Friday, July 23, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up ~ Curriculum 2010-2011

Being a new homeschooling mom, making connections with others is so important to me. I am pretty clueless, so reading what others are doing helps me immensely.

Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers hosts a weekly Wrap-Up. I plan to participate in it every week.

This week she is inviting posts about the 2010-2011 Curriculum choices. I have posted about our chosen curriculum before, but thought I would do an official post today.

For Dawson's first year of homeschooling, and my first year at teaching, we have decided to stick to his strengths in our teaching and learning style and do a unit study based on his interests.

Primary Curriculum: A World of Adventure, by Dorian Holt. It will have daily lessons that include Bible, Social Studies, Science, Literature, Writing, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary and Fine Arts all based on the following units ~ Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, The Middle Ages, The Renaissance and Reformation, and The Age of Exploration. I will supplement this with other things I find in research.

You can go here to see our reading list.

Devotion: My World ~ Getting to Know Myself and the People I Love by Michael Kast, and The Rules by Mark Nicholas.

American History: We will do unit studies, that I will create, reading books and watching documentaries and doing projects. We will be starting with Pearl Harbor.

Math: Saxon Algebra 1/2, pre-algebra.

Spanish: We will actually be checking out the materials from his 6th grade Spanish teacher for the 7th grade Spanish curriculum. He liked the style and she said she would be more than willing to loan me the next level's materials and help whenever possible.

Typing: Good Typing, a free online typing course.

Additional Fun: The Curious Boy's Book of Exploration by Sam Martin.

Volunteering: One afternoon a week I volunteer at our elementary school, doing lesson plan copies for the kindergarten teachers. While I am doing that, Dawson will be volunteering for the kindergarten and 1st grade teachers, doing projects and reading to the students.

I am more than certain that we will make revisions to this as we get into it. We have a general plan, and will just have to see how it goes.

I also joined in at the Not Back-to-School Blog Hop.

Not Back to School Blog Hop

13 comments:

  1. Good luck on your first year of homeschooling. I also have an 8th grade - 13 year old son!

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  2. We are on our second year, looks like a great plan you have. I have an 8th grader too- 13 DD

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  3. Enjoy your first year! It looks like a great year.

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  4. Enjoy the journey of homeschooling!

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  5. Enjoy your first year! My kids are in 10th and 7th grades and have been homeschooled their whole lives and wouldn't change it! Remember that you are allowed to adjust your curriculum in mid-stream if you need to! Make it work for you and your son. Have lots of fun while you learn together.

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  6. Sounds like a good first year! Just remember to stay flexible and do what works for y'all. :-)

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  7. I've heard great things about World of Adventure. Hope y'all enjoy it. Volunteering together sounds like a wonderful opportunity. Enjoy your first year!

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  8. I have never heard of World of Adventure. I will have to check that out. Sounds like you have a great plan. I am now a follower of your blog.

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  9. A lady that I know from our old homeschool group used a World of Adventure and they really liked it. My understanding is that it covered a lot of history. Best wishes in your first year of homeschooling!

    Samantha

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  10. I wasn't sure if my last comment went through or not - best of wishes in your first year of homeschooling!

    Samantha

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  11. Guess what? I am joining you on your homeschooling adventures. We have decided to home school my 7 year old. I am SO happy to see this post!!

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  12. Congratulations on having begun your homeschooling journey. :-) Now I need to go check out The Curious Boy's Book of Exploration!

    http://laughingstars.net

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  13. Thanks for the link to Good Typing--I've been looking for an easy program for the kids this year (and FREE is nice, too!)

    Have an awesome year of homeschooling!

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