Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Homeschool So Far...

This year has been going very well so far.  We begin in August so we can ease back into our routine.  For our main curriculum we are using Rod and Staff.  We love the simplicity of the books...not a lot of "fluff". 

For History we are using the Bible.  We are also using the History Channel's "America: The Story of Us".  It is a very good movie!  Although...it can be pretty graphic.  So just use your judgment if you use this with your children.  Our children are 16, 13, and 10 they are really enjoying it.  The website has a ton of activities to add to your lessons.

I'm also part of The Old Schoolhouse's Homeschool Crew.  We get a variety of products to try and then I blog about them.  So far we have not had anything we didn't enjoy using.  There are many more coming as well, so come back and check out what we've used. 

I'm also a part of the Download N Go review team.  I. LOVE. DNG!!  It is so easy to use.  These unit studies are written by Amanda Bennett.  She has done so many unit studies.  I wish I would of heard of her when we first started homeschooling 5 years ago.

The BEST news from this year came a while ago with our test results from last year!!!  Each one of our children jumped up substantially in their test scores.  For example:  Katrina when we first started homeschooling tested at the 5th percentile....in math.  This year she was in the 50th percentile!!  Hannah was in the 3rd percentile the first year in reading comprehension....this year 60th!!!  Andrew last year tested at the 10th percentile in language arts and this year was in the 80th!!!  I wanted to do a cartwheel....if I wasn't afraid of breaking my back again....LOL!

If you are visiting from the Hip Homeschool Blog Hop....Welcome, I pray you enjoy your time here.


Amy said...

Considering homeschooling next year. Thanks for the ideas.

I hope that you have a wonderful day.

ladyofthehouse said...

Congrats on the test scores. I'm sure it must feel great to see the improvement!
have a wonderful week!

Rebecca (me!) said...

Thanks for stopping by today...and following. I love your blog and can't wait to 'dig in!' I hope you'll join me tomorrow. I host a weekly link up to encourage Moms and others to memorize scripture. The post is called: Mustard Seed Planting!

Rebecca (me!) said...

I gave you the Versatile Blogger Award today...stop by to see it