Our Second Grade Curriculum – Boogie 2018

I thought I would write separate posts for each kid and for my boxes so you can see what I’m using for each age and then what we are using family style. Today’s post will be all about Boogie, she is 7 (8 in December) and is in “second grade”. I use quotations because in homeschool grades really aren’t accurate. She is doing above average and average level work depending on the subject. But for category purposes, we say second grade!

First up is Language Arts. This year we are about halfway through Level 1 of The Good and the Beautiful. If you’ve never heard of this curriculum, I highly recommend checking it out. I’ll talk about it more in a minute. So I discovered this curriculum early in the year and I actually started Boogie on it around March or April. The Language Arts levels are not aligned with grade levels, they are a bit more advanced. You’ll hear more about that when I start talking about Bubby’s LA levels. So Boogie is about 1/3 of the way through Level 1, if she finishes it before the end of our school year I will go ahead and start her on Level 2. What’s really awesome is that Levels 1-5 in PDF form are COMPLETELY FREE. Yes. You read that correctly. You can download and print these levels for free. You will need to purchase the phonics cards and the reader is optional. We’ve opted not to use it this year.

It’s truly an amazing curriculum, we are thoroughly enjoying it. It’s also important to note that the author is Mormon, and while we are not Mormon and don’t believe in the faith… there is absolutely nothing in these books that push their faith. It’s non-demonational, she has people from a lot of different Christian faiths read through and edit her curriculum. My thought is that I’m not supporting her faith, I’m supporting her family… a fellow homeschooling momma, buy utilizing this curriculum. It truly is a good and beautiful curriculum.

Next up is Math –  we really enjoyed Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1 with Boogie last year. I started her out on the lowest level because I felt there were some things covered in it that we had missed in what we were using before (Easy Peasy). She flew through that and then we started Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 2 around March and we are about halfway through it this year. Taking it a little slower these past few weeks as we’ve reached some topics that are a bit harder and more challenging for her. I’ve gathered the manipulatives that she needs throughotut the book, as well as cut and laminated the manipulatives directly from the book and placed them in a plastic envelope that she keeps in her box. She loves reading through the stories and learning along with Charlie and Charlotte, the twins in the book. Both of these levels are on sale, you can click on them in this paragraph, or you can go HERE to see more levels that are also on sale!

For History we are utilizing another The Good & the Beautiful curriculum, their Year 1 History. This is actually done family style, but is recommended for grades 1 and up, however they do encourage you to incorporate your little ones so they can learn right along with their older siblings. So for this, I’ve opted to just print out fun coloring pages for Bubby and Bird and I’m using the student workbork for Boogie. So that’s also included in her box. I’ll share more about this curriculum in my post about our family style subjects.

We are also working on cursive handwriting, I’m teaching this to her myself and we use a basic Mead Learn to Letter notebook to practice. Then she is also learning to type on the computer. For this we are using this awesome FREE online resource called Dance Mat Typing. It’s a little corny, but she loves it!

That’s all Boogie has in her personal homeschool tote. It’s nice to have everyone’s personal books organized this way, and I’m sure I’ll post again later in the year on how it’s going. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below. Keep your eye out for my next post on what we are utilizing for Bubby this year!

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Homeschool Organization

Now that we’ve been settled into our new home in NC for half a year, I feel like we are finally getting into a good groove. I am hoping to start writing more homeschool posts on Mustard Seed Mommy as our family grows and ages, we are stepping away from our baby days (cue tears). Bear is 18 months old this month, so still technically a baby but more a toddler. I can’t believe that next year he will be TWO (cue more tears).

I’m really excited about this school year, we do tend to school year round and take longer breaks throughout the year instead of one longer summer break. We started this school year officially at the beginning of August and started slowly with just Math and Language Arts and then I added our other subjects slowly throughout the past few weeks. I’ll probably mix in a few other things throughout the year. For us, while we do have a homeschool space/room, we also like to school on the go. So I bought totes that we can take with us. They’re a little bulky and I’m not sure if they’re going to work, but for now they’re doing the job. I really like these totes made by Latchmate that have a organizing tray and handle, however they aren’t wide enough for binders, and we are using a binder for Boogie’s math this year.

Next year we may just bind everything with coils and skip the binders and utilize these totes instead. You can find those totes HERE. The ones we are currently using are these basic Sterilite 15qt storage totes from Walmart (they’re like $3/each, way too expensive on Amazon!).

So each kid has a tote with all their curriculum, the manipulatives they use on their own, and anything else they may need for their individual work. Then I have one tote that has our family style curriculum like history, science, bible, etc. The Latchmate tote on the right has the manipulatives and supplies that we all utilize together. How cool is that tray? It fits right down inside the box and then the lid latches over it. Our biggest issue is that this is a lot of boxes to tote around, so I’m thinking up a solution for that… maybe backpacks or just grabbing what we need for the day and throwing it in a tote bag. Either way, I love how we have everything separated and organized. Even if we don’t use these particular totes for on the go, I think we will continue using this method to organize at home. I like it much better than baskets or placing the kids curriculum on  shelves.

I will be posting this weekend about the curriculum we’ve chosen for Boogie, Bubby and even Bird (she loves to participate in school!). If you have a moment, share in a comment below on how your organize your school supplies. What are your favorite supplies to use for organization?

Like Arrows Debut

I am SO excited about this movie! Alex and Stephen Kendrick have produced another amazing movie (also produced War Room and Courageous), this one in particular will only debut in specific theaters nationwide for TWO nights next month! Check for showtimes and tickets HERE.

You’ll follow the journey of Charlie and Alice into parenthood, when they start to lose those special relationships with their children because of life (i.e. work, everyday life) getting in the way, they turn to their faith when everything else has failed.

I think this is going to be a fantastic film to watch with our spouses and to show at church with small groups for bible study. This film is part of a new parenting initiative called FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting™ – they will provide a free online video series with a 8-session small group series! This could even be perfect for a MOPs or Mom’s group meeting study!

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this new movie! Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

Paul, Apostle of Christ Film

I am SO excited to go see this movie! If you haven’t seen the trailer, you can view it below!

This movie is about Paul, you follow his story from when Luke risks his life to visit him in a Roman prison under Nero’s rule. During this time Paul writes many letters that were absolutely vital to spreading Christianity and you can find those in the New Testament today. Despite everything Paul faced he continued to share the Jesus’ message of love, redemption and forgiveness.

The creators of this movie strived to remain accurate to what the bible reads, they used scripture as reference. This film is rated PG-13 (there is some violent content and disturbing images) and will be available in theaters nationwide this Friday, March 23!

As you can see from the trailer above, this film is visually stunning. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to watch such an amazing film! You can learn more about the film HERE on their website, there you will find packets for guided discussions and leader packs as well as some other fun downloads. HERE you can find out where the movie is playing in your area as well as purchase your tickets in advance! Something really neat is that on their site you can listen to the different letters that Paul wrote, you can find those HERE.

If you have the opportunity to go see this movie let me know what you think of it in the comment section below! I can’t wait to share what I think!

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC, Collide Media Group and Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Inc. for providing tickets to see this movie on its release in exchange for this promotional post.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Paradise Praises – Bible Activities Review

I am so excited to share this review with you guys today! One of the things that drives me crazy is searching for extra worksheets to give Boogie for busy work when we are studying something in particular and I need to give her something to do while the littles need my attention.This book completely solves that problem for our Bible studies!

I love love love this book! My only complaint is that it would be easier to make copies of in a spiral bound book or even a loose leaf binder or perhaps a book with easy pull out pages. I’ll probably tear this apart and put it in a binder for easier copying for my kids.

As you can see in the above image, there are a ton of worksheets and coloring pages to choose from! Some are above my children’s levels just yet, but we are already utilizing some of them! For instance, as I will state in my video (hopefully I’ll have that posted tonight), we are learning the books of the Old Testament…. first worksheet in this book is a word search containing the Old Testament books! Boogie LOVED it! It kept her busy while I did some other work with Bubby and Bird. I’m excited to utilize this book some more and I’m even more excited to see if the creator, Katie Hornor, comes out with more books like this!

You can find out more about Katie at ParadisePraises.com or purchase your own copy at Amazon HERE! Be sure to check out Paradise Praises, there are some awesome posts and other resources there for everyone, not just homeschoolers!

I received a free copy of this activity book in return for a review. All opinions and statements are my own, a positive review was not required. Affiliate links are included in this post, any money made goes back into this blog! Thank you for visiting Mustard Seed Mommy!