If you listened to my latest podcast, you know we are in the midst of a major homeschooling overhaul, so bear with me if this weekly review seems a bit disjointed!
I have owned The Peaceful Preschool from The Peaceful Press for about a year now. I got it as part of a homeschooling bundle sale last year (I pretty much bought the entire bundle just so I could have this curriculum!) However, I was already knee-deep in A Year of Playing Skillfully, so I tabled The Peaceful Preschool until this year.
Related post: Review of The Peaceful Preschool
Now, I must admit, I did the Letter A unit last year (and you can get it for FREE here>>), but when I asked my 3 & 5 year olds if they wanted to skip it this year, they said NO! So, we did it again with a little tweak – we included the Cinnamon Unit Study from Martha Greene’s Sugar & Spice Unit Studies collection. That way, we were including ALL of the children!
Read more about our Apples & Cinnamon Unit Study >>
So, I’m giving you all of that background just to say that we started (but didn’t finish) this week with the Letter B in The Peaceful Preschool, plus we are doing some of the activities from A Summer of Playing Skillfully as well!
We read Blueberries for Sal and pretended to be Sal and Little Bear kerplink, kerplank, kerplunking our blueberries into our buckets!
We also discovered this gem of a book! This is a MUST HAVE for every large family! So cute! (We bought the board book version.)
One of the projects we did from A Summer of Playing Skillfully was something called Nature’s Paintbrushes where we went outside and found foliage to use as paintbrushes. This worked out really well because we had had a storm and there were a lot of downed limbs to choose from! However, I will say – this project is MESSY – so beware!
Related post: Review of A Year of Playing Skillfully
I spent a lot of time this past week prepping curriculum for our older children as well. That has been quite a chore! First of all, my 7-13 year olds are going to be doing The Precious People curriculum, also from The Peaceful Press. I sent the .pdf file off to be printed by the Homeschool Printing Company, and just got it back, so I’ll be working on it more now that I have it in hand.
See my Review of The Precious People:
My oldest daughter is going to be doing Ambleside Year 12 as her “gap year.” She is finished with all of her graduation requirements, but by her own admission, she’s not ready for college and would like to keep going for a bit with her studies at home. She will be doing Advanced Biology from Apologia (she’s an artist and photographer, so this is a perfect choice for her!) as well as the Bible study and contemporary readings required by Ambleside. I chose to buy most of the required books (and got some really great deals on used books from Amazon!). She is keeping them all in a basket that includes an assignment folder so she can keep track of everything.
We also started a Morning Basket routine. It’s pretty rough at this point, so I’m not quite ready to talk about it, but soon, I hope! Suffice it to say, while we were on vacation, I read Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s book For the Children’s Sake for the first time, and saw where so much of our homeschooling already mirrored Charlotte Mason, but how I would love to add in more elements. A Morning Basket seemed like the best way to do this.
We are also beginning the transition to Teaching Textbook’s web version [TT 3.0], so the kids have been having fun picking new “buddies” and backgrounds.
Read my review of Teaching Textbooks Online Version >>
Since my husband returned from deployment, we haven’t really been on track with our homeschooling, so it was nice to dive back in with a refreshed and relaxed outlook! I still have more work to do to fully prepare for the upcoming school year, but I’m pleased with where we are right now!