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I think this is a good time to take a look at what we’ve been doing with our school year. I’ve been checking in with the kids and finding out if they are still excited about what we’ve been learning. I’m looking back over the fall and trying to figure out what’s been going well and what we need to change up.
I blogged about our 2013-2014 curriculum choices HERE. For the most part, we are sticking with the original choices. Well… at least I am with Big Brother. He has really enjoyed Easy Peasy. He loves the control of using the computer. He has especially enjoyed science and projects involving making power points.
This is our first year really using lapbooks. I, for one, am a really big fan. I like that all the work is contained in one folder. We don’t have tons of loose, random papers floating around.
While I have enjoyed doing language arts through Easy Peasy with Big Sis, we are going to be changing things up for the rest of the year. Our library has a pretty complete selection of the American Girl Historical Books. Big Sis (and probably Little Sis at times) will be using the American Girl Books to go through American History. I’m actually not very familiar with the books so it will be a learning experience for me as well.
The books are also available on Kindle. The first one in the series Meet Kaya (American Girls Collection) is only $1.99!!
I have printed out some pieces for a Kaya lapbook and a horse lapbook to get us started for the week. I also picked up this craft kit on ebay to go along with the study:
I haven’t told Big Sis that this is what we will be doing. I think she is going to be super excited when she finds out!!!
We are continuing with Math U See for the Big Kids as well as incorporating legos into our daily school. Big Brother has expressed interest in learning about animation. I am going to look into checking out books about claymation, stop motion and other forms of animation. I also recently got the Crayola Animation Studio for our computer. Big Brother is excited about exploring it.
Little Sis does school with us when she chooses. She does a lot of with learning letters, basic math skills and crafts. I have several resources from my teaching days (I taught preschool) that I pull out to use with her. We don’t stick to one curriculum or program.
How about you? Have you stuck to your original plan for the year or have you made some changes?