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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…

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…

So curricula have been ordered, and children have been registered for co-ops.  It can only mean one thing…a new school year is about to begin!

This year I will be doubling my class size because Roark will be finally joining us at the school table.  Up until now, it’s just been Edie and me sitting at that table.  In the past we did most of her schoolwork while Roark was napping in the afternoons, but my baby is growing up (shed tears here).  He doesn’t require those afternoon naps as he once did.  So now I’ll have two students in my classroom instead of just the one.

While my children do have a lot of differences, they seem to learn at the same pace, and I think Roark at the ripe old age of four and half is capable of the same work load that Edie had at four and half.  So my plan is for Roark to just do exactly what she did at his age.  After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

However I realized there was a slight problem with this plan.  I never took the time to write down when I did certain curricula with Edie.  We just did it.  I wasn’t thinking about the fact that I would have to teach it all over again to Roark three years later.

So I decided to put pen to paper, rack my brain, and see if I could recall what exactly I did with Edie during those first years of homeschooling. Then the thought occurred to me that some of you might be interested in seeing a list like that as well. So I decided to put that list here on the blog.  That way I can share it and keep up with it.  Win-win!

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