Ushering in the 2016-2017 school year

Ushering in the 2016-2017 school year

First Day of Homeschool

Even though we school year round, last week marked the beginning of our new school year. Instead of having a “first day of school” filled with all of our fun traditions, as we have in the past, we spread it out throughout the week. That meant a movie on Monday (Pete’s Dragon—so good!), donuts for breakfast instead of our traditional pancakes (it wasn’t the same and I don’t think I’ll do that again!), and school pictures and ice cream for dinner on Friday, which also happened to be our first day of Essentials with Classical Conversations.

First Day of Homeschool

Yesterday on our way to church (promotion Sunday, when all the kids move up to the next grade), my husband looked at me and said, “Is Peyton really in 6th grade?!” It does seem so weird to be the parents of a 6th grader, and it’s a good reminder that time is speeding up and we’re going to be preparing for her senior year sooner than we can imagine!

Although most of our curriculum this year is built around a leadership education type model where we all work together for an extended morning time, there are a few areas where their curriculum varies by student. We’re still not scheduling out this work; we simply do the next thing each time we sit down for school!

6th Grade

6th grade:

  • Teaching Textbooks 6-7
  • Classical Conversations Essentials
  • Apologia Chemistry
  • Soccer & Gymnastics
  • Youth Group
  • Violin (We’re searching for a new violin teacher since hers left for college!)

5th grade:

  • Teaching Textbooks 6-7
  • Classical Conversations Essentials
  • Apologia Land Animals
  • Soccer & Gymnastics
  • Youth Group
  • Piano

3rd Grade

3rd grade:

  • Singapore 2B-3A
  • Explode the Code
  • Apologia Land Animals
  • Soccer & Gymnastics

1st Grade

1st grade:

  • Singapore 1
  • Explode the Code / Reading Eggs
  • Soccer & Gymnastics
  • Piano

Pre-PreK

Pre-preK (3 years old):

  • Leap Frog Letter Factory
  • {Lots of} Read Alouds
  • General Mess Making

I love the start of a new school year and the routine that fall brings to our life (without as much travel or spontaneity). Now if we could just get some fall weather to make it feel like fall!

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