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Curriculum Choices – 7th and 10th Grade

New Year, New Ideas

We have been making some new choices for the new year and we are revisiting some older things.  We are also making changes in how we manage our homeschool to be more successful as a working mother.

Managing our Curriculum

The newest thing in our homeschool this year is adding Homeschool Manager.  It is an online school scheduling program that gives me the ability to enter their assignments for the week.  They have a family password so they can get in and view their work list and mark off what they have completed.  When I log in I can see if any thing is overdue and what needs to be graded.  Then I can enter grades.  We are only on day 4 but so far it has worked really well.

Curriculum Tenth Grade

Joshua has started using Life of Fred for math.  Because we were unsure what he was really solid on and what he still was unsure of we have gone back and start with the Fractions book.  We will continue to move through the series in the recommended order from here.  He had started IEW – Student Writing Intensive B last year as a review but instead of finishing it we decided to start over with SWI – C.  As soon as it arrives we also be adding Fix-It! Grammar Book 1 form IEW.  Joshua will also continue working through the Phonics Zoo List A using Spelling City.  For science he is using Summer by the Sea a biology study by Queens Homeschooling.  He will be using Florida Virtual School for Driver’s Ed and we may choose other courses as the year goes on.  I’m sure we’ll add more but that is what we are starting with.

Curriculum Seventh Grade

Hannah will be using Math Mammoth Blue to finish working through Multiplication and Division Topics.  From there we will decide what to do next.  Possibly a move to Life of Fred.  She is also continuing to use Mathletics.com for math enrichment.  She will be continuing Language Lessons for the Elementary Child 2.  She is restarting Student Writing Intensive B.  Online she is using Essential Skills Advantage and Word Builder.  For history she will finish the Veritas Press course in Greece, Rome, and New Testament she started in the spring.  For science she will finish Nature Walk with Aunt Bessie from Queens Homeschooling and then move on to the next book.  Optional learning activities for her will include Homeschool Piano and Lumosity.

Time to Start using our Curriculum

I think the act of getting this all laid out in a public forum will help us all to stay committed to this school year.  There will be minor adjustments through the year depending on what we are reviewing but this is the base we will work from.

#curriculum #school

 

See Other Families Choices

Head over to Ben and Me to see if what other families are choosing to do this year.

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Q is for the The Quiet Way Home – ABC Blogging

ABC Blogging – The Home Stretch

Well we are more than half way done.  I love the challenge of bringing you one or more books each week.  This has been so much fun.

Join the Fun of ABC Blogging

Join in by creating your own letter themed post, check out the other blogs in the link below, or by commenting about your own favorite books here or at any of the other social media outlets.

Q is for The Quiet Way Home

#abcblogging #books #q #quietFor the letter q, I bring you “The Quiet Way Home” by Bonny Becker.  This is a gentle story of a young girl and her grandfather walking home and finding the way that takes them past the quiet things.  The illustrations by Benrei Huang really bring the words to life and give the book a warm feeling.  This book was part of my Before Five in A Row collection.  I don’t think it is currently in print but check out your local library or interlibrary loan to see if you can find a copy.  Pinterest of course has a page of The Quiet Way Home ideas.  School Time Snippets offers a Sound Matching Game.

Today will all the rushing around we do in our life and all the noise that is out there this story is a good reminder to hush to hear the quiet things.  So enjoy this story with your children and then take and walk and hear what quiet things you can find.

ABC Blogging Link Up

Click the graphic below to find all the ABC Blogging fun for Round 5.

 

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Technology – Back to Homeschool Blog Hop

Technology and Change, Change, and More Change

Unless you have been hiding in a cave you have to notice there have been tons of changes in the last 20 years in the area of technology.  When I started homeschooling in 1992 the closest thing to the internet was forums on Prodigy.  If you needed to get a hold of someone you might be able to call their beeper.  And books well there were all printed on paper.

So What Will You Technology Will You Embrace

Every family has to make their own choices regarding technology.  Some will take it all on and other will reject it all.  Most families will be somewhere in between.  As you get ready to go back to school you have to decide what you will use and how it will be a part of your schooling.

Some of my Favorite Technology Choices

#bloghop #backtohomeschool #technologySo I have some personal favorites and a couple of these are things that I was sure I would never use let alone love.

E-Reader  – I was so sure that I would never give up paper but well after using a variety of e-readers over the last few years I’m really a convert.  They give you the ability to have a large collection of books at your finger tips.  They take up a lot less space than paper books.  You can usually update to new versions of a book if they are released.  Depending on the reader you are using you can make notes and highlight.  Also, if you have a child with reading challenges many of the readers offer text-to-speech options.  Those that also offer tablet like options you can also play learning games or go online to do research.  The downside of course is that you need to make sure you have backups in case of device failure.  Most e-book purchases don’t offer the ability to resell when you have finished using them.

Smart Phone – This was another one of those devices I saw no need for.  I need a phone to make and receive calls.  But them I saw the good side of being able to send a quick text without interrupting my teaching time.  Then when I got a full smart phone I love the ability to look up a word quickly or do a quick search without having to get up and go to the computer.  It makes a quick reference guide.  Also, there are several apps now that allow the parent keep up with online learning or planning this is especially helpful if you are a working homeschool parent.  The downside is letting it take over you life and getting so caught up that you forget to give your children your attention.

Computers and Learning – Computers have been a great addition to our homeschooling over the years.  Add the internet and you have a whole bucket full of learning opportunities.  There are so many resources now available to homeschool families.  There are lots of websites offering supplemental, course, and full curriculum choices.  Some choices include web-based learning and other provide live online learning.  Our family has had the opportunity to try out several of these and information on these can be found in the review series here on this blog.  Also, used wisely there are all kinds of You Tube videos on a variety of topics.  So the downside of course is that if you are not careful you could find things that are suitable for you family.  Also, you have to guard against too much time in front of the screen and need to remember to take breaks.

Change can be Good

I think change can be good and I have been excited about the opportunities that have presented themselves as a result of the technology now available.  I love being able to easily stay in touch with my children, have a quick reference device in my hand, and the ability to save a little bit of space on my shelves.  I would have loved having the opportunity to have text-to-speech available when my children was struggling with his reading.  So while I will continue to be mindful of use abuse I look forward to what new changes will be on the horizon.

 

Group 5 Links

Since there are so many people playing along in this blog post we have divided up into groups. Here is the links for my group #5
Dawn @ Double O Farms
Tess @ Circling Through This Life
Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler
Lexi @ Lextin Academy
Karen @ My Harbor Lights (This is where you are at right now.)
Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker
Joanie @ Simple Living Mama
Lisa @ Home to 4 Kiddos
Lori @ Home: where life happens

Posts in This Series

Day 1 – Plan

Day 2 – Supplies

Day 3 – Fellowship

Day 4 – Service

Day 5 – Technology

Don’t Forget The Giveaway

You have until August 18th to join in the contest.  Head over to the Giveaway Post to enter.

Check the Link to the Anchor Post for the Back to School Blog Hop

Back to Homeschool Blog Hop

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Service – Back to Homeschool Blog Hop

What is Service

Service means the action of helping or doing work for someone.  Community service is when you give this service to the community.

Types of Service

Service can be done as a group, family or as an individual.  Service can be rendered to a family member or neighbor.  It can be performed for your church.  It can also be given to any number or local agency that need help.  It might be done overseas.

Sometimes service might be a very practical hands on way.  It can also be more of a support position like helping with a fund-raising, manning a booth, preparing mailings, or promoting a cause on social media.

Importance of Service

Service can be valuable for many reasons.  It can help young people see the needs of others in their community.  It gives them a chance to think beyond themselves.  If you volunteer in a variety of settings they have a chance to try out different types of jobs or working environments.  Plus, of course it helps those who are receiving the service.

Service and Back to School

#bloghop #backtohomeschool #serviceSo why talk about service at part of a back to school series?  Well, as you are working on your school plans you will want to make sure you make time for service as part of those plans.  Some families spend time throughout the year on participating in service projects and other families concentrate their service during off times from school.

Certain service projects are seasonal in nature and you might need to sign up ahead of time to participate so you need to know what opportunities you want to look for so that you can be prepared.

You can make the planning of service projects part of your school plan in a project based learning.  Some schools will allow students to earn school credit for a certain number of community service hours.  Also, many schools are now requiring community service to earn a diploma.  I know we are homeschooling but it doesn’t hurt to explore what might be required or allowed under the homeschool laws in your state.

Also, community service can be used in the future when applying for college.  Places that you have volunteer can be used on a resume as well.

Service in Our Family

My oldest all of his service at one location.  He volunteered once a week from the time he was in 6th grade until he graduated.  The rest of my children have done the majority of their service hours through one organization but this organization takes the children to a variety of places and they complete a wide selection of jobs.  So they have had lots of different experiences but we have one person to list as the reference on future application.

So give service a try it can be a win, win for everyone involved.

Group 5 Links

Since there are so many people playing along in this blog post we have divided up into groups. Here is the links for my group #5
Dawn @ Double O Farms
Tess @ Circling Through This Life
Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler
Lexi @ Lextin Academy
Karen @ My Harbor Lights (This is where you are at right now.)
Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker
Joanie @ Simple Living Mama
Lisa @ Home to 4 Kiddos
Lori @ Home: where life happens

Posts in This Series

Day 1 – Plan

Day 2 – Supplies

Day 3 – Fellowship

Day 4 – Service

Day 5 – Technology

Don’t Forget The Giveaway

You have until August 18th to join in the contest.  Head over to the Giveaway Post to enter.

Check the Link to the Anchor Post for the Back to School Blog Hop

Back to Homeschool Blog Hop

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