March 18, 2006

More on Sprittibee's Homeschooling Series

This post changes each year as I add each year's homeschool accomplishments, memories and favorite photos.

The 2007-8 and 2008-9 School Years don't have links yet... but come back and they will before long!


Want to find out more about homeschooling? Check out my Index for a topical list of posts. Looking for RESOURCES? Click my Resources button for a running list of all the neat sites I have found - sorted by subject! Want to know WHY I HOMESCHOOL? <--Just click that text. Want to know who in the world I am? Click the Queen Bee link up top! You can also click the homeschool category in my sidebar and a running list of recent posts that I have tagged as 'homeschool' related will appear for you to scroll through.

Each link below is a detailed post about that particular topic. For more info about each of these years, see the homeschool timeline below! This is a record of our homeschool journey. I hope it blesses you. Feel free to click a few links and browse through our past homeschool experiences!

Links to all my homeschool record posts are below...

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HOMESCHOOLING - OUR EIGHTH YEAR...

SIXTH GRADE and SEVENTH GRADE (2009-10)

Post #1 - Sixth and Seventh Grade Homeschool Book List
Post #2 - Sixth and Seventh Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Post #3 - Sixth and Seventh Grade Field Trips
Post #4 - Sixth and Seventh Grade Learning Enrichment
Post #5 - Favorite Memories from Sixth and Seventh Grade

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HOMESCHOOLING - OUR SEVENTH YEAR...

FIFTH GRADE and SIXTH GRADE (2008-9)

Post #1 - Fifth and Sixth Grade Homeschool Book List
Post #2 - Fifth and Sixth Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Post #3 - Fifth and Sixth Grade Field Trips
Post #4 - Fifth and Sixth Grade Learning Enrichment
Post #5 - Favorite Memories from Third and Fourth Grade

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HOMESCHOOLING - OUR SIXTH YEAR...

FOURTH GRADE and FIFTH GRADE (2007-8)

Post #1 - Fourth and Fifth Grade Homeschool Book List
Post #2 - Fourth and Fifth Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Post #3 - Fourth and Fifth Grade Field Trips
Post #4 - Fourth and Fifth Grade Learning Enrichment
Post #5 - Favorite Memories from Fourth and Fifth Grade

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HOMESCHOOLING - OUR FIFTH YEAR...

THIRD GRADE and FOURTH GRADE (2006-7)

Post #1 - Third and Fourth Grade Homeschool Book List
Post #2 - Third and Fourth Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Post #3 - Third and Fourth Grade Field Trips
Post #4 - Third and Fourth Grade Learning Enrichment
Post #5 - Favorite Memories from Third and Fourth Grade

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HOMESCHOOLING - OUR FOURTH YEAR...

SECOND GRADE and THIRD GRADE (2005-6)

Post #1 - My Second and Third Grade Book List
Post #2 - Second and Third Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Post #3 - Second and Third Grade Field Trips
Post #4 - Second and Third Grade Learning Enrichment
Post #5 - Favorite KONOS Memories from Second and Third Grade
Post #6 - Memories from our KONOS Rock Unit!

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HOMESCHOOLING - OUR THIRD YEAR...

FIRST GRADE and SECOND GRADE (2004-5)

Post #1 - My First and Second Grade Book List
Post #2 - First and Second Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Post #3 - First and Second Grade Field Trips
Post #4 - First and Second Grade Learning Enrichment
Post #5 - Favorite KONOS Memories from First and Second Grade
Post #6 - Government-President-Election Unit Fun!

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HOMESCHOOLING - OUR SECOND YEAR...

KINDERGARTEN and FIRST GRADE (2003-4)

Post #1 - K/1 Homeschool Year Book List
Post #2 - K/1 Homeschool Year Curriculum
Post #3 - K/1 Educational Computer Games (decided to do all the games instead)
Post #4 - K/1 Homeschool Year Field Trips
Post #5 - Learning Enrichment Ideas for Kindergarten and First Grade
Post #6 - Favorite KONOS Memories from Kindergarten and First Grade
Post #7 - KONOS Kings and Queens Unit Fun

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HOMESCHOOLING - OUR FIRST YEAR...

PRESCHOOL and KINDERGARTEN (2001-2)

Post #1 - First Year Homeschool Field Trips (PK/K)
Post #2 - First Year Homeschool Book List (PK/K)
Post #3 - First Year Homeschool Computer Games (PK/K)
Post #4 - First Year Homeschool Curriculum (PK/K)
Post #5 - Learning Enrichment Ideas for Kindergarten and Preschool
Post #6 - Favorite KONOS Memories from Kindergarten and Preschool
Post #7 - KONOS Indian Unit Fun

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SPRITTIBEE'S HOMESCHOOL TIMELINE:

- My first year to homeschool was 2001-2 (when they were 4.5 and 2.5 years old). We began homeschooling the same month that 9/11 happened. We began Preschool and Kindergarten materials at home that year.

- After financial difficulty and some unforeseen natural disaster events that forced us to move out of our home, we placed our kids in private school for the 2002-3 school year. My son had to do Kindergarten over that year due to him being so much younger than the First Graders. My daughter (quite obviously) did Preschool activities or napped! They ended that school year at ages 6 and 4.

- The following year, my husband and I decided to bring the kiddos home again to homeschool. I gave a little background in my 'Why I Homeschool' post previously. We started off our second year of homeschooling (in 2003-4) doing Kindergarten for Morgan and First Grade for Kaden (they ended the year at ages 7 and 5).

- During the summer of 2004, we moved (you'll notice that we move a lot due to my husband's job). We started the new homeschool year for 2004-5 in a new city and a new house. It was fun making new friends and joining a wonderful co-op. The kids also had a great time in an all-homeschool choir. Kaden completed 2nd Grade, and Morgan completed 1st Grade (ending the year at ages 8 and 6).

- We sold our home the same month that school began in the 2005-6 homeschool year. We moved yet again (this time out of state) for my husband's job in the Fall of 2005. We began co-oping with a group of KONOS moms in our new state and homeschooled until the late summer of 2006. The kids were 9 and 7 at the end of the school year and had completed both 3rd (Kaden) and 2nd (Morgan) Grades.

- We began 2006-7 in August. The children were 8 and 10 and we were still in our little apartment in Arkansas. Kaden was in 4th Grade. Morgan was in 3rd. We had quite a few memorable vacations and field trips for our school year. At the end of the year (June 2007) we packed up and moved back home to Texas.

- Back in Texas in 2007, we found a house and moved in. 2007-8 school year began at the very end of August. My kids were 11 and 9, and 4th and 5th Grades. We joined our old co-op and did Robotics for Kaden as an extra curricular activity. Kaden's team won regionals and we went to Nationals in Michigan, driving on a cross-the-country 'field trip' from TX to MI and back. What a fun and memorable experience that was!

- 2008-9 school year began in August and fizzled out in March with the edition of a new baby, born March 17th. It was a thrilling and educational process for the kids to learn about pregnancy and childbirth. They also participated in choir all year and did many concerts, and played in a fancy piano recital. At the end of the year, Kaden was 12 and Morgan, 9. 4th and 5th Grades kind of blended in to the next school year since we carried over some of our leftover work when we started up 5th and 6th in July 2009.

- Our hardest year ever... they say that there's usually one year that tests a homeschool mom's resolve to the razor's edge. This year was it for me. There have been tears shed and much feelings of failure trying to adapt to being mom of a wee baby and teacher to tweens who are turning in to teens faster than a New York Minute! Our 2009-2010 school year not only was difficult, but it still hasn't ENDED. We weren't able to get my plans accomplished for the year, so we made the difficult decision to just continue this year through the beginning of 2010-2011's year until we are done. Hopefully it will happen before Christmas because mama has another bun in the oven and would love to start NEW curriculum and plans by January. Kaden is still in Seventh, so he'll be a half a year behind in Math, but is far ahead in most other subjects. Morgan is in Sixth still, and is a grade ahead - so she'll be only 1/2 year ahead in Math until we catch up to where we were. They are currently 11 and 13. Of course, baby brother is 17 months... and baby [sister?] is due Feb. 11th of 2011.

- I'll be updating this post with 2010-11 at the end of next summer. Be looking for it in then. Here's hoping all of you (and us) have a super school year!

Come back and visit to hear more as we write our homeschool history!



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7 comments:

Rhonda said...

I can't wait to see the Kings and Queens unit. We're doing the Middle Ages in history next year and I know you'll have lots of great activity ideas.

(BTW, did you get my email last week?)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Heather, I can't wait to read your 3rd grade info. We are doing 2nd grade Abeka right now and switching to KONOS in April. I am teaching Medieval KONOS right now in our co-op so I am waiting to hear what else you did. Thanks for all the info. Even though it is for younger kids, I do learn a lot from your experiences. sue in FL

Sprittibee said...

Thanks Rhonda... it will be coming this week or next, depending on how long it takes me to get them up. I have already done the typing, but it takes time to format and add links.

Sue... My 2/3 Grade stuff is right behind this set. I have the paperwork set to go through... I just have to get this all posted before I start. I am typing all my hand-written and computer generated notes into a spreadsheet that is broken down into categories (books, field trips, computer programs, learning enrichment, & Konos Activities) and then copying each column respectively to post on the blog. Obviously, the most time consuming part is the typing. It usually takes a day or two to read all that fine print and get it typed into the spreadsheet (and I can only spare that much time effectively on a weekend - when there are much less distractions and to-do items!).

Hopefully I'll be fully caught up by the end of April so I can start logging this year properly and get my gradebook created. I have not done report cards like I did last year. I miss that. With all of life's distractions, it has been a whirlwind... and my routine has taken quite a beating! Praying I can keep my "groove" and become more consistent with everything!

monica garcia said...

Hi,I like to know about konos,I don't know that material,because I a new homeschool mom of 2 boys, 15 and 11, but I using apologia and saxon for math.

Heather said...

Monica - You can check out KONOS by going to a local homeschool book fair (in Texas they usually have book fairs in May & June - depending on where you live), or you can check it out at their website at www.konos.com - any time!

ByHISgoodGrace said...

Hi there,
I will definitely be back to learn more about your homeschooling journey! Love what you have to say.

affordable high school said...

I am teaching Medieval KONOS right now in our co-op so I am waiting to hear what else you did. Thanks for all the info. Even though it is for younger kids, I do learn a lot from your experiences. sue in FL

 

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