Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2013/2014 Homeschool Year Wrap-up

The kids have officially completed their 2013/2014 homeschool year.  From June 3, 2013 to April 30, 2014, Nick and Sam worked on/learned the following:
  • Book Store Math:  the kids had to maintain an inventory, make sales, figure out sales tax, pay bills, learn to write checks, keep a ledger and find out if they made a profit or loss.  They have to maintain a store for 12 months.  Each month is considered a lesson that takes about a week to complete.  Was it a success?  For Sam, yes.  She enjoyed the figuring out the different kinds of math and thought it was fun.  For Nick, not so much.  He seemed to get bored of it and lost interest. 
  • Life of Fred Elementary Series: Farming to Ice-Cream.  Both Nick and Sam enjoy learning from Life of Fred and worked on this together throughout the year..  I enjoy Life of Fred too!  A lot of math and other subjects were covered as well.
  • Sequential Spelling Disk 1 and 2:  The kids did great with this curriculum.  I love how they worked at their own pace and kept up with it throughout the year. They both completed disk 1 and have started disk 2.  I know Sequential Spelling works because I see the results everyday.
  • Copywork:  At first, I was having the kids copy work sentences from their daily reading.  That fizzled out very early in the year.  I then purchased a couple of copy work workbooks from Queen Homeschool Supplies and these were a hit.  Sam did her copywork from : Copywork for Animal Lovers and Nick did his copywork from Lessons from Leaders.  Sam completed her workbook and started using Nick's.
  • Science:  This year, our family raised chickens from eggs.  We all took turns in rotating the eggs in the incubator, watched the hatching of eggs and enjoyed watching the chicks grow into great chickens.We started out with 12 eggs, ended up with 8 chicks, gave 2 roosters away and now have 6 chickens (4 hens and 2 roos).  The hens started laying eggs about a month or so ago and they taste yummy.
  • History and Geography:  We watched a lot of documentaries, read many books, discussed current events and learned a bit about American History.  Geography coincided with History. 
  • Reading:  The kids read at least 1/2 hour everyday.  I gave them a goal to read at least 1 chapter book a month.  They surpassed that goal and have read quite a few books.  I am so happy that Nick and Sam love to read.  
  • Art and Crafts:  This is something that the kids worked on at their own pleasure. We have a supply of paints, crayons, pencils, yarn, knitting needles, fabric, paper, boxes, salt dough, etc.  Nick did a lot of drawing this year.  Sam was very eclectic with her choices.
  • Exercise and Sports:  Playing at the park, running around the house, going for walks, etc.
  • Library:  Probably the highlight of each week.  Library Day is every Saturday.  We visit two libraries and meet up with friends.      
  • Computer Time:  When the kids finished up their lessons, they were allowed to have 1/2 hour computer time.  They mainly played computer games.  If they did anything educational, the 1/2 hour was extended.
  • Life Lessons:  Helping with meal preparations, laundry, taking care of animals (chickens)
The above pretty much sums up the 2013/2014 year.  All in all it was a good year.  The month of May is our summer break and the 2014/2015 homeschool year will begin in June.

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