As a homeschooling mom I am always wanting to know what other families are using to teach their children. What has worked and what has not. So I thought I would share here some of the tools we are using this year (2012-2013). This is only to encourage you and share, not to say that this is what YOUR family needs. There is so much good stuff out there and we are always discovering more. Find what meets the needs of your family.
This year I have one in Pre-K and one in Third grade. For preschool learning we have lots of games and puzzles, we like the Leap Frog DVD’s. I also use “Happy Phonics” which has lots of learning games and books. It comes as a pile of printed cardstock that you cut and put together. I also laminated mine for durability and just because I am in love with my laminator! Happy Phonics is such a fun tool for learning to read! The “Explode the Code” series has books to ease a child into reading and writing as well, we are on book A this year, “Get Ready for the Code.” And most importantly we are reading “Leading Little One’s to God.” This book teaches early on the basics of our faith, simply and clearly for little ones.
For my older son and for family devotions we are using these two books. “Inspired Evidence” is an amazing devotional that has short messages each day on evidences for creation. Evidence found in Botany, Geology, Anatomy, Biology, History and more. Really makes you think! And “Dinner Table Devotions” has great discussions for your family. Great to reconnect at the end of the day.
One of the new programs we are using this year is “The Mystery of History.” This study has downloadable audio or CD’s, lapbooks and other tools for multi-level learning. My husband is very particular when it comes to History and this is the first program he has said he really likes! We have several readers and “living” books that we will use with this program this year.
Next is our language arts/phonics/literature program. Not sure what to call it really, it is so thorough! Has a bit of everything. “The Phonics Road to Reading and Spelling” eventually takes the student into Latin roots and language as a basis for learning English and other languages. I love the “rule tunes” for teaching spelling; music really helps my kids retain and recall their knowledge.
We have been using “RightStart Mathmatics” for a few years now. This program teaches math so differently from the way I was taught. It really makes sense to me and my son is catching on quickly. A lot of manipulatives are used that really help visualize the concepts.
And for Science we are on our third year with Apologia’s Exploring Creation elementary program. They have a series for K-6 that allows you to choose what you want to study for the year. This year we are studying, “Human Anatomy and Physiology.” The notebooking pages add a lot to the program and my son enjoys the experiments, most of which can be done with common household items.
And there you have it! We don’t necessarily use all of these everyday, incase that was overwhelming for you! Sometimes we will do several lessons of one subject in one day. I love the flexibility of homeschooling and learning alongside my children. I would love to hear what your favorite programs are, please share! If you have any questions feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.