Sunday, July 24, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up ~ Curriculum 2011-2012

Everybody's talking curriculum these days! Why? Because it's about time to start using some curriculum!

I've been pretty settled on what we were going to use for several months now. I have tweaked it a bit here and there. But, for the most part I am still satisfied with what I have chosen. This tells me that my choices must be good ones for us because I haven't felt the urge to change them even when I read all the fun things other schools will be doing!

Here's a breakdown of what Dawson and Brynne will be studying this year. (Remember, Kyndal and Eli still go to public school.)


Dawson ~ 9th Grade

Language Arts: Easy Grammar Ultimate Series 9.

Science: Apologia Biology.

Math: Teaching Textbooks ~ Algebra I.

Social Studies: American History by using "America: The Story of Us" video series from The History Channel, www.history.com/america, America's Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty by The American Heritage Education Foundation, Inc. and with Notebooking using Advanced World History Vol. 2 from Hold that Thought!  You can see how I have built this curriculum by clicking here.

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 week on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Tuesdays we will be participating in Sketch Tuesday. And on Thursdays our art will be incorporated with a nature study using Outdoor Hour Challenges from Barb at Handbook of Nature Study.

Personal Reading: 20 book requirement, all student's choice but with genre requirements. Go here to see what this looks like.

Typing: Good Typing.

Spanish: LiveMocha.



Brynne ~ 2nd Grade

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. Will also be doing some Amanda Bennett Download-n-Go Unit Studies (Autumn Treasures, Veteran's Day, Winter Wonders, Seashells, and Dogs)

Math: MEP (Mathematics Enhancement Programme) and Living Math.

Social Studies: Following Dawson's curriculum with self-built lessons using primarily Living Books and Notebooking using Beginning History from Hold that Thought!

Literature: Each week we will read several Living Books based on our history topic.

Writing:  Copywork for Little Girls, pen pal letters, letters to grandma.

Art: The Usborne Art Treasury ~study one artist per week on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Tuesdays we will be participating in Sketch Tuesday. And on Thursdays our art will be incorporated with a nature study using Outdoor Hour Challenge from Barb at Handbook of Nature Study.

Personal Reading: Classic stories and student's choice, 30 minutes each day.

Nature: We will follow lessons from Barb at Handbook of Nature Study.

PE/Music: At our homeschool Co-op twice a month, dance class at a private dance company, Co-op gymnastics once per month.


Head over to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers to see what other curriculum is being used this year.


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6 comments:

  1. Sounds great! I love it when I don't doubt my choices even when reading others. Have a great year!

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  2. Your plans look great! I'm still trying to figure out what we are doing for art and music, so I love your art ideas!

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  3. I totally agree with you about choosing.I have a few iffies(sp)about one but it is going away.We just started a few weeks ago so I need to give it time.

    Blessings~
    Hopping over from NOT back to school

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  4. Hi, just stopping by from the blog hop!

    Your plans sound awesome!

    Sketch Tuesday sounds fun--my problem is I always remember these things the day AFTER they happen! :)

    Have a great year of homeschooling!

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  5. Your plans look great! We especially love notebooking around our place and my daughter is so pleased to have something so nice to show curious guests. I think you'll have a fun year, from the looks of it.

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  6. Sounds like it's going to be a really great year! Wishing you all the best!

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