We’ve been “in school” for one month now and are about to take our first day off tomorrow for Labor Day. All four of us are welcoming that tiny break!
Here’s an overview of what I love and what I don’t so far from our curriculum choices for third and fifth grades.
I feel like one month is enough time to gauge whether or not my curriculum picks are a fit for us this year. So far, most things have been a hit.
We continue to love Grapevine Studies for Bible. My children (and I ) retain so much from studying this way. We are currently studying Ruth.
I do like the Veritas Press History curriculum. I feel like I’m not quite doing it justice because I didn’t subscribe to the online portion. We go through the material but it is a little dry when you are just reading the cards and answering questions about the material. I’m sure I could look up some fun activities to liven it up a bit, but I’m not there yet.
We still feel that Math U See is a good fit for math. I like the use of manipulatives and I like knowing that the girls have fully grasped the concept before moving on. Sometimes I think they might benefit from more of a spiral type review each day but I can’t seem to have it both ways. So, for now we are good and learning.
I ended up using the Abeka readers for third grade science. Thankfully, the girls love to read so that seems to be enough. I’ve added a few videos here and there but they are learning the basics.
My fifth grader has continued the Apologia Anatomy that we started (half-heartedly) last year. It seemed very in depth for third and fourth grade but seems better suited for fifth grade. I’m glad we waited to fully dive in.
I’m using IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) for all three girls. I’m taking the third graders through the American History books that coincide with Classical Conversations Cycle 1. Even though we are not meeting weekly with a CC group, we have continued that portion here at home. I love the IEW approach to writing. The fifth grader will use the Ancient History book this year. Up until now, she was finishing up a few papers that we didn’t get around to last year.
Fifth Grade Literature Selections
While I love the Veritas Press literature selections and comprehension guides, it has taken quite a bit to get the girls interested enough to read them in their free time. That makes the process a little slower than I would like. The third graders are reading Stuart Little and Pinocchio. The fifth grader started with Swiss Family Robinson. In order to meet our goals, we will have to take that up a notch. We will be bringing books along for any errands and adding in some reading minutes during the school day so that I can choose the books.
If you’re interested in our daily schedule at all, you can watch for that in a future post. I’m always tweaking and I have a goal to make going to bed and dragging back out of bed both earlier! I”m always a work in progress.
So, that’s it for now. We are busy. We love homeschooling. We really enjoy our days and are looking forward to continuing on this journey as long as it is what fits us best!
If you homeschool, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments about what you’re doing that you love, like, and loathe. 🙂