend time on them and not rush at the end of the year} and then complete Ancient History. IEW is a great fit for us and after we complete what we have I will probably buy another theme based unit for him to do.

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    Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for 4th grade and 11th grade. I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade & 5th grade.