S is for School Year Planning and Simplicity

Just a few more days and we start our school year. I like to read homeschool guides before the start of the year to refresh myself with the what’s, hows, and why’s of things. I like to do this with a couple of books that are becoming my regular companions along this walk. May I have the pleasure of introducing these amazing writers and their work which have helped me:

Discover Your Child’s Learning Style by Mariaemma Willis, M.S. and Victoria Kindle Hodson, M.A.

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell

The Three R’s by Ruth Beechick

With a lot of help from these amazing dames I plotted and planned what we will do and hope to achieve by this time next year. Not an easy feat but it’s almost done.

Technology is playing a bigger role this year in the homeschool management arena thanks to Applecore Systems and Homeschool TrackerIt’s hard letting go of the paper and pencil method. I doubt I will go completely without them but I’m willing to try something new this year with these software to see if life will be easier for me. I’ll let you know how it goes after the first quarter.

I’m also taking on board a few of the homeschool products we reviewed earlier in the year to help me. Here’s a shortlist of what we’ll be using:

  1. Schoolhouseteachers.com
  2. A+ Tutorsoft Interactive Math Software
  3. Target the Question Digital Edition (Math) 
  4.  Children’s Music Journey Volume 1 
  5. 10 Commandments Activity Kit and Bullying and the Bible
  6. Circle Time

Our family will also be reviewing Time4Learning this month. It’s an interactive software that has Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies in it. I’ve already read positive reviews about it. We’ll be using that also. Please watch out for our review in September.

We use an eclectic blend of homeschool curriculum prescribed by our government-accredited homeschool partner and which include materials influenced by Charlotte Mason and the classical model. Our homeschool curriculum this year includes some “delight-directed” materials as well. I’ll share those in another post.

I’m excited for this year to start, as are my children and my Beloved. Our theme this year is “simplicity”. I’ve identified redundancies and hopefully removed them, tried to “integrate” or teach from one source to different levels to reduce my prep-time and will be using more technology when needed and where possible. Even then I know there will be areas that won’t work as expected, but that’s a given in life.

Here’s to the new school year!

Blogging Through the Alphabet

This post is my contribution to the Blogging Through The Alphabet link-up hosted by Marcy Crabtree at benandme.com. The letter for the week is “S”. Check out the other entries here. Thanks for reading!

 

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