School at Our House: All the Other Stuff

So far this week we’ve covered our main curriculum choice, math and science, and English language studies.  Today I’m going to round up all the loose ends and touch on everything I haven’t covered so far.

For those who are wondering, “Where is the Bible, history and geography?”, that is all included in our Tapestry of Grace curriculum.  Tapestry is all-inclusive in that way; when we study one time period, we cover the pertinent world history, geography, and church history for that time.  Later on in high school, worldview studies become a bigger part of the picture.  This approach is quite natural for me, since it’s the way I was taught to teach in college.

My older two boys aren’t doing a modern foreign language yet, but we’re doing koine (Biblical) greek using the program Hey Andrew, Teach Me Some Greek.  They’ve begun the third book, which is when they start translating the book of I John.  It’s been great to have them exposed to the original language of the Bible in this way, partly because David knows Greek.  He can reference a Greek word in our family devotions and the boys will perk up if they know it.

We attend an area co-op every Tuesday, which supplies the kids with experiences that I could not provide on my own.  This past year, for example, the younger two boys had a French class, a geography class using the Flat Stanley books, and Maddie did some special books and lapbooks.  I had a chance to teach my older two boys a class from The Dangerous Book for Boys (lots of fun!), and a biography class using the book Ten Boys Who Made History.  These are all “extras” that are beneficial and fun, but we just don’t have the time and energy to fit them into our every day schedule.

Andrew watching his Pinewood Derby car intently.

The oldest three boys also participate in a local scout troop.  This has provided field trips, goals, and social activities that supplement our homeschool routine.

Ben and Cameron take piano lessons each Friday.  They are learning in an unconventional way through a program called Simply Music.  Someday I will blog about the program, because it’s worth talking about.  We have, I think, one of the greatest piano teachers in the wide world.  I am really grateful that we heard about him — he does not advertise, and through word of mouth he has a waiting list a mile long!

That sums up what we do around here to piece together a (I hope) great home education!  Did I miss anything?  Let me know in the comments.