Prep Work for 2016/17

Well, trying to do school over the summer lasted two days – ha ha! Live and learn, right? S continued to practice her reading, but that’s about it. We kept busy with camp and swimming and friends and chilling out. School starts on Monday; I finalized schedules for four kids (11yo N, 9yo C, 7yo S, and 4yo H) and curriculum, I purchased supplies on this tax-free weekend, and I got the classroom ready. Here are the schedules and curriculum I’m using for the kids this year (subject to tweaking throughout the year, of course):

N (age 11):

Math: N will have math Monday through Thursday. She will be starting Saxon Math Homeschool 8/7.

Spelling: N will have spelling Monday through Thursday. She will continue using Spelling Workout E.

Writing: N will have writing Monday through Thursday. She will continue using Writing Strands Level 4.

Reading: N will read a chapter of an approved book every weekday. She is currently reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Bible: N, C, S, and H will all have Bible class together every weekday. They will continue using Foundations 1: Preparation for Christ, which was written by an old college buddy, Anne Elliott.

Science: N, C, S, and H will all listen to the science lesson on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, N and C will copy definitions and work on memorizing relevant information. On Thursday, N and C will research the scientist(s) of the week. And on Friday, N, C, S, and H will participate in the experiment/activity. They will be using ClassiQuest Science Logic Stage:  Astronomy and Geoscience, along with supplemental materials.

History: N, C, S, and H will all listen to the history lesson on Monday and Wednesday, and will participate in the activity on Friday. They will be using Story of the World Volume 2 and its accompanying workbook. N will also do supplemental reading from either The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia or The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History, and she will take notes.

Geography: N and C will continue to study Southeast Asia using internet sites like Time for Kids, National Geographic Kids, and the CIA World Factbook. They will learn about a new country on Tuesday and Thursday, and will have a review of all the countries they’ve learned on Friday. I will continue printing outline maps from Printable Maps and Owl & Mouse.

Social Studies: N and C will continue to learn about a state every Tuesday. They will work together to complete a worksheet for each state. I made the worksheets last year.

Logic: N will continue learning about propaganda every Monday. She will continue using The Fallacy Detective. This election year should prove fertile ground for seeing logical fallacies and propaganda in action.

Spanish: Since Spanish kind of fell by the wayside last year, N will start at the beginning again, this time with C, of Excelerate Spanish. They will watch a video on Tuesday, review vocabulary and practice translating on Wednesday, complete a workbook lesson on Thursday, and re-watch the video on Friday.

Music: N will continue her weekly piano lessons on Monday, and will practice her scales and lesson until mastery is achieved. She will continue using Teaching Little Fingers to Play.

Art: N and C will continue their drawing lessons on Friday using Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad. If they show an interest in another medium at some point, we will probably deviate from the plan a bit, but Mark Kistler’s curriculum is going to provide the backbone of our art instruction for now.

C (age 9):

Math: C will have math Monday through Thursday. She will pick up where she left off in Saxon Math Homeschool 5/4.

Spelling: C will have spelling Monday through Thursday. She will continue using Spelling Workout C.

Writing: C will have writing Monday through Thursday. She will continue using Writing Strands Level 3.

Reading: C will read a chapter of an approved book every weekday. She is currently reading Little House in the Big Woods.

Bible: Combined class with N, S, and H.

Science: Combined class with N, S, and H.

History: Combined class with N, S, and H. She will not be doing the supplemental reading or notes until next year.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Social Studies: Combined class with N.

Spanish: Combined class with N.

Music: C will continue her weekly ukulele lessons, practicing daily until she achieves mastery of each lesson. She will continue using Alfred’s Kid’s Ukulele Course.

Art: Combined class with N.

S (age 7):

Math: S will have math every weekday. She will finish up Saxon Math Homeschool K  (using the manipulatives kit) and then move on to the first grade curriculum.

Grammar: S will begin grammar this year.  She will have grammar every weekday using First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind.

Reading: S will continue learning to read every weekday. She will continue using All About Reading, and supplementing with the Dick and Jane books.

Bible: Combined class with N, C, and H.

Science: Combined class with N, C, and H on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. On Wednesday and Thursday, S and H will do age-appropriate worksheets while N and C do their research and copywork.

History: Combined class with N, C, and H.

Art: S and H will have art on Friday using What Shall I Draw? It is much simpler than Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad, and I’m hoping they won’t get as discouraged with drawing as they did when they tried to emulate N and C.

H (age 4):

Math: H will have math every weekday. She will start at the beginning of Saxon Math Homeschool K  (using the manipulatives kit).

Reading: H will have reading class every weekday. She will use The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading.

Bible: Combined class with N, C, and S.

Science: Combined class with N, C, and S on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. On Wednesday and Thursday, S and H will do age-appropriate worksheets while N and C do their research and copywork.

History: Combined class with N, C, and S.

Art: Combined class with S.

The goal is to get all the combined classes for all four girls done first thing in the morning. Then, S and H will get a break while I finish up combined classes for N and C. Next, I will alternate individual instruction time between N and C while they do their independent work. After lunch, N and C will finish up independent work while I give first S and then H their individual instruction time (which only takes 10-30 minutes each).

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I was an education major in college, but I hated teaching. And then I started homeschooling. Good days, bad days, I love them all! It's a great adventure with my favorite people in the whole world.

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