Good evening! It's almost time for the weekend!!
|Our lesson on mummification!|
The majority of our lessons are done as a family. This is the most sane way that I have found to school a family of 11 with children ranging in age from 12 down to infant! The kids do have their own Math and English studies that are geared toward their specific abilities though. I don't assign the kids a grade level---they just work along in each subject at their own pace.
For Math and English, we use books from Rod and Staff Publishing. These are very sweet and gentle books that challenge my kids with concepts presented in a very basic and straightforward way. Written for use in Mennonite schools, I love how the lessons incorporate God's word and proper courtesy and manners. My kids really enjoy the "old-fashioned" illustrations as well. Lynzie, 12, is currently working through the level 4 books in both subjects. Michael (10) and Elisha (9) are working through level 3 in Math and level 2 in English. Cainan (7) is just about finished with level 2 in Math and is also working through level 2 in English. I really like that this curriculum requires copying onto notebook paper. While the books are inexpensive to begin with, (especially when they're found on eBay.com, paperbackswap.com, or curriculum-sharing websites) the fact that we can reuse these books every year is such a blessing!
We also use Rod and Staff books for our group studies in Science and Health.
Since we're a family of history buffs, we do a LOT of different history lessons. Most of these lessons are taught from "living books": novels and historical accounts, as opposed to textbooks. Currently, we're discussing a couple different periods of history. One resource we are using is H.E. Marshall's Our Island Story, which covers the history of Britain as far back as anyone has recorded.
A second WONDERFUL series we are going through is the Mystery of History curriculum. These lessons take portions of the Bible and match them up with what went on in other parts of the world at the same time that Jacob and Esau were fighting over their birthright or the Israelites were marching on Jericho.
The thing I love best about our homeschool is the way we can just run with an idea. While I do have specific goals for the kids and somewhat of a routine to follow, we are free to spend a whole day reading about the many King Henrys or watching a mother squirrel give her baby climbing lessons. What a blessing to be able to give my kids the resources and freedom to learn about things that are interesting to them. I wouldn't have it any other way!
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