The 2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair ~ Math and Science in Our Homeschool

5th, 9th, and 11th grade math and science

     This second installment of the 2015 Virtual Curriculum series is all about math and science.

     We are excited about some changes to our science plans. Our first half of the year included a small homeschool co-op for elementary and preschool students, and my son joined others near his age for geology. Our new plans are for a different sort of co-op with a science focus. We meet for the first time this week, and I'm starting out with lessons on the importance of measurements in science. 

      My 9th grader is studying Biology this year. Her big sis completed Chemistry and Physical Science and recently informed me that the Human Anatomy/Advanced Biology class has not captured her interest, so we decided to change course again. 

       This post makes our changes quite evident. Just one of the things I appreciate about homeschooling is the freedom to be flexible with our curriculum and tailor it to just what my children need. 

     As with our language arts choices, our curricula choices for math are also flavored by reviews. 

Both girls are currently using Teaching Textbooks geometry, and my oldest daughter is also supplementing that with Mathletics. My 5th grader is also using Mathletics, and is about to try something new, I'll let you know about it soon. (He is looking forward to the possibility of something called ninja math!) 

     Another change that has impacted our lessons this year is our family business. I've mentioned before how beneficial Lilla Rose https://www.lillarose.biz/prettyhair has been for a hands on microeconomics course for the girls. Cuts By Laser has expanded the kids' business skills even further. We have been learning graphic arts together, and the kids are all using math and logic in their designs and plans. It was encouraging for me to see my son successfully graph and track orders, payments, and shipping of a nativity ornament that he designed and assembled. He also started short and long term savings goals. He tallied each entry and calculated the totals each time he saved a percentage of his sales. He already knew how to determine a tenth for a tithe, but this has also given him practice with expenses such as shipping fees. 

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     Clipart by StoryRock
The Virtual Curriculum Fair is an annual month long blog fair for homeschool bloggers to share what works for us. 

This year’s dates and themes: 
  1. January 5th---Playing with Words: the Language Arts---includes phonics, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, speech, literature, Latin and foreign language studies 
  2. January 12th---Discovering Patterns: Mathematics, Logic, and Science---includes anything to do with mathematics, mathematical thinking, numbers, arithmetic, symbolic logic, critical thinking, and math-y sciences (physics, chemistry, etc.).
  3. January 19th---Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science---includes history, geography, world cultures, worldview, biology, botany, geology, etc., etc., etc.
  4. January 26th---Seeking Beauty: the Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to Our World---includes any of the arts, handicrafts, but really ANYTHING at all that adds beauty to your homeschool.
Be sure to visit the other bloggers participating in the 2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair:

We are being joined by these lovely bloggers:
Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
Becky @ Milo & Oats
Tauna @ Proverbial Homemaker
Amy @ One Blessed Mamma
Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset
Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Sarah @ Delivering Grace
Kristi @ The Potter's Hand Academy
Hillary @ Walking Fruitfully
Heather @ Only Passionate Curiosity
Susan @ The Every Day of Education
Debra @Footprints in the Butter
Jennifer @ a Glimpse of our life
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Renata @ Sunnyside Farm Fun
Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun
Chelli @ The Planted Trees
Denise @ Fullnest
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Laura @ Four Little Penguins

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