Homeschooling Update: New on the (Homeschool) Stack

I blog every month about the books I add to my reading stack, but I’ve never thought about sharing the new homeschooling-related titles I add. This month’s post includes about three month’s worth of new books.

National Parks: A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments and Landmarks

I saw this one on my friend Sarah’s Instagram, and immediately wanted it. I love love love the National Parks and a fun title like this looked like one we would all enjoy.

Castle by David Macaulay

We’re in the middle of learning about the era of European castles in history, so I couldn’t resist when I found this title on a great deal.

Legends & Leagues South Storybook (& Workbook)

Wanted to try this as it looked like a fun approach to geography.

Cabin on Trouble Creek by Jean Van Leeuwen

This title appears on a lot of recommended fiction lists, so I grabbed it on sale.

Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Another sale title (so hard to resist titles when they’re super inexpensive!), because I love having additional easier readers on hand to give to my kids when I need something to keep them busy.

Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

Another one where I couldn’t resist the screaming deal.

Science Encyclopedia

It’s beyond where my kids are right now, but I’m hoping they get some use out of it. They’ve loved the other Usborne science titles they’ve used.

The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay

Couldn’t resist this on sale either, and I think they are going to LOVE it when I finally pull it off the shelf.

Bible Explorer’s Guide

Looks like the sort of book we all enjoy, and it’s SO HARD for me to resist Bible reference books that I think my kids will like.

Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones by Gene Barretta

Very cute, but I’d only say get it if you find an amazing deal like I did (love damaged book sales when the “damage” ends up being super minor).

Life Skills for Kids: Equipping Your Child for the Real World by Christine Field

I maybe should have listed this in my usual New on the Stack post, because it is for me. Except it is homeschooling-related so I’m keeping it here. I’m not sure how useful this will be, but I’m giving it a try.

No Stress Chess

No, it’s not a book, but it is for school. So far my son really likes this, and I’m enjoying it as well (I’ve never played chess before, so we’re both learning).

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Homeschooling Update: A Reading Breakthrough!

All About Reading 1 Activity BookH has been struggling to get past the hurdle of blending.

And I know that it’s a developmental stage, and I know that research shows that children who don’t learn how to read until older catch up quickly, and she’s only just 6.

But still, it’s such an obvious thing when a child isn’t reading, and when you’re around people who aren’t particularly homeschool-friendly, it leads to lots of side-eyeing. “She’s not reading yet?”

Cue me feeling torn between not wanting to say anything because it’s not any of their business, and wanting to justify things, etc. etc.


All About Reading 1 Run Bug Run ReaderSo, mostly for that reason, but also because she SO wants to be reading on her own, I was thrilled when suddenly it’s like something clicked for her, and she’s blending with ease, and having fun with the activities.

Ok, so she’s only managing consonant-vowel-consonant words (bat, sat, mad, big, fin, and similar), but if she’s anything like G was, blending is the big hurdle and now she’ll start moving along with reading progress.

She’s already done 5 lessons in All About Reading 1 in 10 days, and she’s WANTING to do more. She’s reaching for the first reader, Run Bug Run.

I’m so happy for her. She’s thrilled, and it’s such a great milestone.

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Homeschooling Update: Plans for First Grade

H is now in first grade, and many of the plans I have for the year are repeats of her brother’s year.

1st grade / first grade curriculum choices

First Grade Curriculum Choices


She’s working on Math Mammoth 1A as that worked so well for her brother. I am also eyeing Math Lessons for a Living Education, because I think she’d like the storyline, and the repetition would probably be helpful. Although I did a mix of Math Mammoth and Mathematical Reasoning for her brother, so I may just do that mix again for her as well.


G LOVED the Children’s Encyclopedia used as the spine for history used in Sonlight’s Level A, and it’s proving to be just as big a hit with H. I’ve also noticed that her brother likes hanging around when we read the encyclopedia, and he likes telling her things he remembers.

Sonlight updated this level since her brother went through it, so they’ve already made some changes. I will probably still add in The Story of Exploration like I did with her brother, as it was a fun book that he really enjoyed. They’ve made some other changes to the read alouds, and I’m planning on reading all the books in the updated Instructor’s Guide, plus the books they removed.


We’re still working through All About Reading 1, as she’s having a bit more trouble than her brother did at getting past the hurdle of blending.

I expect that at some point things are going to click for her and she’ll take off. Until then, we practice a lot of basic stuff with her. At some point, I have LA 1 to use with her, but we’re paused on it right now.


She’s begun Italic Handwriting Book A. It’s fine – no strong feelings either way towards it. She likes handwriting more than her brother does, and is better at it than he was at that age.


I don’t use the Bible reading assigned in the IG – I prefer the assigned Bible at an older age, so right now she’s working through The Family Time Bible in Pictures, and then we’ll move on to The Story in Pictures. We have several children’s Bibles so when we finish one we just move onto another one. She’s also starting back at Awana next month, for her second year in Sparks.


Sonlight’s Science A also uses the Children’s Encyclopedia, as well as several of the Usborne Beginners books. She loves those, so I’ll be rounding up all the extra ones we have that aren’t already assigned, and reading them throughout the year. Then I’ll likely add some library books on topics that catch her interest, as that worked well for her brother.

She doesn’t seem to like the graphic novel science texts he so loves, so her year won’t be an exact repeat of what he did. One fun thing is that Sonlight updated the Science IG, and it’s now in COLOR. That’s fun for her (and me too, to be honest).


We’re trying Artistic Pursuits Introduction to Visual Arts , and I may also finish up the Art with a Purpose program we started last year. Her brother didn’t like it, but she did, so I may just do it as extra art with her. She likes art a lot more than he does.

I also plan on doing some art appreciation/art history with him, and letting her listen in as she wants.


She’ll also have the option of tagging along with her brother’s music appreciation/composer studies, or it may be something else that I’ll save for when she’s older.


As I mentioned in the post about her brother’s third grade plans, I’ve fizzled out on using the video version of the Kids Cook Real Food course – I think if I had a tablet to use in the kitchen it would have helped. Instead, I’ve gotten the print version and will be trying to use that with them. They both are enthusiastic about any cooking lessons I offer, so I want to prioritize that this year.


She’s planning on joining Girl Scouts and is really looking forward to that! The introductory meeting is next week and she’s only asked me EVERY DAY this month when it’s happening.

She’s also playing soccer again and is disappointed that 1st grade still doesn’t include a goalie (gotta wait until 3rd grade for that). This will be her first year to play basketball, and she wants to play softball again in the Spring.

Taekwondo continues: she’s just earned her senior brown belt, and if she continues to pass each level, she’ll test for black belt in February. She’s also been invited to help teach the beginning and intermediate students and enjoys doing that one class each week.

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Homeschooling Update: Plans for Third Grade

Last week kicked off G’s 3rd grade year. It’s always an exciting time, and I’ve got some fun things planned for his year.

3rd Grade Curriculum Choices

3rd Grade Curriculum Choices


Math Mammoth has worked really well for us so far, so he’ll be starting off the year with 4A, and when he finishes that, he’ll move on to 4B. I would like to supplement with Beast Academy and am planning on getting their new 2A level when it releases. I want it to be fun-challenging, not super hard-challenging, which is why I’m going lower in level than the 3A I have and briefly tried last year.


Sonlight C LA 3
In addition to the second half of world history covered in Sonlight C, I’ll be adding in some extra fun titles such as See Inside the World of Shakespeare and a sticker book about Knights as I try to slow us down and not finish before May.

I’m trying to avoid moving into level D before 4th grade, but we’ll see how that goes. We’d begun level C last year, so we’re already on week 9 of the curriculum. I just ordered the Kingfisher Atlas of World History (it hasn’t arrived yet) but that should also give us plenty to look at and help slow things down.

Spelling, Phonics, and Handwriting

He’s halfway through All About Spelling level 4 already, so I expect him to finish it and most (if not all) of level 5 this year. He loves spelling!

Although it’s completely unnecessary for him, as it duplicates so much of what he did in All About Reading, I’m having him work through MCP Phonics Level C . It’s often convenient to have some workbook tasks to give him to do on his own. Some days this ends up counting as his handwriting.

For days he’s not getting a lot of handwriting in via other items, he’s using Italic Handwriting Book D. He hates it, but his handwriting is not good, so he’s working on it. And it’s not the book’s fault he hates it; he’d dislike anything requiring handwriting practice.

Reading and Vocabulary

Sonlight LA 3Somewhat connected with his History curriculum, he’s also doing Sonlight Readers and LA 3. I’ll add in additional readers for him, mostly from the library. Those I generally pick as we go along through the year, and I’ll try and keep you posted on the ones I assign as the year progresses.

For another workbook to do on his own when I need him to be busy while I work with his sister(s) he’s got Wordly Wise B. The vocabulary practice so far has been unnecessary, but I’ll keep using it for the workbook benefits.


Besides the assigned Bible reading and Window on the World book included in Sonlight, I’ve added the Awesome Book of Bible Facts (that they used to include, but took out). He’ll also start up with Awana again next month, where he’ll be in the T&T level.


Sonlight Science CHe’s a big fan of Sonlight science, and has just started Science C. Since it’s never enough for him, I’ll be supplementing with additional science books. First up is 100 Things to Know about Science, followed by a book about Volcanos. Once he learns that there are additional Wile E Coyote science titles, he’ll be clamoring for them, so I’m thinking I’ll get him Whoosh, Kaboom, Clang, and Zoom for Christmas gifts.


I’ll be trying out a new-to-us art curriculum with both older kids – Artistic Pursuits Introduction to Visual Arts .

I also have several Usborne art books to read with the kids – Introduction to Art, Lift-the-Flap Art, Art Treasury, even an Art Activity Book, and a Step-by-Step Drawing Book.

In addition, I have a list of art appreciation books to grab from the library, such as 13 Paintings Children Should Know and others in that series.

I know we won’t get through all of that this year, but I’m trying to have it on hand to make it more likely it’ll be a regular part of our routine.


Someday I hope to get all the kids into piano lessons, but that won’t be this year. While we wait, I want to do some composer studies, music history, and other music apreciation-type material.

Towards that end, I’m slowly working on building a reference collection. So far I have the Usborne Famous Composers Reference Book, and I’m also planning on adding their Classical Music Reference Book.

In addition, I’m then debating between three options: First Book about the Orchestra, Welcome to the Symphony, or The Story of the Orchestra. I’d like to get one of them for the year, and am hoping to try all three out from the library before deciding which one (if any) to purchase for our shelves.


I’ve not been that successful at using the video version of the Kids Cook Real Food course (but when I did, I loved it), so I’m trying the book instead.


He’s now a Bear in Cub Scouts, and is looking forward to all of the activities that offers throughout the year. He’s also begun the Fall soccer season, playing on team Germany. It’s still up in the air if he’ll play basketball this winter, but he’s certain to play baseball in the Spring.

Taekwondo is ongoing: he’s just earned his 1st degree recommended black belt, so next up is 1st degree decided, and to work towards his instructor’s collar.

It should be another busy year!

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Homeschooling Update: Looking Back at Second Grade

An overdue look at the highlights of G’s second-grade year. We mostly used Sonlight’s Level B, but did move into level C before the end of the year, pausing for the summer when I reached a good stopping point in the history schedule.

History & Read-Alouds

Charlotte's Web coverHistory is generally something he likes, although he did get tired of Ancient Greece. I think I added too many extra titles on Greece. ๐Ÿ™‚ He liked the Vikings, and I think that was his favorite part of the year.

I still do read-alouds with him, and his favorites for the year were: Charlotte’s Web, Henry Huggins, Around the World with Kate and Mack, and Maps & Globes.

He also does his own reading, and his favorite books were the Captain Underpants series (sigh). From his school books, his favorites were The Beginners Bible and Riding the Pony Express.

Language Arts

All About Spelling Level 4G made great reading progress this year. He’s a strong reader, although he still doesn’t like to read books where there is too much text on one page – he likes white space in the margins and some extra space between rows of text. No cramped text blocks for him!

If you ask, he’ll tell you he hates spelling, but then laugh, because he’s joking as it’s one of his favorite subjects. He’s an excellent speller and is proud of that fact. He’s halfway through All About Spelling Level 4, and he’s already asking when I’ll be getting Level 5, and can he finish it and Level 6 next year? I cannot tell you how much I love All About Spelling (although I’ve tried) – if only everything school-related worked so well and so easily.

Handwriting is still his least favorite subject, and there is much moaning about the fact that I make him work on it EVERY. DAY. Clearly, I am the most unreasonable teacher ever.


Math Analogies coverHe’s a good math student and finished two levels of math during the year. He would have been ready to move into level 4 of Math Mammoth about a month before we broke for summer, but I decided to hold off on it and just have him review math facts and do other practice problems, rather than having an awkward break in the new program.

He especially loved the Math Analogies book I grabbed for him almost on a whim – he thought it was fun, and never seemed like school work to him.


Zap! Wile E. Coyote Experiments with Energy coverAnother favorite subject was science – he had a hard time narrowing down his choices for favorite titles for the year (as seen in the long list in the next paragraph). I need to improve about doing experiments with him and hope to next year. M should be old enough by then to not be such a menace and threat to everything while we try.

His favorite science books for the year were See Inside Your Body, See How It’s Made, and the graphic science series including The Science of Baseball with Max Axiom, The World of Food Chains with Max Axiom, and Zap! Wile E. Coyote Experiments with Energy, Thud! Wile E. Coyote Experiments with Forces and Motion and Splat! Wile E. Coyote Experiments with States of Matter.

PE & Extra Activities

Kids Cook Real Food coverHe had a busy year with activities: Taekwondo (he’s a probationary black belt and beginning instructor), soccer, basketball, baseball, and Cub Scouts. Fortunately soccer, basketball, and baseball do not overlap so it’s not quite as crazy as that sounds. It’s busy enough as it is! He also was in Awana, although that usually involved lots of complaining before we left every week.

While he does generally join in when we have an art lesson, he’s not enthusiastic about it. However, he is eager for me to restart cooking lessons, which have been on hiatus for awhile. I just bought the lessons in a print format since one of the biggest challenges I had with it was it being all online or via pdf. I’m thinking the print will make it easier on me.


All in all, it was a very successful year with him. I do have some changes I want to make for next year, but that’ll be detailed in a future post. Overall, I feel like we had a good routine going, and I’m hoping next year runs as smoothly.

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Homeschooling Update: Looking Back at Kindergarten

Last month we ended H’s official Kindergarten year (we’re doing some “fun school” over the summer).


I’m not sure how to describe our year of reading instruction. While “resistant” isn’t exactly right, it may be the closest term I can come up with to describe how she generally responded to lessons.

I know she’s young, so I didn’t want to push her, and if it hadn’t been for her saying that she wanted to learn to read, I’d have dropped any lessons completely As it was, I would end up trying a lesson with her, going until she got … emotional/uncooperative, and then I’d back off for a time (sometimes a few days, sometimes a week, sometimes a month), until she requested more.

However, I discovered Teach Your Monster to Read and she LOVED playing that game on the computer, and it helped her realize she could read some things, which was nice as she wants so much to read.

She does not like following the scripted lessons from All About Reading 1 the same way G did for Kindergarten, so I’m having to be a little more inventive. I was hoping it would work just like it did for G, but no such luck. I’m expecting that she’s close to really becoming a reader, and will start back up attempting lessons with her in August.

Math & Science & More

She enjoyed math, which was Mathematical Reasoning, and then some random workbooks, and then we had just started Math Mammoth 1A, getting about halfway through the first (long) chapter before breaking for the summer.

Science was probably her favorite: Sonlight’s P 4/5 has lots of fun science books to read, like the beloved Big Book of Science and Nature, and I supplemented with extra books from my Usborne collection, and from the library. Favorites included Wild Animal Atlas, First Big Book of Animals, First Big Book of Why, and Q & A About Animals.

She usually liked handwriting, and her favorite thing of all is probably art, and she’d like it if I would include that every day. While she’s always welcome to do art on her own each day, she’d like me to do it with her every day and that doesn’t always happen.

I think it’s funny how much she looooves workbooks right now, and I’m catering to that love by getting her some extra ones. Those random math books I mentioned, plus some Kindergarten-level activity books I found on Amazon, Explode the Code primer books A, B, and C, an easy Geography workbook. She loves them all.


She also generally loved read-aloud time. Her favorite books from the year were:
The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook (and More Milly-Molly-Mandy), A Doctor Like Papa, Stories from Around the World, Beginners World Atlas, Street Through Time, and What Do People Do All Day.

Extra Activities

PE was taken care of through taekwondo (she received her brown belt right before her 6th birthday; she’s by far the youngest in the advanced classes now, but she loves it), as well as soccer and softball. She’s asked to play basketball this year as well, as she was disappointed that it wasn’t offered for Kindergarteners. She amazes me with her athleticism and drive to be the best on her teams. I was not that way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Her other activity for the year was Awana, which she loved. She worked very hard to finish her book for the year, and then made it through a second time to get the review patch.

I was thinking it was a really light year, and it felt like that during the year, but looking back at the year she actually covered quite a bit. Yes, she’s still not reading fluently like they’d expect her to be doing if she was in the public school here, but I know she’ll figure it out soon enough and catch up. She’s excited about moving on to her first-grade materials, and I’m happy she’s still enthusiastic about school.

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Homeschooling Update: All About Spelling is Amazing

all-about-spellingI wrote about how impressed I was with All About Spelling after completing Level 1 , but I never gave any other updates about it.

My son has now finished Level 2 and Level 3, and I still have nothing but positive things to say about it!

The spelling rules are all presented in such an easy-to-understand manner, and each lesson focuses on one rule. It makes it very easy for him to progress as it’s such a nicely incremental program. I continue to learn the reasons behind why certain words are spelled that way (I had zero phonics instruction in school, and the only reason I could ever spell at all was because of reading so much that I often could just “look” at a word and know if it looked ok or not).

Easy to Use

I’m a member of several homeschooling online groups, and one concern I hear regularly in regards to All About Spelling is that it takes too long, and is too involved. I absolutely do NOT find that to be the case at all. We usually spend 10 to 15 minutes a day on spelling, using nothing more than the book and a piece of paper. Most “steps” (think lesson levels) take 3 or 4 days to complete at that rate.

Yes, if you pull out the letter tiles to build every word it’ll take longer, but that hasn’t been necessary for us since Level 1. For Level 3 the only time he used the letter tiles was during the lesson on contractions. For that lesson it was helpful to use the tiles and show how the contraction was formed.

The majority of the time he spells the words and sentences out loud to me. I only have him write for the last part of the lesson, when he’s given a word and has to create a sentence for it.

Looking to Economize?

You could easily get by without purchasing the student packet, and simply use the teachers manual. While that means you won’t get the review cards, the program can be done without them, especially since the words on the cards are all listed in the manual. If you wanted review cards it’d be easy enough to make your own on index cards. I make do by noting in my planner when my son needs to review a word.

Doing without the student packet will also mean you won’t get the progress chart, or some other handouts. None of them are essential, but you could create your own (or download them from the All About Spelling website). All in all, the student packet makes things easier, but it can be done without it.

The manual is also completely reusable for younger children. All I’ll have to do is erase the penciled check marks I added to keep track of where he was, and it’s ready to use for his sisters. I’ll download and print a new progress chart for each of them, and get stickers for them to mark their progress (assuming they’re motivated by stickering progress charts; my son definitely is).

One of His Favorites

My son is not always a completely enthusiastic student (I hear rumors that those do exist in the homeschool world), but he is almost always enthusiastic about doing spelling. It’s such a quick lesson, and he likes making steady progress through the program. He’s already talking about when he finishes Level 4, and we only started it this week..

I can’t recommend this program enough. It’s an excellent method of teaching spelling, and the way the program is laid out it’s incredibly easy to teach. I love it.

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Homeschool Update: Finished Sonlight’s Level B, moving on to C

Well, more or less moving on to C. We’re trying out the mostly equivalent Bookshark Level 2. There are a handful of differences between them, mostly that Bookshark is secular so it skips the Bible component and missionary stories, and it’s also a 4-day a week schedule.

bookshark-level-2In Sonlight’s level B, G covered the first half of world history – emphasizing Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome. It was a really fun year, which makes me that much more excited to move onto the second half of world history. Vikings! Knights and Castles! I love Medieval history and I can’t wait to try and get G to love it too. ๐Ÿ™‚

We’ll be doing Sonlight’s LA 3 (I already had it on hand), and I have the Bookshark Level 2 Advanced/Sonlight 4/5 Readers on hand if we need additional readers. So far I’ve used library books or a few I’ve bought for him as extra readers.

I do plan to continue adding on Story of the World Volume 2 (it worked very well adding Volume 1 to level B), and I’m also adding back in three books that were in C in previous years – Explorer’s News, Maps and Globes, and The Awesome Book of Bible Facts.

I was not planning on using Window on the World (that’s part of why I went with Bookshark – it doesn’t include it), but my son saw it online, and specifically asked for it. It’s hard to say no to a request for a book, so ok kid, I’ll add it back in.

This isn’t a full planning-for-third-grade post, just a quick look at the big changes going on with us for school. He’s now finished his first week with the new level, so at some point I’ll share my thoughts on the full comparison between Sonlight and Bookshark.

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Homeschooling Update: Finished with Ancient Greece


We’ve more or less finished with Ancient Greece and will be getting into Ancient Rome. And then that is pretty much the end of B for us and we’ll move onto C. Crazy! Although that makes it sound like we’re closer than we are – there’s still 9 weeks of the schedule ahead of us.

It’s been a really nice stretch, as he’s liked Greece, and I like Ancient Greece much more than Ancient Egypt.

What Would I Recommend?

blast-back-ancient-greeceIf you’re looking to do ancient Greece on your own, I’d recommend Blast Back! Ancient Greece – it was really well done, and covered a good amount for lower elementary, without being overkill. The Greek Myths book is also quite nice if you want to cover them, and it was never too detailed to make it something I didn’t want to share with my young kids.

If you have a child who likes to color, I’d get one of the inexpensive Dover coloring books. I skipped this because G has never liked coloring very much, but I’m almost certainly going to get one when H studies this. Dover options include Life in Ancient Greece, Greek Gods and Goddesses, Sparta!, and Greek and Roman Fashion.

sticker-dressing-greek-mythsIf you’ve got a sticker fan in your house, Sticker Dressing Greek Myths is fun. My son loves using these books, so that’s what he gets in lieu of a coloring book.

For more general history not limited to Ancient Greece, I’m using and enjoying A Child’s History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History (great for visuals), and Story of the World Volume 1 & the accompanying activity book. It’s more than is needed, but I’m trying to stretch things out for us.

Have Older Students?

usborne-illustrated-stories-from-the-greek-mythsIf you’re looking to cover Ancient Greece with an older child (say, 10 and up), Usborne has an excellent title that would work well. The Greeks was overkill for my son right now, but if we need more I’ll use it for his next pass through this era. They also have several options for Greek Myths books more appropriate for older readers, and a general history encyclopedia that I love.

Still Want More?

adventures-in-ancient-greeceIf you’re also looking to stretch things out, I also used Greek News, Adventures in Ancient Greece and Top 10 Worst Things about Ancient Greece. I’d go for the first two if you want more books, but none of them are essential if you’ve read Blast Back! Adventures in Ancient Greece does add a fictional component to the topic, if you’re looking for that. Another fiction option is Hour of the Olympics, from the Magic Tree House series. My son read that to himself – love that easy reading level! He also read the nonfiction companion book, Ancient Greece and the Olympics.

Previously on The Deliberate Reader

Two years ago: Book Review: Ghost Ship by Brian Hicks
Three years ago: How to Find More Time to Read: Part 1

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Homeschooling Update: One Month In to the 2016 – 2017 Year

We’re roughly one month into the new school year, and that’s been enough time to give some evaluation to how things are going.

So far, overall I’m fairly pleased with things. I still need to finish adding in a few subjects (like spelling for G), and I want to give H some more focused time on reading instruction. We’ve started that for her, but she wants more than she’s gotten so far. She seems ready to begin All About Reading 1 so it’s time to pull that out!

Last week was almost entirely half days – there was a dentist’s visit and two other days with doctor’s appointments. Tuesday was the only day that we did a full school day. I guess that happens at “real” school too.

Kindergarten Book StackAlthough I have a schedule for H to follow, we haven’t been following it that much. Instead I’m just pulling together a stack of books each day and doing the next thing in each one.

G sticks with the Sonlight schedule more, but I still find that I’m completely off track as far as where we are with various components. Week 8 in Science, week 19 in History, and I don’t even know in Language Arts.

This week G also finished up his Mathematical Reasoning book. I haven’t gotten the next one in the series – as much as I (we) loved those books in the younger levels, I don’t think they’re as good at older grades. I’m going to try to use Beast Academy (which we already have the first book) as his secondary math now. He does really well having two to flip between, so I want to keep that option, at least for now. That’s also likely to change as he keeps moving along.

Beast Academy 3AH is also almost done with her Mathematical Reasoning book – she should finish it next week. That’ll be about 5 weeks to complete the Pre-K book, and then I have the Kindergarten book ready to go. I like starting the kids at the lower level first, because it ends up being really easy for them, and they have fun with it and feel super confident. Not a bad way to start their math journey!

Awana starts up this weekend, so both kids will be back in the habit of scripture memory. Neither of them have done it at all since it ended last May. I’m ok with that. ๐Ÿ™‚