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Wrapping up 12 Weeks…

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Again, I really need to pay better attention to our overall schedule! I had a week planned for us to take off school and completely missed it ~ but all was good! :) We just took the next week off instead. Just to keep track of what’s going on in our school time overall, here’s a peek at what we did in our second six weeks:

History ~ This past 6 weeks we finished up the New World Explorers unit from Homeschool in the Woods. I had every intention of starting on the Colonial Life unit, but we slowed down a little in this area when we had a few setbacks family/health-wise. I’ve also decided to stretch out the units a little more and only cover three units this year, so we still have PLENTY of time to work on this. I also ordered some books for the girls that I’m still waiting on that are based on Colonial Christmas times that I KNOW they will love {Felicity’s Surprise being on of them!}.

Science ~ We’ve been continuing on with Nancy Larson Science 1 and enjoying it a lot. Our second six weeks have been focused on botany and trees. You can read my review of Nancy Larson Science 1 here.


Spelling ~ Zachary is still working on Level 1 in All About Spelling and both of the girls are still working on Level 3 of All About Spelling.

Language ~ Zachary has worked through lesson 54 in First Language Lessons Level 1 and is working on memorizing his fifth poem. The girls have worked through their first 12 weeks of First Language Lessons 3 {roughly somewhere around lesson 50} and are learning more about diagramming predicate nominatives, adjectives, direct objects and more.

Writing ~ This area has been more tied into what we are studying in other areas or books we are currently reading.

Math ~ The girls are loving their Teaching Textbooks and doing great. Both of them are a little ahead of where they should be {Laurianna has worked through lesson 73 of Level 4 and McKenna has worked through lesson 65 of Level 3}.

Reading ~ McKenna has become so much more confident in her reading over the last few weeks and since she loves reading the American Girls books, we are focusing on those for her.

Laurianna will read just about anything she can get her hands on too, but has been reading a lot of the Sisters in Time book series {historical books written from a Christian perspective}.

Zachary has been working on his Runt Pig as a go-along with the All About Spelling lessons. His reading has improved tremendously and it is so fun watching things ‘click’ with him!!

Spanish ~ Laurianna and McKenna are still both working on Latin American Spanish and are enjoying the program very much.

Bible ~ All of the kids are working weekly on their Awana verses, doing devotions independently {Laurianna has been using a series from The Good Book that she loves}. With Christmas coming, we’ve been doing family devotions from Tabitha’s Travels for the Advent season. You can read about what we’ve done weekly in my Raising Rock Star posts.

Handwriting ~ All three kids are working hard in their Reason for Handwriting books and making great improvement ~ especially Zachary.

Art ~ Nothing done with this yet but we should be starting up in January with this. Cindy from Along the Way and I are going to be working on some artist/unit studies for our kids to do together using the book Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn Kohl.

That’s it in a rather large nutshell! How has YOUR school year been going? :)

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  1. Hope you plan to share your artist studies. I need help in this area:)

    • I hope so too!! :) The biggest issue will be sharing the ‘artwork’ that we find for each artist. We’ll have to see how we can do it!

  2. Can’t wait to see your artist studies. We have the same art curriculum and haven’t touched it (and I bought it for LAST year). Sigh.

  3. Jolanthe,

    Thanks for sharing the progress your children are making. It sounds like much has been learned. We are covering about the same as far as subjects, but science and art have been intermittent because I haven’t taken the time to put anything together. I’ve been eyeing that Spanish program. I just checked the price and it seems pretty reasonable now. We may be adding it to our schedule next year.

  4. I’m soo excited for your artist unit!!! You and Cindy will make a wonderful team :)

  5. Yay your Disqus is working!!!!!!

  6. My dd6 is loving the Runt Pig book…and so am I! She has one chapter left :) AAS has been such a blessing to us.

    I have the art book that you mentioned…I look forward to seeing what you guys plan {if you happen to share}

    We’re reading Batholomew’s Passage right now…it’s great! We read Jotham last year and we have Tabitha on the shelf for next year :)

  7. Feeling out of sorts. It’s a shame, I have some great pioneer times Christmas stuff, but I think your girls are too old for it because they’re for 1st grade level.

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