Friday, November 22, 2013

Aspiring Week 12: Our Curriculum

So I thought this week that I would give y'all a look see at our curriculum choices for this year. We had a bit of upheaval here at the beginning of the year but it has settled down now and we have smooth sailing.

We currently have 3 students, we have two student in the Knowledge Stage one in the Lower Knowledge and one in Upper Knowledge Stage.Our third student is on a Special Education Track. We do school in two stages the Family Gathering and Independent Studies.

Family Gathering

All the students participate in the family gathering for at least a portion of the time.

 Independent Studies

Grade 5

  grade 3
Math Christian Light Math 3
IEW-SWI A & Medieval based writing lessons
Pearables Home Economics 1
  • Extra Curricular: Choir & Orchestra, Soccer, Piano Lessons, Bright Lights, HEAF Co-op
  • Due to her autism she is on more of a Special Education track. We use ACE because it provides excellent academics and it is ALWAYS the same there are no surprises. The predictable nature of this curriculum works well for our Curl.  
  • Curl
  • Grade 7
  • ACE Math 
  • Xtra Math Drill 
  •  ACE Word Building
  •  ACE English
  • Christian Light Education Home Economics
  • Extra Curricluar: Piano Lessons, Bright Lights,HEAF Co-op

The Twins are in Pre-Knowledge stage...
  • Montessori Style Educational Stations
  • Kumon Skills Workbooks
  • Hubbards Cupboard
  • Read Alouds Year 0
  • They also do IEW's Poetry Memorization and Truth & Grace during the Family Gathering at a much slower pace then the bigs and they really enjoy it. 
  • Extra Curricular: HEAF Co-op and attending their sisters activities.

An Aspiring Week...

Confederate Battle Grounds

At the beginning of this week we were on vacation at our friends Lake House. This time we decided to explore the history surrounding the area. And we journeyed to Fort Parker and to the Confederate  Battlegrounds. These were very interesting trips and I'll do a field trip post on them later.

Mother/Teacher at work
 I worked on their assignment sheets. Every year I make them assignment sheets so they are able to complete their independent work, independently. As they get older they become able to manage their school work with very little direction from me. Our first kiddo to hit this stage was Bullet at the end of 3rd grade.

The confederate Battle Grounds 
I watched IEW's Teaching Writing with Structure and Sound for the Lessons that we are working on. I also watched some of the extra DVD's and I am really glad that I did they are updates tot he program that he filmed several years ago and provide a few additional insights he's gained over the past 10ish years. These extra light blue DVD's are well worth your time.

At the end of the week it was my turn to watch my friends kiddos and as usually it was like have 4 free hours to complete chores while the kids happily played outside with their friends.
Old Fort Parker
We have begun to work on the character quality of dilligence with our children. Sadly, we have neglected this and now as our family is growing our ragged edges are waving in the wind. I have a desire not to impress folks with nice and neat edges but to be faithful to the Lord as we train our children in the fear and admonition of Him. This training will most likely take the better part of the year due to our failure to catch it earlier.

Well, I hope you are having a wonderful  and productive school work seeking to please the great I AM!

Linked to:The Homeschool Mother's Journal 


  1. It sounds like you have a very well-rounded and thorough curriculum for each of your students. Thank you for sharing your resources, they look interesting.

    1. Thanks, it varies from year to year. Some years much like your Homeschool Burn out article hints at that some years are very minimal, such as when our twins arrived. That year the goal was survival & math. This is a strong year with our youngest children at 3 right now. I'm kinda charging forward but I figure it will all even out in the end!

  2. Beautiful family and blog. Stopping over from Weird Homeschoolers. Have a blessed week.

    1. Thank you for the compliment Christine thanks for visiting! :D

  3. Looks like a great line-up! How do you like Classically Cursive? I clicked over and looked at the sample pages. All it showed was pages teaching how to write each letter, but the description sounded more like it would be copying passages. Does it just start with learning the letters and then move on to other things after that?


Thank you so much for your encouraging words!

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