Group Classes For the 2015-2016 Year
Today I am going to give you a look a the classes that will be done together in a group in our homeschool. Now that Ethan is in 2nd grade I am working on doing group studies together with the older kids once again. This has been so helpful to group different classes together with multiple kids.
History, Geography, Bible
Genesis – Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt ~
We are using the Charlotte Mason guide from Simply Charlotte Mason this year for our History/Geography/Bible. We will be studying Genesis through Deuteronomy for bible and working on studying Ancient Egypt for history/Geography.
I have always really loved the Charlotte Mason way of education, and since we love learning from good books so it was a perfect fit. We have been using this now for about 5 months and it has worked out wonderfully so far for us.
There are many different books and resources we will be using for Geography/History/Bible this year, some are resources for all the kids, other are for the middle schoolers, and yet others are only for the High Schoolers. You can find a complete list here on Simply Charlotte Mason, below is a picture of all the book resources. I purchased a few audio books to listen to in the car on the trip to classes we are adding in this year that are obviously not in the picture.
I have already looked through both Hungry Planet and Material World and they are amazing books I am excited to go through with the kids this year. These would be an amazing resource to add to ANY homeschool library, they give kids an in depth look into the lives of people from different countries around the world.
We are adding a few other resources to get us through our study that were not recommended by Simply Charlotte Mason, they are shown in the picture below.
We have used Draw, Write, Now series before, but I was not aware that there are History ones too. I found this one that is Creation through Jonah, which is perfect to go along with our studies this year so the kids will use this through out our year.
Verse Packs ~ Using the Simply Charlotte Mason Scripture Memory System We will be working through verse back 1 and be memorizing about 50 verses during the year. The younger boys also work on memorizing longer sections for their Wednesday night church. They memorized Luke 1:68-79 for the Christmas program and will be starting another soon for the end of the year program.
Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space Science plus Extra Resources ~ This class will only be Cody, Anthony, Ethan, and Gabriel (if he chooses to join us.)
Because we homeschool year round we work on our science class during the summer, and leave the rest of the year open for other subjects. This also makes it so that we are not having to skip certain experiments during the cold months because we cannot get certain specimens or do certain experiments.
We are adding in some extra resources for this program as well.
- Astronomy tray ideas we will be using through out the year.
- We love the whole Read and Find Out Series so we decided to invest in the books on Astronomy this year. Rainbow Resources offers a great deal on the package of these books. These will be used as we get to each of the topics.
- Outer Space Sensory Bins using moon sand, and another one using kinesthetic sand will be used for sensory bins this year.
- These are the other books we will be using through out our science unit. We have collected many of these over the years from Scholastic Book orders, the thrift store, and from making our own books.
Music Appreciation from Zeezok ~ We reviewed this program for the iHomeschool Network, and have fallen in love with it. So we will continue to use it through out the year this year. This is a class that Cody, Anthony, Ethan, and Gabe will be doing together.
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