Week 1 is complete

The students are back to their lessons and refocusing their minds to stay on track and enjoy the new school year. This first week was a success for all of them. They love their new classroom set-up and the schedule for the week (which I am sure will be modified at least once this year).

  • Language Arts 3 days a week
  • Social Studies 3 days a week
  • Mathematics 3 days a week
  • Science 2 days a week
  • History 1-2 days a week
  • Music (Recorder (K-4) & Ukulele (8th)) 1-2 days a week
  • Health/P.E 5 days a week
  • Art 3 days a week

Online programs

  • Khan Academy – 1 day
  • Typing.com – 1 day
  • The Spanish Experiment – 1 day
  • Rosetta Stone – 2 days

We decided this would give the students more freedom in their studies to decide how they want to plan their day. The 4th and 8th grader can choose what subject they would like to work on and use the schedule to plan accordingly. We utilized this schedule last year but instead of doing English and Math everyday we decided 3 days a week would be more adequate.

Obsessed Reader Challenge

We also have an Obsessed Reader in place for our 4th and 8th Grader. For the obsessed reader challenge they have a list of subjects to choose from such as; history, nature, just for fun, culture and to name a few. We will do a library excursion once a week and they can choose books to read for the week. Our 4th grader has a list of over 4,500 books to choose from and our 8th grader has a list of over 1,400 books to choose from. If they complete their challenge they will get $100.

4th grader – 136 book challenge

8th grader – 72 book challenge

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We also started some new seeds for our fall garden this week and we are looking forward to learning about how plants grow with our Kindergarten and 1st grader and have them draw pictures of the plants growth process for science class. Plus our watermelon is huge! I think it is over 20 pounds now.

We also went over what books the students will be using and how many pages, lessons or stories they will have each week which gives them an idea on what to expect. They also have activities they can do throughout the week to decompress and have a 10-20 minute break. We have the Calming Corner to help with feelings and moods, thinking putty, mosaic coloring pages, and at any time they can stop to read one of their books.

8th Grade: What are we using?

Our oldest is going into 8th grade and she is excited about challenging herself this year. She made a lot of progress in English, grammar, and spelling last year and she wants to push herself more this year. She decided she wants to do 8th grade English and grammar to get better at reading and writing.

We make photocopies of books to write or have a separate notebook for writing the answers so we can use them for our other students. So what did we decide to utilize for our 8th Grade Kit?


Math _ Undecided

  • Math-U-See Algebra
  • Horizons Pre-Algebra
  • Saxon Algebra 1/2
  • Saxon Algebra 1


Social Studies/History/Geography


STEM/Thinking Skills

4th Grade: What are we using?

We decided to challenge our 3rd grader and move her to 4th grade. She excels in English and Math. We figured she could do 5th and 6th grade Math. We still have arts and craft activities suitable for her age but other subjects we did the next grade or 2 up.

We make photocopies of books to write or have a separate notebook for writing the answers so we can use them for our other students. So what did we decide to utilize in the 4th Grade Kit?




  • Sassafras Science Botany & Earth Science
    • Workbook, Textbook & Lab Kit

Social Studies/History/Geography


STEM/Thinking Skills

  • Gravitrax Set
  • Critical and Creative – Grade 4
  • Chasing Fireflies
  • Gridblocks
  • Color Catch

1st Grade: What are we using?

Last year our 1st grader was in a combo class for Kindergarten and 1st. She progressed on all of the Kindergarten curriculum and she did very well in 1st grade math. We decided to do another year of 1st grade to help with the English portion. We will focus on Reading comprehension, spelling, understanding word concepts such as over and under, and reading. We also worked on some second grade Math at the end of last year and decided she will do a combo class for math, 1st and 2nd grade so she gets a stronger foundation.

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We feel that learning through nature and the world around her will help her develop more and influence her to learn through doing.

We make photocopies of books to write or have a separate notebook for writing the answers so we can use them for our other students. So what did we decide to utilize?


  • Oak Meadow Curriculum Book (Language Arts)
  • All About Spelling Level 2
  • Daily 6-Trait Writing Grade 1 (continued from Summer School)



  • Oak Meadow Curriculum Book (Science)

Social Studies/History/Geography


  • Oak Meadow Crafts for Early Grades K-3
  • Doodle Washington D.C
  • Painting
  • Knitting
  • Drawing

STEM/Thinking Skills

  • Building and Thinking Skills Level 1
  • Chasing Fireflies
  • Gridblocks
  • Apple Twist
  • Smart Cookies

Additional Texts

  • Music: Beginning Recorder
  • Healthy Living from the Start K-3
  • Oak Meadow Guide to Teaching the Early Grades K-3
  • Word Families

Kindergarten: What are we using?

We are so excited about our youngest to begin Kindergarten. She enjoyed learning her Abc’s and counting last year as well as some emotional intelligence and smart games with her sisters. She will officially begin school in August this year!

We saved books from our Kindergartener/1st grader last year by making photo copies so we could use the books multiple years. So what did we decide to utilize?


  • All About Reading Level 1
  • Spelling you See Level A
  • The Reading Lesson
  • What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know
  • My Epic Life Word Book



Social Studies


  • Aquarellum Animal Postcards
  • Painting
  • Knitting
  • Drawing


STEM/Thinking Skills

  • ThinkPlay Gears Extreme
  • Can You find me Kindergarten
  • Visual Perception Building Book 1
  • Kumon Thinking Skills
  • Smart Games

New schedule is good and art has been upgraded

Monday worked very well with the typing addition. Tuesday and Wednesday were equally worthwhile as well. When Thursday came around the kids were so very excited about the paint by numbers we started. since we only have one canvas we photocopied the pages for each student and had them begin with the instruction page. We will see how we do with the canvas when the time comes but for now they are enjoying the fairy picture.

We found a wheel of names to pick out state for this week because we had a 4 way tie! I added the list of states remaining and let the wheel spin. It took us to West Virginia and it was very fun to learn about. It is the 3rd most forested state which we found interesting because of the size of the state. Also, they found petroglyphs which have traced back civilization in West Virginia to 10,500 years. It is also famous for its salt, yes they still mine salt for chlorine in West Virginia and many deer lick the salt rocks.

The paint by numbers was a hit and here are the start of their pictures.

Overall we had a great week and the students enjoyed the holiday on Monday. We watched some Martin Luther King Jr. videos on the links below and had some coloring pages as well.

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Time is on our Side – Rescheduling

This week we ran into a few scheduling hiccups so I decided to revise the schedule. One of the issues was time, which I already knew would need some revisions. English we changed to 30 min on Tuesday & Wednesday and then I decided to move typing to Monday since we had the least amount of work on Monday. After I rescheduled a few things I will see how the times work for the next 3 weeks. If I need to change it up a bit more I will let you know.

Traveling Tuesday took us to Colorado where we learned it is called the Centennial state because it became a state a 100 years after our country was founded. I has beautiful canyons, Rocky Mountains, and it is home to the tallest peak in the US – Mount Elbert which is 14,440 feet above sea level. Wow!

Then we ventured to learn about tornadoes which was just for fun because we found some books about Tornadoes that peaked the interest of our Second Grader. We went to Fun Facts Just for Kids which had some pretty cool information and pictures about tornadoes all the students enjoyed.

On Mindful Monday we talked about word usage and also learned some more words in our Epic Words Book from Timberdoodle. The book is very fun to learn new words and expand our students vocabulary without them realizing.

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A Week of Breakthroughs and Gardening!

We had a breakthrough in our Kindergarten/1st Grader when she read her first I Can Read Book – “Biscuit goes Camping”. We have been doing All About Reading Level 1 and we finished lesson 23 this week. (We are not affiliates of the program or any program for that matter, it has just been an amazing program four our student that I want to share). She has been reading the stories that come along with the kit and she just finished Run, Bug, Run! which has 20 short stories which correlate with the letter sounds.

Garden Harvest of Pumpkins, Spaghetti Squash, Eggplant, and a small bumper crop of Cherry Tomatoes