Wednesday, August 9, 2006

What We Did…Last School Year (2005-2006)

Resources we used for our daughter (12 yo then):-
Bible Study: Bible/memorization
                     BJU Bible Truths: Learning from the Life of Christ
                     Searching for Treasure by Marty Elwell
Grammar/Language Arts: A Beka Grammar and Composition I
                                            LLATL Green
                                            Easy Grammar (occasionally)
Writing: Put That in Writing by Shari Barrett
Vocabulary: Vocabulary from Classical Roots A
                     English from the Roots Up Vol. 1 Word Cards
                    Wordly Wise Book 4
Spelling: A Beka Vocabulary, Spelling, & Poetry I
               Spelling Power (occasionally used as tests)
Literature: A Beka Of People
                   BJU Explorations in Literature (partly)
                   Tons of historical fiction books, missionary biographies, etc. (too numerous to list)
Math: Saxon 87
Science: BJU Life Science
              A Beka Science: Order & Reality (partly)
              Science Experiments
Health: A Beka A Healthier You
History: BJU World Studies
              A Beka History of the World (partly)
Geography: Around the World in 180 Days by Sherrie Payne
Languages: Spanish: A+ Spanish CDrom, various books
                    Thai: audiocassettes, talking with Mom
Art/Music: Drawing, Acting in plays (at home), Writing play scripts, Piano

Resources we used for our 7 yo son:-
Bible Study: Bible/memorization
                     BJU Bible Truths
                     Olympians (weekly Bible training program at a local church)
Math: Singapore Math 3A, 3B
           A Beka More About Numbers 3 (partly)
Science: Considering God’s Creation
              The World of Insects and Arachnids by Dinah Zike and Susan Simpson
              A Beka Exploring God’s World
              Science Experiments
              Tons of science books (too numerous to list)
Health: A Beka Health, Safety & Manners 3
History: Mystery of History Vol.1
              A Beka Our American Heritage
Geography: various books and games on U.S. maps & geography
Grammar/Writing: LLATL Yellow
                               Daily Grams
                               Creative Writing
Spelling: Explode the Code 6
               A Beka Spelling and Poetry 3
Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 3000 B
Reading Comprehension: A Beka Read & Think Skill Sheets 3
                                           A Beka readers
                                           Tons of non-fiction books (too numerous to list)
Critical Thinking: Mind Benders A4
                              A Case of Red Herrings A2
Art/Music: Drawing, Piano

For our 4 yo son, we just did some phonics and games, read aloud, read Bible stories, etc.  Most of the time, he played with toys, played some educational CDroms, drew pictures, put together puzzles, built with Legos and Builderific, and hanged out with the rest of us.

All three kids also attended the local homeschool chess club twice a month.  They have participated in three tournaments (against public elementary, middle-school, and high-school students).  Our homeschool chess club (which consisted of different ages and skills) has never lost yet.  All our kids are great chess players.  Our 7 yo son is so far undefeated (in all 3 tournaments)! 

They also went to our homeschool group’s Friday School (fun activities for local homeschoolers), went on field trips, and attended four Oregon Symphony’s Kinderkonzerts (Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion).

We thanked the Lord for another year of learning and growing together in the grace and knowledgeof our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  Homeschooling has been such a blessing for all of us.  It’s one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.  We have had our shares of struggles in our homeschool journey/adventure..but no regrets whatsoever!

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