Our 2015-2016 year is the first year where we really are adding in the subject Spelling. We have been blessed with the opportunity to review Horizons 2nd Grade Spelling & Vocabulary Set and what a blessing it has turned out to be! Horizons is one of several imprints from Alpha Omega Publications ~ (http://aophomeschooling.com/TOS) and one I’ve been drooling over since I discovered them at an expo conference a few years ago. I am so delighted to get this curriculum in hand and it has been an incredible few weeks as we have delved deeper and really started a study on Spelling & Vocabulary for my AppleBlossom. Alpha Omega had it’s start in creating curriculum for private Christian schools, but they have gone into (for nearly 30 years now!) the homeschool world and are definitely one of top company names that you will hear as a recommendation when you’re seeking. . .
This is post that I have honestly been scared to write as I dread the judgement. Okay, so seriously I don’t have a large commenting base on my blog, but I know from numbers and interactions along down the line that people are seeing what I write. It’s here, in email, and feeds through social networks and what-not. But even though I’m sure you’ll probably read this and go on with your day, I still fear the judgement and the “crazy woman” thoughts you’re most likely sending my way. Alas. Yesterday I talked about looking back at our year and what we did. For a large part of things, they worked for us. We’re cancelling out the idea of continuing with Seton Home Study School, but we love everything about Memoria Press Classical Core Curricula that you’ll have to pull the lesson manual from my cold hands… okay, yes yes. . .
This has been a hectic year. This has been an amazing year. I had a baby. I blogged books, quilts, cross stitch, and homeschool stuff. I also taught a combination of Tot School and K5/1st Grade. I found some new things to love, and I discovered some things that just weren’t an appropriate fit. Love! (Backlinks of joy) Memoria Press First Grade (Advice) Memoria Press First Start Reading (Phonics) Memoria Press Kindergarten (Series) Creative Madness Mama Blossom School on a Normal Day Logic of English Foundations Lightning Literature 2014-2015 Wrap Up Blog Hop Landing Page (Visit other bloggers!) Last year, the curriculum that I chose was suppose to take AppleBlossom two years to complete. It was suppose to be K5 that merged into 1st Grade as time went on. However, she finished all of the First Grade materials, or is very nearly so through with them as of now. She. . .
If you’re just joining in, you might wish to go read my first two posts about Real-Life Homeschool in the Creative Madness Mama Blossom School. On Day 1 I talked about a general hour by hour what’s up schedule, and on Day 2 I shared a library day. Some how I blinked and Wednesday and Thursday were past, but then that’s life around here. Let me think, Wednesday was our first attempt a unit study day and Thursday was a normal day. Today is going to be a 3Rs and unit study day. So… What is a normal or average day for us? (Now this makes me feel like I’m sharing secrets, or something is tucked in after leaving the powder room while people look on. Not sure why, but discussing fully what we try to call school makes me feel like I’m opening myself up for judgement and. . .
In final thoughts, I can tell you as a whole I love what Memoria Press is doing with their curriculum and lesson plans. Almost as it is written it is perfect for my oldest student and I’m becoming eager to watch my next child start to get into the plans as well. I miss the Devotional and Prayer time in the Lesson Plans like we experienced with Junior Kindergarten. Yes there is a weekly Bible story during the Copybook and Memory time, but it is not daily. Nor is there a devotional like we had last year. If it were possible for Memoria Press to include something like a scheduled devotional in the future I would love that. Memoria Press Kindergarten Lesson Plans is all you need for one year and evens so we have a few outside resources we add in. Going back to echo what I said before, more. . .
The last portion of the Classical Core Curriculum for Kindergarten Lesson Plans for One Year and package is my absolute favorite. Even if you are happy with your phonics, math, and copywork elsewhere you cannot beat Memoria Press’ new Enrichment Guide books. In the main Lesson Plans, you are provided with the schedule for a read-aloud book for the week on Monday, music and art for Tuesday, poetry on Wednesday, history and culture (aka social studies and then some!) on Thursday, and science (ala nature study) on Friday. The Kindergarten Enrichment Guide enhances this so much further! As I said in my reviews for Junior Kindergarten, the read-aloud selection from Memoria Press is wonderful. There was hardly a title I did not like and most I was happy to add to our home library. Memoria Press tries very hard to keep their current plans to books currently in-print so there has been. . .
Oh, how I am enjoying remembering our past year in curriculum! Recommend recommend! After math comes… Copybook & Memory and this contains a Bible story from the Golden Children’s Bible and use of the Memoria Press Copybook I. It is laid out to read the story on Monday, Language Lesson and memorization of the relevant scripture on Tuesday. Copy and trace the verse on Wednesday with sometimes some math practice pages thrown into the practice those numbers on Wednesday. Thursday is a proof and correction date with recitation added and Friday ends with time to illustrate and review. The Golden Children’s Bible was chosen because of its slightly simplified, but poetically appealing, King James text, along with its beautiful and age-appropriate illustrations. This is important because we believe students should learn to revere the Bible as a sacred book, distinct from modern adventure stories with cartoon heroes. The Golden Children’s Bible was. . .
Next on our schedule I believe, is Mathematics. Going in, I knew our year with Memoria Press Kindergarten would be great, but I didn’t know what parts were going to help add up to that greatness. One of my biggest surprises was in the math department. The full curriculum package provided by Memoria Press for their Kindergarten Classical Core Curriculum utilizes not only the Numbers Books series from Memoria Press, but also Rod & Staff Beginning Arithmetic 1, Part 1 (and the Teacher’s Edition and Practice Sheets). I really wavered on whether or not I would use R&S math or something else, I kept hearing about so many people just substituting in something they already liked. For me personally, I know I liked the higher levels of Saxon math but not the Larson elementary years. I don’t really know anything about Singapore, and we’re not willing to just throw it to. . .
2013-2014 was our K4 year and our main curriculum has been the Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum for Kindergarten. (I cannot believe we are already halfway through the next year, these memories seem like yesterday!!) These Lesson Plans are written out for one year. At this point we are within a handful of weeks to completetion, possibly days. This year follows our K3 year with the Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten and prior to that Tot School with various preschool printables and Sonlight P3/4. Please head back to read my several part review on the Memoria Press JrK Curriculum if you’re interested. JrK is written as a 2-day week for 33 weeks, recommended for the general 4-5 year old range. Also, for your information and a side note, Memoria Press is in the process of releasing a leveled pre-JrK program designed for special needs. The plan, to my knowledge, is “to unveil. . .
Having just finished drafting my post for the K5 Curriculum (even if it is six months late!) I figured perhaps I should also write a post for our PreK3 Curriculum this year as well. As my second child is entering into the world of academia I am learning some important lessons. While AppleBlossom was ready to jump and run early on and loves workbooks and “doing school” things… her sister is, well… a free spirit. OrangeBlossom should have been called PinkBlossom. If it is not pink, princess, or fairy related she’s not interested. All life must involved things that are pretty, beautiful, in skirts and sparkily is a plus. Sitting to “do school”, so not her thing. She will beg for school for a minute or two, and then flit here and there and yonder. OrangeBlossom is my here, there and yonder child at three years old. Who know what the. . .
5 Year Old Kindergarten 2014-2015 *This post is so tardy! I’ve had it drafted and saved in my folder waiting for me to edit it and add pictures for so many months now, but alas. Yet now, as my bouncing baby boy is six months old! It’s time for me to catch up…* Two years now has brought our family such blessings through our experience with Junior Kindergarten and then Kindergarten (review in progress) through Memoria Press so we decided first on our list was to continue with the First Grade materials, even if we slowed it to a two year pace considering her younger age. We have just finished with week three and spread it out over about five weeks. (At the time of writing this originally, finally getting around to proofing it and we’re beyond week 16!!) Right now I’m not certain if we’ll keep a slower pace. . .
Miss me? I know I’ve been a bit remiss. I keep thinking of things to blog, but the matter of just getting to the computer lately has been a bit hectic. With a newborn in my arms, as well as my computer crashing – and I just don’t want to face that. Anyhoo… Today I want to tell you about a new review that is totally cool! One of the things that is completely fabulous about the TOS Review Crew is the opportunity to meet new companies and learn about products previously unknown to me, such as Wizzy Gizmo. Say what? Wizzy Gizmo ~ (http://www.wizzygizmo.com) Nifty name ‘eh? Well, Wizzy Gizmo has quite the line of products for Christian Education for Children, but I what I have to talk to you about are a New Testament series of review cards. What I have in hand is called the Fast Track Bible Pack: New Testament and. . .