Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Curriculum Share

*I started this post last week, hoping to link to the {Not} Back-to-School blog hop.  Guess I missed that.  Anyways, here's the plan:

After our not-very-schoolish first day back to school, we hit the books yesterday. Miah and Larkin are working almost completely independently this year so that I have more time to work with Zahana and Rohan.  I give them weekly assignment sheets, and they know they can come ask for help any time they need it. The goal is to have assigned bookwork done before lunch in order to have plenty of time to pursue personal interests, get together with other people, go places, play, etc. after lunch. That helps motivate them into not wasting time. Another motivator is that their work is their own, at least partly. They chose their own science this year as well as some of their co-op classes. And while planning, I tried to maximize aspects they most enjoy and minimize the ones they don't. So here's what we are doing:
 Miah - 6th grade  
Bible   We are all reading through the New Testament together at breakfast.  Sometimes the kids take turns reading paragraphs to get practice reading aloud.
We are also finishing up Apologia's Who Is God?  and will then move into Who Am I?.
On her own, Miah is reading Answers Books For Kids.
Sunday School and Wednesday nights at church provide more chronological Bible teaching and memorization that we also work on through the week.
Our church supports a few different missionary families and we receive regular email updates  from them, which I read to the kids.  Miah is also taking a class about missionaries at co-op this year.
Math   She is finishing up Saxon 6/5  and will then begin Saxon 7/6.  In the past, I have tried to make math interesting, playing games, mixing it with other disciplines, doing fun math co-op classes, etc.  This year, we are going with simple and quick in the math department.
English   Language Lessons for the Elementary Child Vol. 2 
 For Miah's spelling, I pick out misspelled words from her own writing to practice.
I made a point to include more writing assignments in her history studies this year, and she is taking a writing class at co-op.
Science   Miah chose to learn about the weather for science, so I put together reading, writing, and experiments from these three books: Weather and the Bible, Janice VanCleave's Earth Science for Every Kid, and The Amateur Meteorologist.
History   TruthQuest: Beginnings
PE   Running class at co-op and track team.  This was a big surprise to me that Miah chose this, but I am very happy about it since most of the activities she enjoys are more sedentary.
Art   Silk dyeing class at co-op.  Art projects on home on weeks we don't have co-op.

Larkin - 4th grade
Bible   Same as Miah except he's not taking the co-op class on missions.
Math   Life of Fred: Fractions and Khan Academy Fractions, then finishing Saxon 7/6
English   Same as Miah except he is using Vocabulary Cartoons for spelling.
Science   He chose Apologia Land Animals and is using the Notebooking Journal that goes with it.
History  Same as Miah

Zahana - 1st grade ish
Bible   All the things we do together.  For personal devotions, she will start reading The Jesus Storybook Bible.
Math   This is the only math that isn't a straight curriculum this year.  I didn't think her abilities fit neatly into a grade level, so I am using Saxon 3 and Dr. Wright's Kitchen Table Math as guides for making her daily assignments.
English  Language Lessons for the Very Young Vol 1, Printing with Pictures Book B, spelling similar to Miah's
Science  I put together lessons based on the days of creation to do with Zahana and Rohan.  I'll be sharing these as we do them.  Maybe.  If I get to it.
Geography  Continuing in our country studies with maps, flags, stories, food, and dressing up. 

Rohan - 1st grade ish
Bible  All the things we do together.
Math  Math Lessons for a Living Education Book 1
English Waldorf-style first grade language lessons including form drawing (more here, here, and here) and learning letters through stories and activities found here: Waldorf in the Home, Heirloom Seasons, Ancient Hearth, Vowels, and Numbers.
Science and Geography   Same as Zahana.
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