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I had grand plans of making this post about all of the subjects we study as a group: Bible, History, Science, Geography, and Music.
Then real life happened and there were days strung together with no time for blogging. So instead I’ll spend a few posts outlining our plans, partly to give you a glimpse into our homeschool and partly to help me get my thoughts and ideas down on “paper”.
One of my favorite things about homeschooling is being able to gather all the kids together for group learning. I love how learning together encourages family bonding and frees me from spending one-on-one time with different students all morning long.
This year, we still have only two “official” students (ages 7 and almost 6) in our homeschool, but typically everyone participates in our together subjects.
My theme for this fall is simple learning. We’ll be welcoming a new baby into the family in August (or early September) and I know from experience that if I don’t have simple goals planned for the subsequent few weeks I’ll end up behind and frustrated.
We are also picking back up with our Memory Verse Box after taking an unplanned break this summer. We’ll start by reviewing the scriptures we learned last year.
Once a week, we’ll also watch one What’s in the Bible episode (there are two on each DVD). These DVDs are fun and really educational (I’ve actually learned a lot from them) and will give me a nice break to sit down on the couch and nurse the baby or maybe even sneak in a quick nap.
The kids will have the choice to color a corresponding coloring page while they watch or draw a picture showing something they learned about. You can find free coloring pages here or you can get the 200 page coloring book. We’ll also review the material taught by going through our free What’s in the Bible Flashcards.
I also want to read through two books about heroes of the faith. I have a couple audio books and a couple of print books from the Christian Heroes Then and Now series, but I’m afraid they might be too much for my younger children. I’m also looking at the Trailblazers Series which might be a better fit for the ages of my children.
The Trailblazers books are available through Amazon, but they are difficult to search for by the “trailblazers” title as there are several similar series by that name. I found it easier to refer to the list I linked and then search for specific titles.
Any thoughts or opinions about these series?
We’ll also be sprinkling in more Bible learning with nightly readings from different Bible Story Books. We usually pick one book to read through and then move on to another once we’ve finished. Right now, Tim is reading a section or two a night from The Action Bible. The graphic novel format fascinates the kids.