First Time for Everything

The old saying goes “There’s a first time for everything”…

That is proving true for me this week. I finally worked up the courage to shoot my very first YouTube video! If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter you know we had our first Bookshark box day. I am 5’4″ and this mountain of boxes is almost as tall as me!

My children were a little overwhelmed, but this mama was dancing for joy when the FedEx truck pulled up and started carrying box after box to our door! Want to see what’s in one of those boxes? Check out my video below. I am starting with my 5th Grader’s 2017-2018 Bookshark Level 3 Full Grade Package.

1…2…3…Action!

As you can probably tell, I was supppppper NERVOUS! I need to work on the lighting a bit too. Since our school room is in the basement we do not get the best natural light, and when I tried to film upstairs there was a terrible echo due to really high ceilings.

Phew! That’s it… I did it!

If you made it through that lengthy video, thank you for sticking around! Don’t want to miss my future YouTube videos? Visit my channel and hit subscribe.

As you can tell that is a HUGE curriculum haul. I did a blog post a few weeks back with all the details. You can read all about Jack’s 5th Grade curriculum here. Do you have a YouTube channel? I would love to see what all of you are up to! Comment below with your link.

 

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Tea Time Tuesday… Back to School Edition

Welcome to another Tea Time Tuesday… Back to School edition!

Our dreary summer has come to an end, and the Raiche kiddos are getting back into the swing of things! I am very excited to kick off our 2017-2018 school year. This week I have chosen a poem talking about how a traditional classroom can take away the joy of learning. Homeschooling is NOT for everyone, but it certainly is the best fit for our family. I am thankful that I am able to be home with my children, so they can thrive in their own environment.

Featured Poem

School Boy by William Blake

I love to rise in a summer morn,
When the birds sing on every tree;
The distant huntsman winds his horn,
And the skylark sings with me:
O what sweet company!

But to go to school in a summer morn, –
O it drives all joy away!
Under a cruel eye outworn,
The little ones spend the day
In sighing and dismay.

Ah then at times I drooping sit,
And spend many an anxious hour;
Nor in my book can I take delight,
Nor sit in learning’s bower,
Worn through with the dreary shower.

How can the bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?
How can a child, when fears annoy,
But droop his tender wing,
And forget his youthful spring!

O father and mother if buds are nipped,
And blossoms blown away;
And if the tender plants are stripped
Of their joy in the springing day,
By sorrow and care’s dismay, –

How shall the summer arise in joy,
Or the summer fruits appear?
Or how shall we gather what griefs destroy,
Or bless the mellowing year,
When the blasts of winter appear?

Featured Recipe

This week Kenten has taken on Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls. To make your own cinnamon rolls you will need:

Dough
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk warm
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup margarine I used softened unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
Filling
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup margarine softened
Cream cheese icing
  • 6 tbsp margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt

You can find the instructions here at Jo Cooks. I give Kenten props. I personally hate making cinnamon rolls (probably because they NEVER turn out right when I make them). They are a lot of work, but they taste so yummy. Hopefully this boy will take on the task of making us cinnamon rolls from here on out!

Our Table

To celebrate our first day of school I made the kiddos a “selfie wall”. I absolutely love how it turned out… Even if it did take me almost two hours to get it all hung up and another 15 minutes this morning to hang up a few things that fell down over night.

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday-Back to School Edition! I hope all of you have/had an amazing first day back to school. Follow me on Facebook or Instagram to see pictures of the kiddos on their first day back to school!

Did you miss our other Tea Time Tuesday posts? You can find them on my Tea Time page.

Tea Time Tuesday-End of Summer Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday... End of Summer Edition!

Although there are still a few weeks before summer is officially over it truly feels like the end of summer to us... In a few days we will be starting the new school year, the weather has changed, and some of our trees have already lost their leaves. It has been a strange summer to say the least, but we are excited for all the fun things that fall brings.

Featured Poem

End of Summer by Stanley Kunitz

An agitation of the air,
A perturbation of the light
Admonished me the unloved year
Would turn on its hinge that night.
 
I stood in the disenchanted field
Amid the stubble and the stones,
Amazed, while a small worm lisped to me
The song of my marrow-bones.
 
Blue poured into summer blue,
A hawk broke from his cloudless tower,
The roof of the silo blazed, and I knew
That part of my life was over.
 
Already the iron door of the north
Clangs open: birds, leaves, snows
Order their populations forth,
And a cruel wind blows.

Featured Recipe

This week we are switching things up a bit- My children are going to take turns selecting and making the recipes for Tea Time Tuesdays. Miss Julia is up first and she chose M&M Cookies. To make your own M&M Cookies you will need:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M's

You can find the instructions here. It has been ages since we had these cookies. I forgot how yummy they are!Save

Thank you for joining us for another Tea Time Tuesday! Want to see more of our tea times? You can find them on my Tea Time page.

2017-2018 Homeschool Room

Welcome to Homework and Horseplay! Today I am sharing our 2017-2018 homeschool room.

When we first started homeschooling in 2011 we worked from our dining room table. After a few months of constantly having to move our materials for every snack and meal, Ryan and I decided to transform our bonus room into a homeschool room. It was the best newbie homeschooler decision! Although you can school anywhere, having a dedicated space just works better for our family... Fast forward 6 years and a couple of moves later, we have created a new school room in our finished basement. Please make yourself at home and take a look around our 2017-2018 homeschool room.

This is the view when you first come down into our basement. We do the majority of book work and projects at this table. The rocking chair tucked into the corner is this mama's read aloud spot.

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Thankfully our new homeschool room had the space for the shelves we purchased for our first school room. We have bookshelves in our family room to hold my books and young adult novels, but these cubbies make a perfect children's library!

Next to our "art table" I have a cubbie separated from the rest to hold the curriculum we are currently using. On the backside of the same wall there is a built in shelf that will hold the Bookshark materials (which will be here in a few days, EEEEEK!) that we are not working on yet.

The second half of our school room has a sofa to cozy up on, vintage school desks, and our computer/tv area. Last Christmas the kiddos got an air hockey table from their Papa, which I have tucked behind the sofa. The previous owners used this space as a bar... Thankfully they took the whole bar setup with them and left us the perfect spot for our standing freezer. There is still a "wet bar" area, which comes in handy for making bottles when I babysit my cousin's daughters (and the fridge is perfect for our All About Spelling tiles).

If you are ever in the Sanford, NC area you have to check out Bert's Furniture. I purchased all of our vintage desks, art table, and chalkboard from this place. It is one of the things I miss the most about living in North Carolina. As you can see we refinished the desk in the middle, and eventually we will do the same to the other two (or so I keep saying, ha!).

It may not be picture perfect, but I am so thankful to have this space! Thank you for taking the time to look around our 2017-2018 homeschool room. Do you have a dedicated learning space?

Tea Time Tuesday-Brownie Edition

Welcome to  Tea Time Tuesday!

This week for Tea Time Tuesday we are talking all about “brownies”… The kind you eat and the folklore! Do your kiddos know what a brownie is? Mine didn’t, so we read a little about them here. Since a lot of our featured poems are fairly short, we are also reading a few selections from Emily Dickinson or Edgar Allan Poe each week. I think during our next library run I will pick up a few different poetry books to switch things up a bit.

Featured Poem

Brownie by A. A. Milne

In a corner of the bedroom is a great big curtain,
Someone lives behind it, but I don’t know who;
I think it is a Brownie, but I’m not quite certain.
(Nanny isn’t certain, too.)

I looked behind the curtain, but he went so quickly –
Brownies never wait to say, “How do you do?”
They wriggle off at once because they’re all so tickly
(Nanny says they’re tickly too.) 

Featured Recipe

The kids made my favorite brownies this week. I found this “Bombshell Brownies” recipe a few years ago, and it is the ONLY brownies I will make now.

To make your own Bombshell Brownies you will need:

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

You can find the recipe here on allrecipes. They are so easy to make and taste way better than a boxed mixed… And don’t forget about how amazzzzzing your house smells while they are baking (yum)!

Our Table

As you can see we kept our table very simple this week (and I snuck in a few pictures of ALL of my kiddos-shh!). We like our brownies fresh out of the oven, so we served up in the kitchen to avoid making a big mess.

Thank you for joining us for another Tea Time Tuesday. Follow me on Instagram or Facebook to see us in action! Want to see more of our Tea Time Tuesdays? You can find them on my Tea Time page.

Tea Time Tuesday-Wind Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday!

I can’t believe another week has come and gone… I really don’t know where the time is disappearing to this summer! However, we are excited that it is time for another Tea Time Tuesday. The weather in Michigan has been crazy this year. I feel like we have been living in a windstorm ALL SUMMER, so I wanted to feature a poem about wind!

Featured Poem

Wind on the Hill by A. A. Milne

No one can tell me,
Nobody knows,
Where the wind comes from,
Where the wind goes.

I’s flying from somewhere
As fast as it can,
I couldn’t keep up with it,
Not if I ran.

But if I stopped holding
The string of my kite,
It would blow with the wind
For a day and a night.

And then when I found it,
Wherever it blew,
I should know that the wind
Had been going there too.

So then I could tell them
Where the wind goes…
But where the wind comes from
Nobody knows.

Featured Recipe

This week Julia really wanted to make tea sandwiches and do Tea Time Tuesday at lunch. My children are the PICKIEST eaters in the world (seriously… ugh!), which means I don’t have a recipe to share this week since our tea sandwiches consisted of only pb&j! Wind on the Hill by A.A. Milne talks about flying a kite, so we decided to make these cute kite snacks in place of trying out a new recipe.

We used:

  • Graham crackers
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate chips
  • Shoe string licorice

Our Table

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9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

This year we have reached a new milestone... My first baby is starting highschool! What? How did this happen? Check out our 9th grade homeschool curriculum picks below.

There was a lot of hesitation when I had to choose Kenten's 9th grade homeschool curriculum this year. I'm not going to lie... Beginning this highschool journey is terrifying! I have not felt this nervous about homeschooling since our first year. Hopefully just like our first year those jitters will disappear quickly as we fall into our routine. I went back and forth between purchasing Timberdoodle, Build Your Library, or Bookshark for Kenten.

Ultimately I decided on Bookshark Level 100: American History & Literature. Since I will be using Bookshark with my other children, I thought it would be easier to have some consistency. The downside is that Level 100 is NOT an "all subject package" like many of Bookshark's other levels. Additionally, Level 100 is the highest level currently available, so if we decide to continue with Bookshark for our 2018-2019 school year I may need to find something new for Kenten. I contacted Bookshark and they told me that they do plan to release more highschool levels, but there is not a set schedule yet. Hopefully by this time next year the new levels will be available.

What does Bookshark Level 100 include?

Below you will find everything included in the Level 100 American History & Literature package. I will note any customization selections I made.

History

  • Before Columbus
  • The Boy's War
  • Sacajawea
  • Freedom Walkers
  • The Great Little Madison
  • Shh! We're Writing the Constitution
  • World War II
  • Dragon's Gate
  • Farewell to Manzanar
  • What Is the Panama Canal?
  • A History of US (Hmm... This was not on the "what's included" list provided on Bookshark's website, but it does come with your bundle. If you already own A History of US you can opt out of purchasing it.)
  • History 120 Instructor's Guide

Literature & Language Arts

  • Elijah of Buxton
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Rules of the Rod
  • Children of the Longhouse
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man
  • A Long Way From Chicago
  • When You Reach Me
  • Bound for Oregon
  • The Call of the Wild
  • The View from Saturday
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw
  • Indian Captive
  • Out of the Dust
  • Rip Van Winkle
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • A Treasury of Poetry for Young People
  • A Year Down Yonder
  • American Historical Literature & Language Arts 130 Instructor's Guide
  • American Historical Literature & Language Arts 130 Student Guide
  • Wordly Wise 9 (This is a supplement-I opted to add this to our bundle. We used Wordly Wise a few years ago, and it was a wonderful addition to our homeschool.)
  • Analogies 2 (This is a supplement- I opted to add this to our bundle. You can add-on Wordly Wise and Analogies 2 for a very reasonable price, so I decided to try this out!)

Required Resources
Please note that if you already own the "Required Resources", you can remove this package from your bundle. Since this is our first year using Bookshark we purchased these items.

  • D-Ring 3-inch Binder with Tabs
  • Markable Map
  • Markable Map Markers
  • The Timeline Book

What other materials will we use to complete our 9th grade homeschool curriculum?

As I mentioned earlier Level 100 is not an "all subject package", so we will be adding on a number of materials. I will separate these extra materials by subject.
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Math

  • Teaching Textbooks Algebra I (Kenten started this program after Christmas last year. He has been working through Algebra I all summer, and will need to complete this level before moving onto Geometry.)
  • Teaching Textbooks Geometry

Science

Language Arts

Foreign Language

  • Rosetta Stone: German
    Note: I purchased levels 1-5 years ago. We have used this program off and on, but this year I am determined to be more consistent!

STEM
Kenten will be trying out Duinokit Jr. this year. All of my children are excited to check out this product!

Will Kenten participate in the homeschool partnership?

Yes, Kenten will be enrolled in the following class:

  • Martial Arts Level 2
  • Martial Arts: Highschool

This year the partnership is offering classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Kenten really enjoyed the Martial Arts class he was in last year, and decided to take two different courses this year. Thankfully we live just around the corner from the partnership, so Kenten will be able to walk up to the building on Tuesdays while I stay home with Jack and Julia.

Some of you are probably wondering why I have purchased so many language arts materials... Kenten only has one class on Thursdays at the partnership, he most likely will stay home for part of the day. He will be expected to complete extra language arts and math assignments during this time. Occasionally he will spend more time at the partnership as an assistant in the Robotics class offered at the partnership. What 9th grade homeschool curriculum package would be complete without volunteer hours? Shhhh! Kenten doesn't know I signed him up for this yet. He will be an amazing assistant though. Out of all my children, Kenten is definitely the best with younger children.

Thank you for checking out our 9th grade homeschool curriculum picks! Want to see our 2017-2018 plan & fun books, our 5th grade curriculum, or 7th grade curriculum? Check out the following posts:

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2017-2018 Plan & Books

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7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Do you have a 7th grader? Today I will be sharing my 7th grade homeschool curriculum picks for Julia.

Yesterday I shared our overall 2017-2018 homeschool plans. I really struggled making decisions for Jack's 5th grade year, but I knew immediately what I wanted to use for Julia's 7th grade homeschool curriculum. All three of my children are using boxed curriculum from Bookshark as their core. I have selected Level 7 All Subject Package for Julia. This level is geared towards children ages 12-14. Julia just turned 12 at the end of July, so she could easily use Level 6 or 7. Level 7 included a few of the books that I wanted to read with Julia this year, so Level 7 was the better fit.

What does Bookshark's Level 7 include? How did I customize it?

Below you will find everything included in the Level 7 All Subject Package. I will note any customization selections I made.

Reading with history
Read-Alouds 7

  • Secret of the Andes
  • Master Cornhill
  • The Ravenmaster's Secret: Escape From The Tower of London
  • The Singing Tree
  • The Sherwood Ring
  • Banner in the Sky
  • The Endless Steppe
  • Number the Stars
  • Classic Poetry
  • The Arrow Over the Door
  • The Breadwinner
  • Year of Impossible Goodbyes
  • Homeless Bird
  • Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and the Trail of Tears

Level 7 Readers

  • Operation Yes
  • The Good Master
  • Betsy and the Emperor
  • The Broken Blade
  • The Ghost in The Tokaido Inn
  • Angel on the Square
  • The King's Fifth
  • Nory Ryan's Song
  • Snow Treasure
  • Escape from Warsaw
  • Chu Ju's House
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

History 7

  • History 7 Instructor's Guide
  • Story of the World: Early Modern Times
  • Story of the World: Modern Age
  • Timeline Figures- 7

Language Arts

  • Language Arts 7 Instructor's Guide
  • Wordly Wise 7 (This is a supplement- Julia has used this program before.  I am not sure how this will be incorporated in Bookshark's lesson plans, but we used it as "morning work" in the past.)

Science

  • Cool Stuff 2.0 and How It Works
  • Energy
  • Planet Earth
  • Robotics
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Garbage
  • Canals and Dams
  • Weather & Climate Change
  • Science 7 Instructor's Guide
  • Science Supplies Kit 7

Math

  • Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra (Customization-I opted to switch from Math-U-See Pre-Algebra to Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra.)

Spelling

  • None (Customization- I opted to drop spelling from this bundle. I don't feel it is necessary to have a spelling curriculum in middle school.)

Required Resources
Please note that if you already own the "Required Resources", you can remove this package from your bundle. Since this is our first year using Bookshark we purchased these items.

  • D-Ring 3-inch Binder with Tabs
  • Markable Map
  • Markable Map Markers
  • The Timeline Book
  • The Kingsfisher History Encyclopedia

Will we be using anything other than Bookshark Level 7 for our 7th grade homeschool curriculum?

We will mostly be sticking to our Bookshark materials. However, before moving on to the Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra provided in her bundle, Julia will be completing Teaching Textbooks 7. At the end of her 6th grade year I switched her from Singapore Math to Teaching Textbooks. We have been working through this level all summer, but still have a bit to go before she can start Pre-Algebra.

Julia was very excited about the Stopmotion Explosion that I selected for Jack's STEM work this year, so they will be sharing it. I'm pretty excited that she showed interest in this because she will be able to take the lead and work on it with Jack when I am busy teaching Kenten. I have to be honest-I don't know much about stopmotion... This will surely be a learning experience for all of us!

Julia is my artsy child. She is ALWAYS drawing and trying out different art supplies. I have purchased the following items for her to use as she wishes. Do you want to purchase these materials for your child? Simply click one of the images below and you will be redirected to Amazon.
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Will we participate in the homeschool partnership this year?

Starting in September we will be attending classes at our local homeschool partnership every Thursday. When picking out materials for this upcoming year I was really concerned about being able to complete everything since a whole day is dedicated to this program. Although we school year round, our summer schedule is significantly "lighter". I believe choosing Bookshark Level 7 All Subject Package as our main curriculum will be a great fit for us and we will be able to stay on track (without this mama having to rearrange everything a million times)! Julia is enrolled in the following courses this year:

  • Introduction to Drawing
  • Learning Through Cinema: Middle School
  • Beginning Sewing

Thank you for checking out our 7th grade homeschool curriculum picks! Do you want to see our 2017-2018 homeschool plan & fun books, our 5th grade curriculum, or our 9th grade curriculum? Check out these posts below:

2017-2018 Plan & Fun Books

5th Grade Curriculum

9th Grade Curriculum

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

The 2017-2018 school year is quickly sneaking up on us. Are you ready?

I don't know about all of you, but I really struggled with making decisions this year (at least for Jack)! I just submitted our list of 5th grade homeschool curriculum to be purchased yesterday. After much debate I decided to try out Bookshark's Level 3 All Subject Package. I love that Bookshark uses an age range for their levels and has a customization feature. Bookshark Level 3 is for children ages 8-11. Jack is 10, so I think this level is perfect fit for his core 5th grade homeschool curriculum.

What does Bookshark's Level 3 include? How did I customize it?

Below you will find everything included in the Level 3 All Subject Package. I will note any customization selections I made.

Reading with History
Read-Alouds 3

  • The Sign of the Beaver
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Johnny Tremain
  • Toliver's Secret
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
  • Walk the World's Rim
  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse
  • Swift Rivers
  • Child's Introduction to Poetry
  • Secret of the Sealed Room
  • Winter Danger

History 3

  • History 3 Instructor's Guide
  • If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution
  • Pedro's Journal
  • The Landmark History of the American People, Volume 1
  • North American Indians
  • The Lewis & Clark Expedition
  • Children's Encyclopedia of American History
  • Beginner's American History
  • Timeline Figures- 3

Level 3 Regular Readers

  • Pocahontas and the Strangers
  • The Matchlock Gun
  • Meet Thomas Jefferson
  • Phoebe the Spy
  • Meet George Washington
  • Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble
  • The Cabin Faced West
  • Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims
  • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
  • A Lion to Guard Us
  • Om-kas-toe

Language Arts

  • Language Arts 3 Instructor's Guide
  • Wordly Wise Book 3 (This is a supplement-I have used Wordly Wise with Kenten and Julia in the past and it was a great addition. I am hoping it will be a good fit for Jack this year.)

Science

  • Real Science 4 Kids: Biology, Level 1
  • The Usborne First Encyclopedia of Seas and Oceans
  • Usborne Science Encycloedia
  • The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body
  • Mysteries and Marvels of Nature
  • Discover & Do Level 3 DVD
  • TOPS 38-Green Thumbs: Radishes
  • TOPS 39- Green Thumbs: Corn & Beans
  • Listening to Crickets
  • Science 3 Instructor's Guide
  • Science Supplies Kit 3
  • Lyrical Life Science-Volumes 1 & 2 (This is a supplement-I have never heard of Lyrical Life Science before, but it looks like a fun add-on.)

Math

  • Teaching Textbooks 4 (Customization-I opted to switch from Math U See: Gamma to TT4. Kenten and Julia made the switch from Singapore Math to Teaching Textbooks last year after Christmas. It has been a wonderful fit for them, and I am hoping that it works out for Jack too.)

Handwriting

  • Handwriting Without Tears: Cursive Handwriting

Spelling

  • All About Spelling Level 2 (Customization- I opted to drop the recommended Spelling You See: Wild Tales. A few years ago I purchased All About Spelling Level 1 for Jack, but he was not able to complete it until this past school year. Since he is comfortable with this program we will use it all the way through.)

Required Resources
Please note that if you already own the "Required Resources", you can remove this package from your bundle. Since this is our first year using Bookshark we purchased these items.

  • D-Ring 3-inch Binder with Tabs
  • Markable Map
  • Markable Map Markers
  • The Timeline Book

Will we be using anything other than Bookshark for our 5th grade homeschool curriculum?

Yes, we will adding on these STEM materials.
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We will also continue using the reading program ABeCeDarian. Jack completed Level A last year and then moved onto Level B. We have been working through Level B all summer.  I don't know if it is the program itself or if Jack was just finally ready to read, but this is the first program that has worked for us! You can learn more about ABeCeDarian here. Although you can purchase the materials directly from the company I usually purchase mine from Amazon. Here are the books that we are currently working through:

I hestitated to share what levels we will be using for spelling and reading this year. I know that typical 5th grade homeschool curriculum lists normally use much higher levels, but I guess that is one of the perks of homeschooling... We get to use materials that are customized for our children. I am proud of the progress my little man is making!

Homeschool Partnership
Last year we joined a homeschool partnership. Jack CANNOT wait until the partnership starts back up. The partnership is one of the reasons I decided to go with Bookshark. Bookshark follows a 4-day schedule, so I will not have to rearrange our curriculum to attend Thursday's classes. This year Jack is enrolled in:

  • Elementary Computers
  • Learning Through Cinema: Elementary
  • Martial Arts & P.E.

Phew... That is quite the list! No wonder it took me so long to sort everything out. Thank you for checking out our 5th grade homeschool curriculum plans. Do you want to see our overall 2017-2018 plan & fun books, 7th Grade curriculum picks, or 9th Grade curriculum picks? Click one of the images below.

 

2017-2018 Plan & Books

7th GradeCurriculum

9th Grade Curriculum

2017-2018 Homeschool Plan

Summer is coming to an end and schools plans are being finalized... Are you ready for the upcoming school year? Check out our 2017-2018 homeschool plan below!

Last year we joined a brand new homeschool partnership, which opened up so many new opportunities for my family. One of the biggest opportunities is being able to partake in a "full time seat waiver" program. This program allows me to homeschool my children without having to pay for their curriculum. The trade off is that on paper my children appear to be public school students. Anyone who knows me knows that I am NOT fully anti-public school, so I simply see this as a technicality. The reward (thousands of dollars in free materials) far outweighs this technicality--at least to me! Since our budget drastically increased I decided to change up our 2017-2018 homeschool plan.

So what exactly are we going to be doing this year?

For the first time we will be using boxed curriculum kits from Bookshark. Before anyone bites my head off--YES, I know that this is a NEUTRAL vs. SECULAR program. I am ok with that! In the past we have used many nonsecular materials, and we adjusted as needed to fit our family. I will make adjustments and supplement if I stumble across any worrisome areas just as I have done in the past.

What Bookshark levels will we be using?

My children are going into 5th, 7th, and 9th grade. We will be using the following levels:

  • Level 3 All Subject Package
  • Level 7 All Subject Package
  • Level 100 American History & Literature

I love that Bookshark uses levels with age ranges rather than one grade specific title. As I have mentioned in the past, my youngest son Jack has special needs. I never really worried about what grade the books were labeled before, but as he is getting older he is aware of these things. On a number of occasions he has been upset because he was "behind", so I think he will be more comfortable this year knowing that he is in his age range level.

Over the next few days I will be sharing individual posts for 5th, 7th, and 9th grade so you can see what each level includes, and how I customized them for my children.

Will I be using anything other than Bookshark's boxed curriculum?

Yes, we will be supplementing with Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree, Editor in Chief: Level 3, Friendly Biology, and adding in STEM and art materials (which I will include in my individual grade posts). I also purchased a ton of fun science and history graphic novels. I love adding books to our home library every chance that I get... I just couldn't resist these graphic novels!

 

 

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Check out our 5th Grade, 7th Grade, and 9th Grade 2017-2018 curriculum picks.