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Lately in Our Life ~ Homeschool, Gymnastics, Chickens

Lately in our Life Oct 2018

Homeschool Update

This year we have a 4th grader, 7th grader and 11th grader. It is a very different year for me as a teacher – for many reasons.

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First, the oldest kid is taking all but one class at the community college. He is dually enrolled through an awesome program in our state called Career and College Promise. He gets to take these classes for free. He is currently taking Sociology, Music Appreciation, Math {Pre Cal}, and English. The one subject he is doing at home is US History – we are using Notgrass.

It has been an adjustment, for sure, but the timing is right for him. It blows my mind how a 14 year old seems so young and a 16 year old seems so old, yet there’s only 2 years between. He is working at Chick-fil-A also, which is awesome, but he’s gone a lot. We LOVE that he gets to figure out the trials of a busy college-student life while still living with us. It’s not exactly how I envisioned his junior year, but it working out better than I planned!

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Our 7th grader is using almost all new curriculum making his year different for both of us. We stuck with Teaching Textbooks for math and IEW for writing but switched the rest to Lifepac. You can see details here in his 7th grade curriculum choices post. I love Lifepac for him, it’s a great fit. He is using Science and History/Geography – which are going great. We are also using Lifepac Language Arts, but I am not completely sold so far. It is just laid out so differently than what we have used {for grammar, spelling, reading comprehension, etc.} and I am not certain it jives with us. I am not giving up, but not sure about it.

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We switched up the routine for our daughter, which is working VERY well. Not huge curriculum changes for her, but some additions have really made our year more fun so far. See all of her 4th grade curriculum choices here.

Adding in art time together has been great. I haven’t been 100% consistent, but much better than ever before! The biggest change is her independent “homework” time. With a goal of teaching her to become more independent, I now teach her lessons, go over the work that needs to be done and then she actually completes the work on the following day during her morning independent “homework” time. This helps her retain information, since she isn’t completing the work from the lesson immediately afterward. It has been a great change, and also frees me up to focus on her brother more individually.

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Our son is staying busier and busier with gymnastics. Most recently, he qualified for Future Stars Nationals! This is a big deal and something he missed by just a tiny bit last year when he had a wrist injury. This year he was well for the regional evaluation and he is thrilled. We will head to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in November where he will compete with boys from the entire nation.

Ky has a new Instagram account for which you are welcome to follow if you’d like to.

I also share much of his journey on my account using the hashtag: #krashthegymnast.

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Our daughter is beginning her competitive gymnastics journey in a much more laid-back style – which is awesome. She joined the AAU Bronze team and is loving it. She is currently learning her routines and will have her first competition in January. Follow her journey on my Instagram using the hashtag: #LFHgymnastics

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We are blessed with MAY eggs daily thanks to our girls. They are a delight and we love having them. Now that they are bigger, it is more work for sure {keeping their coop and run clean} but it is still fun and we LOVE the eggs!

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7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

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My middle son is 12 and going into 7th grade this year. Below are the 7th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Krash!

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

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7th Grade Subjects

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TT Prealgebra IEW Ancient History Theme Based

Lifepac 7th HistoryLifepac 7th LALifepac science 7th

You can see our 4th Grade Choices here.

Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold!

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Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices

4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

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My daughter is 9 and going into 4th grade this year. Below are the 4th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Ladybug! Changes may come, but this is the plan for now!

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4th 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! Honestly I had a VERY hard time deciding on a few of these and may end up changing my mind. The joy of homeschool – I can!

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IEW Bible HeroesIEW Fun and Fascinating


Art in our Homeschool

4th Grade Reading Book List (1 of 1)

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices

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10th Grade Year-End Review

10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Review

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 will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level from this homeschool year.

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We shared our 3rd grade year-end review here and 6th grade here. Next up, 10th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 10th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

10th Grade Subjects

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!

10th grade homeschool

Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Algebra 2

Teaching Textbooks is a perfect for us. Seriously, math was my most feared subject and TT has made it so easy. He completed Algebra 2 this year and is officially done with his Teaching Textbooks journey. They do have Pre Cal, but he will be taking his math for 11th grade at the community college {dual enrollment}. His placement test scores were VERY high in math, even the administrator pulled me to talk about how well he did on the test! I feel we owe this to Teaching Textbooks!!!!

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Government/Economics ~ Notgrass

We both love Notgrass and this year was no exception. He completed their Government and Economics and learned a lot!

English ~ IEW Windows to the World / Teaching the Classics

We used Teaching the Classics for the first month or so of school, to familiarize both of us with the content. It was very helpful. We then completed Windows to the World together. I must be honest and say that literature analysis is not our favorite subject but IEW made it bearable. I definitely recommend IEW!

Elective ~ Graphic Design

This was a great elective for Pac and he enjoyed it. I love that we were able to get this great course through our SchoolHouse Teachers membership {which we did renew for this year too}.

Elective ~ Human Development

I loved this Human Development course. It was simple, to the point and a great introduction to this topic from a Christian worldview!

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Stay tuned, I will be sharing our curriculum choices for 11th grade,7th grade and 4th grade.

See all of our Homeschool Curriculum reviews and features here!

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices