How can we be talking about next year’s curriculum already? It’s only July, right? Oh wait, I have always had it figured out by July haven’t I? Ah well, this year isn’t a banner year but I think I have it pretty much figured out. So here it is, The Big List!
- D1: 6th- Teaching Textbooks Math 5. He loves the interactive CD’s and uses them exclusively.
- D2: 4th- Teaching Textbooks Math 4.
- BOTH: Timez Attack for Multiplication and Division fact practice. THEY LOVE THIS GAME! The play it right after breakfast if they are allowed to.
D1: A Reason for Handwriting (Cursive); Easy Grammar 5/6; IEW Student Writing Intensive Level A; Sequential Spelling
D2: A Reason for Handwriting (Cursive Transition); Easy Grammar 3/4; IEW Student Writing Intensive Level A; The WISE Guide for Spelling
BOTH: Vocabulary-Spelling City: We have a premium membership and LOVE IT.
We are covering Early American History using All American History from Bright Ideas Press, as well as the Time Traveler’s unit study CD’s by Homeschool in the Woods.
Karate twice a week for a total of 3 hours.
Techical and Other Skills
Keyboarding: D1 needs to begin a typing program. We don’t have one yet but I’m looking. Our trusty old Typing Tutor 10 doesn’t run on our Windows 7 computers!
Cooking: Both boys are begging for “cooking classes”, so I am going to come up with some lessons for them and we’ll just go for it.
Music: We really WANT to be able to have the boys take piano, but can’t afford it. I have come up with some alternatives, thanks to the Internet and technology. For starters, there are these Free Piano Lessons for Kids. We are also looking at getting Simply Music through the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op. If you don’t already belong, you can join for free and get amazing savings on all sorts of curriculum and even online classes through the co-op!
I can’t do it all and don’t want to do it all, and because my kids are very social creatures, we re-joined the co-op we belonged to a couple of years ago. We dropped out because I didn’t really feel like I fit, and because they were doing classes that we couldn’t really mesh with our daily work. The boys missed it terribly and begged to go back, the entire rest of that school year. They have reformatted the co-op classes, and we all really enjoyed Fall Term!
Last term they took:
- The Dangerous Book for Boys (D2)
- The Young Author’s class (D1)
- Science: Land Animals of the Sixth Day
I’m really happy that they get to do science with a group. It’s always so much more fun that way! They are taking the same class, but they are in different rooms with different teachers, by grade level. D1 is in the 5th-7th group and D2 is in the 3rd-4th group. That is GREAT. As for me, I help the boys in their classes, as D1 sometimes needs side by side help, and I do some of the building cleanup during the last class. The Spring Term class list isn’t out yet, so besides science I’m not sure what they will be offering, but we’re looking forward to it! Being involved in this co-op has given my boys something that has been missing for them: FRIENDS. E and I have become friends with some of the parents too, so it’s a win-win.
I have made some edits since I first posted this in September, but that’s what we do. Toss what doesn’t work and add in what does!
Read last week’s Back to (Home) School post: My Students
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