Home High School Curriculum {Dylan}

9/30/2016

Dylan, who is 16, is home this school year with the intention of pursuing of a degree in Music when he graduates, so the plan is to have him start dual enrollment in the spring. It took me several weeks (and a lot of prayer) to get to the place where I was willing to loosen my grip on the steering wheel and let him take control, but we are both happy now that I have. Instead of getting on him to do his school, I pray and encourage him towards his goal. To cheer him on this week, I printed out the AFA degree requirements and information on the music program at the college and set a date for him to take the ACT. This week, I will celebrate that he has an opportunity to record his first two iTunes ready tracks in a professional studio (totally a God thing!) and be flexible with his schedule.

It was my decision to homeschool Dylan for the rest of high school, but I could not have followed through with it if he had not acquiesced. If he had given me any pushback, what so ever, I would have waved the white flag. In fact, I didn't order his curriculum until after the first day of public school. Thinking he would try to change my mind, I was literally holding my breath right up until that day. Then, not wanting to waste time or money, I prayed and prayed over curriculum and made my final decisions with much peace in my heart.


Teaching Textbooks Algebra II
Economics for Everybody
Introductory Logic
Student Writing Intensive C  / The Elegant Essay 
Teaching the Classics / Windows to the World

I'm very happy and excited about IEW's writing and lit for him. I am doing the Teaching Writing Structure and Style (TWSS) so I will be one step ahead of him and available to help if he asks. Logic and Economics are to instill Godly and intelligent thinking and wise use of money. Dylan is an audio learner, so that explains all the DVD based learning, which will be perfect for independent learning, too.

Our Home School Home {Continued}

9/15/2016
September 2016

I moved the 4x4 Kallax to the home library/office. It collected a terrible amount of dust in the dining room and never stayed clean and orderly. It sits behind me now and has stayed clean for a month now! In its place, I had my husband install a 4x8 white board! I'm geeking out over IEW's writing - I've converted to using pens in my homeschool, of all things! (I love pencil!). If you've watched the TWSS you'll know what I mean.

Our books are in stations around the house - Bo has a desk and his own whiteboard for All About Reading Level 1 and his books are stored neatly on stop like a little station, while his handwriting and supplies are neatly in the drawer. His Math U See is on the living room table, where we have room to spread out and use the manipulatives. We do projects and science experiments at both tables, depending on which is in use at the time.

Malachi is often found camped out on the blue couch with his basket of books on the table or floor next to the couch. He can also be found at the round coffee table or the white desk in the dining room to do his math or Veritas Self Paced History at the computer (or watch a documentary). The cat can be found in any of the windows - preferably an open one.

I keep both Malachi and Eliana's spelling and reading in the 2nd white desk in the dining room at their white board (with all of the tiles on the board). The board is a little high for my liking, but I can't lower it because of the outlet beneath it. But, I finally had the idea to put the letter tiles at the bottom of the board!! Now, I don't have to stand to build a word. So nice. I keep Eliana's binder which houses her activity book for Level 4, to the right of the desk on one of the lower shelves. She pulls out several lessons at a time and puts them on a clipboard for lesson time.

We do our IEW at the couch and have tea or hot cocoa while watching the DVD. The kids hand write their rough draft (in pen!) and then type their final draft on the computer at the white desk in the dining room.

I love our little stations around the house! It feels more organized and I have everything I need where I need it.

My office library has still not been tidied of books. Sigh. I do have them more organized than ever before but many still need to go.

Living room with school table and coffee table... the far corner under the cork board is where all my Prairie Primer stuff is, including the book basket on top of the bookshelf. I haven't really decided what will go in the 2x4 by the stairs.


School table in living room and Math U See station with blocks. Lab coats hung on the wall! :) 


Bo's reading station to the left. Malachi's hang out to the right. Cat in the window... :)


Bo's reading books and supplies. 


Malachi and Eliana's reading/spelling station and rolling cart with their books and supplies. 


Reading and spelling in the right drawer. Left drawer is my stuff. 


Close up of the rolling cart, shelves with reading binder, and basket with cloth napkins and placemats at the bottom. 


The 4x8 whiteboard! That is 1/8" white panel board from Home Depot, hung with mirror clips. The markable map was put up with duck tape on the back, but has already fallen down. 


The 4x4 moved to the office library. Elli helped me decorate it with Five in a Row books and stuff to go along. 


Where I'm sitting right now... 

...still some organizing to do!

We just moved the boys into the big boy's old room, so I need bed frames for them still. But here they are on a sleepy morning - Bo with all his stuffed animals ♥...




and Malachi with his...


Elli is in the little boys old room, so she has their twin/full bunk bed to herself. 


I moved all my sewing up to the laundry room. I love having my machine out at all times! Bo asked me to sew a pocket for him and I actually did it right away. When he asked me again, I told him I had already sewed it! He was so surprised, haha. This isn't a great pic, but here's Elli working on her nine patch pillow for Plum Creek.


Here's a favorite corner in my bedroom, which is connected to the laundry room/master closest. 


The book, which was a gift from a dear friend, sits on the chair for times when I am able to slow and enjoy the peace and quiet while kids are at soccer or at play. It sits opposite our king bed, which is where I often sit to read to the kids on chilly nights (I have an electric blanket!). I will often also sit in the rocking chair in the little boys' room to read in the summer where the fan blows cool air from the east windows of the house. 


This is the closest I'll get to photographing the 16 year old's room, which was Jordan's old room... :) 


That's all I have taken photos of. I've rearranged the kitchen recently as well, but not sure I have a pic... nope - just a pic from when the school table was in the kitchen. I kinda miss it in there, but it was too crowded.


Playing around with cloth napkin curtains! :)  


Aren't the poppies pretty, though? They were growing wild along the walking path by the creek, so Elli picked some to bring home. 


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Here is the before, updated January 15, 2016...





and in 2011 shortly after Bo was born. 


I am always rearranging. It's how I clean and organize. So, this post will be continued... :) 


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