Monday, September 21, 2009

Adventures in HomeSchooling

In homeschooling my 6 1/2 yr old,I pick and choose our resources from several different curriculums.It works for us.The only thing I'd like to change is on my part-I would like to get organized enough to where I can write out lesson plans.As it stands right now,I just go with the next page in whatever we're studying.This year I am using a computer program called HOMESCHOOL TRACKER to record each day's work.It's taken a little bit of use for me to get the hang on the program,but it is great-and has a free version.Here is a list of resources that we are using this year.

Rainbow Shower-Scott,Foresman Reading
Spectrum Spelling-grade 1 (finishing what we did not finish last study year)
Spectrum Spelling-grade 2 (haven't started-waiting till we finish grade 1 book)
Child's Play Science-(what we didn't finish last study year) Marshall Cavendish Education
The Complete Book of Handwriting K-3rd grade-American Education Publishing
Spectrum Math (Little Critter) grade 1
Geography and Map Activities-Rand McNally Schoolhouse
Spectrum Reading grade 2 (haven't started yet)
Beginning Arithmetic Speed Drills grade 1 --Rod and Staff
Beginning Arithmetic grade 1 part 2 --Rod and Staff
Beginning Arithmetic grade 1 part 1--Rod and Staff
Science K-1 --Frank Schaffer Publications
First Grade Math Skill Builders
Elementary Spanish level 1--Frank Schaffer Publications
Basic Skills and Beyond Money grade 2-3 --Carson-Dellosa Publishing (zach chose this book)
Basic Skills and Beyond Time grade 2-3-- Carson-Dellosa Publishing (zach chose this book)
United States of America Work book grade 2-- A+ workbooks
United States Coloring Book--Rod and Staff
Scholastic Success With Spelling grade 1--Scholastic

**I use the Rod and Staff preschool/kindergarten workbooks as "review" or "easy work"-we started using them for kindergarten work but zach knew most of the skills in the books already.
The internet is a great resource for different printables.When I first started working with Phonics in teaching Zachary to read,most of our work came from online printables.

We use get books from our public library to suppliment our reading frequently.We get books on subjects that Zachary is interested in or to follow up to something we are studying.