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NOT Back to School: Curriculum Week

Our Curriculum 2012-13

The new school year is almost upon us, and so begins the NOT Back to School Blog Hop!

Not Back to School Blog Hop

We kick it off this week talking about the Big “C”– Curriculum, that is.

Curriculum is something I really haven’t given a whole lot of thought to yet this summer. Summer break didn’t even begin for us until the third week of July, so we are still decompressing. I mostly know what we will be using though, so I guess that’s part of it.

Electric circuits

We’re coming out of not one but actually TWO years of being pretty relaxed as far as school is concerned, and I’m not happy about it. Relaxed is nice, it’s good, but we had ground I wanted to cover this last year that we didn’t get to.

This year, here’s what the line-up looks like so far:

And things we are still considering or trying to decide on:

  • SpellingNatural Speller? Or stick with the WISE Guide & Spelling City?
  • Vocabulary… Necessary or not? English from the Roots Up?
  • WritingWriteShop or IEW?
  • A typing program… we really need one with the boys’ writing disabilities! But which one??

Co-op Classes for Fall Session:

  • Beginning Spanish
  • Apologia Botany
  • Presidential Elections

┬áIf you’re wondering why we’re using the same history curriculum we did this year, that’s a small hint to what I was talking about. We had ground to cover and didn’t cover it very well this year. We are going to repeat All American History (this year using the “Junior” edition lesson plans because the regular ones were over my boys’ heads.) We’re going all out with the FULL Illuminations lesson plans along with AAH and I am so excited about this! It looks so thorough, with every base covered and lots of flexibility– and you know how we need flexibility! I’ll tell you more about Illuminations later this month.

A good portion of our curriculum for the year has been sponsored by Bright Ideas Press. Look for lots of posts about what we’re doing and how we’re doing it! Also in some cases, how we’re adapting it to fit my boys’ special needs will be included. I am so thrilled to be working with Bright Ideas Press this year!

Have you ever used any of the books we’re using this year? Leave me a comment– I’d love to hear about your experiences!

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4 Responses to NOT Back to School: Curriculum Week

  1. Dawn August 6, 2012 at 12:52 am #

    I hope you get a bit more of summer before starting back. It looks like a great plan.

    Blessings, Dawn

  2. Joy August 6, 2012 at 5:22 am #

    Yes, we are using a lot of the same curriculum! I am looking forward to seeing how your year goes. We will be using WriteShop and English From the Roots Up. I still need to order the Write Shop and plan on doing that tomorrow, as soon as I can get a P.O. Box and get to our rental!
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    • Dawn Perkins August 6, 2012 at 5:38 am #

      Joy: I think I've decided not to use WriteShop. Honestly I can't afford to buy it. I am probably going to go with a new one I stumbled on, Essentials in Writing. It sounds very similar but is less than half the price, with broken down lessons and graphic organizers, etc as I hear WriteShop has. I am going to order English from the Roots up with the cards and probably Winston Grammar too. We already have Easy Grammar, but it's the workbook monotony we are struggling with. The boys would do well with the color coded grammar. Are you starting to get settled yet? I bet your house is all boxes still! Eeek! :)

  3. Amy August 6, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    We've been relaxed for a lot longer than I wanted, too, so I can totally relate! We are also repeating our history curriculum and some of the science, as well. I hope your school year goes well :)
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