Our 8th Grade, 4th Grade and Pre-school Homeschool Plans
It’s hard for me to believe this is my 9th year as a homeschooling mom. I remember talking with my husband about homeschooling when Ellie (now almost 14) was supposed to be heading into Kindergarten. The plan at that point was to homeschool for a year because “Hey! It’s Kindergarten. She’s already reading chapter books, how much could we possibly mess her up?” After that first year of learning and growing together we’ve never looked back.
It took us a couple of years to really figure out our style as a homeschool family and with each subsequent child joining the family we grow and shift and change. I feel like we just get better at this every year. I was joking with my 14 year old that little Edith (now not quite two) is going to have a dramatically different school career than Ellie. I will have figured it all out by then.
As always, our plans for the year revolve around reading beautiful books. Lots and lots of books.
Here’s what we’ve got lined up:
History: The Good and the Beautiful Year Two
We used Year 1 last year and loved it. It’s gentle and simple. It’s full of beautiful stories and inspiring people. The read aloud suggestions are stellar and we’ve really, really enjoyed them. One of the things I love most about this curriculum is that it takes the typical Four Year history cycle and breaks it up differently. So rather than staying in a time period for an entire school year, you cover all four in one year and then cycle back through the next year, but with different material. For example during the Ancient portion, last year we studied Egypt and this year we’ll be studying Greece.
I love shifting gears every so often and focusing on a new time period. A couple of years ago, my kids got so bogged down with our year long Medieval history study that Ethan exclaimed, “I just don’t want to learn about Castles any more!”. We haven’t had that burnout with The Good and the Beautiful!
Science: Gail Gibbons books
Math: Teaching Textbooks
We love this curriculum. It’s the only math curriculum we’ve used more than one year. We’re headed into year 3 with teaching textbooks, which says a lot!
How do we fit in everything?
We have a weekly nature adventure with friends. This is probably my favorite outing of the week! I love this time with like-minded Mamas, and close friends for my kids to explore with. We go all year round and have had such a blast whether it’s snowy and cold or blistering hot. We love this group.
Elijah will also be using Waterford Institute, which is a program Ethan used and loved when he was a preschooler.
We’re also constantly reading aloud, going to the park with friends, and Elijah has been taking violin lessons for over a year now and we’ll continue with that as well.