I know we are all busy! Let me share my busyness with you!
I am doing 4 book studies this summer. To do that, I need to be studying the books NOW! So I bought the books and all the guides (if they have them), and I am starting to read them. For a couple of them, I want to make printables I can hand out weekly to help the group stay on track.
Here are the books we are studying:
- For a ladies’s book study, we are doing Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free. I have studied this book before, but the ladies in my church hadn’t. It’s easy to find this book in thrift stores or to buy it used on Amazon, so that is a plus. For myself, I bought The Companion Guide or what is now called The Study Guide. Since I am leading the group, I like to see what the authors thought was important to include in the discussion.
- For my 2 youngest girls, I bought Lies Girls Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free. This summer, I want to go someplace special with them once a week — whether it is McDonalds or a local park, and go over one chapter with them. I haven’t been able to take the time to disciple them like I want to, so I want to make that a priority this summer. For me, I bought A Mom’s Guide to Lies Girls Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free. I’m really excited about this book study. I’ll let you know how it goes!
- For my older two girls, we are going to do some of I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. They will also do the curriculum spiral-bound workbook, and this will be an elective Apologetics/Bible credit for both of them when they finish it. If you buy the workbook, there is a link on the inside of the front cover where you can get a downloadable answer key for the workbook and downloadable tests. For myself, I bought The Official Study Guide to I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, as I thought it might help me direct the conversations we’ll have about what the girls have read. Both of them will be attending a local secular college in high school to get dual enrollment credits, and I want them to know what they believe and why and also to see the error in what they might hear in their classes.
- For the ladies’ Sunday School class, we are going to be doing the book Lord, I Want to Know You by Kay Arthur. I have read this book in the past, but most of our class has not done this book. It is an excellent in-depth study on the names of God.
Next year, my responsibilities are growing at our little church school — plus I am changing History curriculum next year. I have done Mystery of History and Story of the World for the past two years, with Mystery of History being my main spine. I have loved it! But I want to teach some American History, so I am switching to Sonlight for one year. I have ordered it and am trying to wrap my mind around it. I am doing History 120 and Literature 130 for my 7th and 9th graders, and going to let my 5th grade son sit in on the History portion. I will teach the History portion, with the older students reading a few of the books on their own.
Since I want them to do some of the Literature work on their own, I have ordered the three older students their own literature guide. I am going through and making up vocabulary worksheets based on their history and literature guides. Now they can fill in the definitions and study those sheets for their weekly quizzes.
I will still do a discussion with the three students about the literature reading a couple of times a week, and only my ninth grader is doing the language arts/writing portion of the curriculum. The 7th graders will continue to use Bob Jones Grammar videos and workbooks that they are used to doing. I may change a few of their writing assignments to coincide with Sonlight’s writing assignments.
I have already done vocabulary worksheets for one half of the year. I did not include every word that Sonlight put in their guides. If there were too many words, I tried to pick words that I thought the students might hear more often so they should know what it means. There may also be some mistakes as I didn’t proof every single sheet. If I get quizzes made to go along with these worksheets, I’ll let you know! If there is a (H) behind the word, then that means it is a vocabulary word that is in the history guide. If you are only do literature, then you would want to just disregard those words.
If you are teaching the Sonlight 100 program (American History and Literature) , then you can download these Vocabulary sheets for your child.
I love it when someone does work for me. So since I need to do it for my kids; hopefully, it can benefit someone else as well.
I am working on making fill-in-the blank worksheets for when I teach History. Sonlight uses A Story of US by Joy Hakim as their main spine, so these are the books for which I am making the worksheets as well as a couple of other books that I will teach in our history class. I am making sure that the worksheets include the information they will need for the tests that can be bought to go along with the books. I know some homeschoolers don’t do tests, but I want something very concrete for my highschooler’s transcript.
The other thing I want to do this summer is do printable worksheets for Saxon Grade 1 daily math meetings and for ABeka’s Kindergarten and 1st grade phonics. When I have to teach all these subjects in just a few hours, it helps if I don’t have to be writing all that information on a board. I can print it out and they can do it right on the paper. If I have time, I can laminate them to use over and over for future students.
All of this is very ambitious, but if I can get it all done, it will make next school year much more manageable.
How do you stay organized with your busy life?
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