A few months ago, we ended our Ambleside OnlineYear 2 studies. After a few weeks off, we began Year 3 slowly. While we do homeschool year round, through the spring and summer we take it a bit slower to enjoy the weather and fun activities. What would normally take one week we are doing over two. This allows us a lot of extra time to enjoy a bit of a break and still have a structure in our days.
This year has also given us a chance to slowly transition into more independent work for both kiddos. At seven and eight years old they are both proficient readers. This slower pace is a great way to let them take on more of the readings themselves.
This is a great transition, but it does take a bit more work on my end in preparing Ambleside for the week.
When I was growing up, typing was not taught until fifth grade, but that was many years ago. Today, kids need to begin typing much earlier. When the opportunity to review The Typing Coach Online Typing Course provided by The Typing Coach came up, I was excited to try it out.
Being Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, language arts is said to be included in the dictation part of our day. However, in making our homeschool work best for myself and more importantly our kids, I have added in a bit of grammar and language arts along the way. Because I believe in having a bit of a deeper look into language arts I was excited to review Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level C.
Math, it’s beginning to be a favorite subject in our home, but there are always ways to make it a bit more exciting. Especially with the memorization of facts. We are in the midst of learning multiplication, so the opportunity to review Times Alive from Times Tables the Fun Way was a great fit for our curriculum.
Times Alive is a collection of online lessons with animated songs and stories to learn times tables the fun way. The monthly subscription allows you to use the program for as long as you need. In fact many children are able to finish the program in a month and according to their website, “post-test scores average 98% after using Times Alive.”
As a Catholic family, it’s important to us that we have good resources for our children that highlight our faith. There are many Catholic books out there, but these are a few of our favorites right now.