Dog Days of… SCHOOL!

Yep, you read that right… We’re back to our schoolwork already!

We’ve started “early” before. Back in 2010, when I was expecting Emme to arrive in October and figured I’d want to take a few weeks off from school.

But last year, we took the whole month of December off… even though it wasn’t planned that way… and we really enjoyed it! Except for when the end of May rolled around this year and we weren’t through everything we’d wanted to get through. 🙁 So as we trudged into June with the last vestiges of our schoolwork for the year, I began to contemplate the idea of year-round schooling. But that thought lasted for about a day as our summer schedule got really full, really quickly!

So that’s how I decided on August 1st as our start date. I figure if we can get a jump on our schoolwork this month, then taking all of December off will be even more fun this year, knowing that it won’t throw us behind finishing up at the end of May. 😉

This year, we’re going “all in” with Simply Charlotte Mason {SCM}. 😉 I say “all in” because over the past few years I have successfully used many of the wonderful guides and resources from them and I decided this year to just quit my plugging in pieces of it here and there… to quit worrying about making sure I get all the boxes checked on an already-planned-out-for-me pre-packaged curriculum… and to give this well-rounded, suggestive, yet not demanding, program a try.

Tot School with Ellie
{She’ll be 3 on August 19th…}

Making Great Readers
SCM’s Early Years Read Alouds Book List
Fun Workbooks
My First LeapPad

Leap Frog’s Letter Factory

LOTS & LOTS of Manipulatives! 🙂
Thanks to Grammaw, who gifted them all to us!!!


Together Work:
2nd Grade with Lawrie {7} & 5th Grade with Sammi {10}

Scripture Memory

Hymn Study
Picture Study
Music Study
Nature Study

Bible/History/Geography – SCM Module 1 “Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt”



We actually started this back in April, after we purchased the set at the Teach Them Diligently Convention… so this one won’t actually last us the whole year, but we’ll move on to “Swimming Creatures” when we do finish this one. 😉

Individual/Guided Work:
2nd Grade with Lawrie {7}

Math-U-See Alpha

English for the Thoughtful Child


…and also…
Personal Development

Individual/Guided Work:
5th Grade with Sammi {10}

Math-U-See Beta*

..and also…
Spelling Wisdom (Simply Charlotte Mason)
Daily Grammar

*Due to some math difficulties we’re working to overcome with Sammi, she “started over” in math in April of this year with the Math-U-See program. She finished Alpha in 2 months and is progressing through Beta at nearly the same pace! We hope to have her “caught up” to “grade level” later this year.  🙂  Math-U-See has been instrumental in helping her to overcome these difficulties and has helped her to enjoy math again! We are thrilled to be able to highly recommend it. 

Well… there ya have it! A good bit of what we’re doing this year represents change for us, so I’m adding this post to my “series” on change in your homeschool called “Out with the Old, In with the New” and of course, it wouldn’t be homeschool blogging without linking up for the coolest NOT Back-to-School Blog Hop around! 😉 We’re also joining in on the Apologia Blog Roll this year, so be sure to check them out too!

Hope you all get off to as great a start this school year as we have… We’re excited about all this year has in store.

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  1. Debbie Barth (grammaw)

    Thanks for sharing all about your school beginnings Sherri. It makes me really miss teaching! It sounds so exciting. I’m praying that you have a great year and that the kids will excel. Have fun 🙂

  2. We love Math U See and the Simply Charlotte Mason guides. It looks like you’ll have a great year. We did a ‘start over’ with Math U See for our oldest when she hit 3rd. She’s heading into 6th and about to begin Epsilon.
    I shared the plans for homeschool with my 7 sweeties on my blog:

    have a lovely year!

  3. It looks like you have a great year planned!

    Thanks so much for linking up with the Apologia Blog Roll!


  4. Love your manipulatives and items for tot school. I need to focus on getting things outlined for my little guy. We love Leap Frog around here. This is my first year incorporating some of CM method into our days.

  5. Definitely a very interesting page. Keep on posting for more. I really love the ideas.

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  6. I love the name of your blog. Great Song 😉

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