Homeschool 2020

Heading into 2020, there are a few changes I’d like to make in the homeschooling department. For starters, I’ve not been all that involved. JP sort of learns on his own. I give him assignments and he does them (with minimal protesting, of course). I give him grades and file them away. This year, I’d like to implement a more hands-on approach. I plan to get more involved. He’ll be so thrilled (insert evil laugh).

I want to be more strict and allow even less screen time. He’ll love this too. I get lazy with my rules throughout the day, especially if I have a lot of work to do. It’s so much easier  to skip the battle.

We do a pretty good job getting out, but I want to do even better. More exercise for both of us.

Our curriculum is sort of a hodgepodge of materials. I’ve pieced together a handful of books/activities that work for us. Today, I thought I’d share what’s turning out to be my favorite set of books.

dsc07114I like to call these the Cliff’s Notes of middle school. They are packed full of information and easy to understand.

dsc07108I bought the science book first to see if I liked it. As you can see, I quickly ordered the rest of them.

dsc07109(Bushy Mayan hair not included) 

Information is written in the form of class notes from the “smartest kid in the class.” Everything is color coded. For example, definitions are in GREEN. It makes it easy for JP to write notes in his journals.

dsc07111At the end of each chapter, there is a “Test Your Knowledge” page. I use these to quiz JP. I  print and copy it for my records. Easy peasy.

dsc07113You can find these on Amazon. They’re really inexpensive.

Stay tuned for more homeschool updates and reviews. I’m partnering with a great homeschool curriculum company called Timberdoodle. They are kind enough to provide materials for me to review. As far as I can tell, their products are fantastic. I’ll have our first review ready to publish in the next few weeks.

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