Finally, what I want to do with my middle children, in first and third grades, is falling into place.
For language arts, we rely on CHC's workbooks for grammar and spelling. Handwriting is usually copywork from our reading or other studies. They are both finishing up the MCP math books from last year, then we will move to Math U See as they both have asked for it.
Reading is progressing slowly for Regina, first grade. So, while we continue to use, my favorite, Little Angel readers, I am slowing it down and incorporating more hands on learning ideas which she seems to thrive on. Movable letter tiles, drawing letters and words in sand or shaving cream, copywork using fancy pens and paper, glitter glue...
Blaise, third grade, is reading literature like the Hobbit and Farmer Boy, and does a little MCP phonics practice.
We do one lesson a week from the trustworthy Baltimore Catechism.
We are diving into notebooking this year. This is a great way to learn and there are loads of resources and ideas on the internet! They have Bible notebooks, science notebooks, History/geography and Regina has an ABC notebook. We are starting out with a lot of printed pages from Enchanted Learning and DLTK coloring pages, but as the children progress further into a subject, I can already see them wanting to make more of their own pages.
For the Bible notebook, I read a Bible story to the kids, they illustrate, color or do a little craft that reinforces the story and then they narrate it to me in their own words. I type their narration. Both pages get put into page protectors in their notebook making a two page spread. We will post more pictures of our notebooking pages as we get better at it! What a fun way to learn! Homeschooling is such a blessing!