Today was our official first day for the 2012-2013 school year. Yes, we started ON Labor Day. We had no special plans for the day and have been on break for a couple of weeks anyway because we do school through the summer so why not kick off the new year with a review of the history of Labor Day? I believe that every day is a day to learn. It doesn’t matter if we pull books out, we are always learning something.
In addition to discussing Labor Day, we also got started on our new Math curriculum. My youngest is using the Pre-Algebra software from A Plus TutorSoft and did very well today. In fact, I left him with the assignment and went into another room to watch the Chalk Dust Algebra I DVD with the older two and when I came back, he had done 6 lessons and got all of the answers correct in his workbook. You may be wondering why I have my oldest, a senior, doing Algebra I again…well, she has really struggled in math and I am having her watch the videos and do the exercises along with my 10th grader so she can review.
One thing that we didn’t get to start today, because I didn’t order it in time, is our American History. We are going to be digging into how our country came to be and some of the important events that shaped who we are today through the All American History program from Bright Ideas Press. I can’t wait to get started! Hopefully it will arrive this week.
Since this is an election year, we will obviously get to learn a lot about the election process. I have always loved unit studies and will be using Cindy Downes President and Elections Unit with my youngest (although the older two will obviously learn from it as well). Although not part of the unit, he started reading The Kid Who Ran For President today. I will take some vocabulary words from it and make a list for him on Spelling City and when he finishes the book, he will take a quiz on Book Adventure.
I plan on posting more about our homeschool journey this year because I want to give other homeschoolers ideas on fun ways to teach their kids and also so I will have a journal of my kids during their 12th, 10th, and 7th grades year. Hopefully I can keep up!
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