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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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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Life, Interrupted: An Announcement

by Caroline December 28, 2012
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Well, it’s been a looooong time since I’ve posted anything. Sometimes life just gets so crazy, especially around the holidays. For our family, the holiday chaos starts with our involvement in our church’s annual Living Christmas Tree. It’s a huge production, and as a member of the executive production team, I practically live at church from mid-November through […]

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Getting Behind in Life

by Caroline November 6, 2012
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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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School Schedule, Take Two!

by Caroline October 4, 2012
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Well, it should come as no surprise that I’ve yet again revised the girls’ school schedule. We were feeling a bit rushed and under the gun while following the first one, so we’re trying something closer to a block schedule. This new school schedule allows us to spend more time on science and social studies in […]

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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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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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Book Review: Movers, Dreamers and Risk-Takers: Unlocking the Power of ADHD by Kevin Roberts

by Caroline July 2, 2012
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As any of you who read my blog know, my husband and both of our girls have ADHD. To me, our household is messy, chaotic, and loud. Things never get put away. Deadlines are usually missed, or at least pushed back. Schedules are rarely adhered to. This makes my life seem completely out of control, […]

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I’ll Never Run Out of Milk Again

by Caroline May 28, 2012
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I hate going to the grocery store. Actually, that’s not quite true. I enjoy grocery shopping early on a week-day morning, when the air is cool and the store aisles aren’t packed with crazy people. But I’m not always able to go during the week, and I refuse to go anytime after 4pm. It’s been […]

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We All Think Differently

by Caroline May 18, 2012
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I mentioned a week or so ago that the girls were doing projects for their school’s science fair. I’ll go into more detail on that next week (hopefully — it’s the last week of school, and bound to be crazy), but I observed something interesting while they were doing their experiments. Both girls’ projects had […]

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