Over the past year, I’ve found myself turning off the radio and putting on a podcast. Driving has been the perfect time for me to just sit and listen. There are a quite a few podcasts out there to weed through, but these are my favorite at this time.
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.
New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect. A time to look at all the things we’ve done and tried, what worked and what could have been better.
As I am reflecting on the past year, I thought I would share those things that worked and didn’t work for us in the 2016.
Every so often, I need a worksheet to reinforce a concept or just change it up for a bit in our homeschool. CHSH-Teach.com has so many worksheets, flashcards, games and more to download and print with their CHSH Download Club.
The variety of downloads available are amazing! You can find practically anything you need from Bible to Social Studies, from Math to Languages, from Science to Language Arts, and more.
We homeschooled over the summer so we are almost finished with our Charlotte Mason Year 2 Term 1, but I thought I would share with you what we have used for this term. We use Ambleside Online with a Catholic twist. I have added and subtracted a few things to make them more fitting to our faith and have really loved the way it has been working for our family. Here’s a peek into our curriculum.
Sugar Plum is now 16 months and we are just beginning our learning journey. When Mister Man was this age we began Tot School and he loved every minute of it. Now that Sugar Plum is at this age, it is going to be a fun addition to our homeschool.
The beauty of Tot School is it is just a fun learning opportunity through play. There is no lesson, per say, but more of a guided play time. Between books and toys and things around the house, tot school is a great way to focus their attention to new things and teach them at the same time.
This will be the first of many Tot School posts so enjoy!
As you probably know, we homeschool year round. So planning and organizing our homeschool for the year, begins around Christmas. This allows me to plan the entire next year and be ready to begin it when we finish the previous year.
Basically, over the Christmas holiday when my hubby is home a bit more and there are more down days, I take a few days to focus on the next year’s schedule. This year we were in the middle of Year One of Ambleside Online and so I was scheduling out my Year Two of Ambleside Online over the break.
Why we Homeschool During the Summer…
We need structure.
Our family works so much better with a set daily structure. In order to make this easier on us all, we continue to do school throughout the summer.