Hannah being baptized by Pastor Rick.
Wow! When I realize it has been nearly a YEAR since my last post, I can’t believe it! We have covered so much this year. Zack has been working through 7th grade, Cody, 4th, and Hannah, 1st. They’ve made amazing bounds in nearly all subject areas.
I’ll begin with my favorite update! Our youngest, Hannah, accepted Christ as her Savior in January and was baptized in February. She loves telling people that she is a Christian and enjoys having a multitude of sisters in Christ.
We have covered three of the titles in Beyond Five in a Row, Volume 3. We read Neil Armstrong Young Flyer by Montrew Dunham, The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden, and Marie Curie and the Discovery of Radium by Ann E. Steinke. Next week, will start our final Beyond title- The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright. I am excited to be starting a new book, but saddened that this is our last Beyond book. I have SO enjoyed doing these over the last three years. I hope I will be able to branch out on my own somewhat with other titles, although I doubt I will be able to do so to the extent that FIAR does it.
Zack has been working on Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science. He has really learned a lot through the experiments in the book and has (mostly) had fun doing so! I am excited for him to begin Exploring Creation with Physical Science next year. We have both enjoyed using Knowledge Box Central’s Apologia Lap books to take notes, study and write up labs.
Cody & Hannah have been using Eagle’s Wings Considering God’s Creation for Science. Most of this, we have found to be enjoyable, though some of it was tedious. However, I am seeing great results in what they have retained, so it has been worth it. Next year, we will go back to Apologia’s Elementary Sciences—probably starting with Astronomy.
I started a new writing program with Zack and Cody this year. We have been using the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Student Writing Intensive, Level A. Cody, who hated writing anything other than his daily journal at the start of the year, is producing full page (typed, double spaced) reports and stories now! Zack is doing really well, too!
Zack & Cody are also both using Math U See this year. Zack is working in Pre-Algebra, and Cody is wrapping up the Delta Level, which focuses on Division. They both like this much better than Saxon. It is far more hands-on, and they can move more easily at their own paces- so both will have completed two levels this year. As it gets harder, they slow down as much as necessary. Hannah is working in Saxon, as I like Saxon a LOT for the younger grades. She will use Saxon again next year, then I will switch her over to Math U See in 3rd grade, beginning with the Gamma level, which is multiplication.
Probably the most exciting academic discovery we’ve made is using Hooked on Phonics to teach Hannah how to read! She is now reading chapter books on her own! Her comprehension is phenomenal, as well! I enjoy listening to her read orally, as she does a wonderful job of demonstrating emotion, etc. as she reads.
And last, but certainly not least, Cody & Hannah have been working their way through the Bible using Disciple Land Curriculum. They are working on 1st and 4th grade levels, respectively. This curriculum is fun, colorful, and speaks God’s word to them, and teaches them how to hide it in their hearts. Zack just finished up a Josh McDowell study Setting You Free to Make Right Choices.
So, that is where things stand from an academic standpoint. The kids will all take their CATs in May, and we will wrap our year up at that point.
I’m sure you’ve guessed that we’ve done some camping and backpacking this year, as well. Well, the guys only made it on one backpacking trip, actually. When they got back, Mike had scheduled surgery. The surgery went well, but his meds had him feeling too dizzy to get up, and he developed a blood clot, which wound him in the hospital the following month. They haven’t been able to go backpacking since then, but they are planning a trip in June sometime. We have made a lot of camping trips, as a family, though (which I like better anyway). We went to Manatee Springs, Little Manatee River, Reed Bingham State Park, and High Falls State Park. Hannah is not quite up for a big backpacking trip yet, so she will have to wait another year or so to join the guys on their trips, but for now, camping is still fun for her.
And I THINK that is it for the updates for this year so far. I’ll try to get a photo album posted later. Sorry I’ve been away from my blog for so long.. I promise to do better in the future :-)