/// three of our favorite spots this year. In the kitchen, at the library and outside. ///
We love to read aloud in our home. One of the series we started to work our way through this past school year was the “Little House” series. I very loosely used “The Prairie Primer” along with our chapter reading. We would do an activity from this about every 2 weeks or so. The kid’s favorite activity from this book was learning how to make butter like Ma Ingalls did 🙂
A lot of the activities in this book were for children a bit older. I could definitely see coming back to this in a few years!
Aside from digging into Texas History this past year, I wanted to delve into something else as well. “History Stories for Children”by Dr. John Wayland is FANTASTIC. They are short stories of history that start at the beginning of creation. At the end of each story there are a series of questions you can ask your kids. I HIGHLY recommend this book if you’re wanting something simple to use for your history.
Last year in the Target Dollar Aisle I found these heavy duty little notebooks called “Chubby Pads”. I found them again this year in the same spot, FYI!
We used these books to journal in throughout the year. I would always give the kids direction on what they were supposed to journal and then I would let them take over.
Some of the ways we used them:
+printing memory verses
+drawing a picture of something we had just learned about
+drawing a picture of something that they loved from a field trip
It was fun flipping back through their little notebooks to see how their handwriting/drawing improved through the year!
Because I didn’t want to have to lesson plan a ton this past year, I knew workbooks were going to be the perfect fit for us. We LOVED Horizon curriculum! The lessons were bright and well explained. Not too much work and not too little. We typically did a lesson a day of each subject.
Math, Phonics, Handwriting and Spelling.
I hope this helps for those of you who were wondering what we used this past year! I’m finishing up two other posts. One with what my little ones did while we schooled and another that has our “schedule” written out. And I use the word “schedule” verrrryyyy loosely 😉
If you’re a homeschooler, I would love to hear what some of your favorite books or curriculum were that you used this past year!
I’m still up in the air as to what we are going to use this next year. Because I don’t have a newborn anymore, I feel like I have a bit more brain power to delve into something different! I would LOVE to hear your recommendations!