We started earlier than usual this year, but with the new baby coming it will be good to have a head start not knowing how all will be after. Neither of us were completely “ready” to start, but we made it a fun and easy first day to kick off our year.
We started by taking our First Day of School Picture…
Then, we went to the Carrie James for a special First Day of School Breakfast!
When we got home we had to do a written interview…
I loved his answer for who his best friends are. But, when it got more specific about what he liked about himself and what he wanted to be when he was older, he couldn’t answer.
After that we went through each subject material to summarize what we will be covering for the year.
To overview our curriculum choices, we are continuing All About Learning Press- All About Reading and All About Spelling. We are LOVING how they are set up and how they teach.
For Math this year we are doing Teaching Textbooks Math 4. At the Teach Them Diligently homeschool convention that we went to in May I got to check out their workbooks/program first hand and loved how independent it was. I had also heard many good things about it. As it turns out, to transition from A Beka and what he did last year, we had to jump a grade in math! Crazy! We are also doing Life of Fred. We LOVE Fred!
For Science we chose Gods Wondrous Machine by Dr. Lainna Callentine, which covers the Nervous, Respiratory, and Circulatory Systems. We also got to see first hand her curriculum at the TTD convention. Even got to meet and talk with her husband! Both very neat people.
For Writing we decided to try Write Shop. I have hear it was great for reluctant writers, and we happen to have one of those! So far it is going great.
We are going to do Fun Day Mondays since last year it was challenging to get back into our school week after the weekend. So Mondays, we can go to the library, we have discovered MelCat Inter Library exchange, all sorts of good stuff to find! We also picked up Todd Friel’s It’s Not Greek to Me. A 10 lesson DVD on how to understand Koine Greek. And we will do Pick and Draw.
For Bible we are continuing the Bible Road Trip, we are doing Grace and Truth a short catechism, and a Spurgeon devotion series by Tony Hutter.
We have been starting after chores around 10 AM and will break for Lunch and then wrap up the rest afterwords. Usually about three hours total.
So far, we are doing well. Wyatt’s favorite is Math so far. We are looking forward to the rest of the year and hoping for a good smooth transition when the new baby arrives!