Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Peek into our Homeschool: May 2017

May was kind of a slow month as we transitioned from school mode to relaxed summer mode.  Our school year is officially over on paper, but I still have to finish our portfolios to have them evaluated.

Emory had finished his language arts program back in early April, with nothing particular picked out for next year, so when we had the opportunity to review a 3rd grade language arts program, I jumped on it.  He's trying out Lightening Literature Grade 3 from Hewitt Homeschooling.  I have Elliott listening in to the readings since he's never read the first couple of books.  The grammar concepts are review, but I do have him diagramming sentences with us on a whiteboard, since his grammar program doesn't have him diagramming.

Emory's still enjoying his Burgess Bird study.  We'll continue this through the summer, though maybe not at the recommended schedule, because it's great nature lore.

The kids finished out the AWANA year a couple of weeks ago.  I had one in Puggles, Cubbies, Sparks and T&T this year, and all the big kids finished their books.  Emory is moving up to T&T next year, so I won't have a Sparky for the first time in five years.  I may be a little sad about that.  Next year, it's Puggles, Cubbies, and two in T&T.  Then Eloise will move on and I won't have any more little ones in Puggles.  I am definitely sad about that.

Of course the spring weather has been wonderful!  We've switched over to more outdoor play, nature walks and that kind of fun.

We had a lot of fun reviews post during the month of May, so here they are, in case you've missed any:
ArtAchieve -- really fun, plan to finish the projects
Algebra for Breakfast -- great math enrichment program for 3rd-6th grade
Captain Absolutely -- comic book/graphic novel style book for kids
Kwik Stix -- Heart Eyes Emoji for my favorite art supply for preschoolers
The Typing Coach -- quality program, probably great for an auditory learner
Milton Hershey -- Fascinating book with unit study

I'll be sharing more about  upcoming reviews in our Summer School post, so stay tuned for that.  And lest you think my kids are the only ones doing Summer School . . . I have a Summer Reading List as well!  The biography is completely new for me--it's a review for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine website, but I hope to get it on the blog eventually!

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