Goodbye Summer- Another School Year Has Begun!

Well it’s that time of year again… School is in full swing here in the Full Time Mama household, much to the kids’ dismay.  We really enjoyed our summer (I’m sure you could tell by my lack of regular posting). 🙂 And despite the lack of vacations- no Disneyland or Sea World like in past summers- we made the most of it.  We spent a lot of time playing games, hanging out with friends, swimming, and of course we took full advantage of our BlastZone Hydro Rush Inflatable Water Park!
Summertime playfun on the blastzone
But alas, summer is over and school is on a roll.  Just before we started this school year I was thinking back trying to remember how many years I’ve been homeschooling, and I’m shocked at how long it’s been. This year began our seventh year of homeschooling. Seven years! Where has the time gone?  It’s crazy to think my oldest will begin middle school next year!
 
Since year one I have used My Father’s World curriculum and I have LOVED it. For a new homeschooler like me I was completely intimidated thinking I’d have to come up with everything on my own, so I was relieved to hear about My Father’s World- a complete curriculum from preschool through high school.  Each year is well organized, completely laid out with clear instructions on what books to use, what days to use them, what pages to use… And this is for all areas of study, from math to science to art and music and more! The Family Learning Circle has been a great relief to me as well, as all kids from 3rd (or advanced 2nd graders) through 8th grade learn together. With 4 kiddos this has made it much less stressful for me.
homeschool_family_cyclescredit: mfwbooks.com
We have loved using this curriculum and have learned a lot through the years-even me!  We’re in our fifth week of school already this year and we are really enjoying the curriculum.  We’re learning about the history of the world starting at the time of exploration (1400’s), the discovery of the Americas up until the 1850’s.  Near the end of the year we’ll be studying the states in our great United States of America. I remember learning all about the states when I was in elementary school; the tests and quizzes about where each state was, the names and capitals of each state. It was hard work but I loved it. I was trying to remember what I did that made learning the states and capitals easier so I could help my own kids this year but I struggled to come up with anything.
 
I was really excited to find cram.com, a website that offers millions of flashcards (yes, I said millions!) to help you study all sorts of materials.  These aren’t just materials for school aged-children either. There are flashcards to study law enforcement, alternative medicine, different languages and more. They even have a mobile app so you can study on the go! I don’t know many families (children included!) who don’t have a tablet or smartphone.  What a perfect resource to help learn, study, and prepare for tests and exams!  They even have some games to help you learn as well.
 
This year we’ll be able to use cram to help learn the 50 states and their capitals. I can’t wait to see what other subjects and topics I can find flashcards for.  We’re excited to be using My Father’s World curriculum for the next many years of homeschooling, and I’m thrilled to have Cram as an additional learning resource.
 
Summer may be over, but school is fun too- Here’s to another great year!

Comments

  1. It’s been too long since I’ve stopped by! I SO LOVE that you home school! The thought of it gets me excited, but Rich would never be okay with it. I actually think the kids would have a hard time not getting to see their friends every day, since they’re so used to that now too. Your curriculum sounds amazing! And I’d like to check out that flashcard site! We need to work on addition and subtraction facts for the Mad Minute they do in school 🙂

    Have awesome school year! 🙂

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