It’s starting again. Our homeschool, that is! We’ve had a month off, and as of this Monday the 3rd, we are beginning again. I love taking an entire month off. It gives me such a great time to recharge just by NOT thinking about school! Doing school in trimesters with a month between each is the ideal for us. Long enough terms to be productive, and long enough breaks for a breather but not SO long that the kids are dying of boredom. I take a few weeks to “break” and a week to get ready for our next term.
This year we are studying the Middle Ages, and as I mentioned in one of my last school posts in November, we changed gears just a little, to begin using History Odyssey by Pandia Press. It is a secular curriculum, but really it is just a framework. The body of the information and activities comes from other books and resources, and I can make it what I want it to be. Tying in the Bible is not difficult! This time period is literally FULL of church history.
We also are trying out Pandia Press’ RealScience for Kids. I wanted to go with Life Science, but with the eclipse that happened last week, it revived my son’s interest in Earth science, so that’s what we are studying. We will actually not cover the solar system this time around though… we did that in depth last year, and that is the last unit in this program. There are plenty of great activities under the topics of weather, water cycle, rock cycle, crystals, etc that it will keep us busy. The boys are fascinated with all of this stuff so it should be fun. Science is an area I have been seriously SLACKING in, so we need this.
I bought the downloadable ebook editions of both of these books. RealScience is over 340 pages! Thank goodness I have a laser printer. It has saved my budget a least $1000 this year alone. This is no exaggeration. I use ebooks all the time, and by printing them out with my laser printer at home, a 300 page books costs me around $1.50 including toner and paper. If I take it down to have it bound at the office supply, it adds about $3 to the cost. STILL worthwhile! I do have most books bound, but not these ones. There are worksheets, lab sheets and other things that both boys will need to write on, so I just three-hole punched them (around 400 sheets, ugh) and put them in binders last night. That way I can run copies for the boys.
The boys will continue with A Reason for Handwriting, Math U See, Easy Grammar, The WISE Guide for Spelling, and a chapter a day in the New Testament. We will begin the Book of Acts this coming week.
I feel refreshed and ready to take on the new term of school. Hopefully my Jan 7th Homeschool Weekly Wrap-Up will still reflect that feeling!
For His glory.
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