Sometimes, mid-year, I feel like it’s time to start planning again. Sometimes for next semester change ups, sometimes for the future of our homeschooling. That’s exactly what I’ve been up to. You see, this past summer I graduated my oldest. I have three more behind him. One who is only 3. So, I have many more years of school to do. And, I’m hoping with each one, school only gets better! I feel like #1 was a guinea pig. I tried so many things with him, switching things often, and changing things up. Poor guy! He really probably had it rough, as I had NO IDEA what I was doing! On the upside, I learned to research, study many curricula choices, and I’ve tried many, so I feel like my knowledge on a TON of curriculum has grown and I could probably give a pretty good review on most anything. And, if it’s something I don’t know about, I can find out pretty quickly! I feel it has benefitted me a ton to be able to gain as much knowledge as I have. My next one is a sophomore in high school this year (just a few years behind him). She has been a bit of a guinea pig as well. Not as bad, but she was such a different learner, I had to do things so differently. I feel like she has it better than he did, but I still have changed a lot with her. With #3, so many NEW things have come out that I’ve wanted to explore and check out! We are finding some great things, but also struggling to find a fit in other areas. I have a great plan, though, and I think things are about to improve greatly! Then, for #4, I hope to have EVERYTHING figured out, and to use only the best all the way through for her! I’m excited because I feel I’m getting so much closer to what I feel the BEST is. (I do realize that the BEST is different for each family, but it is nice to know that I am getting closer to our family’s best!) I plan to update my Scope & Sequence soon to show what I’ve chosen for all grades and subjects. My biggest goal is making learning fun and natural; a Charlotte Mason style education, and, a focus on Biblical Worldview. These things are most important to me: good habits, lifelong learners, and hearts that love and serve the Lord. I know I can’t ‘make’ my children do any of these things, but I can do my best to lead them in the right direction. That is my prayer and hope. I’ve failed a lot along the way, but I hope I’m improving with each kiddo. Parenting is hard enough! Add in homeschooling, and it’s almost too much! But, I know the Lord helps me. I couldn’t do any of it without His guidance and leading.
Some things I’m planning on changing up for the 2nd half of the school year are:
- My high schooler will be taking Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance.
- My 4th grader will be adding Beyond Five in a Row to Simply Charlotte Mason’s American History 1 & 2, and adding in a more hands on approach with Homeschool in the Woods Time Travelers.
- My preschooler will be adding Before Five in a Row to Heart of Dakota’s Little Hands to Heaven.
- For all of my kiddos, I plan to add in a Poetry Tea Time and Brave Writer.
I have not used any of the Five in a Row products, the Homeschool in the Woods Time Travelers, or Brave Writer before. I would love to hear some reviews of any or all of them if any of my readers have used them! And, if you have any tips on HOW to use them, I’m all for those, also!
I am enjoying using Simply Charlotte Mason’s American History (we are ONLY using the American History and the Geography portions as we already have a good Bible program and I’m not doing World History yet with the 4th grader). But, it’s not enough hands on for my 4th grader. I’ve come to realize that she learns best by doing. So, having that component is super important to her. I’m hoping that adding in Beyond Five in a Row and Time Travelers will give her what she needs in that area. And, that it will bring back more ‘fun’ into her school days.
Well, that’s what I’ve been working through for our mid-year homeschool review! Do you do anything to change things up around mid-year? I’d love to hear!
Oh I hope I have a bit of time to plan over the holiday! We are using many of the same resources and I too have children of all ages(from 7 months to 15).
Do you use the Charlotte Mason Methodology? I will have to check out your blog! It’s good to find others who use similar things! Which resources do you use? I will be writing up a fresh schedule and adding the new resources to the lesson plans over our Christmas break. I’m hoping it won’t take up too much time. I do enjoy doing it, though, so it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle! Thank you for your comment!
Yes, we are absolutely CM. I have used just about everything! Lol. You can see on the blog what my high schooler is using although I need to update that a bit. We are CM eclectic. A little Sonlight, some SCM, Biblioplan, Apologia, some online classes. And some stuff I put together myself. Really we don’t follow anything to a “T” but we make things work for us!
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I don’t follow anything “as written”! I LOVE to make my own plans to go with our “eclectic CM schooling”. We use TruthQuest (a favorite!), SCM, Apologia, Life of Fred, MUS, MFW Language Lessons and electives (Health, Logic, Foreign Language) and Cat & Dog Theology (another favorite!).
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