Average weekly time: Together (4), Kid Uno alone (16), total hours (20ish)
Rate each book (like, neutral, dislike).
Add a few comments (my comments are italicized.
Any changes for next child or next year?
Joshua, Judges, Romans
Dislike. It’s boring.
Like. I liked the consistency of one whole book per term, rather than jumping between bits of OT and NT narratives. She drew illustrations to narrate Joshua and Judges, and narrated Romans orally.
My Path to Heaven
Neutral. It’s boring but I like looking at the pictures.
Neutral. A bit dry, some theology I disagree with, but some interesting discussions.
Psalms with Daddy and other kids
Like. It’s fun to listen and to think of things to say.
Like. Love how the kids (usually) respond to DH reading a Psalm with them in the evening.
Builders of the Old World
Dislike. Boring—it doesn’t have stories. I don’t like telling things back to you.
Like. Kid Uno doesn’t like narrative history, but I think these three books (Builders, Medieval, Americas) are very well done, interesting, and similar to CHOW but good for independent reading. They would be awesome spines for a more in-depth study of history. I just wanted to her to do an independent survey of world history, so that’s how we used them this year.
Medieval Days and Ways
Neutral. Some of it was dislike. Most of the parts told about interesting things, but some were boring, just telling about things like churches and where they were found and stuff.
Makers of the Americas
Dislike. It didn’t tell about anything I’m interested in.
Our Island Story
Like. Sometimes it had stories, most of the time it didn’t. I liked writing narrations in the book.
Like. I still haven’t read more than the first several chapters, but I think having Kid Uno reading it to herself in YR 3 and 4 was more appropriate than me reading it in YR 1. Will continue with future kids.
Neutral. I didn’t really like thinking of people I’d read, but some of the people I googled were interesting, more interesting than in the stories I’d read about them.
Like. I actually didn’t even look at her timeline till the end of the year…she had nice entries and seemed to enjoy looking up people on Wikipedia.
Biographies of World Explorers: Vikings, Marco Polo, Ibn Bttuta, Zheng He, Columbus, Balboa, Magellan, Cortez, Pizarro, Raleigh, Hudson, Cook, Livingston, Perry, North and South Poles, Himalayas (Everest)
Neutral reading them. Dislike mapping them.
Like. These are all good biographies. Kid Uno is more familiar with the globe now, although she focused on the storyline and paid minimal attention to the geographical aspects of the books and had to do some re-dos.
Where the Flame Trees Bloom
Like. It was fun hearing about the little stories of what her grandma did, living there, especially the lightning part.
Like. Easy reading about Cuban culture.
Maya Quest and Africa Trek
Dislike. Boring to read about, nothing interesting, and I dislike mapping them very much. I hate mapping stuff!
Like. Maya Quest is mostly pictures. I think she was more interested in these two books than she sounds in this evaluation, although she does dislike mapping.
Ultimate Building Book
Dislike reading it. Like doing the projects.
Like. Architecture for kids.
Human Body Book
Neutral. Some lessons were interesting to learn about; most of them weren’t.
Like. Good overview of anatomy, nutrition, and health.
All About Electricity
Dislike. It was boring and I didn’t like learning about it.
Neutral. Good, but dated (written in the 50s), so newer electrical stuff isn’t covered, but still covers basic info.
Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding
Neutral. Ugh. I put a lot of time into using BFSU to organize science themes, and it’s such a good resource, but I just don’t get around to the discussions, projects, or even videos…Maybe next year. Or I may just use it to organize all the science books we have and which years we read them. Or just to brush up on my own science knowledge for Q and A with the kids.
Neutral. Sometimes I liked the projects, sometimes I wished I could do other projects (that weren’t listed).
Like. I liked making a list of options at the beginning of the year. She is old enough to do longer projects now, too.
Shakespeare (Arkangel Recordings)
Neutral. I could barely figure out the story, and it was basically just people talking. I liked Midsummer Night Dream because there was a story to it. I liked the videos much better, like the Romeo and Juliet we watched.
Neutral. I haven’t listened to any of them so I can’t comment on quality. I didn’t want to emphasize Shakespeare this year, so I think they were a good, quick way to cover a play each term. I meant to have her watch the plays after listening, but never got around to it. Maybe over the summer.
Neutral. It was fun hearing how he lived but some parts were a little bit boring.
Neutral. I read the first 2/3 and need to finish it. It was better than I thought it would be.
Like. I loved those.
Like. Good picture book mythology. Wish I’d had them for one of my college anthropology classes!
Like. I love it. Because it has awesome stories in it and I got to hear you read it…you almost never read books to me anymore because I’m not a little kid.
Like. Kid Uno knows the myths better than I do (maybe from Hawthorne and Magic Treehouse?); I enjoy reading these aloud with her. We skip Bullfinch’s commentary and poetry references at the end of the chapters.
Dislike. It was sort of hard to understand; I didn’t really like the way the story went. Didn’t bring the characters to life the way other books do.
Neutral. I liked the beginning but it was kinda anti-climactic. I agree about flat characters.
Like. Most of the stories were fun.
Like. I’ve read about half the book so far–another one I need to finish.
Like. They were all different. And I liked guessing which door in “The Lady or the Tiger”. Those were fun.
Like. I had fun picking 12 famous short stories, and it was a nice switch from a novel for a term.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson
Neutral. I don’t really like poetry. I only half do and I half don’t.
Neutral. I liked the Australian poets better than Dickinson and Tennyson, but Tennyson was better than I anticipated.
Ray’s Intellectual, Practical, and Test
Dislike. Hate. It’s so hard and boring, and it doesn’t have good problems and I hate it so badly.
Neutral. I still think Ray’s is effective and so good for mental math. But she hates it. I’m considering making SU the main curriculum, or switching to Singapore. Or keep it…dunno yet.
Strayor Upton Red (2nd half)
Like. It often has very fun things, except when I have to do all those boring non-word problems and I don’t get to do a test.
Like. Although I think it’s a bit below grade level, it’s really perfect for Kid Uno to do independently since it’s written to the student.
Dislike. It’s so hard and I don’t like doing it. I like SU.
Like. And I’m glad she finished it after 3.5 years!
Pentime (finished grade 8)
Like. Loved it, love it, love it. I love doing cursive, and seeing the pretty ways it loops and twists.
Like. She will be moving into typing for YR 5, and I will probably just have her do some cursive copywork once a week or so to maintain good handwriting skills.
McGuffey’s Fourth Reader
Dislike. Most of the time doesn’t have stories and it’s really boring to read.
Dislike. This is the worst of the four readers as far as subject matter and quality writing. But I will have her finish it because it’s excellent for pronunciation and vocabulary. She only reads 2x per week.
Rod & Staff Grade 5
Neutral. Most of the time it’s fun. I like doing stuff orally but not written.
Like. Solid and super easy for me to use with the teacher’s guide. We do a lot of it orally to save time. She’s about halfway through after doing 2-3 lessons per week.
Various passages from poetry, lit, Bible
Dislike. It’s not fun.
Dislike. Time consuming and Kid Uno always has tons of mistakes. I’m not sure if I’m doing it the most effective way possible. Need to read up/video up over the summer.
Like. It’s very fun because I get to learn a new language [Spanish], but I’m thinking about doing a different language now.
Like. Great free resource.
Neutral. It’s fun to watch it, but it’s hard to understand because I don’t know that much Spanish yet. I’m only 39% fluent.
Like. Short and fun once in a while.
Colored Pencil Drawing, Drawing Workbook, Drawing the Head & Figure, Fashion, Fourth Year Drawing.
Dislike. I don’t like drawing. They’re boring and I don’t get to draw what I want. But I like the fashion book.
Like. But I don’t think she is being challenged enough.
Ultimate Building Book projects
Like. They’re fun to do.
Like. Plenty to pick from!
Photography, Computer Animation, Nature Art
Dislike. I didn’t really do anything, and couldn’t figure out how to put in color.
Neutral. They were good ideas, but I didn’t execute them well, except for Nature Art since we have some good books for that.
Choice of Medium: Origami, Oil Pastels, Watercolors
Like. Fun to do. Especially watercolors and origami.
Like. These worked well.
Frida Kahlo, Peter Paul Rubens, Leonardo DaVinci
Dislike. All of them. They’re not exactly the pictures I’d like to study. I’d like to study the covers of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty [illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft].
Like. I’m surprised she disliked Rubens, since Craft reminds me of Rubens.
Dislike. I’d like to have more exciting, fun songs.
Like. Good for us all.
Wagner, Harpsichord, Buena Vista Social Club, Grieg, Arabic, Blues, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Didgeridoo, Slim Dusty, Mendelssohn
Neutral. I can listen to them while I’m doing stuff. I’d like to have one each week and be able to pick which ones.
Like. She actually liked some of these (Wagner, Arabic) more than she remembers.
Like. I’ve grown to like it more and more. I think I’d like to continue. I think practicing in the basement helps.
Like. We are at a natural break, so we’ll need to see about continuing.
Dislike. I don’t like memorizing Bible.
Like. And she is capable of more.
Neutral. Sometimes it’s fun. I’d like to do something really long through all three terms.
Like. And I think her idea for next year is great.
Baking, Grocery Shopping, Building Chicken Coop, Fairy House, Meal Prep, Paper Dolls, Pumpkin Carving, Tie Dye, Paper Snowflakes, Making Lunch, Hand Sewing, Snap Circuits, Building Snow Fort, Painting Mugs, Weaving, Kiwicrates, Bead Jewelry, Origami, Cooking, Moving Concrete, Gardening
Like. Cuz they’re fun—except for move concrete!
Like. A lot of variety this year.
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. They’re fun, and it’s interesting, especially Cecret Lake.
Like. I love outings.
Kids Community Ballet at Missio Dei
Neutral. I’d like something higher technique, and harder and more advanced. But it was fun being with my friends and dancing.
Like. Mainly for the relationships this year.
Running, Swimming, Playgrounds, Roller Blading, Biking, Hiking, 5k, Boogie Boarding, Kayaking, Sledding, Jump Around, Ice Skating, Basketball, Bowling
Like. Especially kayaking, swimming, boogie boarding.
Like. Lots of variety.
Ballet at SLC Ballet
Like. Love, love, love. It’s so fun, and I make new friends, and it’s hard, and I love performing and huge performances, and dancing there.
Like. She loves it, and it seems to be the best studio for her right now.
Parade, Bees Game, Summer Olympics, Bluegrass Concert, Tuacahn Plays, Colorado Christian University trip, State Fair, DC trip, Museum of American History, Nutcracker, Weddings, Discovery Gateway, Grand America Tea, Indian Restaurant, Sleeping Beauty Ballet, Ash Wednesday, Leonardo, Paquita Ballet, Coppelia Excerpts Ballet, Orthodox Church
Like. Love, love. They were very fun, especially the ballet, state fair, wedding, Grand America tea.
Like. These were all good.
Hosting Friends for Dinner, Babysitting, Hosting Housechurch, Taking Food and Flowers to Friends and Neighbors, Sunday Serve, VOA with Housechurch, Helping Mommy after surgery, Reading to Kid Cinco, Pioneer Park w/ Rescue Mission, Visiting Grammy, Decorate Church Building for Easter
Like. It’s fun, especially helping Grammy and decorating the church.
Like. I think we could do more, but we were more intentional than last year, so that was an improvement.
Kid Uno’s suggestions for next year: Doing that big poetry I suggested, more ballet classes, going on pointe, private ballet lessons, drawing videos online.
This year, Kid Uno did most of her work independently. We did poetry, mythology, My Path to Heaven, grammar, dictation, and a lot of math together. The rest she did on her own, and I heard narrations and checked written work in the evening or the next day. She’s very good about following her assignment list, especially when motivated by ballet classes in the afternoon. I increased her reading volume quite a bit this year. Duolingo has been surprisingly useful for language learning—and it’s free!. I started her in 5th grade grammar, and she did just fine without previous grammar instruction. I’m not sure what to do for drawing and art next year…I feel like she needs something challenging and interesting, but what? I think she also needs something for geometry. Maybe Khan Academy? Or switch to Singapore? We started strong with everything I scheduled for this year, but it got hard for me to keep up in the middle with my unexpected surgery, and toward the end with basement construction. Kid Uno was very consistent throughout 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 book choices and all our activities are enjoyable and well-rounded…it’s just a matter of fitting in so much good stuff.