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Homeschool Curricula: Age 9

Leigh —  September 8, 2015 — Leave a comment

This is the week that it all begins. Summer is drawing to a close, and starting this week, it’s back to alarm clocks ringing in the mornings and folks expecting us to be out of our pajamas with hair brushed and looking presentable several days a week. This week marks a new season of coming and going, reuniting with friends we’ve missed over the summer, and well, just getting back into the swing of things.

If I’m being honest, this summer has not been my favorite. It’s been one of those seasons of life that you just grit your teeth and plow through, knowing that eventually you will come out on the other side no worse for the wear. While we are all still happy and healthy, it’s been a doozy of a summer around here, and quite frankly, I’m ready for some distraction.

So…Welcome to September! The McKibben’s are ready to ring in the new school year!

During the summer months, I try to amp up the kids’ schoolwork as much as possible. It’s the only time all year that we have days on end at home with no extra-curricular activities to tie up our schedule and pull us away, and I try to make the most of it by getting ahead in some subjects or getting caught up in others. Don’t worry…we still make time for plenty of swimming and play dates. We just have more time for school work because we don’t have other commitments to work around.

Every year about this time, I like to post a curriculum rundown of what we plan to accomplish this year at McKibben Elementary. The main reason I do this is so in three years I have some idea what I was doing with Edie when I get to do it all over again with Roark. These subjects start to run together after awhile, and some days, I’m doing good to tell you what we did yesterday. So the curricula list serves as a good reference for me. But another reason for the list is just because.You see, homeschool moms love to talk curricula. Really, it’s one of our favorite subjects when we get together, and we can spend hours debating the pros and cons of each one we’ve tried. So really, this is just another outlet for me to discuss that much loved topic of conversation.

So here is Edie’s fourth grade work load for the year: Continue Reading…

The Field Trip Bug

Leigh —  October 3, 2014 — 1 Comment

What’s this? Two posts in one week! Somebody’s feeling on top of things.

I can only blame it on the break. I definitely have other things I should be doing right now such as packing for this weekend’s camp-out, but there comes a point when your to-do list gets so long that you just chunk it out the window and start flying by the seat of your pants.

That’s what I’m doing here. I’m flying, folks!

In the spirit of our different kind of school week last week, I decided to end it with a killer field trip.

I got word that the Tennessee Aquarium was offering half price tickets to homeschoolers last Monday, and I got hit with the field trip bug.

So I passed out permission slips to all my students, and then I signed them. And just like that, it was decided that we were going on a field trip.DSCN9740 Continue Reading…

Some Kind of Special

Leigh —  October 1, 2014 — 6 Comments

Homeschooling is still going strong, and we’ve been hitting the books like gang-busters these past couple of months. But even when things are going well, it’s nice to shake up the routine every now and then, to put the books away and declare it to be a different kind of school week.

This past week instead of working through math workbooks and word problems, we measured fabric and used our mad division skills to calculate where to cut. We practiced reading comprehension by pulling out a pattern and following instructions step by step.IMG_9731It was a good week.

Heck, anytime I pull out my sewing machine it’s a good week. Can I get an “Amen”? Continue Reading…

Around Here

Leigh —  September 3, 2014 — 4 Comments

Well, September is finally here, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

I am not what you would call a summertime  kind of girl. Oh, I tolerate the season and rarely speak ill of it mainly because I like summertime’s easy footwear of flip flops and sandals, but for the most part, I prefer temperatures where I can see my breath when I exhale as opposed to these hot, humid days of constant perspiration. There isn’t enough deodorant in the world for us Alabamians during that last week of August. It can be brutal around here.

I know I haven’t posted a farm update in quite some time, but the truth is not much has changed over the past month or so. When you are paying cash for everything and trying to remain debt free, progress can be rather slow. Well, Ken did install an alarm system because I’m a wienie and need it to help me sleep through the night when he’s out of town, but I didn’t feel like an alarm was really all that noteworthy and worth mentioning…until now, that is.

We did start a major project over the holiday weekend, and I will post those pictures soon. (I’ll give you a hint: We built something, outside in the heat, and it rhymes with neck). But until then, I emptied the card on my camera last week, and I have a handful of pictures of us just around the house, doing our everyday thing that I wanted to share.

So here goes… Continue Reading…

So anybody who has made the jump and decided to homeschool their kids has undoubtedly been faced with the question of socialization. People are always concerned that my kids aren’t getting enough exposure to other children and are going to grow up to be social outcasts as a result. I know their hearts are in the right place and that these people are only showing their concern for my kids, but honestly, when I’m faced with that question, I just laugh.  Then I introduce them to my daughter, the most social little butterfly they’re ever gonna meet.

Trust me, socialization is not a problem for us. It’s really not a problem anymore for most homeschooled kids. Now I know there’s always going to be some weird fringe element out there. I’m not talking about those guys. I’m just talking about normal folks that have decided to homeschool for one reason or another but mostly because they think their kids will get a better education. Not the crazy homeschooling whack-a-doos that give us average home-schoolers a bad name (you know who I’m talking about).

Back to my point…socialization is not a problem for us. There is so much offered now that we could go to some sort of homeschool function every day and every night of the week if we wanted to.  In fact, our problem is not finding activities where my kids can be around other children, but instead, how to get their schoolwork done in the midst of carting them to all their extra-curricular activities.

But just so you aren’t worried about them, here’s a run down of all that we are involved in this year: Continue Reading…