Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Planning 2012-2013 School Year ALREADY?!?!

I actually rolled all the weeks into one post

First, let me share the family schoolroom rules...

I take my hat off to all the wonderful blogging Homeschool Moms who are already planned, prepared, and organized for this coming school year...can you come to my house???  PLEASE???

So, I'm now inspired to get my game face on...Thank you all!!!!

Our School room

We moved a few months ago, and I do miss our fun schoolroom wall that my creative hubbs made for us...sniff, sniff 

Here's a tribute to THE WALL

Here is our new set up - The Wall has been replaced by a big window which I do love too; and we finally found a spot for the wood letters I made for the office

Curriculum for 2012-2013 School year

My Saving-Grace this year... 
Is it weird that getting this planner was better than Christmas????  I absolutely LOVE IT!!!  It has everything for school & household (including tear-out shopping lists, report cards, and a huge section for planning the Christmas holiday season) - WOW!   When I saw the first article in the planner started with "Successful Homeschooling for the Scatterbrain", I knew we were meant for each other.

English, Math, Spelling, & History - Grades 4 & 5

We had a very successful school year doing the Rod & Staff curriculum for our core subjects.  It's extremely simple to follow & teach (might I add easy on the budget too) so we're going to stick with it again for this year.  It's laid out so you do 1 lesson a day which I appreciate for it's simplicity.

We began the "Flat Stanley" project at the very end of this past year as a fun geography project and they loved it.  So, this year, we're going to put a map of the world on the wall, and place pins on where "Flat Anna" and "Flat Summer" travel to throughout the year and study the countries they visit.  The girls will then make a scrapbook of their adventures.  
We LOVE doing Apologia Science.  We will be working through "Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy & Physiology".  This has wonderful experiments like putting a tooth (that NATURALLY fell out...just wanted to clarify) in coke to watch it be eaten (I'd like to think it turns them off from all things sugar - here's hoping), make an edible cell (with Jello, Skittles, Twizzlers...), make a clay little person...and LOTS more.

We also have the companion journal which my girls love working in.  It has scripture memory, crossword puzzles, mini lap books, and places for illustrations & journaling.  We started this book this past year, but were privileged to do a lot of cross-country traveling, so science was the subject that didn't get worked on as much as we hoped.

Exploring Creation 
Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day
For the spring semester, we're also planning on doing "Exploring Creation - Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day"  

This also has the companion notebooking journal. This has many different activities that we love.

Bible with some history...
This year we're going to do the Apologia "Who is my neighbor - Biblical World View on Servanthood"  I've read many positive reviews on this curriculum, just got it today and we can't wait to get into it.

 As always, Apologia created a companion notebooking journal that DID NOT disappoint!  It has a lot of fun activities that go with the textbook.

Here are my cuter-than-ever students...

Miss Vanna White
The newest "Deadliest Catch" crew member
Every year I look forward to being a part of sowing new things The Lord wants to instill into my girls.  I'm humbled by how much God is doing in and through them.  I'm honored by the opportunity to be their teacher & Mom.

Here's to another year of God's teaching & blessing - and serving HIM as a family.


  1. I'm glad you found the blog roll; I haven't even "advertised" it yet. There is no time frame or "rules" as to when and what you need to post regarding Apologia. The blog roll is just a way for other Apologia users to find each other.

    I'm not at all prepared for our school year next year. I originally wanted to start August 1, but we are in the process of building a house and it won't be done until the end of August. In the meantime, we are in a rental, and I just have no motivation to get organized. I know I need to though. Plus, being pregnant, and tired doesn't help.

    I plan on typing up a post about our curriculum once I finally get it all ordered. I have one more order to place and we should be set.

    I love your family rules sign; did you make that?

    Your new school room looks great too; I can't wait to get into our new house and get ours all set up!

    Have a happy 4th!!


  2. I'm looking forward to seeing your curriculum. Good to know I'm not the only one not quite organized...although you have a much better reason than me - hehe!

  3. Love your family rules, I need to create and post ours. We chose several items from R&S this year. I'm hoping they are a great fit for us. I keep seeing Who is My Neighbor in blogger land I need to check it out sounds interesting. Wishing our a fantastic school year.

    1. This is our second year with R&S - it's simple which I love. We did our first lesson in "Who is My Neighbor yesterday and they LOVED it!! It's a pretty long story about a Chinese family who fled China and a Christian family helped them...it's very engaging even to my short-attention-span daughter. I'm thrilled with it!

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