I think I’ve nearly got this coming homeschool year sorted. Maybe. Kind of.
Some of it depends on whether or not we’ll have some spending money (new business start ups always take longer than we think), but I have back up plans just in case I’m not wallpapering my bathroom in
hundred dollar bills one dollar bills by September.
|Subjects||J: 5th grade||N: 3rd grade||K: 1st grade|
Singapore 5A & B
Singapore 3A & B
|Finish Singapore 1B
Start Singapore 2A
|Penmanship||Getty Dubay E||Getty Dubay D||Getty Dubay C|
WTM Writing 3
|WTM ELL 1
|Solo Reading||1 hour each day||1 hour each day||15-20 min daily|
|A Child’s History of the World
The Story of the World CDs
Table map games
Wild Days / Nature Journals
|Music||Violin, Choir||Piano||Core Choir|
|Art||Various art projects
Lots of ideas from Deep Space Sparkle
|Memorization||Memory boxes with selected scriptures and poems|
|Foreign Language||Rosetta Stone Spanish as interest dictates.|
Language Arts Indecision
I really like the Ruth Beechick and Charlotte Mason ideas that simplify homeschooling by wrapping grammar, spelling, reading, and writing into one big whole, but I’m not so great at executing it in real life. I’ve tried various language arts programs over the year, none of which have felt like a really good fit. I am mostly decided on trying Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts for the older boys, I really like everything I read about it.
For Miss K, I rather like the idea of Five in a Row or Learning Language Arts through Literature. But I think I can create our own Five in a Row / LLATL type program with the books we already have. Hmmm.
Science (say it like that dude on Nacho Libre)
I’m also stumped on science. My kids love science but I haven’t found a curriculum-type science that I really love. I think we’ll fly by the seat of our pants this year, using the Usborne Encyclopedia of Science as a spine. Of course we could just keep going with astronomy since they love it and I’m up to my ears in lesson plans and awesome books for the co-op, but I think it’d be fun to shift to biology or earth science.
Everything else is working nicely so we won’t fix what ain’t broke. Did I just type “ain’t” on a homeschooling post? My, my.
Teaching Textbooks Math will be new for the older boys this year… I’m still trying to see if I can swing the cost. They’ve taken all the demo lessons and practice sessions offered for free and can’t get enough. I think they’ll love it, but we’ll keep going with their Singapore workbooks, too. Maybe. I don’t know!
Lots of unknowns this year, but that is half the fun isn’t it? Are you a homeschooler? Do you have everything sorted and ready to go?