Today's the day when we turn our homeschool portfolio in to the local school district for review. It's a lot of work putting these binders together, but I love looking back on all we've learned together.
Here's a summary of all that we did this school year:
MathSaxon Math 2 for Moses
Singapore Dimensions KA and KB for Abigail
Life of Fred Apples, Butterflies, and Cats all together
SpellingMoses did about 2/3 of Spelling Workout B before we decided to switch to Spelling You See
We started at Level A in April and are very glad we made the change.
PhonicsWe continued to work our way through The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading. At this moment, Moses is about 5 lessons away from finishing this 230 lesson behemoth that we've been working our way through since he was 4. We will definitely be celebrating when he's done! And then the torch passes to Abigail.
We also did a lot of practicing with easy reader type books this year. Here are some of our favorites:
Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish
Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel
Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery by Doug Cushman
Greg's Microscope by Millicent Ellis Selsam
Abigail Takes the Wheel by Avi
The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr
Mice at Bat by Kelly Oechsli
HandwritingMoses started working on cursive with Zaner Bloser Handwriting 2C and Abigail continues to practice her printing with Zaner Bloser Handwriting K
We also started to dabble every so slightly with copywork. More of that next year, I hope.
GrammarWe wrapped up working our way slowly through First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, Level One. I have mixed feelings about this one and haven't decided whether I want to continue on with Level Two or just let grammar go for next year. We'll see where we come out!
LatinThis year we started baby stepping our way into oral Latin lessons with Prima Latina. I wrote in more detail here about how we implemented this program with kiddos so young. I'm really happy with this program and looking forward to continuing on with it little by little.
HistoryWe started with Beautiful Feet Books Early American History as our spine, taking frequent forays into other topics of interest.
Here are some of our favorite history topics and titles from this year:
Leif Erickson and the Vikings
Leif the Lucky by Ingri D'Aulaire
Who Was Leif Erickson? by Nico Medina
Viking Adventure by Robert Clyde Bulla
Into the Unknown by Stewart Ross
Columbus by Ingri & Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
In 1492 by Jean Marzollo
Encounter by Jane Yolen
The Oregon Trail
Roughing It on the Oregon Trail by Diane Stanley
Westward to Home by Patricia Hermes
Gone West by Jim Weiss
The Civil War
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
John F. Kennedy
Jack's Path of Courage by Doreen Rappaport
Who Was John F. Kennedy? by Yona Zeldis McDonough
ScienceMoses started the year telling us that all he wanted to learn about was astronomy, electrical engineering and robotics. We did pretty good on the astronomy, using the Book of Astronomy by Memoria Press as our guide.
We also supplemented with these additional titles:
Planetarium by Raman Prinja
See Inside Space Stations and Other Spacecraft by Rosie Dickens
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
The Stars by H. A. Rey
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole
Reading aloud remains the bulk of our homeschooling. Here are some of the books we enjoyed as a family.
Chapter Book Read Alouds
The Mysterious Benedict Society series (we made it through this whole series twice!)
The Story of Dr. Dolittle and The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
The Chronicles of Narnia (except for The Silver Chair and The Last Battle - too intense for this time around!) by C. S. Lewis
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
My Father's Dragon series by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
Picture Book Read Alouds
Too many to list, but these were some of our favorites from the year.
The Anatole series by Eve Titus (out of print, but worth searching for at your used book store)
Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
Island Boy by Barbara Cooney
One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck
Kate Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon
The Harry the Dirty Dog series by Gene Zion
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Doctor De Soto by William Steig
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
Comet's Nine Lives by Jan Brett
Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman
The Raft by Jim LaMarche
Andrew Henry's Meadow by Doris Burn
This is some of our favorite learning! Exploring, seeing new places, asking questions, and pursuing passions. Hands down the best part of homeschooling!
Appleton Farms, Ipswich
Francis William Bird Park, Walpole
Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover
Russell Orchards, Ipswich
Crowninshield Island, Marblehead
Museum of Science, Boston
Fruitlands Museum, Harvard
Agassiz Rock, Manchester-by-the-Sea
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
Long Hill & Sedgwick Gardens, Beverly
Lynn Shore & Nahant Beach Reservation
Breakheart Reservation, Saugus
Plymouth Rock & Plimouth Plantation
Whale Watching Cruise, Plymouth
Coolidge Reservation, Manchester-by-the-Sea
That's all for the 2018 - 2019 school year! Now we're onward and upward to third grade and first grade.