Brady is in 4th grade & it blows my mind how quickly our homeschooling years are flying by!
Rylan is starting 1st grade & has impressed me at hard he is willing to work on things. I honestly thought he would give me trouble & I envisioned us drudging through work, but not even a lil bit!
This year I'm trying to be more intentional with preschool activities for Keller once we get into a good routine with his big brothers. Hopefully it will pan out well, but I know the greatest thing for him is free play & exploring so I'm certainly not going to push him into anything he isn't ready for.
And I'm just hoping & praying Chapel doesn't destroy the house while we work! I always have things set for her to play with, but like any lil one you just can't predict what they'll do!
For our core curriculum we are using My Father's World Exploring Countries & Cultures. This will cover Bible, geography, & science. Rylan is also doing MFW 1st grade so once he gets into the Bible reader we will do that as a family as well. It's important to me to do as much together as we can. Both big boys are doing Life With Fred math together & they each get a separate review sheet of other math skills they learned last year. LOF is so different than any math out there & we are loving it!
For Brady I've added Switched On Schoolhouse Language that he'll do on the computer. He can do this with very little instruction from me & I can check his progress as needed. I can't even tell you how thankful I am for this! Helps this busy momma BIG time!
I like to follow a Charlotte Mason approach to learning. I want my children to love to learn, to enjoy every aspect, to be curious & inquisitive. I want them reading good, rich, living books & exploring the world around them. I want them to be life long, natural learners. I certainly don't want them thinking learning is only when you're sitting at a table or desk & memorizing things for a test. My hope is that we can cultivate a life of natural learning & seeing the gifts that God has given us in all things.
Our focus as a family is to be mission minded. We want our lives to reflect The Lord & to share His love & His Word with others. This year we will be studying about various Christians who helped change the world for Christ like Harriet Tubman, George Mueller, the Wesley brothers, & many others. Their lives were centered on God & helping others. We are also connecting with many missionaries from our church who live in foreign countries & learning about what they're doing there & how we can pray & help them.
Be sure to come back & check in to see all the new things we are learning!