February 7, 2018

Curriculum Changes Once Again

Choosing curriculum can be one of the hardest parts I've found to homeschooling. I always seem to think I have found what is going to work best for my boys and then they hate it or I hate the layout once we really get into it. 

We have made some changes to our curriculum this school year and what I  have picked has been amazing to take place of what we were using! 

First up was Science. I had chosen the Cambridge Primary Science for both of my boys in level 4 and 6. The material was so dry and boring once we really got into it that I stopped using it pretty early on! We made the switch to The Good and Beautiful Science curriculum and I can't say enough good about it!! We decided to study Intro to Energy and Meteorology!
 We are loving Science now and plan to continue using it for the years ahead. 



Our next change was Spelling. Spellwell just wasn't a good fit for my boys. We also dropped Growing with Grammar as I felt it was just too much like busy work and not enough retention when my boys were using it. Next was the Maps and Geography it was too easy and my boys flew right through it. There was nothing really wrong with it they just found it to be too easy and not enough of a challenge. So you are probably asking yourself well why aren't you telling us what you chose to use instead for each of those. Most of the time you would need to find separate curriculum for each. I was lucky enough to find that The Good and Beautiful offers Language Arts curriculum that includes; Reading, Writing, Literature, Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Vocabulary, Geography, and Art!!

Yep it covers it all!!! So we only needed one book! And better yet Levels 1-5 are free downloads!! No I am not sponsored I am just LOVING this curriculum!!!

So that's where we are at! The rest of the curriculum for History and Math has worked out really well!

January 9, 2018

Dr. Bonyfide Review


Long time no post! I am back after several computer issues and with a brand new review!! 

I was given the option to do a review on the Dr. Bonyfide set from Timberdoodle! 



When I say these books are amazing, I truly mean it! There is 4 books in the set and they are all based on the skeletal system. 

Here is what the books cover

Book 1- Hands, Arm, and Shoulder
Book 2- Foot, Leg, and Pelvis
Book 3- Rib Cage and Spine
Book 4- Head, Face, and Neck

My 4th grader was just as excited about them as I was when they came in the mail! 


He got started with them right away. 

What he liked about the books was the fun cartoons in them. I don't think he realized he was learning as he went through the first book.

 Another bonus is they can use these books independently!

The book even showed some sign language which he has now asked to learn more in depth! 



Another fun aspect he enjoyed were the fun glasses that he could see the secret words and activities in when a page had them. 



Here's an example of a page they have to use the glasses on to see the answer in the bone. 

 


The Dr. Bonyfide book set is amazing and fun! We plan to continue through the rest of the books over the next year and learn all about the bones in our bodies!



I highly recommend these books if you are studying the Human Body!!! You can check them out at Timberdoodle!

(I was given the book in this review by Timberdoodle, but all opinions are my own)