Sunday, February 6, 2011

Thinking Curriculum

With us being snowed in I have had lots of time on my hands. What better time to start thinking about next year's curriculum?

Since this was our first year homeschooling, we have totalling winged it. What we have done has been very successful, but there are some changes I would like to make based on many factors.

Here is what I have tentatively planned for next year, so far:

Dawson ~ 9th Grade (next year)

Language Arts: Easy Grammer Ultimate Series 9
Science: Apologia Biology
Math: Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra with Economics and then Beginning Algebra
Social Studies: American History by using "America: The Story of Us" video series from The History Channel with Notebooking using Advanced History from Hold that Thought!
Literature: Every three weeks we will read a Living Book based on our history topic
Writing: IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons Volume 1
Art: The Usborne Art Treasury ~ study one artist per month
Personal Reading: Student's choice
Typing: Good Typing (continuation of lessons from this year)
Spanish: LiveMocha (continuation of lessons from this year)

** Does anybody have any bad experiences with any of these curriculum choices? **


Brynne ~ 2nd Grade (next year)

Language Arts: Easy Grammar Daily Grammar Teaching and Review for 2nd Grade
Science: Interest-based (self built curriculum) starting with The Human Body and Health using primarily Living Books
Math: Math Mammoth Light Blue Grade 2
Social Studies: Following Dawson's curriculum with self-built lessons using primarily Living Books starting with Jamestown, Early Settlers and Boston Tea Party and with Notebooking using Beginning History from Hold that Thought!
Literature: Each week we will read several Living Books based on our history topic
Writing: IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons Volume 1 and copywork with Copywork for Little Girls.
Art: The Usborne Art Treasury ~ study one artist per month
Personal Reading: Classic stories and student's choice
Nature: We will follow lessons from Barb at Handbook of Nature Study


And those are my preliminary plans for next year. I welcome any comments or recommendations. I am trying to stay as much on a Charlotte Mason path as possible, keeping in mind that my son needs to be prepared to re-enter public school at any time we might decide that it would be best for him to return. (I don't have any plans for that at this time, but I want to be prepared.)

3 comments:

  1. I think your off to a great start! I have also been snowed in and making my order list for next year(: I would suggest for math, math U see, it has great reviews...if you want to check out reviews for anything you have or are thinking about you should check out homeschoolreviews.com its great and has been very helpful! Blessings!!!

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  2. Fabulous choices; stay w/ what is working for you all.
    For the younger years, Math-U-See or Abeka arithmetic are good choices.
    Keep on keep o;, you, dear mama, are doing fantastic!
    ~Sheri

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  3. You probably already have a plan, but we love the history living books / study guide from Beautiful Feet. (www.bfbooks.com). You can purchase the study guide and get the books from your local library. Brad and I have used it for two years in a row and it's been great.

    I know, I know .... you asked about "math", not "history". I get side-tracked easily. :)

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