Day 4 Update and Curriculum Part 2

by Caroline on April 11, 2013

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We’re on Day 4 of our first week of traditional homeschooling. Day 3 didn’t go so well. Decoder Man and I spent half the night before awake for no discernable reason, and then I finally fell asleep just before I should have been getting up. Slept late … you get the idea. So we just did what we had to as far as homeschooling went, and left it at that.

Today has gone much better. I’ll admit, though, that I wonder if we’re doing enough work. It seems like we get through the lessons that are meant to be done daily fairly quickly. It’s not a terribly bad thing, since the girls’ ADHD makes it difficult to be focused for extended periods of time, and it gives them opportunities for little breaks that don’t interrupt what they’re working on. So, on one hand, I wonder if we’re doing enough. On the other hand, it could just be me continuing to think in a Type-A, brick-and-mortar school way.

Curriculum, Part 2

Curriculum Homeschool

Some of the “extra” curriculum we’ll be using.

Here are some of the extras we are using. These activities aren’t necessarily done every day, but we’ll use them two or three times a week, or when it goes with what we’re working on. To see our core curriculum, click here.

  • Citizenship:  We Choose Virtues
    • This is great for developing character. It can be used in homeschools, families that don’t homeschool, and classrooms. There are kits that have Bible verses, and others that don’t for use in public classrooms.
  • Bible/Worldview:  Who is God? by Apologia
    • This is the first in a series of studies about God, us, and our world, and how we all fit together. Really liking it so far.
  • Word Studies: Analogies 1 by Arthur Liebman
    • This is something that M-bug’s educational therapist used. It teaches critical thinking as well as vocabulary.
  • Reading Skills: SRA Specific Skills Series Level D (McGraw-Hill)
    • I haven’t received this set yet, but I’m looking forward to it. It’s a series of booklets; each focuses on a different skill needed for language comprehension.
  • Handwriting: Rhythmic Writing by NILD
    • This is the method M-bug was taught at her educational therapy, and both girls will be doing the exercises on the chalkboard. It fosters brain development as well as handwriting skills.
  • Spanish: Rosetta Stone, Homeschool Edition
    • Both girls are really excited to learn Spanish. Rosetta Stone has a homeschool version that allows for tracking of assignments, etc. I got the whole set on a special sale, so I’m excited (and my budget is relieved). Decoder Man and I might do this too!

This seems like a lot of extra stuff, but again, we won’t do all of it every day, and some of them will only be for ten minutes or so. I think they’ll help round out the core curriculum as well as address some of the learning disabilities we’ve got going on. Next time, I’ll tell you about the fun games and activities we’re using too.


Traditional Homeschool: Day 1

by Caroline April 8, 2013
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My brain hurts. We’ve moved to Texas. We made the 1704-mile trip over four days, taking a week break at my parents’ house in the middle of it. The girls and I have been in our new home for just over a week. We spent half of that first week trying to put the house […]

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Book Review: Square Peg by L. Todd Rose and Katherine Ellison

by Caroline March 4, 2013
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I recently finished reading Square Peg by L. Todd Rose, a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a man with a first-hand account of what it can be like to grow up with ADHD. Working with Rose is Katherine Ellison, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author with her own experience of having ADHD. […]

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A Break in the Chaos

by Caroline February 20, 2013
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Wow. I can’t believe it’s been over two months since I blogged anything. Actually, scratch that. Yes, I can. Here’s what all has happened: The girls went to Seattle to visit family after Christmas. Decoder Man and I started going through our house to get it ready to sell. You might remember that in early […]

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Getting Behind in Life

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I haven’t posted anything besides macro photos in three weeks, and that’s just because I had several weeks’ worth of macro posts in the queue. I feel like I’m getting behind in my own life, not to mention my blog. (It’s been so long that I’ve almost forgotten how to use WordPress, and I just […]

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Mom, I Can’t Sleep: ADHD Sleep Problems

by Caroline October 9, 2012
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Bubbles and M-bug share a few symptoms of ADHD, but in one of the most obvious ways, they’re very different. M-bug’s version of the disorder is called Inattentive ADHD, meaning that her primary issues are related to focus and attention span. Bubbles, on the other hand, exemplifies the “H” in ADHD, hyperactivity. She still has […]

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Chaos In Review: Week of September 30

by Caroline October 8, 2012
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I think I’ll start posting a quick review of how things went in our household the week before. Sometimes I get so stuck looking at one big problem in our lives that I miss the successes in other areas, so it’s good for me to look at the big picture.  Also, that way I can […]

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IEP Meeting and New Homeschool Schedule

by Caroline September 17, 2012
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Sorry to leave you all hanging, everybody. This last week has been crazy, but good, owing in part to the IEP meeting I had at the girls’ school on the 7th, and a new homeschool schedule. You might recall that I was having an extremely hard time keeping up with everything that the girls need […]

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Not Sure I Can Survive Homeschooling

by Caroline September 5, 2012
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Last time I walked you through what a typical day of our virtual homeschooling looks like. It’s been crazy, but on the whole, we’ve been doing OK. I’m not OK today. I don’t know what it is, but I’m halfway to either freaking out or shutting down right now. M-bug had her first day of educational […]

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In a School Daze

by Caroline August 30, 2012
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Thursday, 9:43 am We started school August 20. Ever since, I’ve had numerous ideas for blog posts. I write them in my head, but they never make it to the computer, because I have no time. None. Even though this year’s start of our virtual school was much easier because we already knew how it […]

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Time for Summer Decluttering

by Caroline August 3, 2012
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Every summer Bubbles and M-bug spend several weeks at Decoder Man’s parents’ home in Seattle. It’s great for several reasons. First, they get to see their grandparents and lots of other extended family that we don’t see the rest of the year. Second, they get to go to the beach (which I’ve only done once […]

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