Group Homeschool Subjects Year-End Review

All Together Subjects Homeschool Curriculum Choices 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 and our group subjects.

As a reminder, here is our original All Together Homeschool Curriculum Choices post.


World History ~ Mystery of History Volume 1

I love Mystery of History and it was a great fit for all three of my kids. We did not get through all of Volume 1 as I had planned, but that’s OK!  We will pick up where we left off and move on to Volume 2 when we finish with 1.

We brought the notebooking pages in later in the year and I enjoyed using these with all three kids.  We will use these next year too.

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US History/Geography ~ YWAM US History

We read 4 books, and enjoyed them all!  I had hoped to read at least 4, with a hopeful goal of 6.  I am pleased with 4 given the crazy year we had!  We read Christopher Columbus, John Smith, William Penn and Benjamin Franklin. We did a few extra things for our Christopher Columbus study, and had some fun toys we used during our John Smith book.  But overall, we learned through reading and didn’t do many extras.  I enjoyed this a lot and I think it’s because it was very low planning and low pressure.  Just pick up the book, read, and learn as we read!

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World Geography ~ Geography & Cultures, Little Passports, Continent Boxes 

In the beginning of the year we used the book, Passport to the World and our country cards.  This was such a nice and simple way to explore the world together, I really enjoyed it. After finishing that, we began another book and method and honestly it just wasn’t as fun as the first method.  I even shared our first set of printables here, but I have decided to use a different book with my kids, and yes I have a new set of printables coming.  Sadly – for those of you who liked that first set, the rest will not be coming, since we won’t be finishing that book. I like the book, it just wasn’t a great fit for us to focus on as our main book for world geography. Stay tuned to see what we have chosen to use!

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Bible ~ Picture Smart Bible, What’s in the Bible? DVDs & Coloring Book

We stayed consistent with What’s in the Bible through the first half of the year and honestly with all of the busy-ness it just faded away. We never even started Picture Smart Bible, mostly because of our crazy life. I will be using both of these with my younger kids this coming year.


Music ~ Young Scholars Guide to Composers

I totally let this one go after 2 lessons.  The boys weren’t really into it and I didn’t need anything extra on my plate so I let it go, for now at least.  I like the curriculum, it just wasn’t the right timing for us.


Want to see more of our All Together time in action? Browse through our wrap-up posts, they are listed in order here and there’s a section for each of my kids in each post.


Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for our All Together subjects.  I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade, 4th grade, 1st grade and All Together subjects.

We already shared our Kindergarten Year-End Review, 7th Grade Year-End Review and our 3rd Grade Year-End Review.

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review



USA Geography Homeschool Plan ~ Elementary

United States Geography Homeschool Plan for Elementary

I didn’t focus on USA geography for the past couple of years, but we did intensely when PacMan was younger.  It’s time to bring it back as Ladybug goes into 1st grade and Krash into 4th.  It’s a great time to combine them together and I developed a plan that I think they both will enjoy!

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I combined a few different resources together to create my plan and I will share those with you in this post, there’s a video below too!  Here’s the short list of what we are using…

USA PowerPoint  StatePack

 

I liked the printable pages from USA State by State and we already owned StickerUSA which came with a disk of downloads {I am not sure if the book still comes with the disk, I don’t see it listed on the info page}.  On the disk was a printable set of state birds and state flowers, so we are using those.  We are also using the flashcards from the StickerUSA book. Rounding out our plan will be my USA Geography PowerPoint Show, which has been redone recently.

Here’s a video I made sharing all of our resources with you and how we plan to use them.

 

Books

These are the books we will be using to reference during our learning time together.

NG Kids United States Atlas   Student Atlas

 

Goals

  • Locate state on a map
  • Know the capital
  • Know the abbreviation
  • Be familiar with – bird, flower, resources, special facts

Weekly Plan

My goal is to learn 2 new states per week, but I say that loosely!  I know we probably won’t do more than that, but we may only get to 1 per week.  I will do this with Krash and Ladybug at the same time.  We will go through the PowerPoint together, read from the books I chose, and fill out the notebooking page together!

Games & More

We have a few other great USA resources and will fit them is as time allows!

Want access to our USA Geography PowerPoint? 

It’s a one time joining fee of $15 right now, but the price is increasing to $20 very soon when the makeover is launched.  I have been BUSY behind the scenes updating the Members Only PowerPoint site, so now is the time to join why the price is still $15!  Already a member? Stay tuned the makeover will be launching soon!

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Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up March 2015

Another month of learning!  Below you will find highlights from our March homeschool fun!

Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up March 2015

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

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All Together School

We have a wide grade and age range between our three kids, but I am thrilled to say that we have found quite a few subjects to learn all together! 

We do the following subjects all together, and I will share mini updates below!

 

Mystery of History

Our Mystery of History time together continues to be a favorite of mine.  We do lessons 3 days a week, and then work on our timeline and review on the 4th day.

We recently began using the blank notebooking pages together, all three kids are loving them!  I love how they work for each child, despite the age differences. Below you can see a collage we shared on Instagram showing my dry erase board notes as well as a shot of each child’s page. Top right is Ladybug {K}, bottom left is Krash {3rd}, and bottom right is Pac {7th}.

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Another fun thing we did recently was listed to the Maestro Classic’s Tortoise and the Hare after we studied Aesop’s Fables.

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U.S. History ~ Ben Franklin

We use YWAM’s Heroes of History as our U.S. History foundation. It is novel based and a perfect fit for us.  We finished William Penn recently and are now reading Ben Franklin. We all LOVE these books and this way of learning together. We read together 2-3 times per week, and the kids all get to play with something quietly while we read. Lately we have been able to sit out on the porch and read!

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World Geography

We finished the book Passport to the World!  I also shared our geography country cards printables here!   We have moved on to using Children’s Atlas of God’s World! I shared our printables and how we are using them along with our book here!

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North America Printables


7th Grade

PacMan is almost entirely independent this year thus making him the least photographed child.

The one photo I did have from this past month was a shot of him doing his Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra. Daddy oversees this too and helps when needed.

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We finished reading The Hiding Place together.

Everything else is moving along, with the end in sight.  He has completed his vocabulary book and is itching to be finished with spelling and grammar.  He is close.  Science and math will last into the summer, but he is anxious to be done with the rest, for now!


3rd Grade

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All About Spelling continues to work really well for him.  We are well into level 3, and he is really absorbing the rules. We plan to finish level 3 and use level 4 next year.

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Working on vocabulary with the dog makes it much more enjoyable.

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He finished The Wright Brothers and really enjoyed it.  Below he was working on a book report using a printable I got here.

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Kindergarten

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I do specific posts for much of Ladybug’s Kindergarten.  Here’s direct links to the posts showing her in action during March {click on the graphic to see the posts}.

ug word family fun  an word family fun

Bible Verse Printables M is for Mighty Ephesians 610  Bible Verse Printables N is for Neighbor  Bible Verse Printables Letter O Psalm 11944

Goose Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action Mr. Cookie Baker Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 12  You Can Read Sight Words Unit 13  Playful Learning with Spielgaben March 2015

 

She also has other Kindergarten fun that we don’t blog specifically about, and I will include in the wrap up posts here!

Lately we have been back to our work drawer method. I set up 6 drawers for her, and printed her some new dinosaur labels, which she loves. I made a very simple rotation plan for myself : 1 – AAR, 2 – Literature Unit, 3 – You Can Read {rotate between sight words and word family}, 4 – RLRS, 5 – Daily Literacy Page, 6 – spelling workbook.

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Daddy is now in charge of box 5 & 6 and has been working on her daily literacy paper and spelling workbook with her. She isn’t always thrilled but he does an awesome job and I am so thankful he is playing a part in her homeschooling!

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Last summer I got this spelling workbook using points I had from Zulily, and it turned out to be the perfect fit for her right now.  She just began using it in March.  I am not quite ready for her to do All About Spelling 1 yet, so this is great for right now!  She really likes this book which makes it even better!

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In our last monthly wrap up I shared a bit about why and how we are using both All About Reading and Logic of English Foundations, you can read that here.

We are moving right along with All About Reading Level 1 and she LOVES it.  Really loves it.  We are up to lesson and moving quickly because she begs for more than one lesson a day and she loves the stories and usually wants to read ahead!

The little activities with each unit are fun for her and she enjoys them.

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She still doesn’t love the fluency pages but they work and she likes playing our “get a fruit snack” game while we use them. I am not a big fan of rewards of food during school and rarely do this, but in some cases I do and this is one of them.  She gets a snack anyway when we are done, so we just use the snack to make it more fun! She collects her snack one section at a time. Here’s more ideas for making the AAR fluency pages more fun!

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In March she completed the first reader and was so proud!  We are now almost done with the 2nd reader already!

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We came back to our Logic of English Foundations lessons picking up around lesson 30, when LOE focuses more on blends.  She really loves the mini books with the pictures to glue down so she was excited to see them back again!

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

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Old Wrap Up posts from this year are below!

Monthly-Homeschool-Wrap-Up-K-3rd-and[2]  Monthly-Homeschool-Kindergarten-Wrap[2] 

January-2015-Homeschool-Wrap-Up41  Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up February 2015

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World Geography ~ North America Printables

Free North America Printables

In continuation of our world geography studies this year, we have a new set of printables for you that go along with the next book we are using!  We finished up the book Passport to the World and are now using Children’s Atlas of Gods World.  Since our country cards were such a great tool for my kids, I knew I needed something for them to work on as we learned. 

This new book is divided by continents so I made a notebooking page for each continent and then the countries featured in the book. I added a flag, a map, and some basic facts about each country we read about.

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Today I am sharing our North America printables with you!  You’ll find a notebooking page for North America, U.S.A., Mexico, and Canada. I also included an answer guide at the end of the PDF file. These printables are specific to this book so I would definitely recommend using these alongside of the book. If you looking for a more generic North America printable set, try these North America printables from Homeschool Creations!

Here’s a few action shots, showing my kids working with me. Right now we are working on one page for a week, studying a country or continent 2 days per week  We do this all together at the dining room table.  My kids are Kindergarten, 3rd and 7th grades. They each have their own worksheet and follow along with me as I write notes on the dry erase board.

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Below you can see the book we are using in the bottom left corner and the Children Just Like Me book that we pulled in to study the Inuit people on the day we did Canada. We are directly using Children Just Like Me a lot wit this study as we come to a country that has a child featured in this book. This was shared on Instagram here!  

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Ladybug mostly draws for her empty boxes, so I try to give her an example.  Sometimes she wants to copy words too.  The boys both copy the words or write their own.

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My Simple Geography Goals

  • Find the country on a large map
  • Identify the capital city
  • Identify the continent the country is on
  • Color the flag
  • Discuss facts presented in the book we are using currently

Be sure to grab our country cards and see what we did using the book Passport to the World as our focus.

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These are the other books we have in our collection so far to use together as we learn.

Passport-to-the-World1   World-Atlas1   Children-Just-Like-Me1

 

Download the World Geography Country Printables here!

Scroll down to the North America section and look for this…

“North America Printables {Children’s Atlas of God’s World}”

See our North America Pinterest board here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Continent Box ~ North America on Pinterest.



Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up ~ February 2015

Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up February 2015

Another month of learning!  Below you will find highlights from our February homeschool fun!

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

All-Together-Subjects-Homeschool-Cur 7th-Grade-Homeschool-Curriculum-Choi[1] 3rd-Grade-Homeschool-Curriculum-Choi[1] Kindergarten-Homeschool-Curriculum-C[1]

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links are used}


All Together School

We have a wide grade and age range between our three kids, but I am thrilled to say that we have found quite a few subjects to learn all together! 

We do the following subjects all together, and I will share mini updates below!

 

Mystery of History

Our Mystery of History time together continues to be a favorite of mine.  We do lessons 3 days a week, and then work on our timeline and review on the 4th day.

At the end of February we had completed through week 17, lesson 51.  I just love this time of learning with my kids!

 

U.S. History ~ William Penn

We use YWAM’s Heroes of History as our U.S. History foundation. It is novel based and a perfect fit for us.  We finished John Smith and are almost done with William Penn now.  We all have loved this book, lots to learn about this amazing man of such integrity!

We read together 3 times per week at least, and the kids all get to play with something quietly while we read.

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Sometimes I find some interesting shots on my phone when we are done.  My kids will sometimes play with my hair while reading.  Apparently this day my oldest had a little too much fun.

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World Geography

We finished the book Passport to the World!  I also shared our geography country cards printables here!

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We have moved on to using Children’s Atlas of God’s World!


7th Grade

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PacMan is almost entirely independent this year.  I teach him writing and Who is God? and the rest he does independently.

Daddy continues to be in charge of overseeing Pac’s science {Apologia General Science}! I caught them one day learning together. They were both obviously so very thrilled with me.

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He is doing really well with Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra. Daddy oversees this too and helps when needed.

We are really enjoying reading The Hiding Place together, I don’t normally read aloud to him but I love this book so we are reading together this time!


3rd Grade

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All About Spelling continues to work really well for him.  We are well into level 3, and he is really absorbing the rules. Below you can see him working on a page from the Homophones workbook.  We pull these out whenever they show up in the lessons.

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He is reading a book he is really enjoying now, The Wright Brothers.  I just love when he gets into a good book.  It is hard to find ones that really lure him in, and thankfully this one did!

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We continue with Write Shop D for writing and it is going well.  Still not my favorite thing to teach but we are moving along. The hands on lessons are our favorites, but he still struggles when it comes time to write.  Not his favorite thing.  Although if you give him a blank notebook and no rules, he will write his own chapter book!

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We are almost through First Language Lessons {starting with book 1 and moving quickly} to work on oral comprehension and solid grammar skills.  In addition to this he is using Growing with Grammar 2 which I am loving. I like to do both with him since one is auditory and one is a written workbook style. Below he is working on Growing with Grammar.

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Kindergarten

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I do specific posts for much of Ladybug’s Kindergarten.  Here’s direct links to the posts showing her in action during January {click on the graphic to see the posts}.

ig word family fun 2  op Word Family Fun 2

A Color of His Own Unit Study in Action  You Can Read Sight Words Unit 11  Playful Learning with Spielgaben February 2015  Bible Verse Printables L is for Light John 812

 

She also has other Kindergarten fun that we don’t blog specifically about, and I will include in the wrap up posts here!

Recently I bought the Daily Literacy pack from one of my favorite TPT sellers, Lavinia Pop.  I just love her work and whenever I want something in my head but don’t want to create it myself, I check her store.  I had been wanting to create daily literacy work for years and finally figured it was too late for me to make my own and I just loved hers, so I bought it! Ladybug does one page a day {most days} and it reviews handwriting, letter ID, sight words, CVC words, and beginning sounds.

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I’ve gotten some questions recently, since my Instagram has been showing Ladybug using All About Reading Level 1. I did not give up Logic of English Foundations A to switch to AAR, we are using both.  It’s complicated, I know.  But you see, I was given AAR to review back when Krash was younger, and we loved it.  Then this past fall I was given LOE to review and decided to use it with Ladybug, and we loved it.  So I used LOE up until I felt she had a solid phonics base {all letter sounds, how to blend CVC words, identify beginning/middle/end sound} and then we put LOE away and started AAR 1.  We still have ten more LOE lessons left and we will do these during AAR 1.  The last ten lessons of LOE pull in consonant blends, and when AAR gets to that point we will tie the two together.

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With Krash I began AAR 1 a little too early and he struggled in the beginning and we had to slow down a lot.  With Ladybug it was perfect timing and she is soaring! The foundation she got from LOE was awesome.  So, I know the big question is, “"which one do I like better?”  The answer is both!  If money wasn’t a struggle for someone,  I would recommend using AAR Pre, then LOE Foundations A, then AAR 1. They are both amazing programs, based on similar thinking in regards to teaching literacy. You really can’t go wrong with either one of these programs.

So, for now we are using AAR every day, she begs for lessons.  At the end of February we had completed through lesson 10.

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Anyone who has used AAR knows the fluency pages are a struggle for some kids.  I had this struggle with Krash and after the first day of struggle with her, I decided to make it the best time of the reading lesson and pull out the fruit snacks.  I am not a big fan of rewards of food during school and rarely do this, but in some cases I do and this is one of them.  She gets a snack anyway when we are done, so we just use the snack to make it more fun! She collects her snack one section at a time. Here’s more ideas for making the AAR fluency pages more fun!

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I love, LOVE the All About Reading readers.  They are beautifully illustrated, simple and fun.

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I still use Lessontrek for all of our weekly lesson plans.  It’s so simple and I love it.  For Ladybug, I have general subject areas and then add in what we actually did each day in pencil on the sheet.  I have a very loose plan for Kindergarten and this method works well for us. {use code OPO3 for 3 months free to try Lessontrek yourself!}.

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Lately she has been reading on my bed a lot.  I give her a stack of books and often she will be there for an hour or longer! Lately she has loved getting a stack of AlphaTales books, Brand New Readers, Bob Books, and Scholastic Folk & Fairy Tales.

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

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Old Wrap Up posts from this year are below!

Monthly-Homeschool-Wrap-Up-K-3rd-and[1]  Monthly-Homeschool-Kindergarten-Wrap  January-2015-Homeschool-Wrap-Up4

Linking to ~ Weekly Wrap-Up