Tuesday, September 08, 2015

homeschool: september

Mixed feelings about writing out a homeschool plan for just Jack and not Kate. We have already eased our way back into a homeschool routine the last few weeks. I definitely miss having Kate home, but it has also been nice to focus solely on Jack. This sounds like a lot, but we don't do all of it daily. And much of it only takes a few minutes. Really trying to keep it simple!

I'm also take the Project Based Homeschool Master Class. Looking forward to incorporating those ideas into our homeschool days.


  • MathUSee - currently working through a review of Delta and will start back with lessons in the next week or so
  • Math facts review - games, apps, Times Tales DVD, etc.
Language Arts 
  • Rod & Staff - English 5 - Disappointed that First Language Lessons ended at 4. This came highly recommended as a continuation. A little more religious based than I had realized, but we are making it work. Already on Lesson 7.
  • Tutoring (Jack) - 3x/week
  • SpellingUSee - Wild Tales 1-2 lessons/week - this has been a great program for Jack
  • Excellence in Writing - Student Writing Intensive - Level A - wasn't sure what to do with writing this year, but so far this has been fabulous.
  • Lego Build to Express & Lego Story Starter - we are all excited to start this!
  • Comprehension/Vocabulary/Book Reports - EdHelper questions/worksheets/vocab as applicable to reading plus book reports
  • Independent Reading - planning to do a daily combo of novel reading on the Kindle and a variety of library books (fiction, nonfiction, etc). Jack is currently reading the first book in the Warriors series plus library books related to our subject studies or a book to satisfy our reading program (yes, it is a summer reading program, but we are using it for the school year)
  • Read Aloud - I've always read aloud to the kids, but listening to the relatively new podcast Read Aloud Revival, I am newly inspired. I've finished Stuart Little with both kids, and with Jack I'm reading Trumpet of the White Swan
History/Social Studies/Geography/Biography/Religion/Literature/Art
  • Story of the World - audiobook - Jack listened to this all summer, so I'm not sure where we are. Will figure that out soon.
  • Shakespeare study - using How to Teach Your Kids ShakespeareUsborne Illustrated Stories form Shakespeare, library books, Netflix & Amazon movies - progressing as we feel like it
  • EB White biographies - to go along with his books
  • Swans - to go along with Trumpet of the White Swan
  • Lego Simple & Motorized Mechanisms
  • Science Packets
  • Human Body/Emotions
  • Speech therapy (Jack) - 2x/week
  • CNN Student News - starting Aug 17th
  • Keyboarding Without Tears - not yet started
  • Homeschool Enrichment Program - weekly
  • Minecraft Homeschool - starts later in the month
  • Swim Team 4-5x/week

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