Remember back in January I felt so on top of the game? I'd spent weeks pulling together a 10 week lesson plan for the boys with a CRAZY insane amount of photocopying and sorting and this amazing file folder system?
Well, I'm happy to say - I LOVE my system and the lessons worked out astonishingly well! But you might notice that it's June. We are finally on our week 10 plan. Somehow, we didn't quite accomplish the plans in 10 weeks. It's been 6 months. (Oops?).
That's ok. We're homeschooling. We're flexible. J was off longer than expected this past winter because the snow hung on and we had a new baby to adjust to. Rounds of colds and illness have been plaguing us. That pushed our homeschooling activities back a bit. I'm so thankful that kids learn even when we don't have a set plan, because I'm not sure where we'd be if we HAD to teach them according to a schedule.
While the rest of our public schooled friends, and many of our homeschooling ones too, are wrapping it up for the season, here we are - mixing things up and getting ready to really get into the meat of our school year.
So, here I stand, at the brink of the end of all the work I'd put together thinking of what we are going to do next. Do I look back into the Ontario curriculum plans and then pull together another 10 weeks of lessons and worksheets and activities? Or do we go ahead with something else?
This past week or 2 ago, I stumbled onto a new-to-me (and fairly new to the online world) website written by a missionary mom that has a completely free, online curriculum for all grade levels - using games, videos, activities, and books that are all online and accessible to everyone. It's called Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool.
At first, I thought - meh. But then I started to really go through all the lesson plans in detail and check out the resources that she's used. The English and reading sections are very classical style, and not my thing or interest at all. But, the other subjects have caught my interest. Now I'm actually REALLY excited about the idea. I think we're going to give a big chunk of it a whirl, starting with her Year 1 outline that focuses on ancient history and biology. I can see the boys (and me!) getting totally excited by these subjects.
She has planned the lessons in a 4 year rotation, so that you can revisit the same subjects again when you hit the next age category which offers a more in depth look at the same study.
We will use this program for history, science, some English, music, art, health/p.e, Bible, and computers. For Math, we will continue to use our MathSmart and JUMP math series at whatever pace the boys are chipping away at. We will continue to use the Smart Series for our English and reading as well as a few miscellaneous workbooks that I have for other things like handwriting and spelling, etc.
After we finish up our last week here of my lessons, we'll hope straight into learning with Easy Peasy and see how it goes.
Fellow Homeschoolers, what are you up to? Taking a break for the summer or learning right through? Are you all set for the fall or whatever season you get back to business? What are you using?