First Day of {Home}School

I have spent the last several weeks planning and praying over our new school year, and this morning, we hit the ground running. My original plan had been to start last week, but, as we were still waiting on a number of books to arrive (thus rendering my yearly lesson plans woefully incomplete), we decided to put it off a week.

Planning

Planning

We made some big changes to our curriculum this year. We have been using a traditional textbook format for the past few years, from BJU Press. The material is great, and has been exactly what we needed as our family grew (unexpectedly!) over the past few years. And, I have had no complaints about it.

But, it has always been my hope to go back to a classical approach…someday. And, as I began to assess Hannah’s abilities, and needs, as well as mapping out the next…well, 18-20 years of homeschooling (yikes!), I realized that textbooks probably weren’t going to be the best approach with 4 students at vastly different developmental, emotional, and academic levels. And, because of those differing academic levels, I wanted something that they could still do together. Enter our return to Tapestry of Grace! I fell in love with this curriculum before Hannah could walk! And, as our family’s dynamics and needs have changed over the past few years, it is now a perfect fit, and I couldn’t be more excited!

So, this year, our style is what I have termed “classically eclectic.” Tapestry of Grace will be our “spine” for History, Literature (Reading), some Bible, and some writing. We are still using BJU Press to fill in Math, and Language Arts (Spelling, Handwriting, and English). We will be using Apologia’s Worldview series to fill in a little extra Bible. But, I think Hannah is most excited about our new science curriculum. My little wannabe zoologist was thrilled to learn that there was actually a Zoology curriculum, written from a literal, 6-day creation perspective! We are using Aplogia’s Zoology, and learning about the Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day. I think Hannah may have read the entire textbook the day I brought it home from the homeschool convention!

The other big change we made was adding another student to the mix! Yes, Titus has officially started “Titus School,” as he calls it. One morning as I was working on Hannah’s lesson plans, Titus asked, “Mommy, I do school too?” Well, how could I resist!? I wasn’t really planning on doing much formal school with him until next year, but he was so excited. I don’t want to push him too hard, or too fast, so we are going to try to keep it simple, and low key…we’ll be covering a letter/sound each week, plus numbers, colors, and shapes…as well as lots of time for puzzles, coloring, and Legos!

So, here are my students, ready for a new school year:

1st Day of School

1st Day of School 2014 ~ Hannah: 4th Grade, Titus: Pre-School

 

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Welcome Baby Brecon

Welcome Baby Brecon!

Welcome Baby Brecon!

We had a great time celebrating little Brecon Gene on Sunday. We were supposed to have his shower back in May…but, I guess he decided he wanted to be at the party. So, he surprised his mommy and daddy by coming early! Thankfully, today, he is a healthy baby boy, and it was a joy to celebrate his life and shower his mommy with gifts!

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Rebekah Ann ~ 10 Months

Rebekah Ann ~ 10 Months

Rebekah Ann ~ 10 Months

Our sweet girl is 10 months old!

She is officially crawling! She spent much of the last month stuck in reverse, but something finally clicked, and she figured out how to go forward! Now she is crawling everywhere…and mommy’s life just got busier! For some reason, she reminds me of a little bulldog when she crawls. (And, I happen to like bulldogs, and I think they are adorable, so that is a complement!!)
She has also decided that she will only eat “real” food. No more pureed, baby food for this girl! Yes, she has a strong (um, some might say stubborn) little will and mind of her own. She still doesn’t have many teeth, so that makes mealtimes a bit more challenging. But, she seems willing to try almost anything.

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Coming in March…

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Yes, our family is growing once again! Baby #4 is due to join us on, or around, March 20, 2015!!!
We are so excited, and can’t wait to meet this little one!!

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Rebekah Ann ~ 9 Months

9 Months

This girl. Those faces! Oh my.

She is 9 months old…and just too much fun!
She goes from serious, to silly, in a matter of moments.
And, yes. She knows how to turn on the charm.

Big news this month…She has 2 teeth – finally!

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