However, this past year, I thought about how "fast" Abeka moves through things...and I wondered if things were being covered too quickly. My son definitely struggled with how quickly the multiplication was taught, and so I knew that we were going to have to make a change in the math department. Then, as I thought about my own experiences, I thought about the language arts...and how we knew what a noun, pronoun, adjective, adverb, preposition, etc. was by the time I was the age of my boys. Abeka covered some of those, but I felt that it was still done too quickly for my kids to really grasp it. So, I decided to make a change in that area too. Also, I was putting a lot of work into their spelling program. The "activities" that they gave to go along with the words were very short, so my children would have them completed in a day. So, I would have to make up stuff to go with the words for the other days of the week...which meant more time spent at the computer, making my own "worksheets," and printing them off. In the earlier grades of Abeka spelling, I liked how all of the words were similar...fun, sun, pat, sat, mat, etc., so that the children were learning, "If I can spell 'at,' I can also spell 'mat,' 'sat,' and 'pat.'" However, in the higher elementary grades, I felt like the words didn't really relate to one another at all or build upon each other. I missed that a lot. So, a homeschool friend of mine told me about the curriculum that she uses that does just that...all of the words are related and build upon one another...so, we are also changing our spelling curriculum!
I want to say before I move on that I am very glad that we used Abeka and that we will continue to use Abeka for some subjects. It does move too quickly on some things, in my opinion, but they do have a very solid Christian base for their curriculum, and my children have learned so much by us using Abeka in their beginning years. BUT without further ado...here are our curriculum choices for this year...
My youngest child, and only daughter, is going into second grade this year. As you can see, she is using Abeka for most everything. Here you can see her Language, Letters and Sounds, Our America (social studies), Enjoying God's World (science), and Health, Safety, and Manners books. She will be doing some subjects with the boys...for the first time ever! (More to come on that...)
My youngest son will be fourth grade this year. He is still using Abeka for science (Understanding God's World), social studies (My State Notebook and another social studies text not pictured), and health (Developing Good Health). He will be using Math-U-See Beta this year. The first time we've used anything except Abeka for math. So, this will be very new for all of us!
My oldest boy...my oldest child...will be going into fifth grade. He is doing several subjects with his brother...so some of the books pictured above are the ones that he and his brother will share. They will be doing science, social studies, and health together (as well as some other subjects that he will be doing with his brother and his sister, which I'm coming to...). He will also be using Math-U-See this year...the Gamma edition. Again, this is the first that he has had anything except Abeka, so he is very excited about doing something new!
Language: We will be using First Language Lessons this year. My daughter will be doing her Language Workbook in addition to this, and my sons will also be doing worksheets from time to time to go along with this. The lessons in here are short, but very effective in teaching a child exactly WHAT a noun, pronoun, adjective, etc...is and other valid things that I believe they need to know but wasn't focused on as much in their Abeka Language.
Vocabulary: We began working with Wordly Wise last year, and I liked it so much that we are going to continue this year.
Spelling: This is the spelling curriculum that my friend told me about where the words relate to one another and build upon each other. It's called Sequential Spelling. I'm very excited about trying it this year!
Our first day of school is August 12...one week from today. So, I am using this week to get prepared!! Are you making some big changes in your curriculum this year? Did you have a year in the past where you make some major changes? If so, I'd love to hear from you in the comments. I feel like I'm stepping onto new ground, and am a little nervous about it all!
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