Our First Week of Homeschool ~ with a video peek at our 1st day!

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We just completed our first week of 2nd, 5th, and 9th grade! Before I share a bit about our first week, let me give you the direct links to our curriculum choices so you can easily refer to them if needed!

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Of course, I forced my babies to take back to school photos, using our grade level signs. You can print these for free here.

Obviously, they were SUPER thrilled with my idea.

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They know to cooperate quickly so it will be over quickly. Winking smile

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I am happy to say our first week went well. It doesn’t always go well, so I am VERY grateful.  We have to have a very detailed routine mostly due to our son’s odd gymnastics training schedule. I spent so long figuring out how to fit it all in and was a bit concerned it wouldn’t all get done, but it DID!

We use Lessontrek for planning and each child has a clipboard with their weekly assignments that we use as a checklist. You can see 2 of them in this shot from Instagram. I have a very detailed daily subject schedule for Krash, the gymnast, since he has to be the more scheduled one. That’s what you see in the blue notebook cover.

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I will share more in our monthly homeschool wrap-up post, so for now I leave you with this video peek at our first day back to homeschool.  I took random video clips for you throughout our day to give you a tiny peek at what it is like around here.

 

If you want info about our homeschool room, see this post!

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5th Grade Reading List

5th Grade Reading List

I spent the most time creating a book list for my 5th grader, since he is my slightly reluctant reader. I read tons of books this summer to carefully choose books I thought he would enjoy. After deciding on many book choices for him, I created a page with each cover so he can browse and choose his next book easily.

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The books on the top row are his required reads and ones we are reading together and going in depth with {comprehension questions, vocabulary, etc.}. Those are the same books I used with Pac when he used Calvert in 5th grade.

The rest of the books are books he can choose from. He may or may not get to all of them and that’s fine. Some are actually books that were on his 4th grade list that he didn’t get to last year. I have read most of these books or took my recommendations from trusted sources, but be sure to look into the books yourself {some have intense subject matter}, all kids are different!

Below you can see Amazon links to all of the books on this list {click over to the blog if you are reading in email}.

 

I am writing more detailed reviews for some of the books he is reading. So far this year {he began a few weeks ago} he has completed…

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I have a few downloads you are welcome to use if you’d like. First, here is a copy of the book choice page featuring the books I chose for him. If you want to create your own visual list, it is easy!  Just grab the book cover images online somewhere {I used Amazon} and then copy them into a document and resize how you want!  I use PowerPoint to create my documents, I like their positioning tools the best.

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Next, here is a blank reading record like his. I just have him write the title, author and rate the book 1-10 based on his opinion.

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Here’s another reading log we used when he was younger.  It is very similar to the one we are using now.

Free Printable Reading Log

See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!



5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

My middle son is 10 and going into 5th grade this year.  Below are the 5th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Krash!

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

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links are used below}

5th Grade Subjects

The Visual Version

AAS 5 Evan-Moor Daily Geography Practice 5th Grade Vocabulary Grade 5WritersInResidence1 Teaching Textbooks Student Workbook Gr. 6 Zoo2mystery-of-history-volume-II-180w World-Geography-Printables-Country-Notebooking-Pages-and-Printable-Maps PSB Elementary

 

There may be more to come, or some changes, but this is our list for now and all of this has been purchased! We will see what the year holds!

You can see our 2nd Grade Choices here and our 9th Grade Choices will be shared soon!

Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold!

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Weekly Wrap-Up for a Few Weeks

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Our Christmas homeschool schedule is in full swing.  For us that means I am doing a LOT with Pac to get ahead before the break, nothing planned with Krash {he’s already ahead on his curriculum}, and nothing planned with Ladybug.  I have Christmas school for the little 2 and the big guy joins in periodically.

Lately I have been asked quite a few times about the un-chaotic look of our schoolroom, people wondering if it is always so neat and orderly.  I literally laugh every time I get asked this, as the framing of a photo does a lot of cover up!  I put on my wider angle lens and snapped a typical view for those of you wondering.  This was about 2 hours into a school day.  You can see the Christmas sensory bin everywhere, Christmas stickers galore {the little guys were making cards for their gymnastics coaches}, and various other messes-I think I spy a train track in the background.

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Our schoolroom is messy and energetic for most of the day and we clean it up together in the end.  Usually once after school, or before lunch if I am on top of my game.  Then the kids often play in here in the evenings and they clean it up before bed.  I have things organized for self-clean up, they all know where things go and how to clean it up.  Labels and bins save the day!

On another note, to let you know that I am indeed a typical mom and not some supermom, we are officially Truth in the Tinsel drop-outs this year. We made it strong until about day 10 and then sickness and busy-ness set in and we just fell too far behind. I should have known to just pick one thing this year, but I loved Truth in the Tinsel so much I wanted to do it again.  Oh well, live and learn.Christmas Homeschool-5017

We have kept up with our Jesse Tree Calendar Connections, these are simple and the kids have enjoyed using the eBook even on their own.  The best thing that we have kept up with is The Sparkle Box, the kids have been browsing the catalogs and talking about the money in the box almost daily.  They are all 3 super excited to open it on Christmas Day.

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Krash is really moving along with his spelling and reading. He is mastering all of his weekly Calvert spelling tests. We always practice his words on the iPad with the Word Wizard app before his test.

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He is a very typical early reader.  He struggles just enough that I wouldn’t say it comes easy for him, nor would I say he is a struggling reader.  He does enjoy reading, but does get frustrated sometimes when he can’t read it with the ease he desires!  We talk about building up his brain muscle with practice the same way he works on his ab muscles with his V-ups!

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My favorite is that Ladybug LOVES to come over when he is reading and listen to him.

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He is struggling a bit with digraphs, remembering which is which.  I printed out this helpful digraph chart, and also this penguin digraph sorting game.  I let him earn Sparkle Box coins for every word he got right!Christmas Homeschool -5147

Which also turned into a math lesson as he counted his money as we went along!

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This is where I pin all of my reading finds, in case you want to peek or follow!image

He about fell out of his chair when I announced that we were playing this game for school time AND eating the M&Ms on the tree when complete!Christmas HomeSchool-5203


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My oldest guy is moving right along with 5th grade, honestly he is a joy to teach most of the time. I am so thankful for him and the way he has matured over the last year or so.

Having pets to snuggle with during reading time makes it a bit hard to want to do any other subjects!Homeschool -5179

He is such a servant hearted boy, makes my momma-heart melt.  He was absolutely THRILLED about the Sparkle Box idea and has been browsing and thinking about what we will do with the money the most. He is such a good example to the younger two.Homeschool -5047


That’s certainly not everything we did, but a glimpse of what my camera captured! To see more weekly wrap-ups, visit…



Weekly Wrap-Up

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We are up to DVD 4, for the review time around with What’s in the Bible. I let my kids watch episodes 1 & 2 on each DVD twice.  After the first watch, we color together and discuss, after the 2nd watch we go over the flashcards {we are using Alyson’s here}. 

Here they were working on some coloring pages {see links and how we are using these DVDs here}. Homeschool-3932

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We worked on Arkansas in our Sticker USA Activity BookHomeschool-3953

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PS-the color coded school supply caddies continue to work out perfectly for us!

 

Oh yeah, and we voted!


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Krash continues to use both Calvert and  All About Reading Level 1 lessons. I am really enjoying seeing the similarities and differences in the 2 programs side by side.  When he is all done with both, I will share deep reviews and thoughts on both formats.  Homeschool-4034

This week we did All About Spelling 1 ~ Lesson 8, which is now behind what he is working on in his Calvert spelling, so it is a good solid review.  I have been a bit off with his extra lessons {lazy might be a better word}.Homeschool-4037

 

With Calvert, he is working on 3D shapes in math, so our real world shapes were perfect! He loved making the paper lesson hands on!Homeschool-3994

I was able to take the math lesson further than his text did, comparing and contrasting the shapes in many ways, here is he is showing which shapes roll…Homeschool-3977

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We are moving along with Draw, Write, Now ~ this week we worked on drawing a turkey!

We tried out a new gym to possibly move him to so he can excel with his gymnastics, because Krash is often like this…Homeschool-4019

He has taught himself how to push up into an almost perfect handstand from a headstand.  His strength amazes me!Homeschool-4020

We tried out the new gym, and the head boy’s coach evaluated him and he was invited to join the pre team. This gym seems to be the perfect fit for us and it isn’t any farther than our current gym, which for some reason I always thought it was about 20 minutes farther!  So, now it is just time to pray about making this commitment.  The other 2 love gymnastics and will at least take classes, so the commitment is times 3!  A sweet mom of a boy who does competitive gymnastics emailed me after my last post and the info was SO helpful!  If you have a son who does this, and you’d like to email me your thoughts, I would be open to hearing them, and thankful.  I don’t have any close friends who are in this world {specifically boys gymnastics}, and love hearing info firsthand, as we pray over this decision!


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So, Pac was sick, and his entire week of schooling was just a bit off.  He was only really sick in bed one day, but the day before and after he just wasn’t himself.  We took it easy, and will play catch up next week to get to where I’d like us to be before Thanksgiving!


That’s certainly not everything we did, but a glimpse of what my camera captured! To see more weekly wrap-ups, visit…