- Religion/Saints/Bible- David (7th grade) will be using Faith and Life 7 independently, while I will teach Mary (3rd) and Peter (2nd) from Faith and Life 3. For saints, we’ll be using Amy Welborn’s Book of Saints and Sister Wendy’s Book of Saints. For Bible, we will be using Grapevine Studies Old Testament Overview (I don’t see the exact product I have, it looks like they’ve broken it up into parts).
- Social Studies- Sonlight’s core on the Eastern Hemisphere (5 or F, depending on how old it is). I got this used (2006 edition), so it varies considerably from the new version. I will be tweaking this to include all the kiddos, adding videos and picture books, replacing some of the readers with more challenging things for my oldest (many of the readers in this core are more on my 3rd grader’s level). We are replacing the World Book readings with Circling the Globe. We may add in Catholic missionary biographies.
- Art- Everyone will be studying drawing techniques at their own level. Mary and Peter will be using Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad. We also have a membership to his video sites, so we’ll add that. David will be using New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook and Keys to Drawing We will also be doing some bigger projects related to our SL core---I’ve bookmarked a number of free resources online for that (I’ll share as we go through the core).
- Music- We’ll be studying a composer every 4-6 weeks using Classical Composers Monthly and A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers.
- Languages- We’ll be trying out Spanish for You!
- Math- Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach levels 1B and 2A, textbooks and workbooks. I’m not using their manipulatives set, I’ve already got all sorts of great RightStart manipulatives that will work great.
- Language Arts- Spelling Mechanics Homeschool Word Study level 1, copywork, and narrations. I’m debating over whether to add Writing with Ease or First Language Lessons, but suspect this would be too much for this child. See, even after 5 years, I still get stuck in the “What should I be doing with my child?” vs. “What does my child need?” debate.
- Science and Health-
Mr. Q’s Elementary Life Science with his sister.Food: 25 Amazing Projects with his brother and sister.
- Math- JUMP Math 3:1 & 3:2. Not to be confused with the JUMP at Home books Timberdoodle sells. JUMP has elements of mastery, but with plenty of review. We may add in some more challenging word problems.
- Language Arts- Spelling Mechanics Homeschool Word Study level 2, we may keep Sequential Spelling 1. Writing Tales 1, cursive copywork (haven’t decided if I will get an ebook for this or do my own) and narrations. National Novel Writing Month.
- Science and Health- See Peter’s above.
- Math- JUMP Math 6:1 & 6:2. There will be a lot of review here, but the key is to make sure his foundation is strong before heading into higher math. I compared 6 to 7 and there is a significant jump, so, we may skim through parts, if he finishes early, he can start JUMP 7:1. We’ll supplement with Learn Math Fast (review coming shortly on this program). Edited to say: We're actually tweaking this plan. LMF will be the spin program, with extras thrown in from JUMP and other resources (more on why and how another time).
- Language Arts- Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Student Writing Intensive B. I might attempt to teach this child cursive, but he resists it at every turn. Written narrations and National Novel Writing Month.
- Science and Health- Prentice Hall’s Science Explorer. We have the complete set (2000 edition), he will be choosing topics from that, plus the book on Health and the Human Body.
- Electives- David will be Mastering New Testament Greek as an independent study. Resources are here. This is something he will spend school time on, but not something we’ll be putting in his portfolio for the state.
What curriculum are you using this year?
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