School is the place where we learn, grow and make memories. Our students don’t feel nervous on their first day of school because they know they are in charge of their learning at home.
They may feel anxious because there are a lot of new things to learn and new ways to organize. But school is not all work and no play, we utilize it as a time to have fun with learning. We take some time to relax before we start school by doing a coloring page, word search, smart game, or a daily writing activity. We remember that everyone has different learning styles so we help each other as we go along.
We take time to go to the park, have the kids hang out with neighborhood kids, ride their bikes, and sign up for extracurricular activities as well. And our 9th grader is part of a weekday church group where she is able to hang out with kids her own age. It keep things interesting in our lives!
This year we decided on a new schedule with extra weeks so that we can plan vacations or allow our students to take a few days off if they need to refresh and renew their minds.
1st Trimester: August 1st-October 28 (1st week was just getting used to schedules) (Break October 3rd – October 7th or October 10th -14th) EXTRA: 1 Week off Student Choice
2nd Trimester: October 31st – Feb 24th (Thanksgiving Holiday: November 21st – 25th off, Christmas/Winter Break December 26th – January 6th) EXTRA: 1 Week off Student Choice
3rd Trimester: February 27th – June 2nd (Spring Break April 10th – April 14th) EXTRA: 1 Week off Student Choice
This year we are doing mostly all earth schooling with smart games from Timberdoodle.
Our focus for the new year:
1st Grader will be doing a new curriculum from Oak Meadow along with earth schooling added and we hope this helps her move forward in her journey in education. We will be doing more hands on and real world scenarios to help her understand what she is learning. Making a calendar, understanding the moon phases, the seasons and how they compare to each other are some of the concepts we will do together.
2nd/3rd Grader this year will be a combo class because our student made such great progress in 1st grade with English, math, and reading comprehension. We are utilizing the All about reading Level 3 this year along with Math you see Gamma and Delta along with some books with writing activities and journal prompts.
5th Grader will be moving forward with math, English and science and working to move another grade ahead for next year to be in 7th grade. For science she wanted to learn about forensics so we got a kit on esciencelabs.com After looking at the kit and the lab information we figured it would be a good fit.
9th Grader High School here we are! All of the coursework for high school is with earth schooling high school website except Algebra 1. We decided to do an online math course with MrD Math because we are hoping that it will help her understand the work that needs to be put into math, notes, and understanding concepts.
Reading list for 4th and 8th Graders
- The Story of Harriet Tubman: Freedom Train
- Ben & Me
- Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story
- Early Thunder
- The Birchbark House
- A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple
- 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond
- Children of the Wild West
- The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer
- Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
- Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
- Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw
- Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
- House of Light, by Mary Oliver
We may change the books we read depending on the library availability.