Average weekly time: Together (5), Kid Dos alone (10), total hours (15ish)
Rate each book (like, neutral, dislike).
Add a few comments (my comments are italicized).
Any changes for next child?
AO Genesis & Matthew
Neutral. Hard to understand, it’s the Bible, I like God, but other times I just don’t feel like listening to it.
Dislike. It’s good to cover Bible highlights, but these are stories any churched kid will get at some point, so I would rather read other parts of the Bible.
James & Philippians
Neutral. Hard to understand, it’s the Bible, I like God, but other times I just don’t feel like listening to it.
Like. Kid Dos and Kid Tres didn’t like this much, but I liked combining them (in the interest of time), and reading parts of the Bible kids aren’t usually exposed to.
Like. Loved! It’s so fun, and like exciting, and it’s just fun to hear.
Neutral. I think the first book was more engaging. A lot of these saints were very recent, and I’d rather cover older saints and martyrs, but this was a decent multi-cultural assortment.
Psalms with Daddy and other kids
Neutral. People sometimes take the things that I remember, and sometimes I just want to keep on reading.
Like. I really appreciate DH reading a Psalm with the kids in the evenings.
Child’s History of the World (first half)
Neutral. Except for a few chapters that were about Christians.
Like. I love CHOW for a read-aloud overview of world history.
Signature Bios: Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart, Queen Bess, Crazy Horse, Helen Keller, Annie Oakley, Edith Cavell, JJ Audubon, Betsy Ross, Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR, Buffalo Bill, Kit Carson, Mozart, Louisa May Alcott, Geronimo, Daniel Boone, George Washington, Leif Erikson
Like. I love them! Fun and everything.
Like. She read quite a few of the 51 options this year.
Neutral. Hard to understand, and it’s not a place in Germany.
Neutral. It’s not worth reading for the history, but I think the character development is good. If I am stretched for time, this is droppable for future kids, at least in YR 1 when so much goes over their heads.
Joan of Arc
Like. Loved. She’s a saint, and she’s so courageous and brave and determined. And she follows God’s orders that she feels like he’s saying.
Like. We read the Signature bio instead of the Diane Stanley, and it’s so much better. Better writing, and easier to follow.
Tree in the Trail
Neutral. It’s boring sometimes.
Like. We spent a little more time looking at the maps than I did with Kid Uno, and that makes it more worthwhile as a geography book.
Neutral. It’s fun and other times it can be hard to understand, and the pictures are so tiny.
Dislike. I still don’t understand why this is scheduled as geography. It’s hard to follow the 4 generations, and I may sub or drop this for future kids.
One Small Square: Backyard, Rainforest, Swamp
Like. Love. It’s about animals.
Like. These are always fun and interesting.
Among the People
Like. It’s fun and about animals, but some of the stories are a bit short. Interesting.
Like. These are keepers.
Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding
Neutral. I spent a lot of time planning and using BFSU to organize science readings and demonstrations, and not nearly as much time implanting it. It’s just not easy to use. Now that I have the whole Let’s Read and Find Out Series and a lot of other good science books, I may just read through those in future years. And if I have time and motivated kids, BFSU can be a good resource for discussion and projects.
Dislike. Hate. It’s so bad. The things you put on my list are so hard, especially the one that goes “follow the seed and things all year round”.
Like. Kid Dos likes recording (like listing all the birds she’s seen) better than drawing. I liked making a list of options for her at the beginning of the year.
Like. It’s fun, and active, and Shakespeare wrote it all, and he wrote such good stories like Much Ado About Nothing. That was my favorite one.
Neutral. It’s worth reading. Several plays are quite confusing. I made drawings for Comedy of Errors, and that helped us keep people straight.
Like. It’s fun, and it’s about a girl.
Like. Love this book.
Like. It’s so fun, and so adventurous and exciting and sad and scary. I especially like Little John.
Like. Very time consuming, so I scheduled it in winter.
Wind in the Willows
Like. My grandma gave it to me for my birthday, and it’s so fun and it’s about animals, but it has no girls, or hardly any.
Like. We read the edition she was gifted (just different illustrations from our other version).
Fiction: mostly Black Stallion, American Girls, Harry Potter
Like. All of them. They’re so fun and exciting, and about girls.
Like. Her reading really took off this year.
Walter De la Mare, James Whitcomb Riley, Christina Rossetti
Like. Cuz I memorized it, and my grandma’s father used to read it to her, and I memorized it for her birthday.
Like. These were all fairly enjoyable to read aloud.
Dislike. Hate even more than Miquon. It’s math, boring, hard, especially the man measurement ones, and different kinds of money.
Like. Simple and effective. There were several times during the year when I think she wasn’t developmentally ready for the next lesson, so we went sideways for a bit, and came back to it later.
I Love Math
Neutral. I’ve read all the books, and they get boring, but they can be fun, like a few stories.
Miquon (Red and Blue)
Dislike. Hate, hate, hate. It’s so boring, and so hard, and it’s math.
Like. Kid Dos gets a mental block sometimes; doing the pages with her can help.
Neutral. It can be boring, but if I keep on writing I’ll learn how to write soon, and I really want to learn how to write.
Like. Her cursive is great.
McGuffey’s Second and Third Readers
Disike. Hate. So boring, and I have to read words, and there are no exciting stories, not fun at all.
Like. Very good practice at reading every word, not skipping or guessing, and sounding out syllables.
Neutral. They always send me reminders when I don’t have time to do it. German is so hard, and when I try Greek it just sends me back cuz I don’t have the right letters on the keyboard.
Neutral. I wanted her to wait till next year to start, but she was very excited about German this year. I need to look into how to change the keyboard for different alphabets.
Dislike. I can’t understand a single word they say.
Neutral. The kids pick up some Spanish vocab by watching them, and they are free and short episodes.
Dislike. It’s boring, and so hard sometimes.
Like. Not sure what to use for her next year.
Dislike. I hate every single one, except the ballerina one. And I hate having to get out all the art stuff and put it back for something I don’t even like.
Like. This is such a good book with plenty of variety.
Scott Foresman 1, 2
Dislike. Same reason.
Neutral. The books are decent, but I might find something else that would engage Kid Dos in some type of art…it’s not her favorite subject.
Like. Love. It’s my favorite picture study.
Like. She spent extra free time looking at all the birds.
Dislike. It only has babies. Or mostly babies.
Like. There were also several dogs.
Dislike. It’s naked. And it’s boring dull colors, not very many bright ones.
Neutral. She’s right about the colors. But I always give the kids other options if they don’t like nudity in art.
Like. It’s so fun and musical and exciting and melodic.
Like. We have all learned some good worship music.
Celtic, Rag, Gospel, Bluegrass, Showtunes, Hip Hop, Polka, Jazz, Marches
Like. Three: showtunes, marches, celtic.
Like. Plenty of variety.
Neutral. It can be boring and hard to learn, but other times I like copying Dad and Granddad that they play.
Neutral. Good teacher, but maybe not the right instrument for Kid Dos.
Like. I liked the James one best.
Like. The Isaiah passage I picked was a bit too long and hard for everyone, but the rest have been manageable.
Neutral. I liked Little Orphant Annie best. And Three Little Girls.
Like. She is fabulous at memorization.
Pudding, Grocery Shopping, Building Chicken Coop, Salamander Habitat, Parakeet Toys, Meal Prep, Paper Dolls, Pumpkin Carving, Tie Dye, Paper Snowflakes, Making Lunch, Hand Sewing, Embroidery, Building Snow Fort, Painting Mugs, Weaving, Kiwicrates, Birthday Cards, Puzzles, Painting, Cooking, Moving Concrete, Gardening, Caring for Chicks and Baby Rabbits
Like. Love. It’s so fun, and most of it is animals. I love playing with them and caring for them.
Like. A lot of variety this year. She tends to like animal-related activities more than crafts.
Hiking Cecret Lake, Peace Garden, Perseid Meteor Shower, Pineview Reservoir, Thanksgiving Point Farm, Millcreek Canyon, Uintas Lofty Lake, Cross E Ranch, DC Arboretum, DC Rock Creek Park, Jordan River—Rain, Muskrats, Beaver, Ducklings, Alantic Ocean, Indian River, Fishing, Florida Zoo, Edible Plants, Tulip Festival, Gilgal Sculpture Garden
Like. It’s so fun with salamanders [Cecret Lake].
Like. I love outings.
Kids Community Ballet at Missio Dei
Like. It’s fun, and I have lots of friends, and the teachers are nice there, and I get to be very flexible. I can do the splits now.
Like. This was a good place for her for relationships and skills.
Running, Swimming, Playgrounds, Roller Blading, Biking, Hiking, Sledding, 5k, Boogie Boarding, Kayaking, Sledding, Jump Around, Ice Skating, Snowboarding, Basketball, Bowling, Tennis
Like. Love. So fun and exciting and cold and warm and wet and fast and bumpy and windy.
Like. All good stuff.
Horseback Riding at Luki Arabians
Like. Love. It’s horses, and the teachers are very nice, and I get to learn posting, and a hundred other loves!
Like. We need to figure out when and where for future lessons.
Parade, Bees Game, Summer Olympics, Bluegrass Concert, Tuacahn Plays, Colorado Christian University trip, State Fair, DC trip, Museum of American History, Nutcracker, Learning German, Discovery Gateway, Grand America Tea, Weddings, Indian Restaurant, Sleeping Beauty Ballet, Ash Wednesday, Leonardo, Paquita Ballet, Coppelia Excerpts Ballet, Orthodox Church
Like. Love, love, love. So fun and beautiful.
Like. So much fun stuff. She especially loved visiting St. Peter & Paul.
Hosting Friends for Dinner, Babysitting, Hosting Housechurch, Taking Food and Flowers to Friends and Neighbors, Sunday Serve, VOA with Housechurch, Helping Mommy after surgery, Pioneer Park w/ Rescue Mission, Visiting Grammy, Decorating Church Building for Easter
Like. It’s fun and I actually get to be busy instead of doing school.
Like. I think we could do more, but we were more intentional than last year, so that was an improvement.
Kid Dos’s suggestions for next year: More horse riding lessons, no math, maybe stop piano, get a dog, learn to write, go to FL and see my friend.
I think this year has challenged Kid Dos in a good way. A step up in the workload from last year, and this year instead of working with Kid Uno, she worked with Kid Tres, so she got to be the older and more experienced one. She has an amazing ability to remember stories in great detail, and narrate them verbatim, even weeks later. Her volume of free reading has increased a lot. She reads depending on what kick she’s on—animals, horses, Harry Potter, Star Wars. I think some days it’s really hard for her to concentrate and “do school” but she generally has a good attitude about it. She spends a lot time imagining and acting things out. Next year, I may change her art to something more interesting for her. Maybe focus on theatre/drama/film instead of drawing/painting/crafting. She has grown a lot in responsibility over the year. We started strong with all the readings this year, but it got hard in the middle with my unexpected surgery, and toward the end with basement construction. I pared down some reading in the middle of the year. We had so much travel and so many activities—it’s been a very full year! There’s not a lot I would change for future children; I feel like the books and all our activities are enjoyable and well-rounded…it’s just a matter of fitting in so much good stuff.