It’s almost the end of the school year and I realized I’ve hardly posted about our year in homeschool. It has been a busy year for us. We have traveled the world learning about each continent, studying a number of countries in detail, and learning about each ecosystem around the world, all with the travel guidance of our My Father’s World curriculum. Along the way, we read stories and biographies about missionaries who loved and served the lost around the world. We also studied different people groups and prayed for a people group each week. And we enjoyed food such as bratworst and sauerkraut, nutella crepes, fatoush and kabobs, chicken satay, an Indian mango drink, and Australian meat pie.
And that was just in geography and science!
We also joined our local co-op and did a science class using Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day (Young Explorer Series) (Young Explorer (Apologia Educational Ministries)). This was our first year doing Apologia and we loved it! I learned as much as my son. Doing the accompanying lapbook made the learning even more fun and helped my son retain what he had learned.
Another new curriculum for us this year was A Reason for Spelling: Student Workbook Level C (Reason for Spelling: Level C). The spelling curriculum we used last year was unremarkable and disappointing. I have been so pleased with A Reason for Spelling! There is a story at the beginning of each lesson about a class of students. The stories incorporate a Biblical lesson, often a godly character trait or lesson in faith. The spelling words learned that week come from the story. The curriculum provides opportunity for kinesthetic learners as well (my son spelled his words with pipe cleaners, play dough, and even Scrabble Cheez-Itz).
Because we traveled with my husband a number of places this year, we were able to go on many field trips. We visited Washington, D.C. and toured monuments and the Smithsonian. We also went to children’s museums, science museums, aquariums, zoos, and more. If you want to know how we travel and do homeschool at the same time, read my post here.
We had a full year and I look forward to teaching two next year as my youngest will be starting kindergarten. What about you? How was your school year?