History: This year we began the Story
of the World curriculum and we are currently enjoying vivid stories of Ancient
Times as a family.
Science: We are using The Human
Body, God’s Design for Life from Answers
In Genesis. It is a simple, but deep way to
study science as a family, concentrating
on the important aspects of each system
of the human body with interesting facts
English: Since my oldest is in 6th
grade already and my youngest is in 5th,
I considered it necessary to do a grammar review this year. For this we are using the excellent, Building Christian English Series books and workbooks from
Rod and Staff Publishers, Inc. It is an excellent book with all the basic grammar
information, including a thorough study
of the sentence and its parts. Just what we
needed to reinforce and give order to all
the pieces of information we had learned
from different curriculums. I am very
happy with it.
Math: Life Pac Math from Alpha &
Omega Publishing. This curriculum allows them to advance at their own pace
and work independently.
Reading: They are reading chapter
books in Spanish and English. Their
favorites are: I Am series by Scholastic,
Imagination Station (Adventures in Odyssey) and everything related to baseball.
Piano: My husband gives them piano
lessons on Fridays, but they love to improvise and play songs by ear on the piano as a duo.
Bible: They are currently completing
a CEF book in their morning devotions.
Italian: Learning Italian informally
with DuoLingo keeps them motivated
and they are improving without the pressure of formal lessons.
Baseball: This sport is their life. This
year both of them received a scholarship
from a baseball traveling team. They enjoy the practices during the week and the
games on weekends. They are very disciplined and committed.
Homeschooling our boys has provided
the perfect environment to preserve our
language and roots while absorbing and
thriving in a new culture that is leaving its mark on our lives. I can say that
homeschooling bilingually is possible
and totally worth it.
Mayra Rodríguez is the author of Estilo Fa-miliar ( estilofamiliar.com) where she shares
the adventures of homeschooling their two
sons while balancing her freelance writing
career with family life. In her spare time,
you will find her in the garage renovating
wooden furniture, thrifting, behind the
sewing machine or trying to create something. She also writes on Cocina Latina for
About.com and is a contributor to Mamas-latinas.com. She comes from the Enchanted
Island of Puerto Rico, but currently enjoys
living in Los Angeles, California. Find her
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