Thursday, August 10, 2006

The New School Year

We are in our second week of Back-to-School, so to speak. We always have a light schedule for summer, taking off for whatever strikes our fancy. Now that it is miserably hot, we are hitting the books and anxiously awaiting cooler temperatures for our out-of-doors activities. And trying to make a little progress before we gallivant across the country for a trip to visit some friends and then a vacation at the beach. It has been lots of fun diving into new books and materials. Our schedule has been working wonderfully, which is quite a reward after I brainstormed how to fit it all in for weeks on end.
Whew! Only four kids this year, well 4 1/2 if you count Kindergarden with TheLittlestPrincess. Here's what we have planned for this year:
Tom (16 - 11th grade)
Abeka's Consumer Math
Bird Biology (book from Cornell University)
20th Century History - with lots of books, authors such as Albert Marrin, Clarence Carson, and others.
20th Century Literature - with selected books plus daily poetry
Philosophy/Worldview - Sophie's World then Amusing Ourselves to Death
Law - Whatever Happened to Justice
Citizenship - Ourselves by Charlotte Mason
Grammar - Our Mother Tongue by Nancy Wilson & Elements of Style
Writing and Dictation & Poetry with back issues from The Slingshot and Freewrites from
Health - Usborne's Food, Fitness & Health
Also she is working part time for her father doing office work (parital credit in Business Math)
BlochHead (13/14 in Sept.- 8th grade)
Teaching Textbooks Algebra I
Apologia's Biology
History - Ancient Rome using Truthquest Guide with family AND
American Revolution study with Michael Medved's tapes and the book Founding Brothers
Literature and Writing course with - The Boomerang and discussion group plus daily poetry
Theology - The Screwtape Letters
Citizenship - Ourselves by Charlotte Mason
Economics - Whatever Happened to Penny Candy and Bluestocking Guide
Logic - The Fallacy Detective
Grammar - Our Mother Tongue and Elements of Style
Art - she is constantly drawing and painting!
Other Family Activities - Picture Study, Composers, Nature Study, Scrapbooking, Shakespeare with Tea Time, Crafts
SmokeyBear and Tigger (12yo/6th grade, 10yo/4th grade)
Math U See plus : SB- Pet Store Math, T - Miquon and both play math games and living math books
Apologia's Flying Creatures and Botany courses
Ancient Rome with Truthquest Guide with family
Early Modern Times with focus on American Revolution - Story of the World 3, The Story of the 13 Colonies
Geography books: other cultures through various books (current read aloud Gift From the Mikado-Japan)
Reading various fun chapter books to improve reading skills
Geography Drill with World Discovery Deluxe
Copywork and Dictation using Spelling Wisdom (from and also
George Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior
Read Alouds from Ambleside's Year 4 list
Other Family Activites as listed above
TheLittlestPrincess (K, 5 - almost 6)
All of her lessons are low-key, very short and mostly only when she asks. The best thing I have done for her this year is make a basket of things she can only do during "school time". This includes books on tape, playdoh, paper dolls, coloring books, paints, certain puzzles and a bead kit. This is great because she doesn't get so tired of these things when her time to play with them is limited. She often listens in when I am reading to the boys and participates in the other family studies.
Math with RightStart Math, games and Miquon later in the year
Reading practice
Writing - copying letters and simple words
Poetry memorization
Scripture memorization with Sing the Word from A -Z
Bedtime read alouds - mostly from Sonlight's Year K plus some others
All in all, I'm very pleased with our selections. Many of them are tried and true favorites so we don't have the apprehension of wondering if the books are lousy. It's great to have a job that makes you love to wake up every morning!!! Every day is a blessing filled with fun hours of learning, leisure and work!

1 comment:

peacemaker said...

I like the idea of the schooltime basket. If only I could get mine to do that. Thanks for the idea.