The new school year is almost upon us, and so begins the 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.
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:
- All American History Junior, Vol. 1
- Illuminations Year 4
- WonderMaps software
- Easy Grammar
- Teaching Textbooks Math
- Timez Attack for fact practice
- The Notebooking Publisher, making notebooking possible for our boys!
And things we are still considering or trying to decide on:
- Spelling… Natural Speller? Or stick with the WISE Guide & Spelling City?
- Vocabulary… Necessary or not? English from the Roots Up?
- Writing… WriteShop 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
If 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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