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New_England_Girl May 23rd, 2012 01:34 PM

Confessions of an MIA homeschooler, lol
Hey, all! It has been an eternity since I've checked in here. It's great to see some new faces and some old friends. For those of you who don't know me, I'm Sara, SAHM to Cassidy (4.5), Joel (3 next month), and Timothy (9 weeks). Cassidy and I tackled Kindergarten this year with enthusiasm, and are now just about wrapping up.

For an update: we are in our last weeks of K, and I have ordered and received pretty much all of her 1st Grade curriculum :o Agh! 1st Grade seems impossible and perhaps a little daunting. For those of you unfamiliar with my precocious Cassidy, she's four going on thirty, and has breezed through Kindergarten with an ease which makes me think we could have just as well done 1st last year. But I didn't want her to be too far ahead, I guess. Not that it matters.

We used Christian Liberty Press for Phonics and Math, and though she's reading proficiently and adding/subtracting well, it was a lot of material for a four-year-old. I admit it. I modified it to suit us ;) I guess that's the mark of a true homeschooler, right? She's reading approximately at a 1st-2nd Grade level, so the program worked well...it was just a lot to chew. I'm happy with it, though. We're mostly working in Explode the Code now, and she loves those. I love to hear her giggle at the silly questions.

Handwriting Without Tears has been a Godsend! We were gifted the first 4 years or the program by my aunt, and we've loved it. Short little handwriting exercises, fun, and extremely effective. Her handwriting is amazing.

In other news, my nearly-three-year-old is gaining fine motor skills at a rapid rate and will be ready to start preschool in the fall! He is a big fan of sitting on my lap watching Cassie and I do school. I suspect he is already far more advanced than I think he is, but he doesn't want us to know it :ph34r: He's hiding it. But I do know he can say his alphabet and count to twenty, no problem...just not when he thinks I'm listening.

Our second son has finally arrived! Timothy Neal was born March 20th, and threw a monkey wrench into the middle of our school year, lol. He's an amazing baby and I'm so happy he's here...but life with 3 is waaaayyy more hectic than life with two. Not sure why. Maybe because I don't have three hands.

And so, if you've made it this far, I actually have a question.
Do any of you know of any good iPad apps for homeschoolers? My amazing husband gave me an iPad around the time Timothy was born, and I absolutely love it! I'm looking for something like a teacher's planner, and have tried a few, but they're really all geared towards public school teachers, and I haven't been satisfied. Wondering if any of you have found anything organizational like that which you've been able to adapt to homeschooling. Then again, maybe I'm just too picky :p

Please feel free to give me an update on where and what you're doing in school this year, and what your summer plans are! I've missed you all!

BensMom May 23rd, 2012 03:12 PM

Re: Confessions of an MIA homeschooler, lol
Can't help you with that... I don't have an ipad. :lol:

Congrats on the new baby, and congrats on finishing up kindergarten soon. I love ETC. Are you going to continue with CLP as well?

New_England_Girl May 23rd, 2012 04:01 PM

Re: Confessions of an MIA homeschooler, lol
Thanks, Chrystal!

I ordered both Adventures in Phonics B and Liberty Math Level A, but I'm going to use them as a supplement. For her core curriculum I'll be using Christian Light Education, which I've discovered I absolutely love. In areas where she needs more practice I'll use the CLP books, and we'll continue with Explode the Code, probably through book 6 next year.

How's your school year doing? Do you have all your stuff for next year? What will you be using? I'm incredibly nosy about curriculum, lol!

in_mommy May 24th, 2012 02:20 PM

Re: Confessions of an MIA homeschooler, lol
Congrats on Timothy and an awesome school year!! I cant help you out either, no ipad. I have been looking for the same thing for my phone with no luck so far.

BensMom May 24th, 2012 03:50 PM

Re: Confessions of an MIA homeschooler, lol

Originally Posted by New_England_Girl (Post 26069186)
How's your school year doing? Do you have all your stuff for next year? What will you be using? I'm incredibly nosy about curriculum, lol!

We're finishing up... should've already been done, but we got side-tracked. I already have everything for next year. We'll be doing 4th & 1st here. They'll do Apologia Zoology 1 & 2 together, and we're taking a year off Mystery of History to do Galloping the Globe (together). Here's what they're doing separately:


Language Arts: Rod & Staff English (finishing book 5, starting book 6), WorldlyWise vocab (online), Sequential Spelling (as far as we can get, because he'll be in his first spelling bee in January), Pentime cursive for handwriting (still using HWT at therapy, though), EPS Reading Comprehension in Varied Subject Matter (2nd section, levels 1 & 2), and Latin for Children volume C

Math: Miquon 5 & 6, all of the elementary Life of Fred books (borrowed), IXL 3 & 4

Other: Rod & Staff Bible (finishing 6th, starting 7th), R&S Developing Motor Skills in Art (it was too advanced this year, so we didn't finish it), piano lessons, bowling league


Language Arts: ETC (books 4 thru 8), Song School Latin (already started, actually), Handwriting w/o Tears, WorldlyWise (online), paid version of Starfall

Math: Life of Fred (as far as he can get with Ben), IXL (1st), possibly Miquon 1-2 during the Spring semester

Other: Bible (my own curriculum through the Bible in a year), possibly bowling league & piano with Ben... if he's interested... he says he is, but he has a tendancy to start things and not finish them

therevslady May 25th, 2012 06:00 PM

Re: Confessions of an MIA homeschooler, lol
Hey! Sounds like you've done a great job with this past year! I know my third shook things up around here too!

I don't have an ipad, but I have an iphone. My husband and I use google a lot. So we have a google calendar app and the tasks app which help a lot with organizing our lives. You can also get some good reading apps too. My husband has a kindle app on his phone that's pretty awesome, and there are so many free unit lessons through amazon for kindle.

New_England_Girl May 31st, 2012 04:08 PM

Re: Confessions of an MIA homeschooler, lol
Thanks! I'll check those out. I do have the Kindle app for my iPad, and I love it. Pretty much all the old books (the classics), which are the ones I like, are free.

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