Sunday, August 4, 2013

One Week And Counting! Planning Our Homeschool Year!

Well, folks, after weeks and weeks of build up and planning, we officially start our first year of homeschool in one week! I am excited and nervous, and terrified and happy, all at the same time. I think I have finally figured out what we are using, and how, and when. I still have to sit down one night this week and start some "real" lesson plans, instead of just having things sprawled out everywhere, but I am working on it! 

We're going to be starting out with Life Of Fred for math, and supplementing with some great workbooks from Flash Kids.  I have heard so many good things about LOF, and reading through the first book, it really looks like something that Tater is going to enjoy a lot. For social studies, we are doing Road Trip USA from the fabulous Erica at Confessions of A Homeschooler. Spelling we will be using some Flash Kids workbooks,and some stuff I have pieced together from free online resources. Reading, we have a huge list of books to cover, we are actually going to try to hit 100 books this school year! We'll read together, and take turns reading aloud, and then Tater will also do lots of silent reading time as well. Science is one that we are really excited about, we are going to be using Mr. Q's Classic Science Life Science Curriculum, it looks like so much fun, and best of all, it's FREE!!! Lots of experiments in there too, so we are gonna love that! Art we are using another great curriculum piece from Confessions of A Homeschooler and lots of great arts and crafts projects that we got off of Pinterest, where else!? I am also looking into some resources for typing and logic too, but I haven't made up my mind yet. 

For our schedule, I think we are going to do things a little bit differently than most people. I mean, this might ALL change within a few weeks or months, but for now, we are taking Tuesdays and Wednesdays off. That's right, we are going to do school on the weekends. Tuesday and Wednesday will be our weekends. This is because my hubby works in food service, and he ALWAYS works weekends, so we are stuck at home without daddy anyway. He is off on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so that will be our weekends. Plus, less people are out and about on those days, so yay, easier for us to go and do fun stuff! So, our school week will be Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Tuesday will be grocery day, doctor appointment day, etc. Wednesday will be library day, field trips, park play dates, etc.. We also have to fit in Cub Scouts, Library Homeschool Groups and Drum Lessons in there somewhere... Shew... 

All in all, I am super excited to start our first year and can't wait to begin! 

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