The UPS man has been visiting us regularly over the past few weeks. The doorbell rings and the kids bolt to the door with scissors to rip into the boxes. It’s kind of like an extended birthday or Christmas for them with new presents all the time. It’s that time of year…
New Curriculum Season!!
This year, I have my work cut out for me. It is our 4th year homeschooling my soon-to-be 6th grade daughter (gulp!), but our first year homeschooling our soon-to-be 2nd grade son. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. Homeschooling a structure-loving young man is going to be different than homeschooling a more fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants artsy girl. They both have different personalities and learning styles. So, I will have to adjust some of my teaching methods to accommodate and dive into some new curriculum.
Some of these are tried and true with us and others are new. This is our 4th year with Singapore Math and we really like it. My son even used Singapore Math last year to supplement what he was learning in school and enjoyed it. Mystery Of History is a big hit with both kids. Sometimes, we would wait for my son to get home from school to do the lessons or projects. He is excited about being able to participate in everything this year. This is the 4th year for Easy Grammar, also. It is so…easy.
We always study the Bible in some form and this year we are using the What We Believe series from Apologia starting with Who is God? It is important for me that the kids know why they believe what they believe and this series does a good job explaining tough concepts to young children.
And the most exciting part of all….Science!!!
This year, for the first time, I will not be teaching my daughter’s science. (Gasp!) I know. Why is The Homeschool Scientist not teach
ing her daughter’s science? Well, a local co-op is offering Spanish for my daughter’s age and she has been really wanting to learn Spanish. A friend, and also a former scientist, is teaching Apologia’s Human Anatomy and Physiology after Spanish at the co-op withseveral of my daughter’s friends. It was really a no-brainer. My daughter has enjoyed Apologia science in the past. It is such a thorough curriculum and has well thought out activities and labs. Getting to study it with a great teacher and friends is all the better. And you are crazy if you think she won’t get some science from me just in our daily life!
For my 2nd grade son, I knew he would need a very hands-on science in a not-so-wordy format. Thanks to Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations, I discovered Nancy Larson Science at the 2:1 Conference. I got to speak at length with Madon, Nancy Larson’s homeschooling coordinator, and then again on the phone this summer. The research and thought that is put into this curriculum is amazing. It fits the bill for my son perfectly.
My son was just a little excited when he opened the box of Nancy Larson Science curriculum. I was excited, too! Everything we need for the year was in that box. My son got to touch and look at what he will be studying. He can’t wait to grow the butterflies and the lady bugs in the spring. We will be using Nancy Larson Science 1.
Look for more throughout the year
As the school year goes on, I will be sharing our homeschool science journey with both Apologia and Nancy Larson Science. You will get to see how the kids are using the curriculum. I’ll, also, share some tips about teaching and learning in a co-op setting.