N is currently 12 years old. She’s starting to transition to more reading and independent work than last year.
Her weekly schedule follows:
Monday – Math, Spelling, Composition, Reading, Bible (with C and S), Chemistry (with C), History, Geography (with C), Spanish, and Piano.
Tuesday – Math, Spelling, Composition, Reading, Bible (with C and S), Chemistry (with C), History, Social Studies (with C), Spanish, and Piano.
Wednesday – Math, Spelling, Composition, Reading, Bible (with C and S), Chemistry (with C), History, Geography (with C), Spanish, and Piano.
Thursday – Library, History, Art (with C), and Piano.
Friday – Math, Spelling, Composition, Reading, Bible (with C and S), History, Geography Review (with C), Spanish, and Piano.
Her curriculum has changed a bit for history and reading. She’s going to move away from a history text and start reading biographies, historical non-fiction, and original sources from the time period we’re studying this year (Early Modern). I’ll list the required topics she needs to study below. She’s also going to move into reading more Great Books (for the Early Modern time period) for reading class. Here is the curricula we are using:
Composition – N will continue to do assignments from Unjournaling (I really love Unjournaling!), correcting errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Reading – This year, N will read Don Quixote (abridged), Perrault’s Fairy Tales, Gulliver’s Travels (the chapters on Lilliput and Brobdingnag only), The Pilgrim’s Progress (abridged), Robinson Crusoe, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Pride and Prejudice, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea (abridged), A Christmas Carol, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. She will also be going through a list of authors from the Early Modern time period, either reading their works (mostly poetry) or their biographies. The authors are Alexander Pope, John Milton, William Blake, Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Wordsworth, Robert Browning, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edward Lear, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, Christina Rossetti, and Herman Melville.
Bible – N will continue using Foundations 2 homeschool curriculum by my old college buddy, Anne Elliott. Memory verses are included in the curriculum.
History: N will go through the first half of A Patriot’s History of the United States with me (covering Columbus through the end of the Civil War). She will also read all original documents referenced in A Patriot’s History of the United States, which can all be found in the companion book A Patriot’s History Reader: Essential Documents for Every American. I absolutely love these books! They are so full of information. They are, in my humble opinion, completely non-partisan, showing the good and the bad. They are factual and not full of commentary. There are sections of the book that address common historical misconceptions, all fully sourced. If you want a completely exhaustive history of the United States, I highly recommend these books. In addition to delving deep into American history, N will also research world history during the Early Modern time period, including: Russia under the czars, 18th century Prussia, the Enlightenment, the agricultural revolution, Native American cultures, the British in India, the French Revolution, British-French conflict in Canada, the Napoleonic Wars, the industrial revolution, Simon Bolivar, and Australia’s beginnings as a penal colony.
Geography: N will continue studying the countries of Africa while learning their location on a map. I’ll continue to use the websites Time for Kids, National Geographic Kids, and CIA World Factbook to get information. After Africa, they will learn about Canada and then do more in-depth studies on each of the fifty states.
Social Studies: N will focus on current events in America and around the world this year.
Art: N will use a variety of media to create her own art, taking direction from the Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas. She will also study some of the great artists of the Early Modern time period.
Spanish: I decided to switch from Excelerate Spanish to Rosetta Stone Homeschool Spanish (Latin America) this year. I think N and C will both do better with independent computer work, and I like the idea of a parent/educator tool that enables me to set goals and record their progress. We’ll see how it goes.
Music: N will continue to work on piano with John Thompson’s Teaching Little Fingers to Play More. She’ll move up to the next book as she progresses.