Saturday, May 22, 2010

Next Year

Here I am excited to prepare for the new year.

I feel we achieved more than I expected this school year and yet see how I can improve for the coming school year.

As you know 7 of our children are adopted – a few of them came home older speaking a different language.  Because of that we are working on getting them caught up to age and grade level. 

Some of my friends have offered wonderful suggestions that I am looking into – Growing with Grammar and Easy Grammar.  Have any of you used either program and if so which do you like best, and why?

I just found this one for younger children too that I think I might try for all of our children ages 3-7 next year. 

We used Rod and Staff this year, however, it is a bit advanced for a few of our children and I want them to enjoy learning English/Grammar.

Starting this week our schoolroom will begin construction.  I will share before and after pictures when it is all complete.

This will be my first year having several of our children evaluated and I’m so happy to try out our new organizational system of keeping track of daily work and all that they do.  I will show you exactly what I’m doing once the schoolroom is complete and everything is put together.

Jordan our 7 yr old is doing Teaching Textbooks 3 now and loving it.  She is advanced for her age in many subjects so I’m trying to keep her engaged and yet not push her too far ahead.  I love that her work gets graded immediately, I can see where she is weak quickly and can come along side of her to help master the skill she is having trouble with.  They quiz her and I will give her tests along the way this summer too.

We will continue doing Rod and Staff and math this summer.  The children want me to continue with history too – they LOVE it.  As you know I do too!

If you have any suggestions or links to helpful Grammar/English tools please let me know.

I’m excited to share this journey with all of you.  Homeschooling has changed my heart, our home and the future of our children 100%!   I give God all the glory for helping me make it through this year – we had many challenges along the way. 

Thanks for all of your continued support and joining us, as we help each other train them in the way they should go!

Blessings – Jill

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  1. We are loving Teaching Textbooks here too. Laurianna already started on it, and we're waiting on McKenna's still to arrive since it's on backorder {boo}.

    We love using First Language Lessons here. It's two years of language lessons in one book and it's usually around $12 on amazon. Love, love, love it. Has poem memorization and walks through all the parts of speech, types of sentences, writing letters, etc..

    The first book is supposed to be for 1st and 2nd grade, but we used it this year for both of our girls {2nd and 3rd}.

  2. We use Easy Grammar and Daily Grams. My dd loves them. We have used 2nd and 3rd grade. They are simple and sometimes I feel like I'm not doing enough, but my 7yr old tested very high in grammar a few weeks ago on her end of the year testing. So I'm now getting over the fact that it has to be difficult to be an excellent program. YEAH! A breakthrough for mom!!

  3. Thank you for the feedback! I'm going to try them both :-)


  4. I don't have any 'professional' feedback since mine are preschool-aged, but I'm taking notes. :)

    My two cents is that I've heard nothing but good things regarding Rod and Staff. I'm going to a homeschool conference soon and will definately be checking out this vendor for grammar.

    Can't wait to see your revised version of your school room. We're busy setting up centers here. We used the $7.00 tables from IKEA for our Science and Geography/History centers. I'm trying to keep things tasteful as we don't have an actual school room.

    Bessing to all 11 of you this lovely day in May!

  5. We LOVE Teaching Textbooks. Our oldest has 2 years of TT under his belt and it has been excellent!

    We use Easy Grammar. It is just that, easy. We use the older version b/c that is what I found for $2 and $5 at sales :). It is just fine for me and has worked well for us for 2 years, too.

    I seem to stick with what works, especially now! Now I think I'll have to follow your home school blog, too :).

    Good stuff,

  6. p.s. can't wait to see the after pictures.

    Better yet, I'd love to see it in PERSON!! {grins}

  7. I really desire to switch to Teaching Textbooks next year (to free up some of my time so I can teach my youngest), but a few of the parent reviews that I read said that it completely skipped several important concepts that are featured on the SAT's. Have you noticed any of that? My daughter is so tired of A Beka, but by the time she gets through with it, she really does "know her stuff"...she's just miserable all along the way. I'm actually scared to switch to something that may not be thorough, though it may be more enjoyable. What do you think?

    I appreciate your take on this!


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