Hello! Welcome visitors from Heart of the Matter’s Not-Back-To-School Blog Hop!
If you are a regular reader many of you know that we are year round homeschoolers. Well this summer we have been lazy and not done much at all in the way of academics. We’ve just been enjoying a lazy summer of pool, reading and attending Bible school! The boys are in the middle of attending their second week of Bible school this summer!
With autumn fast approaching I have been choosing our curriculum for our 2011-2012 year. I will have a first grader and a fifth grader! How did that happen?!
Both boys have varied interests and I am working on curriculum that will appeal to each of their interests.
Here is our plan for this year.
Justin – age 10/5th grade
We do as much as we can together but since the boys are in different grade levels we do separate some subjects.
Bible – GrapeVine Studies Stick Figuring through the Bible
Science - Apologia- Exploring Creation with Astronomy
Quick Science – Science experiments that take just a couple of minutes to do.
Art/Artist/Composer Study – We will be using Artistic Pursuits for art and we will also be doing an Artist/Composer Study each month. I have not finalized the plans for this yet.
Foreign Language – American Sign Language (ASL) and Spanish. We will be using Signing Time for ASL. I’m not sure yet what we are using for Spanish I am looking into a few resources.
Read Alouds & Audiobooks – We read aloud here just about everyday. Reading stories together is important to us and a wonderful way to add more learning into our day! If we do nothing else we read! We read lots of living books about history, science, geography, Bible. In addition to reading aloud together, we love to listen to audiobooks and listen at home and in the car. I keep audiobooks available for quiet time or times when the boys want to listen to a story but we have chores that need to be done or they want to listen to a story while playing or working on a project!
Justin: age 10/5th grade
Reading/Spelling – All About Spelling
Math – Math Mammoth – this is such an affordable math program. Justin loves using this. It teaches math conceptually. I purchased the entire 1-8th grade series when it was on sale back in the spring.
Living Math – back in the spring we started using a bit of living math after reading Living Loving Math by Cindy West
History/Geography – My plan was to use Mystery of History Volume I this year but Justin is now asking to learn about wars starting with the Revolutionary War. We will be reading lots of living books and using some notebook pages and add in a bit of lapbooking.
Writing – Justin will be continuing with copy work and I will be adding in more writing assignments later in the year.
Kaden: age 5/1st grade
Math – Living Math and math games.
History/Geography – Five in A Row
Writing – I will be adding in copy work here and there for Kaden. He finally mastered his pencil grip back in the spring and is ready for a bit of copy work. I may not start this until later in the year.
A few other things we will be working on this year.
Our timeline notebook - We started this last year and will be adding to it as we get back into our studies.
Korean culture – I will be adding in a few units on this as the boys (especially Justin) have been asking more questions about their birth country. I’ll be sharing more on those topics in a future post.
Pen Pals – Both boys started writing (Kaden draws pictures) to pen pals last spring and we will continue to write to them for fun and as part of their writing practice.
I think that is it! I know it seems like a lot all written out! The boys have had a fun summer off but both of them are wanting to get back into school!