Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci Tale (Review Crew)

Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere by Ann McCallum - HomeWithPurpose.net

I’m a huge proponent of literature based learning – in EVERY subject.

Yes, even math and science! What better way to learn skills and facts than in the context in which they were developed or discovered, or in a story where they’re actually being used? I’ve always used literature to supplement our studies in these subjects: biographies of famous scientists and mathematicians, fun “math adventure” books, etc.

Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere from Ann McCallum Books falls into that latter category. It’s a fun picture book designed to teach the concept of the Fibonacci sequence to young children through a story. The Fibonacci sequence is a pattern of numbers in which each number equals the sum of the previous two numbers (so: 0…1…1…2…3…5…8…13…21 and so on). This pattern can be seen all around us in nature, so it’s a fun concept to teach to young students! [Read more…]

Horizons Math: A Solid Homeschool Math Program (Review Crew)

Horizons Math 1st Grade Set - HomeWithPurpose.net

The new school year has arrived!

I’m in denial that my youngest is in 1st grade! How did that happen? I’m also still not as prepared as I should be, but we’re jumping in anyway, ready or not!

I’m partial to computer-based learning for math, especially in the upper grades, but one of the few textbook programs we’ve used and liked over the years for the lower grades is Horizons Math from Alpha Omega Publications. Just in time for the new year, I’ve been given the opportunity to review the Horizons 1st Grade Math Set. I received not only the two consumable student texts, but also the comprehensive teacher’s guide for this level from the publisher. Horizons 1st Grade contains 160 lessons and covers time, fractions, sets, graphs, sequencing, estimation, and more. [Read more…]

In Our Classroom: Kindergarten & Elementary Edition (February 2015)

 

In Our Classroom: Weekly updates on what days in our kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school homeschool classroom look like.

It’s time for long overdue kindergarten and elementary classroom updates!

The new year has been super busy, and we’ve been on the go so much we’ve been doing the basics academically, but not much extra. I noticed with both of my older kids, that when we had seasons when life got hectic and academics were on the back burner, they took huge leaps in their basic skills in math, reading, and writing, and in their ability to grasp concepts in areas like history and science, even though we weren’t devoting the time I would have liked to any of those areas. I’ve noticed this same phenomenon with both Kendall and Kade in recent weeks. In my mind, this is one of the biggest advantages of homeschooling. The ability to “go with the flow” of life and still see my children blossoming and advancing academically, even when our school days don’t always look like what I had envisioned, has been a real blessing to me through the years.

So, here’s where things stand right now:

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In Our Classroom: Elementary Edition (October 2014)

In Our Classroom Elementary 2014

This month’s update is short and sweet!

It’s been a light month academically for my younger two, Kendall (3rd grade) and Kade (kindergarten). We took a week off at the beginning of the month to concentrate on some decluttering and organizing around the house, and another week off while Grandma stayed with the kids while we left town for a few days! In between, we’ve been enjoying the fall weather and keeping up with the basics of reading, writing, and math. In the next week, we’ll get back to the regular routine again with a full schedule of subjects.

Here’s where things stand currently: [Read more…]

In Our Classroom: Elementary Edition (September 2014)

In Our Classroom Elementary 2014

We’re beginning to settle into the rhythm of the school year.

So far, third grade is going great for Kendall! For the first few years of elementary, the main focus has been on the “three R’s” with less time spent on things like history. Now that we have a good foundation in the basics, we’re spending a bit more time on the rest and she’s loving it!

Here’s what her last few weeks have looked like: [Read more…]

In Our Classroom: Elementary Edition (2014/2015 School Year)

In Our Classroom Elementary 2014

It’s hard to believe we already have two full weeks of school under our belt!

Kendall* (8) began third grade this year. I can’t believe she’s halfway through the elementary grades already! In addition to her schoolwork and chores at home, she’ll be taking dance classes (ballet, tap, and jazz), and participating in Awana.

To stick to my goal of keeping things simple this year, we’re going back to our homeschool “roots” with both Kendall and her younger brother (in kindergarten, watch for his update next week!).  We’re using Sonlight cores (which include history, Bible, language arts, and reading) for them both. We began our homeschool adventure with Sonlight’s original preschool program for Kaitlyn (16) back in 2001, and she used it all the way up until last year (I’ve explained recently why we decided to make the switch with her). It’s not a “light” curriculum by any means, but it is familiar and comfortable for me after using it for so many years, which makes it less stressful and time-consuming to use than new materials I’m not accustomed to. This leaves me more brain power to focus on new territory with my high schooler without sacrificing my younger kids’ quality of education!

Unlike in previous years, though, I’m doing two full cores: one for Kendall and one for Kade. With my older two, I had Kaitlyn do a full core, while Kyle tagged along or used something else that coincided with the same period of history at his level. Next week, when I share our kindergarten update, you’ll hear a little bit more from me on how that’s going.

In Our Classroom: Peanut doing math

With that background, here’s a peek at what Kendall’s doing this fall: [Read more…]