This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 15th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Literature based approach.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

2019 ~ 2020 NOT Back to {Home}School ~ Homeschooling my Final 4: Plan of Study

The week is flying by and our time in Oklahoma with Madison is winding down, but I am excited to share our 2019 ~ 2020 Plan of Study with you today! If you are like me, I know you have spent hours and hours researching curriculums. Fortunately, because I have been doing this for 11 years I don’t have to spend too many hours researching. I know what works for my children and I strive to meet their individual needs as well. So as a word of advice, if you find that something does not work for your child's learning style, do not slug through the year just because you already have the curriculum. Trust me, I have done that and it's not worth the headache and heartache. Also, if something doesn’t work mid-year…change! No sense in trying to do something that is not working.

This year I have 4 students, grades 11, 7, 4, and Kindergarten. Many of the curriculum is the same as the last child has used but we do have some changes. One of the biggest changes this year is that we are switching back to Sonlight for our main Bible/History/Literature curriculum. It became evident earlier this year that the TOG online co-op we belonged to would no longer work for all of my children. I agonized about what to do and like the faithful God that He is, the path we were to take was placed right in front of me. Now, I am some what of a stubborn girl and it took me a bit to get the hint. But once I did, I took off running and planning for my girls.

Sonlight has worked for my two graduates, so I am eager to get started with this literature rich curriculum with my younger children again. This year we will be using Cores 100, 400, H, D, and PreK 4/5. Unfortunately, we are not all able to be studying the same time period. However, I have been through these Cores before so I already know the material which will make things a bit easier on me. I did upgrade some of the Instructor’s Guides (IG) and some of the books.

Let’s dive right in and see what we are going to be studying!


Bible ~ Sonlight Bible 420

Math ~ Saxon Advanced Mathematics (Pre-Calculus) with lecture instruction with Mom and Art Reed DVD’s 

Honors Physics ~ Conceptual Physics from Clover Creek Physics with Mrs. Jetta (online)

Honors English 3 
~ Rod & Staff 9/10 Bk 2
~ IEW Fix- It Grammar Bk 3 & 4
~ Veritas Press Composition (online)
~ Sonlight Core 430 Literature 

History/Geography ~ Sonlight Core 100: US History

Foreign Language ~ German I with Mrs. Cruz (online)      
   PE ~ Level 10 competitive gymnastics Team, 30 hours/week

~ Sonlight Core 420: American Gov't & Civics    
 ~ Sonlight Core 670: AP Micro/Macro Economics 
~ LifePac Business Information Technology

Electives at Co-op *for credit
~ * Art
~ Study hall
~ Life Skills
~ * Dave Ramsey Personal Finance
~ * Yearbook/Photography

~ SAT/ACT study  1 hr/day

Morning Time Recitations for 7th grade

Bible ~ Sonlight Core H

Math ~ Saxon 8/7 with Mom and DIVE lecture

Science ~ Apologia General Science, 3rd edition

Language Arts ~ Rod & Staff Grammar, Bk 7
IEW Fix-It Grammar, Bk 2
 Rod & Staff Spelling, Bk 8
Vocabulary Doodles
 Sonlight Core H Literature

History/Geography ~ Sonlight Core H: World History, Part II

Foreign Language ~ Memoria Press First Form Latin, 1/2 pace

Fine Arts ~ Zeezok Music Appreciation

PE ~ Softball in fall (SYAA) and Spring (SCA)

Electives at Co-op
~ Art
~ Life Skills
~ Study Hall
~ Animal Behavioral Science

~ Girl Scout Cadette


Morning Time Recitations for 4th Grade

Bible ~ Sonlight Core D

Math ~ Saxon 5/4 with Mom
Monthly Math packets (hands-on learning)

Science ~ Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics (Young Explorers Series)

Language Arts ~ Rod & Staff Grammar, Bk 4
Rod & Staff Spelling, Bk 4
A Reason for Handwriting, Cursive D
Sonlight Core D Literature
Monthly Grammar packets (hands-on learning)

History/Geography ~ Sonlight Core D: American History, Part I

Foreign Language ~ Memoria Press Latina Christiana, 1/2 pace

PE ~ Level 7 competitive gymnastics Team with HOPEs Training

Electives at Co-op
~ Dance
~ Legos
~ Wacky Science
~ Art
~ Our Presidents Rock

~ Girl Scout Junior


Morning Time Recitations for Kindergarten

Bible ~ Sonlight Core PreK 4/5

Math ~ Saxon 1
Math Made Fun K (hands-on learning)

Science ~ at Co-op

Language Arts ~ Moffatt Girls Phonemic Awareness
Moffatt Girls Phonics Made Fun, Level A
Moffatt Girls Ready 2 Read, Lv 1
Sonlight Core PreK 4/5 Literature
A Reason for Handwriting, Manuscript K

History/Geography ~ Sonlight Core PreK 4/5

PE ~ Shetland Baseball Fall and Spring (SYAA)

Electives at Co-op
~ Art
~ Science with Mrs. Angie
~ Magic School Bus Science
~ Elementary Spanish
~ PE

~ Cub Scout Lions

So, that is our Plan of Study in a nutshell. I know we are making the right move to return to Sonlight completely. The girls are excited about the books we will be reading and learning from so that helps me know that this was the best move for us. We also will be joining a Girl Scout troop for Montana and McKenzie as well as a Cub Scout Lion pack for Micah. He is super excited and can't wait to go camping!

2019 Annual Not Back to School Homeschool Blog Hop

What are you studying this school year? When do you start back to school? Monday is the big day for us and I am excited to get back to routine and get to learning. Be sure to check out what my CrewMates are blogging about for this Not Back to School blog hop and link up your posts below. Come back tomorrow as I go over some frequently asked questions. 

Kristen Heider @ A Mom’s Quest to Teach Theme: A Quest for a Great Homeschool Year

Patti Pierce – Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy – My Favorite Homeschooling Things
Wendy @ Life on Chickadee Lane – 5 Days of Nature Study
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning – Homeschooling my final 4  
Christine @ Life’s Special Necessities – Yes! You Can Homeschool Your Special Needs Child
Sally M – Tell the Next Generation – Tips for Homeschooling Struggling Learners  

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