This is so me. 😂 This year, I decided to homeschool my middle two kind of last minute... Meaning, one day I decided not to do virtual school with them, and the next day we started homeschool curriculum from my curriculum closet. So I kind of expected to change some things anyway. Math was boring for my 5th grader, so I bumped him up to AoPS Prealgebra, which he is enjoying. Writing and spelling for him have continued so far. I don't plan to make changes there. His grammar, I decided to pull out R&S 4 and teach both boys together (the younger is 3rd grade but advanced across the board). We're in the middle of chapter 2, and when we remember to do English before toddler nap time, it goes really well. We've been doing it at the white board, and the white board is in the toddler's room (which was the school room until we had a surprise 4th kid). Toddler and and 8th grader will be swapping rooms before the end of the year, I hope... She needs out of her crib and can't be unsupervised in the school room with ALL the books.
Anyway, in R&S, I always get bored with the slowness in the beginning, and my kids know all about nouns, so we did multiple lessons at a time and will continue doing so until we get to a point where we need to slow down. I've been looking at other grammar options and I'm thinking we'll try Easy Grammar, but I've talked myself into completing R&S 4 and then starting EG 5 at that point. EG would give these two some independent work.
Part of my problem is juggling the need for independent work because I have multiple kids to educate and a toddler distraction, but also the fact that my 5th grader needs me at elbow. My 3rd grader is very independent, but I don't want him falling through the cracks by doing everything independently at an age when he really needs a teacher. And then they both just want to go play (mostly the 5th grader).
We changed science a couple times this year as well. I tried CK-12... 3rd grader likes it. 5th grader finds it boring. I tried Mystery Science. 3rd grader LOVES it. 5th grader likes the videos but hates the accompanying activity. 😂 I asked him what he wanted to study. He said astronomy. So we're giving RSO Astronomy level 2 a try and are watching Cosmos, plus other videos linked in RSO TG. I have high hopes for this one, but we'll see. I have the 3rd grader continuing with CK-12 and Mystery Science. Yesterday we did RSO, CK-12, AND a Mystery Science lesson.
History... We're doing SOTW, which we did last year also. We might finish medieval this year. 😂 I'm alternating weeks for history and science, though sometimes we go 3 weeks doing science. I think since school started in August, we've done about 3 weeks of history.
But we did start watching Great African Civilizations on Amazon Prime last week, so that counts as history. My 3rd grader is bored by it, but my 5th grader asks to watch it.
Every year I struggle with organization and swapping curriculum and such, but every year my kids continue to learn well dispite my shortcomings. I mean, my 5th grader can write a paragraph! He has dysgraphia, and last year he couldn't write a coherent sentence. And when I put my oldest and youngest sons in virtual school last year, they both placed 3 grades ahead in reading and math on the placement tests given by the school. My 8th grader, for whom writing has always been my bugaboo, has received numerous complements on his writing from his local teachers. So again, something has gone right even when I feel like I'm floundering some years. He'll homeschool next year, and I'm actually looking forward to it. I am determined to keep his stuff the same throughout the year unless it's just absolutely completely not working at all. And if he balks at any writing, I can just threaten him with virtual school and their touchy feely writing assignments (write a narrative about an event that shaped your identity).