Not Back To School BlogHop…Our Curriculum

Yes I know I’ve sort of been MIA again. This morning though I actual woke up at 4 and didn’t feel like going back to sleep so I thought AHA perfect time to blog and not be rushed.

The last two weeks we’ve been doing swim lessons on top of homeschooling which of course have lead to very busy days,as well as my annual,”Yup this is exactly why I homeschool.” reminder.

For the first time ever though I have decided to participate in iHomeschoolNetwork’s Not Back to School Blog Hop.For the month of August each week they have asked us to share a different area of homeschooling. This week is Curriculum week.

Not Back to School Blog Hop

As I’ve mentioned before we’ve already kicked off our school year. This marks our 8th year of homeschooling. 8 YEARS!!!! Honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way. The things we have all learned in these 8 years have been amazing. You would also thing that in the last 8 years I would’ve found one curriculum that I solely loved and stuck to it.

However,for those of you that know me well enough also know that,that is about as likely to happen as me sticking to one hair color.

With baby on the way though, I’ve decided to go back t one of my favorites and most reliable curriculums.

We all love unit studies over here and we also all love a good story so for the last couple of weeks we have been using

Beyond Five in A Row

We are currently reading the Boxcar Children,and in the last couple of weeks have learned how to write a good cliffhanger, have made it rain inside of the house and discussed the water cycle,as well as designed our own drinking fountains. We have also been researching different dog breeds,their positive and negative attributes, and why they may or may not be a good breed for our family(which of course has lead to everyone wanting a dog). We also have learned about different kinds of shelters and even built our own.

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It has been a good curriculum to use with the oldest bonus girl as well since she is home for summer break.Although now she is asking to be homeschooled as well!

As far as math goes the 4 oldest gave delved into the world of Geometry. I am using A Little Garden Flower’s Waldorf geometry for this and all I can say is I wish I would’ve learned Geometry like this! It focuses a lot on the beauty of it before incorporating the angles and shapes of it all.

This is only about a 12 week program so we’ll see what we use next. Although Holly has been using LifePac’s 4th grade math workbooks from Alpha Omega and loving it.

This is our plan as of right now. We will probably take most of September off because of the arrival of Ms Adrienne. This year I really wanna focus on spending time reading together learning some good American History and just growing together as a family.

Stay Tuned….next week I share pictures of our homeschool area….err whole house?

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I'm the momma/step momma/ teacher/head cook/ top organizer/ supplier of milk and baby kisses here at Casa La Crazy. Life with 7 kids is rarely dull and usually exciting. Add in 3 cats and one fun loving boyfriend and life is pretty adventurous!Come on in sit down and please bring some extra coffee!

Posted on August 9, 2012, in Casa La Crazy, homeschool, Homeschooling and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. You are amazing. I have never even considered homeschooling, but I know many people that love it! Go mama!

  2. What a cute bunch of kids you have there! :-)

    I have always been intrigued by FIAR and BFIAR…we kind of do the same thing, very informally. Will definitely check out the Waldorf Geometry link.

    I love your goal of reading together and growing together as a family…what could be more important than that?

    Have a wonderful year learning together!

    • I think a lot of people they look at the FIAR curriculum and think it’s so simple how can the kids possibly learn from it. The thing is even two years later my kids can spout of random facts about Thomas Edison. I think the key is in a lot of conversation between the parent and kiddos.

  3. When you have all that you have on your plate and still love homeschooling, it is definitely your calling ;) Thanks for the inspiration. 8 years!!

  4. Awesome 8 years!!! WE are using BFIAR. :-D First year using it. I love it!! Not sure why it took me so long to pick it up! Happy Schooling

    • I used FIAR when the kiddos were younger and I LOVED it!!!!I still remember some of our lessons. I also remember some of our books I could never make it through without crying…I would try all 5 days and by the end of the book on every 5 days I would be sobbing(cown of God and the quilt coat story)the kids would be all,”oh no here it comes.”

  5. I thought about homeschooling once – never got past that stage — happy 8th anniversary

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