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2017 Homeschool Curriculum Guide

2017 Homeschool Curriculum Guide Posted on December 27, 20161 Comment

Having the husband home for the holidays has been eye opening.  It has forced me to clarify our eclectic, relaxed, structured-unschooling schedule so that another adult can walk in and not be overwhelmed  by what we are doing.  It’s a good way for him to see what has changed from our old loop schedule and how the kids are grasping their responsibilities.  As he took the helm for the week I was able to make observations and improvements for a smoother flow.

It also allow me the time to review over the last year and create a Homeschool Daily Activity Guide for the following year …during waking hours!

If you are using the Ring or Loop Schedule in your homeschool, you can see that I still follow a similar but modified format.  If you were to use this schedule in your homeschool you can break your rings down to a Daily Task Loop, a Weekly Task Loop, and a Special Activities/ Interests Loop. I’ve made an effort this year to limit our activities outside the home so that no one felt burnt out by this schedule.  Primarily because I wanted to focus on developing and fostering independent learning. Throughout the year I tested to see if our schedule could be completed within a day and made changed based on what each child could reasonably do.  At the same time I developed the Homeschool Student Schedule to allow them the freedom to access different learning materials while helping them to answer the question… “What’s Next?”  For this reason I review and update their schedules according to their interests and what they find engaging.  If there is a better way to learn the material we are not afraid to try it out!

The following is a mixture of what we found worked in 2016 and new material we are using for 2017.

Neko’s 9th Grade Schoolwork

  • Moby Max
    • Lang Arts
    • Science
    • Fact Fluency
    • Math
  • Memrise
    • German
    • History
    • Art/Cultural Studies
    • Chemistry
  • Code Academy
  • Read Wizard of OZ aloud
  • Once a week
    • World History Textbook (High School)
    • Exploration Education – Physical Science (High School)
    • Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra
    • Alternative World Literature Textbook (High School)
    • Journal Writing (Ideas to write about)
      • What was something good you want to remember?
      • What did you like learning this week?
      • What didn’t you like?
      • What did you see this week?
      • Write or draw a story.

 

Twin’s 5th Grade Schoolwork

  • Moby Max
    • Lang Arts
    • Fact Fluency
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • Watch
    • Crash Course
    • Horrible Histories
    • Piano Lesson/Recorder Lesson
    • Drawing Lesson
  • Practice German
    • Memrise
    • German Classwork
    • Watch German Cartoon
  • Reading Skills
    • Copy Work
    • Read aloud Junior Great Books Series 3
    • Read a book of your choice for 30 minutes
  • Discovery K12’s Art
  • Once a week
    • Green Progress in Mathematics Workbook
    • Teaching Textbooks
    • Science Experiment
    • Math Game
    • Journal Writing

Lil Man’s 3rd Grade Schoolwork

  • Moby Max
    • Fact Fluency
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • Watch
    • Crash Course
    • Horrible Histories
  • Copy work
  • Reading Skills
    • Jumbo Book of Sight Words
    • Click N Kids
    • Read BOB book aloud (alternatively use Reading Adventures 2.1 or Progressive Phonics)
    • Sight Word Game or Word Search
  • Once a week
    • Red Everyday Mathematics Workbook
    • Math Game
    • Character or Cultural Study – Aesop’s Fables
    • Journal Writing

Moby Max is our shining star for 2016! As you see it plays an essential role that allows us to homeschool several children at different levels, at the same time.  Thankfully our kids enjoyed it and we look forward to continuing with it throughout 2017.

None of the three kids have demonstrated an above average interest or ability in mathematics at this time.  This became apparent when we couldn’t get through the material because critical concepts were too difficult to grasp.  So instead of focusing on a particular curriculum this year our focus is on developing a strong math foundation that will give them the skills they need.  Which is why we choose Math Fact Fluency over Moby Max’s Math program or Teaching Textbooks as our core this year.  It also means we are going to include more math games this year!

I also have a couple of workbooks peppered throughout.  I tend to be squeamish about busy work in general.  Workbooks are generally the most offensive because they are often repetitive, dry, and confusing. The ones I have are already used but the math problems themselves can be easily copied and discussed via our dry erase board.  I came across some of these at our local Recycle & Reuse center and I found them adequate for review.  I’m not sure I would go out of my way to order these but it was free and had an intuitive feel about them.  Feel free to ask me about it later in the year or share what you are using instead.

On our homeschool student schedule you will see we have a place for chores.  We had a Chore Ring at one time to jog their minds and think about what they can do to help out around the house.  It only made sense that it evolved to include a personal hygiene as their bodies develop.  Occasionally I make changes to this list but I try to keep in mind the ideas is to help them to consider their roles and their ability to act on it.

Chores

  • Take out Trash
  • Unload Dishwasher / Put away dishes
  • Clean Bathroom
  • Do you need to do Laundry
  • Are the floors clean?
  • Is my bedroom clean? Neat?

Personal Hygiene

  • Take a shower
  • Brush/ Floss teeth
  • Brush/ Comb hair
  • Check fingernails

What skills or materials are you planning to make a priority this year?

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