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Our Day and Week at a glance | Homeschooling

Yearly Homeschool Schedule With a First Grader, Pre-K, Toddler, and Newborn at home... This is what our days look like with our three boys and a girl!

We are shooting for a July/Aug to March/April school year because, I've watched our family the last few years, and ALLLL we want to do when the snow is melting is explore outside. So, we still can "do school" March to May or June like "normal" schools, but I want to TRY to just be done before then. Plus, it's so hot and exhausting by the time July heat and humidity rolls around that we're done weeding, working in the yard, and ready to stay in the cool house for a few hours every day anyway.

This year, 2017-2018, we started school August 1.  Most school calendars account for 32 to 36 weeks of school. I don't have a state requirement yet that makes us do a certain number of school days per year, or even number of hours, so we are flying by the seats of our pants, following what others tend to do.

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Online Movies and Shows | For Fun and Entertainment

I was writing up a list of the educational shows I like to let the kids watch, and got to writing all of them that we watch, sooooo.... I decided I would just post them all over here in a separate list. Easier to reference that way! 


Shows I like and that I like to let the kids watch:

Netflix
-Mouk
-Scout & Friends/Leapfrog (alphabet and numbers)
-Magic School Bus
-Stella and Sam
-SuperWhy!
-My Side of the Mountain
-The Jungle Book
-The Boxcar Children
-DinoTrux, (I don't care for this, but it's decent and the kids love it)
-Chuggington, The Adventures of Chuck & Friends, Mickey Mouse, Winnie-the-Pooh movies, Kung Fu Panda, Tinkerbell movies, Moanaand Finding Dory (decent and funny, entertainment)

Amazon
-Lisa Loeb Nursery Rhyme Parade
-We're Going on a Bear Hunt
-Snowy Day
-If you give a mouse a cookie
-If you give a mouse a christmas cookie
-Wild Kratts
-Mr. Roger's Neighborhood
-Daniel Tiger
-Shaun the Sheep
-Thomas the Train


Homeschool Plans 2017-2018, First Grade and Pre-K Boys | Homeschooling with Truth, Beauty, Goodness

I would like to share with you our plans for our homeschool this year. Codeman is in First grade, while Jesse is an official Pre-K dude. Anna is a wannabee brother and underfoot helper and Titus. He's three months old. Whooofta. I'd just like to repeat that again. Whooooooooofta.

I have read many books, blogs, and journals on the topic of education. Home education, and to be even more specific, sources regarding Classical Education and Charlotte Mason. I truly enjoy these topics and the sources. I am intrigued, and so I continue reading and have now found myself following and chatting with several homeschool moms online in addition to my local and Colorado friends who homeschool. Tim and I were both homeschooled, although my window of homeschooling was only 4 years, I glean much from my mom and Tim's mom. As some podcasts I've listened to refer to us, we are second-generation homeschoolers :) Haha! Well, it helps give me perspective on quality literature and publisher…

First Day of School, 2017-2018 | Homeschooling

First Day of School! Cody in first grade and Jesse in preschool.

Today we begin the first day of First Grade! This is special because it's our first year of more intensive study. I have higher expectations, as I should, for each year we move up through. But, in the same breath as exciting, this is also a new challenge. I have to be on my game a little more this year, having to actually plan out farther if I'm going to function the way I want for me and the kids in our homeschool and the littler tagallngs. There has to be thought out into what I give the little ones to play with while I work with Cody. There needs to be enough to keep him going a minute while I address trouble. There needs to be enough direction for Jesse and attention to him to learn the basics of ABCs and 123s. I need to plan out what is realistic and what is impractical. Because I tend to be very practical in most areas, I HOPE I am that way with school lessons and curriculum too! Also- hey! I'm tackling…