Our New Schoolroom

So I really wanted to link up to the Schoolroom week for the Not Back to School Blog Hop this week. But we are in the midst of changes and our schoolroom is a mess.  And it’s going to continue to be a mess for some time.  There’s no way I can get it cleaned up enough to take pictures that I’d care to post here.  So, here’s an old picture and a link to my post from a couple of years ago that shows the room we’re in.  We’ve moved things around since then, but it’s the same room.  Same table and chairs and bookcases.  We moved the futon out, added a little art table under the window, and we’ve tried to toddler-proof things a bit.

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But really all of the changes don’t matter now.  Because we will soon be moving, which is why our schoolroom (and the rest of our house!) is currently such a mess.

Did you notice the title of this post?  Our New Schoolroom.  Here’s a hint…

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I can’t give you a tour yet because we’ve got some redecorating to do.  More to come!

Linking up…

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First Day of School Booklet 2014!

A lovely commenter made me realise that I hadn’t posted an updated First Day of School Booklet for this year.  I actually  started them ages ago and just hadn’t finished them up and gotten them posted.  So here they are!  (Download here or click the cover images below.)

Can I just pause and say I love when it’s back to school time in America?  It hits just when I’m hitting the February homeschool ‘blahs’.  For me, since we school on a calendar year, those February ‘blahs’ hits in August.  And suddenly the bloggy world is full of lovely back to school posts, schoolroom pics, curriculum choices, etc.  The excitement is catching!  Then there are the sales too.  It’s a good time of year to stock up on digital curriculum.

Anyway…here’s a glimpse at the cover choices.  It occurred to me as I was completing these with my own kids that it would be nice to have some different covers so everybody could choose their own.  Nothing fancy, but if your kids are like mine they’ll still fight over who gets which one. (Ha!)

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Still two choices for a back cover, one with a Bible verse and one without.  Good for classrooms!  I sound like an infomercial.  [‘But wait, there’s more!  Not only do you get your choice of front cover, you can also choose from not just one, but two back covers!  There’s no better value than that, Sally!’]

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Inside the booklet are places to record that all-important information! [‘Really, Peter?  We get pages to go between our covers?  What more could you need?’]

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These all fold up into a little booklet to have as a keepsake.  The pages could also be cut in half and stapled together if that’s easier for you (or your kids!) to put together. [‘So easy even a child could do it, Sally!’] 

I’ve actually found that my kids don’t like to complete these all at once.  So they are more like a ‘First Week of School’ project for us!

Download the First Week of School Booklet for 2014 here, and all my free printables here!

Happy first day of school or homeschool!

Our Curriculum: Grade Four

Skeeterbug is nine and in grade four this year.

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Writing: I’m excited to be using Writing & Rhetoric from Classical Academic Press with Skeeterbug this year.  Right now he’s in Fable and will move on to the next book, Narrative 1, when he’s done.  Writing is not his favourite subject, but he’s doing well with this curriculum.  I’m so happy with it, I’m just tickled pink as my Grandma would say.  :)  On ‘off’ days he’ll do a lesson from Writing With Ease Level 3.  An ‘off’ day might be when I don’t want to start a new W&R lesson at the end of the week, or we need a change, or I think he needs some more challenging dictation. 

Spelling: Skeeterbug is continuing with All About Spelling, right now he’s in Level 4 and will finish it by the end of this term (which ends in September).  I’ve already got Level 5 sitting on my bookshelf.  It’s purple.  It’s pretty. 

Grammar: First Language Lessons Level 3.  I looked at Level 4 but decided I wanted to be thorough and so started with the first level that had a workbook.  Last year our grammar coverage was pretty light, only completing Grammar-land which only took up part of the year.  This year we are covering a lot more.  Sadly, I have discovered that my grammar knowledge is not even up to level 3.  I’m learning right along with Skeeterbug.  I love FLL because it lays everything out so clearly.  And it’s scripted.  Did I mention my grammar knowledge is sadly lacking?  Yeah, scripted is good.

Handwriting: Skeeterbug is finishing up the last Handwriting Without Tears cursive book.  Once he’s finished I’ll have him complete much of his work in cursive.  Right now I am not requiring that, but I notice him doing some of it in cursive without my prompting.  Yay!

Math: RightStart Math, Level D.  This level has just the right mix of ‘easy’ and ‘spot on’ for Skeeterbug.  For the ‘hard’ he does Singapore Challenging Word Problems, which are sometimes a challenge for me too.  (Did I say that?)  He also has a Dreambox subscription which is a fun way to reinforce concepts.

Science: The Elements by Ellen McHenry.  So fun!  We’re only on lesson two, but we’ll be getting on with it so that we can finish it this term. 

Geography:  We started the year doing Evan-Moor’s Daily Geography.  I found that we’d often push it aside and he’d end up doing a whole week’s worth at once.  Not necessarily bad, but it felt like busywork.  So we’ve dropped it, and I’ve just ordered Legends & Leagues: South for him to try.  I’m hoping it’s something he can do independently.  He’s also done some map tracing, and labeling, and Geopuzzles, and online games.

Latin: Getting Started With Latin, very simple and effective.  And it can be done independently, which is important to me since we have so many teacher-intensive subjects around here.

With his siblings:

Bible: Grapevine’s Old Testament Part 4, we’ll finish by the end of this term.  After that we’ll probably switch to Picture Smart Bible for awhile.  I’m sure we’ll come back to Grapevine at a later date.  

History: Story of the World Volume 2: Middle Ages with heaps of readers and read-alouds.  Skeeterbug is listening to the corresponding lessons in Mystery of History Volume II to go along with SOTW. (The list of corresponding lessons can be found here.)  I plan to use MOH the next time we go through the Middle Ages, for now Skeeterbug will just listen to the lessons and read along in the text.

Art: Home Art Studio’s First Grade DVD, we do this fortnightly with friends.  Yup, first grade.  It works.  He just follows the directions a bit better than the younger kids.  ;)

Memory Work:  Skeeterbug is memorising poetry, Bible verses, and a history timeline.

I’m probably forgetting some things.  Like typing.  And unit studies.  But this is our list of basics that we get to on a mostly regular basis. 

 

Our other curriculum choices:

Our Curriculum: Grade One

Our Curriculum: Preschool

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New! Colourful Calendar Notebook Pages

So this year when I made our calendar notebooks I decided they needed a little more colour.  Don’t they look pretty all gathered together like this?  :)

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I’ve included all the regular calendar notebook items plus a couple of new ones.  I hope you’ll like these!  First up is a page to record the date.  One with a column to write the whole date, one without.  Sometimes the younger ones can only handle so much writing. 

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This one is for preschoolers (or children who are allergic to too much writing).  Laminate this or place it in a page protector and use it with a dry erase marker. Completing this sheet will give them practice writing the day of the week, the month, the year, and help them remember the date  they wrote on their calendar page.

Free! Colourful Calendar Notebook Pages from Our Aussie Homeschool

A page to track the number of days school has been in session.  I included a page with traceable numbers and a page with blank squares to fill in with written numbers.  Stickers work well, too!

Free! Colourful Calendar Notebook Pages from Our Aussie Homeschool

This page is for learning to write tally marks.  Five for each box.

Free! Colourful Calendar Notebook Pages from Our Aussie Homeschool

Or you could use this page where you write your tallies by month and add them up at the end.  (Inspired by calendar notebooks at Homeschool Creations and Confessions of a Homeschooler.)

Free! Colourful Calendar Notebook Pages from Our Aussie Homeschool

For practice line graphing, use this temperature chart.  (Don’t worry, I included one in Fahrenheit too!)

Free! Colourful Calendar Notebook Pages from Our Aussie Homeschool

The classic daily weather page.  My kids like to use this to record what they *wish* the weather was rather than what it actually *is*.  Sigh.  (Inspired by the calendar notebooks at Confessions of a Homeschooler.)  There’s also a page to summarise the weather for the year, by month.  (Not pictured.)

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A place to write your name all year.  If they can restrain themselves that long- my kids seem to want to do this one every day!

Free! Colourful Calendar Notebook Pages from Our Aussie Homeschool

The daily math practice page with a bit of colour.  There’s a copy of the black & white page in the file, too, but I think it looks a little jazzier this way.  This could be laminated or placed in a page protector to save some cost on printing.

Free! Colourful Calendar Notebook Pages from Our Aussie Homeschool

In the hopes that they can complete the entire calendar notebook independently, I included this sheet with number words spelled out.  If they remember it’s there, they won’t have to ask and they might even spell it right!

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Head over here to download these colourful calendar notebook pages!

Looking for daily calendars to go with these?

Colourful calendars for 2014/15

Calendars for 2015

Also: my original Calendar Notebook

Cheers!

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