I'm a little late posting this for Darcy's blog hop (there are already 138 links!!!), but I have a good reason...
I was here...
...thinking about anything besides curriculum!
But our new school year is quickly approaching, so it's time to share our plans.
- Sunday School and Catechism instruction at church (plus memory work for both)
- Daily stories from The Child's Story Bible
- Discovering Jesus in Exodus (Last year we really enjoyed the first book in this two-book series)
- Additional memory work (starting with the books of the Bible)
We were originally scheduled to use Story of the World 3, but I decided it was going to be too difficult. So we are going to concentrate on American history, and maybe a little detour to Holland (lots of Dutch blood in this family). Next year we will study geography, and in two years we will start the history rotation over again.
- Adventures in My Father's World
- Selections from Story of the World 3
- Lots and lots of literature selections
This will be our first year incorporating formal nature study. It seems a bit overwhelming, since I can't name the most common trees or insects, but we're going to give it a try. We also did not finish our science curriculum last year, so we are stretching it out over two years. I think this will work out great, because I wanted to spend more time on astronomy anyway, and I wasn't sure my younger two were ready for chemistry.
- Outdoor Hour Challenge (starting with Challenge #1)
- Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space (Unit 5: Weather)
- Exploring Creation with Astronomy
- Complete Song School Latin (we purposely stretched this out over two years)
- Rosetta Stone French (Anna only)
- Artistic Pursuits K-3, Book 1
- Sketch Tuesday with Harmony Art Mom
- Various projects will overlap with history and science
- Piano lessons
- Two musical events (i.e. symphony or musical -- this has been a fun tradition in our homeschooling)
- Selections from The Story of the Orchestra, The Usborne Story of Music, and the Dover coloring book Musical Instruments
- Hymn Studies (using the Hymns for Kid's Heart series)
- Composer Studies (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert)
- Occasional activities from Family Math
- Computer activities like typing and Web Design for Kids (see Dawn's review here)
- Extracurricular activities like Cub Scouts, ballet and swim
Just for Ryne (age 10, 4th grade, high-functioning autism):
In the past I have listed RDI as part of our curriculum. This can be confusing, since it is not a curriculum in the traditional sense. We use RDI to remediate Ryne's core deficits of autism, and it flavors how we use all our curricula. For more information please consider joining the Homeschooling with RDI Yahoo Group. I will also blog more about this in the future.
- Copywork and Dictation (still trying to decide if we want to use Writing with Ease)
- Spelling Power (although I'm considering a switch to All About Spelling)
- First Language Lessons 4
- Math U See Gamma
- Reading (starting to move from "readers" to regular books; focus will be on narration and comprehension)
- Map Skills for Today 4
- Building Thinking Skills 1 (we use this more as a filler book when I'm working with another kid)
Just for Grace (age 6, 1st grade):
- Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading(almost finished)
- Adventures in Phonics A (almost finished) & B
- Handwriting Without Tears
- First Language Lessons 1
- Reading -- various Christian Liberty Press and Abeka readers
- Math U See Alpha (and maybe half of Beta)
- Map Skills for Today 1 (half-done) & start on 2
Our oldest, Anna (age 11, 6th grade), will be starting at a Christian classical school this fall, attending school Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays she will study at home, so I will still be heavily involved in her schooling. For those of you curious what they study in a classical school, I am listing her curriculum for the year.
- Veritas Press Bible Cards (Acts to Revelation)
- Abeka Grammar and Composition I
- Veritas Press History Cards (1815 to Present)
- Latin Grammar I For Christian and Home Schools
- Saxon Math 7/6
- Abeka Choosing Good Health
- Abeka Observing God's World
- Caddie Woodlawn
- By the Great Horn Spoon!
- Across Five Aprils
- Call of the Wild
- Where the Red Fern Grows
- Enemy Brothers
- Singing Tree
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
- Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- Dragon's Gate
Anna has also marked up my Veritas Press catalog with additional literature choices, so we will be doing a little supplementing. She'd also really like to listen to the Story of the World 4 CDs to go along with the history cards.
Blue House Academy will officially start on August 17, the same day Anna starts at her new school. In the past we have started in July and after every 3-4 weeks of school we would take a week off. I really love having those breaks, but I'm going to try a more traditional schedule this year. We'll see how it goes...
Be sure to visit LWM3B to see what others have planned for the school year. I've only read a handful so far, but have already found a few new things worth researching.