2.10.2017

End Of Year - Curriculum Review



It's that time of year again where we are finishing our curriculum and coming to end of this school year. For the most part I am happy with what we chose this year. I think we had a good balance of teacher led and independent student work. So here is a glance of the curriculum we used... our likes and dislikes and if we will stick with it for the next school year! 




Independent Reading: HERE is a list of the books Noah read this year.  His favorite was The Cricket In Time Square and Tucker's Countryside

Grammar: Language Lessons For The Elementary Child, Volume 1 - This was an adequate grammar curriculum however, I feel the boys didn't retain it as well as they should. We will be moving away from Queens Homeschool and continue with something different next year. 

Writing & Vocabulary: Writing & Rhetoric Book 1: Fable Program and Book 2:Narrative I - Noah did enjoy using writing & rhetoric books 1 and 2. However, we will be moving onto something different next year. I feel he needed a review on writing this school year but now he's ready to really dig in. 

Penmanship: Pictures In Cursive, Book C - We enjoyed using this cursive program. It was a great start for Noah to learn how to write in cursive. 

Spelling: All About Spelling Level 4 and Level 5- We didn't make it to Level 5 this year, so it will be moved to next years curriculum. All About Spelling is an amazing curriculum we have used every year and will continue to use. 

Math: BJU Press Math 4 - This Math curriculum just wasn't for us. It is written more for a classroom than for homeschool children. We have pushed our way through it.. skipping a few lessons that were just repeats. I feel the boys have been taught a lot this year in Math but it was a struggle using BJU. 

Speech Therapy: He will continue speech therapy (working on his "r" sounds) at our local public school.  - Noah has loved speech therapy again this year and we can see a big improvement. 





Independent Reading: Aidan's reading list..  He enjoyed all of the books he read. His favorite book was, Hatchet

I originally had planned that Aidan would be responsible for completing Book Report Forms and keeping a Reading Log. He did keep the reading log but we didn't complete any book report forms this year. All of his book reports were done orally. 

Grammar: Language Lessons For The Secondary Child, Volume 1 This was an adequate grammar curriculum however, I feel the boys didn't retain it as well as they should. We will be moving away from Queens Homeschool and continue with something different next year. 

Writing & Vocabulary: IEW, All Things Fun & Fascinating - We LOVE IEW and will be using it again next year! 

Penmanship: He will continue with cursive practice. - Cursive practice has went well. 

Spelling: All About Spelling Level 6 and Level 7 - We didn't make it to Level 7 this year, so it will be moved to next years curriculum. All About Spelling is an amazing curriculum we have used every year and will continue to use. 

Math: BJU Press Math 6 - As stated before:  This Math curriculum just wasn't for us. It is written more for a classroom than for homeschool children. We have pushed our way through it.. skipping a few lessons that were just repeats. I feel the boys have been taught a lot this year in Math but it was a struggle using BJU. 





Bible: Each of the boys have a, My Bible Journal: A Journey Through The Word. They will work on them independently each morning. As a family we continue working on Family Scripture Study. (The History we are using this year also incorporates Bible study). - Bible has been wonderful! The boys are still working their way through the Bible journals and learning so much!   

History & Geography: Modern Times, Epistles & Revelation (We have been learning history in order since we began homeschooling. We have now made it to Modern Times. We are excited to finish our 4 year history study this year!) - We have now completed our 4th chronological year of history! We loved using this program.. it seemed more like it was "telling a story" than in text book form (which we love). Next year we will move away from general history and see what else we can learn before starting back at the beginning with Ancient Times. 

Science: God's Design For Science - Machines & Motion and also Inventions & Technology  - A solid curriculum but it truly lacked projects.. which my boys love! We will be moving in a different direction next school year. 

Music Lessons: The boys have been learning to play the guitar. They take lessons from their Daddy and will continue to learn during the school year.  - lessons have been continuing.. 

Morning Time Binder: This is different for us and we are excited to try it out in our homeschool. To sum it up quickly we will be rotating what we learn each morning, such as: Nature Study, Art, Health, Shakespeare, Music Study, Poetry, Virtues, Church History, Critical Thinking and much more! This is a great way to get all those "extra" subjects taught without being overwhelmed. You can see more about it HERE!  - Morning Time Binder has been a great addition to our homeschool. It's a wonderful way to add all those little extras into our schooling. We will be continuing with our morning time routine and new books next year. 

Typing & Computer Skills: The boys will continue working on their typing skills by playing Typing Instructor For Kids and also typing reports during the school year. I have also created a Computer Skills Unit Study for them to work through. The unit study includes Internet Safety, Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint Introduction. - The boys have been playing typing instructor and improving their typing skills, however, we never made it to the unit study... we might try and pick it up next year.   

Foreign Language: This year we will begin learning Latin. However, I am still undecided on which curriculum I would like to use. If you have any suggestions please let us know. Thanks! - Foreign Language didn't fit into our plans this year. We have also gave it a great deal of thought and have decided to begin Spanish (instead of Latin) next school year.  




We have added a few new additions to our curriculum this year... we are enjoying fun-schooling books from Thinking Tree

Noah is using Math Mysteries (this book has helped him to be more confident in multiplication and division) and Do-It-Yourself Curriculum Fun-Schooling with Minecraft.


The boys have only been using the Thinking Tree books for a short while but we are loving them so far!!! (and learning tons..) 





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