### Elf and Emperor's Homeschool Update

Mathmatics

Public school's curriculum, taught at home. They're learning about the clock -- again! -- because for some reason we're finding that the concepts of telling time and calculating what time it will be in 20 minutes, etc., are not sticking. We're adding dollars and cents together and using our decimals. We need to be able to do this on paper by lining our decimals up and carefully adding and subtracting. Sometimes, we use a calculator. That calculator is very tricky, and you need to remember that 65 cents is .65 and two cents is .02. When the calculator gives us an answer like 5.6, it really means five dollars and sixty cents!

English

Bob Jones English and Spelling, Grade 2. Singular and plural nouns, common and proper nouns, and separating words in a series with commas were in our latest unit. In spelling we're on our third lesson out of... oh, 48 or so!! That's ok. We're taking our time with spelling, and doing a lot of journal work with our spelling.

Bible

Bob Jones Grade 3. We've skipped a bit in our textbook and are learning about the birth of Jesus. We're learning to sing, "Little Town of Bethlehem." The angel Gabriel and his visits to Zacharias and Mary were covered.

Science

Second Grade Lifepacs. We're almost done with second grade science! We're working on finishing the ninth Lifepac out of ten. This one is about "Changes in Our World" and deals with seasons and the idea that animals and people change with seasons or as they grow. Then, when we're finished with the tenth book, we'll study whatever we want for the rest of the school year!!

Emperor is reading first grade readers from ABeka books. He's working on Brave and True. Elf is working on a Bob Jones second grade reader. We also read from the King James version of the Bible. I read aloud to the boys each day as well. We have started Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The boys were very impressed with the story of how Mr. Corse beat Big Bill Ritchie and his gang today!

Social Studies

Bob Jones Grade 2. When we're done with this science unit, we'll concentrate more on Social Studies. We haven't done any Social Studies since Thanksgiving. Then again, during the two weeks before Thanksgiving, we concentrated on Social Studies. Now, we are concentrating on science. Only so many hours in the day, you know.

1. OK, Let me introduce you to Winter promise. We've been using it for 2years and love it. Also, Apologia science. History and Science are MacKenzie's 2 favorite subjects and she loves these curriculums. Look into them. They're awesome. Christian based and hands-on. There's more out there then Bob Jones and Abeka.
Blessings,
Jennifer

### Reading Curriculum: ABeka Book and BJU Press

Did you know that in the state of Missouri, homeschoolers must teach reading as a separate subject?  I don't know how anyone could homeschool well without teaching their child to read... but OK.

I got many of my ABeka books used and collected them over time.  I'm glad I came across these readers early in my homeschooling years.  It teaches children to read step-by-step.  I don't think I've seen a more effective reading program for the elementary years.  The children love the stories, and what I appreciate about them is that there is a rich and varied language even in simple-to-read books in this series.

My set is pretty old, and some are even from the 1960's and no longer listed in the reading series.  I think if I had to do things over again somehow, I think I'd just spend on a curriculum set and be done with it.  That's the thing, though, with homeschooling.  By the time you figure out what the perfect curriculum is for you, your children have graduate…

### Homeschooling is NOT So Hard.

I wish I'd have known this starting out. I wish I'd have known that it's actually LESS work to just homeschool your child, than to be an "involved parent" at school.

We've enjoyed elementary school with our older boys. *Most* of the teachers were actually pretty competent and caring (the others, I save for another blog post, another day...). We had the children involved in extra activities like the Spanish Club or Service Club, or choir, and they got a fair bit out of the experience.

But it's a LOT of work.

You get about a ton of worksheets that must be done by a certain time. Usually on a day when you're sick or have no time. You get the phone calls about this or that, and about a zillion sheets per day that sometimes contain important news, so you MUST go through them daily. The schools also *love* to throw in half days, teacher in-service days and early dismissals. Not so bad, unless you have children at more than one school and the schedu…

### Holiday Gifts for the Homeschool Teacher!

Merrymaking hint:  leave this post up on your phone/ computer for your family to "accidentally" find!  Let the magic begin!

All teachers love a little appreciation every now and then, including homeschoolers.   I don't know about you, though, but I don't want any apple crap.  So first rule:  no apple crap!

Otherwise I'm pretty open.  I love getting gifts, even if it's just something small or simple.  One thing I love is when my children want to help out and make lunch or clean up or put their laundry away.  Or just behave themselves and get their math done.  This is a really big thing when you think about it.

And from the adults in my life, the gift of coffee always shows love - or rather, someone not wanting an "I need coffee" emergency in the middle of winter after a big snowstorm.  Somehow, I always have a lot of coffee in my pantry during the winter months.  (Guess why.) Thanks, D!

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