Bookworm is 9 years old and in the fourth grade. She loves horses, books, and writing her own "novels".
Mickey Mouse is 7 years old and in the second grade. He enjoys drawing, climbing trees, and playing ball with Daddy.
Curly Girl is 5 and has just started kindergarten. She spends most of her time playing with her dolls and snuggling with our kitten.
Lil' Nut is 3 years old. She tags along with her brother and sisters and wants to do whatever they're doing.
Why We Homeschool
There's an easy answer to this one! We believe that teaching our children at home is what God wants us to do. Our children grow best in the nest. :)
How We Homeschool
When we started homeschooling, my years of experience as a Christian school teacher led me to choose A Beka for phonics and math in the early grades. As my children grow older, I plan on adapting our curriculum to what works best for each child. I'm becoming more comfortable branching out and trying new things. I guess I'm now officially an "eclectic homeschooler". I'm also converting to schooling year around with several breaks throughout the year.
This Year's Curriculum
math~ A Beka
language arts~ A Beka
vocabulary~ Wordly Wise 3000
art~ How Great Thou Art
history~ state history study Exploring Georgia
science~ Apologia's Zoology I: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day with living books and nature notebooks
Before Five in a Row
Five in a Row
While our schedule may seem daunting, it really isn't. The schedule is simply a tool used to help us accomplish more without all the stress. Some days we have to throw the schedule out the window for one reason or another, but we try to stick to it for at least the school portion of the day.
Our Daily Schedule
I'm a scheduler by nature. With four children, it works for me! Managers of Their Homes has been a wonderful tool to help me accomplish a lot in our day without a lot of stress. Homeschooling With A Meek and Quiet Spirit has also been another tremendous encouragement to me.
I start my day at 6 a.m. Before the children get up I have my time with the Lord, get myself ready for the day, and do a load of laundry and a few chores.
Here's what our daily schedule looks like:
7:30-8:30 kids wake/breakfast/chores
8:30-9:00 circle time/Bible/pledges/hymns
9:00-11:30 individual tutoring time with Mom/seatwork on core subjects
1:30-2:00 outside play
2:00-3:00 quiet time
3:00-3:30 snack/chapter book read-aloud time with Mom
4:00-5:00 freeplay/outside play
5:00-6:00 supper hour
6:00-8:30 evening routine/family time/church activities
I hope you've enjoyed your tour of Riverbend Academy. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our homeschool. I'll leave you with a verse that I've claimed for this year.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. ~Galatians 6:9 KJV
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