Aug 8, 2016

2016 - 2017 School Year

So every year, in the spring, I write down a set of plans for the next fall. And every year, over the summer, those plans get sifted, shifted, rearranged and reworked. Sometimes, by the time school actually starts, it looks nothing like the spring ideas. This year, it is mostly just that I dropped a whole bunch of stuff so that we would have time for a new way of learning. I have to consider that Kaytie is a semi-high schooler now, (she's in eighth grade, but will have four high school credits by the end of the year) and that we can no longer work around the baby's nap schedule (we babysit during the school year and he is 2.5 now) and that Abbie and the boys are increasingly independent. This means that our school day is going to look a whole lot different. Which is a little scary, because last year was awesome and worked really well. I don't want to change anything!!!!!


But, kids keep growing and everything changes, so this post is about what our school year should look like.

Kaytie 8th grade:

Math: PreAlgebra from Math U See

Language Arts:
Grammar: Fix It! Level 3
Writing: One Year Adventure Novel (this will give her a high school credit)
Spelling: All About Spelling Level 6
Literature: She has a book list and we will be trying out having her writing essays about the books she reads. 

Science: Apologia General Science (again, we are barely half way through the book) and Apologia Physical Science (hopefully we can completely finish this one before summer)
She is also working her own way through an Astronomy course, which will give her a high school science credit.


History:
Middle Ages: Mystery of History II with some projects, the maps from Story of the World and a booklist of my own choosing,
Texas (state history as a group): Discover Texas and some other books and stuff added in, but not much, because this is pretty comprehensive. We will be reading The Story of Texas as a spine.

Spanish: She is taking a class taught by a homeschool mom friend. She will get a high school credit for this class.

Public Speaking: She is taking a class at our co-op and I will add it to her list of credits.

Bible: Bible Study Guide for All Ages and her own personal study. We also read and discuss as a group and memorize Scripture in our Morning Meeting time.

Logic: Art of Logic (I just have the Teacher's Manual, so I will read the sections aloud to both Kaytie and Nate and then write the questions on the white board for them to answer by typing on the computer.

Geography: This, only, hopefully with North and South America and a good deal of Africa.

Art: She will draw and paint and sculpt and craft using ARTistic Pursuits (we own several books) Youtube tutorials, and our collection of How to Draw books, which is extensive.


P.E. soccer

Nate: 7th grade
Math: PreAlgebra from Math U See



Language Arts:
Grammar: Fix It! Level 3
Writing: He will finish Jump In
Spelling: All About Spelling Level 5
Literature: He has a book list
Typing: He will work two or three times a week at typing.com


Science: Apologia General Science (again, we are barely half way through the book) and Apologia Physical Science (hopefully we can completely finish this one before summer)

History:
Middle Ages: Mystery of History II with some projects, the maps from Story of the World and a book list of my own choosing,
Texas (state history as a group): Discover Texas and some other books and stuff added in, but not much, because this is pretty comprehensive. We will be reading The Story of Texas as a spine.


Spanish: He is taking a class taught by a homeschool mom friend. He will get a high school credit for this class.

Bible: Bible Study Guide for All Ages and his own personal study. We also read and discuss as a group and memorize Scripture in our Morning Meeting time.

Logic: Art of Logic (I just have the Teacher's Manual, so I will read the sections aloud to both Kaytie and Nate and then write the questions on the white board for them to answer by typing on the computer.

Geography: This, only, hopefully with North and South America and a good deal of Africa.

Tech: Khan Academy

P.E. soccer


Daniel: 5th grade

Math: Math U See Epsilon
Math Facts: Wrap-ups

Language Arts:
Handwriting: Daily practicing his cursive with copywork
Grammar: Fix It! Level 2
Writing: IEW Level A
Spelling: All About Spelling finish up Level 2 and start Level 3
Reading: He will read 30 minutes a day from an approved book of his choosing
Phonics: He will practice phonics rules with me twice a week, using Logic of English flashcards.
Typing: He will work two or three times a week at typing.com


Science: He and Abbie will be transitioning into a more formal science by using sort of unit studies this year. I let them pick the topics and they chose: Anatomy, Geology, Chemistry and Zoology

History:
Middle Ages: Mystery of History II with some projects, the maps from Story of the World  and a booklist of my own choosing,
Texas (state history as a group): Discover Texas and some other books and stuff added in, but not much, because this is pretty comprehensive. We will be reading The Story of Texas as a spine.

Spanish:

Bible: Bible Study Guide for All Ages and his own personal study. We also read and discuss as a group and memorize Scripture in our Morning Meeting time.

Geography: This, only, hopefully with North and South America and a good deal of Africa.


Tech: Scratch

P.E. Soccer

Abbie: 4th Grade

Math: Math U See  the second half of Delta and the first half of Epsilon
Math Facts: Wrap-ups

Language Arts:
Handwriting: Daily practicing her cursive with copywork and learning cursive capitals
Grammar: Fix It! Level 1
Writing: IEW Level A
Spelling: All About Spelling finish up Level 2 and start Level 3
Reading: She will read 30 minutes a day from an approved book of his choosing
Phonics: She will practice phonics rules with me twice a week, using Logic of English flashcards.
Typing: She will work two or three times a week at typing.com


Science: She and Daniel will be transitioning into a more formal science by using sort of unit studies this year. I let them pick the topics and they chose: Anatomy, Geology, Chemistry and Zoology


History:
Middle Ages: Mystery of History II with some projects, the maps from Story of the World and a booklist of my own choosing,
Texas (state history as a group): Discover Texas and some other books and stuff added in, but not much, because this is pretty comprehensive. We will be reading The Story of Texas as a spine.

Spanish:

Bible: Bible Study Guide for All Ages and her own personal study. We also read and discuss as a group and memorize Scripture in our Morning Meeting time.

Geography: This, only, hopefully with North and South America and a good deal of Africa.

Art: She will draw and paint and sculpt and craft using ARTistic Pursuits (we own several books) Youtube tutorials, and our collection of How to Draw books, which is extensive.


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P.E. Soccer

The Baby aka Young'un: Totschool


He will be playing with play-dough, crayons, small plastic animals, water, manipulatives and such with an eye to learning colors, shapes, how to stay out of trouble, and whatever comes up...




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1 comment:

Kym Thorpe said...

We did Signs and Seasons a few years ago with three kids and loved it. Enjoy!

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