The girls have spent a lot of time on the beach near our campsite building castles, digging like dogs, finding seashells, rolling down the dune, and anything else they can think of. I think they secretly have a bet going of who can bring the most sand back on their bodies. I'm not sure who's ahead right now, I just know that I'm losing - and the vacuum cleaner is getting tired.
When it's not "sand time" one of the things that we're doing is homeschool stuff. Alexis has started her 2nd grade curriculum and is doing very well. Kaitlyn has started her 4-year old preschool curriculum and likes it for the most part, except when she has to color something yellow - she does NOT like coloring with the yellow crayon.
What our second grade looks like:
We love this bible curriculum. It's called Beginnings II - God's Promises and does a good job going through the Old Testament in 150 lessons. We're about half-way through it right now and it presents the scripture very well for young readers. Alexis either reads the lessons to herself or aloud and then answers the questions that follow. I highly recommend this curriculum.
This is not my first choice of science curriculum for Alexis. However, it is a good overview of general topics such as: How do butterflies turn into caterpillars?, Life cycles, How is a fox different from a wolf?, How does a seed turn into a plant?, etc. Next semester we will be digging a little deeper into topics using the Apologia curriculum. You must check out Apologia if you have never heard of it. It's wonderful!
We will be ordering this in June. You have to check out their website and read about the program and their statement of faith. There are different levels for different ages. The K-3 is a three level course that makes Spanish really easy to learn. We can't wait to start it.
We will also be purchasing this in June. I'm really excited to finally have an excellent history curriculum that is biblically based and chocked full of resources, activities, projects, and much, much more. You just have to go to their website to understand how amazing this program really is.
We've also started to do some typing lessons - learning the "home row" and getting comfortable typing the home row keys without looking. I didn't purchase any curriculum for this. All I do is bring up the notepad on the computer, type in approximately 20 3-letter "words" using the home row keys and have Alexis copy it right underneath. It works out really well. I'm able to keep track of the characters missed and time her progress.
One of the things that is really important to me is documentation of our schooling efforts. I have found the ultimate tool for that and am completely in love with it. Homeschool Tracker Plus is a lifesaver for homeschooling moms. You just enter your schooling data each day while the kids complete their work and all the various reports, analyses, and schedules are right at your fingertips. There are so many tools you can use in this program that a single person would probably never use absolutely everything that it offers. But, trust me, you'll want to try. It's awesome!
If you have any questions about the above curriculum or tracker program, don't be afraid to ask.