Friday, June 3, 2011

Blog Hop: The "What" in our Homeschool



The "What"

In Our Family Forest Academy we use a variety things to make up our school days.

-Co-op (studies the sciences)
-Field Trips
-Local Museum Classes
-AWANA Bible program
-Dance Classes

Our Book-Work

For 1st Grade, JB6 used:

Alpha Omega's Horizon's Math
Horizons 1st Grade Math Set
Alpha Omega's Horizon's Reading and Phonics
Horizons 1st Grade Phonics & Reading Set

Alpha Omega's Horizons' Spelling  
Horizons 1st Grade Spelling & Vocabulary Set

Alpha Omega's Horizons Penmanship
Horizons 1st Grade Penmanship Set

AWANA's Sparkies Book #2 for Bible lessons, JB6 completed both books and the Frequent Flyer Cards, learning all the books of the Bible along with many verses.  We were very proud of her accomplishments!

Our Outloud Reading choices usually come from the Sonlight reading list, as we love and trust their selections.

We also purchased Alpha Omega's Heath and Physical Education but would have to say that we really didn't use them very often.

For 2nd Grade next year, we plan to use the following:

Reading & Phonics: We have been very please with Alpha Omega's Reading and Phonics program and so we plan to use that again for grade 2.

Math: We have used Horizon's in the past and have been very happy with it.  For this year, we are deciding between Horizons Grade 2 Math and Math-U-See.  So glad to see that Math-U-See has a placement test to find out where to begin! Math-U-See also offers video teaching lessons where Horizons does not. 

Spelling: We will again use Alpha and Omega: Spelling and Vocabulary, Grade 2
Horizons 2nd Grade Spelling & Vocabulary Set

Penmanship: We will use Alpha Omega Penmanship which begins cursive writing. 

For our out-loud reading list, we use this Sonlight Reader List for Grade 2 list to select some of our books; we then either purchase them through Amazon or we will order them through our state's "Books by Mail" program.

History: We are still deciding between Mystery of History and The Story of the World.  Whichever we choose, we will be getting the audio cds so that we can still do school when we need to be on the road!

For Science, both girls use InquisiKids InquisiKids Discover & Do Volume 1 Science with Air, Science in the Kitchen, Science with Plants

AN4 Officially begins Pre-K! Or Kindergarten?
I used to have a difficult time understanding how parents could "not know" which grade their homeschool student was in.  Now, I totally get it.  AN4 has been doing Horizons Kindergarten Math for months now (at a very moderate pace), we've been using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons for reading, and we've been doing The Code Series for writing and phonics.  So technically, we have been doing school for a year already but if we were to put her in a classroom setting, we would not be putting her in officially kindergarten until the fall of 2012.  She is one of those late summer children who are right on the fence.  However we are already doing Kindergarten work with her.  So call it whatever you want!  Age wise, she would be Pre-K but academically, she is Kindergarten... I guess?  

Horizons Kindergarten Math Student Book 1

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

Get Ready for the Code, Book AGet Set for the CodeGo for the Code, Book CExplode the Code, Book 1Explode the Code, Book 2Explode the Code, Book 3

We have also used School in a Box with both girls as well and love it for an alternative hands-on school day.

There are lots of things we love at as well. 

Bible Flash Cards 
Old Testament /Ancient Egypt History Cards

As well as the Memory Song CDs that accompany these cards... but these are more of a wish list!

Should be another great year!

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1 comment:

  1. I have most of the levels of MUS if you need to borrow one. If we aren't currently using it, I don't mind lending them out. You'd just need to get the student workbook and blocks. I have an opinion on history too if you ever want to hear it. LOL