the homeschool journey logo It’s that time of year again.  Am I prepared?  Somewhat.  I have decided that we are going to take a more laid back approach to school this year.  Zoe seems to learn best when it doesn’t feel like school.  So, I’m hoping to figure out what that looks like.  We are in the process of moving Zoe’s grandma out of our home into her own home, so school will be starting later than I planned.  However, I think we are going to move to a  year-round school framework, so that’s okay.  She’s been “off” since the first of May this year.  Too long.  :/  Here’s what we are shooting for this school year:

Math

  • Recall of facts
  • Count to 1000 by 100s
  • Telling Time to the minute
  • Multiplication tables

Science

  • Human body
  • Light and Vision
  • Forces and Motion
  • Classification of Animals

Writing

  • Informative writing
  • Narrative writing
  • Editing writing
  • Learn cursive
  • Learn keyboarding skills

Social Studies

  • Identify places on a map, including the equator and poles
  • Know physical components of the earth
  • Eco Systems
  • Rules/Laws of daily life

Reading

  • Chapter Books (such as Junie B Jones, Diary of  Wimpy Kid, etc)
  • Classics (Charlotte’s Web and other books that I’ll read with her)
  • Reading every day – at least 20 minutes

I plan on using the following curriculums/sites this year:

  • Easy Peasy All In One School (Grade 3)
  • Education.Com for worksheets and workbooks
  • Currclick (I got a ton of stuff here this summer when they had an “everything is 10 cents sale”)
  • I also received a ton of books and worksheets and room decorations from a couple of friends at church who taught 2nd and 3rd grade.

We won’t have set hours for school this year, but I want to incorporate learning in all of our daily activities as well as any bits of structured time we have.  So I’m not sure how that will look.  But Zoe will have chores, she will help me cook (to help with math skills), we will have walks and visits to fun places that give her visual reference for things we are learning.  So that means less structure and more play time, all while learning.

I’m really excited about this year even though I feel less prepared than last year.  But that’s okay.  We’ll make it.  She’ll be fine.  I’ll be fine.  Right?  😉

Thanks for sharing!
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