August 2, 2011

Not Back to School Blog Hop


We are not "officially" schooling again until after the Heart of the Matter Conference BUT I know exactly what we're using for curriculum! Last year I did not get to participate in the NBTS Blog Hop and missed out on all of the fun. It has been an absolute blast "thumbing" through all of the participants web pages-- so many creative people out there on the web!

We have 4 children ages 13, 11, 9, and 8. Under each heading you will see what I am using overall instead of individually.

Okay getting to it...


For English, vocabulary, spelling, etc.

Handwriting Without Tears Grade 1
Those who know me are probably thinking--what? She has no first grader. What gives? First, there will still be tears. My 4th grader has dysgraphia and hates to write and sometimes it even hurts physically to write. However, until I can read his handwriting HWT it is. My 3rd grader is severely dyslexic.. she could use the practice.

Explode the Code 2
We will not use sight words, we will not use sight words--seriously, we will NOT use sight words. Wanna know why I hate them? I'll have to blog about that some other time. I love ETC because it is phonics based and therefore for my struggling readers it as been a long road, but has paid off in the long run because they can sound out their words.

 
Wordly Wise 3000
Level 3, Level 6, Level 9

Reading Strands
Understanding Fiction

Writing Strands
Level 2, Level 3

Alpha Omega LifePac
Grades 3  and 4

 Math
Alpha
Beta
Delta
Epsilon
Pre-Algebra

Math-U-See all the way! It is the perfect fit for our family.

Science

Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology: Flying Creatures
Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology
Pretty much everything Science Jim comes out with--my kids love him.

History

Story of the World Vol. 3, Early Modern Times

Latin

Visual Latin. I love this program... as a mom of mostly visual children it is so much better than audio only programs.

Foreign Language

Rosetta Stone: Italian Level 1 continued


Enrichment and Extra-Curricular

Hands of a Child Lapbooks
Journey through Learning Lapbooks
Beyond Five in a Row
Above and Beyond Five in a Row
Tons of field trips
A gajillion books-- for schooling they are all classics
Arts and crafts
Trampoline Jumping
Cooking
Swimming
Netflix Documentaries


We stay very busy! As you can see we have transitioned from Montessori to more of a Classical approach over the last year. Posting and then going to continue reading through everyone else's awesome contributions!

7 comments:

Lisa said...

Sounds like a well planned year! Blessings, Lisa

KWombles said...

Would you let me post this piece on the Autism Blogs Directory as part of the Beat the back to school Jitters? Email me at kwombles@gmail.com. :-)

Angela DeRossett said...

Sure! Post away--just give me a link back, okay? ;)

Stef Layton said...

Hi Angela - I've never been to your site before, glad you linked up to the hop this year. Can I ask why you picked Italian? I'd love to go to Italy !!

Angela DeRossett said...

Hi Stef,

Welcome to my page! We chose Italian because it's a beautiful language and it's in my blood. (By default theirs too.)We wanted them to have something other than the typical Spanish, French or German so my husband and I played yes/maybe/veto until we decided. The kids are loving it.:)

Mandy said...

please 'revisit' the why you hate sight words;) i am jumping into hsing for the first time after publis school sight word world:D ,i have 10,7,5 and 3 year old. thanks!

fixedonHIM said...

Beautiful blog, have a wonderful year of learning!