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Organizing Our Homeschool Again

Yes, you read that right, we are organizing our homeschool again. We have tried so many different ways of organizing our homeschool, almost as many ways as we have tried to arrange our living room (yeah, that’s a high number). The system we have hit on now is actually working. And get this, it is very easy to use.

I mentioned the other day that we are doing a variation of workboxes – Family Workboxes. Right now we have 6 large buckets and they are labelled as follows: Bible, Math, English, Science, Social Studies, and French. We alternate weeks for Science and Social Studies, and the French bucket also contains PE materials. We hope to start adding in both of those subjects as soon as we are comfortable with our new routine.

In each bucket is everything that we need to tackle that subject for the duration of this term. The buckets include items like: textbooks, workbooks, worksheets, notes (about where to find things online or which books to print from on my hard-drive), games, DVD’s, CD’s, folders full of work to be done and work already done, and any tools needed to do the job.

It has been amazing to open the bucket and just get to work without having to look for everything before we can get started. This has simplified my life. Seriously, you really have no idea how this has simplified my life. The kids are not allowed to touch the buckets – except for school – and before, things had a habit of disappearing. Now everything is where I leave it and as I expect it to be when we start school. This is such a blessing.

I can see future benefits too. I can print things and slip them into the buckets to weave into current or future lessons. I can gather games or experiment bits and pieces to put in the buckets to help us learn in a more hands on way.

I would love to hear how you organize your homeschool. Please leave a note in the comments.

Bible

During our Bible time today we read and discussed Proverbs 20:11.
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Math

We went to Khan Academy again today to watch our math video.

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We watched Basic Subtraction in the Khan Academy Arithmetic Playlist in case you are following along.

We used subtraction worksheets from The Math Worksheet Site as a review.

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English

We are still working through these books:

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Left Book – No Boring Practice, Please! Spelling
Right Book – Comic-Strip Grammar

In No Boring Practice, Please! Spelling we are “still” working on syllables. Just like yesterday we will be doing word building games instead of doing written crosswords. I wrote the syllables of the words on cards and gave them clues so they could build the words. (I did take pictures, but they turned out all blurry so I am not including them here).

We read the information page on syllables from Natural Speller by Kathryn Stout.

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We deviated from our Comic-Strip Grammar for the day and I created a simple worksheet on pronouns based on one found in Grammar a Step-by-Step Approach. I had to print it on pink paper and the boys were not too impressed with that.

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Science

Today we did our first reading from our new science book : Machines & Motion.

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After conducting some experiments with a bouncy ball, we ventured on to YouTube to have a look at some videos related to things that came up during our discussion:

Throwing A Baseball

Gravity Hill

A Few Questions For You

  1. What are you currently studying in science?
  2. How do you measure progress and understanding?
  3. What is one thing you would change about your homeschool this year?

Making School Fun

I will be the first to admit that school is not always fun. Sometimes the things we are learning are hard for me to teach and sometimes things are hard for the kids to learn. Since I really want my kids to enjoy learning, I work hard at making school fun or at least as enjoyable as possible (sometimes that is SO hard, trust me).

When you are home learning or in any learning environment, one of the biggest obstacles to overcome or compensate for is the variety of learning styles. Everyone has their own “way” that they learn best and trust me, sometimes those STYLES clash LOUDLY. Well, at least in our house they do. And then, you get to learn tolerance and patience and long-suffering.

Okay, this post was not meant to be depressing, but rather encouraging. How can you make school fun, when you are dealing with subject matter that kids don’t want to learn (or think they already know) and learning styles that clash? That is what my pretty little brain is storming all about these days. Hopefully, I will come up with some answers for our house – that I can, in turn, share with you.

Bible

During our Bible time today we read and discussed Matthew 5:9.
Download a pdf of the memory verse poster here – – > View on Store

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Math

We went to Khan Academy again today to watch our math video.

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We watched the second video in the Khan Academy Arithmetic Playlist in case you are following along.

Then we printed some more worksheets from The Math Worksheet Site.

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We pulled out our Unifix Cubes for the twins today and printed some fun worksheets from A Child’s Place. It turns out the big boys still enjoy using them for math too, but you did not hear that from me.

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English

We are still working through these books:

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Left BookNo Boring Practice, Please! Spelling
Right BookComic-Strip Grammar

In No Boring Practice, Please! Spelling we are working on Syllables right now and will be for at least one more week. Dipthongs and digraphs here we come.

Since our topic today in (Comic-Strip Grammar) was verbs, we watched the Schoolhouse Rock video about verbs on YouTube as a little refresher.

Social Studies

Today we did a super quick overview of the Early Middle Ages and Middle Ages. Now, while I say super quick, I don’t mean I read fast (okay, I really did), but what I meant is that we went very quickly through the pages in The King Fisher History Encyclopedia. Pages 97-190 to be exact. We read the little sentence/paragraph in the top left hand corner of each 2 page spread that told briefly about that time period.

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That reading today was a whirlwind trip in itself and I have to be honest with you, this time period sounds absolutely fascinating. I am really looking forward to studying all about the middle ages with the kids. I hope you will join us for the ride.

A Few Questions For You

  1. Do your kids have clashing learning styles?
  2. How do you help your kids learn to work together?
  3. How do you adapt your homeschool materials to a variety of levels and learning styles?
  4. What one piece of advice can you offer to other homeschooling mamas?
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