We are currently using the following curriculum with the girls:
If you notice, a lot of the books we have chosen to use this new year are by the very talented and creative Sarah Janisse Brown and her family. Her books do not disappoint . I came across her books by accident and decided to order the Winter Journal for my girls. The girls began using them Thanksgiving week 2015. And our homeschool experience has changed for the better. Her books have brought life back in to our homeschooling experience, allowing the girls to focus their studies on what they are interested in and how they choose to learn. I am so thankful for Sarah and her wonderful books and look forward to utilizing more and more of her books.
by Sarah Janisse Brown, this book is utilized along with the girls' library books, up to 8 books of their choice that they want to learn about at that time.
December/January Library Books:
These are the books the girls chose for December/January from the library. Once they have finished these books, they can check out more on other subjects.
Math and Spelling:
the Do It Yourself Multiplication Games Journal and Do It Yourself Spelling Time Journal ( both also by Sarah Janisse Brown) which the girls share. I have them do 2 pages each per day.
Are you a Math Genius ? (by Sarah Janisse Brown) I have the girls Complete 1-3 pages every other day.
We also use Life of Fred Liver for Math:
Cursive Writing Practice:
The girls are using 2 different books a few times each week. (you can find these both on Amazon - Jokes and Handwriting)
I use these 2 books in addition to weekly writing prompt assignments posted to MobyMax. There, the girls are responsible for submitting a writing assignment due every Sunday.The workbooks can be purchased on Amazon.
Foreign Language Studies:
Emily chose to study French and Ella has chosen Japanese. We just got these, so I plan to have the girls use them several times per week. If you purchase them on Amazon, you can get them cheaper buying them used.
Elemental Science's - Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 1: Zoology (for Grades K-5th) and is accompanying Guide to Zoology and SCIDAT Logbook. You can read about my blog review here.
And then We use an online all-in-one inclusive curriculum called MobyMax. The girls use it for Math, Science, Vocabulary, Language Arts/Writing. It is free to use and the girls like it. The girls login everyday and use MobyMax as their main curriculum.
We are about to study Women in History by reading various books about Women throughout the course of history up until the present year.
The girls are about to learn to Cook. We are going to use a Curriculum by Sue Gregg (K-Adult Home School Curriculum) as well as Jiffy Mix mixes and easy cooking recipes that the girls find on the internet through interest and research that also goes along with our studies. The girls will also record meal planning as well as copy recipes they find that they like in to their Winter Journals. Read more about our recent contact with the Jiffy mix company on our blog.
We have chosen to use Teach Yourself to Draw (Series 1 and 3) by Sarah Janisse Brown. . (Description taken from Amazon) "First they will begin by matching the pencil strokes and detail work found in these high quality drawings. Next, by tracing the image and filling in what is missing from the professional drawing the students will naturally advance in their abilities. After this the student will complete a more complex drawing puzzle and complete the process by doing their own realistic drawing."
Teach Yourself to Draw Series 1
by Sarah Janisse Brown
Teach Yourself to Draw Series 3
by Sarah Janisse Brown
Books, Games and Tools We are Using: The compass was purchased for games and perhaps trying our hand at geocaching. I see so much about geocaching on the internet that I thought it might be a fun activity for the girls. Plus, it would also count as physical education to get outdoors for a nature hike. We have several Geography board games as well that we plan to utilize - Postcards from America, Where in the World is Carmen San Diego, Where in the U. S.A. is Carmen San Diego and 1000 Places to See Before You Die.