Thursday, July 22, 2010

Preparing for this coming school year

Here we are, already in the end of July! I'm preparing for the 2010/2011 school year. I do teach all year, but it's much more relaxed during the summer. My husband and I decided on buying a curriculum for Alex this year rather than me compiling it myself (Because well... I have 5 kids... and.... it's easier... lol). Now that Alex's curriculum is ordered, Cameron's Kindergarten curriculum is compiled for the most part and I'm preparing some preschool work for Wyatt, I decided to also make a little Homeschool area in the diningroom. Rather than having the kids computers/laptops crammed against mine or on the diningroom table (which drives me insane) I decided we would get small inexpensive desks and chairs just for them to use. We also have a new, small bookshelf and I made a little daily assignments system. I figured it was time to be a little more organized now that I'm officially homeschooling more than one of them.

For those who are curious, we ordered Alex's 2nd grade curriculum from Timberdoodle. This is my first time using them, so we'll see how it goes! I have high hopes though :). I've read and heard good things about them and after looking at what their curriculum includes it looks like a good choice for the cost. The only thing I'm not particularly thrilled about is there is a bit of religion included and we are not religious, but on the other hand I will never discourage my children from learning about religions if they choose. Alex has been curious about the Christian religion lately, so it works out well. I also have other things I intend to supplement with where I see fit.

This is what his curriculum will include.

Here are some photos of our current homeschool setup!

Diningroom/Homeschool area.

Homeschool area.
Our simple little daily assignment system.


RockerByeBaby said...

Looks great mama!! Wish I had time to homeschool the boys when they get there, but with the store its just impossible :(

Sarah - IMakeLotsOfBabies said...

Yeah, There's no way I could do it if I had the kind of business you do!

Anonymous said...

You will have to let me know how you like Exploring Creation with Botany. We are using Exploring Creation Through Astronomy right now and though we have only done the first few pages the boys LOVED it!