In 2012, I will have student in the following grades: 12, 11, 9, 7, 5 and 4.
Time for planning!
Our ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ thus far:
Everything IEW! We will have completed ‘Speech Boot Camp’ shortly – it’s been a blast. We’ll be continuing with: Student Writing Intensive as well as a couple of the ‘History Based Writing Lessons’ series next year.
Poetry for Memorization
Life of Fred maths for some, Teaching Textbooks for others, and Signpost Maths for the youngest ones.
Calculadder Math Drills
Science in the Creation Week
Voyages in Literature
English for Australian Schools
Golden Children's Bible - we read a few pages, and the youngest three draw a picture and write about the reading. When we finish, they will have their own, illustrated book of Bible stories.
Didache Series – high school Religion.
Critical Thinking, Books 1 & 2
One Year Adventure Novel
Pure & Simple Computer Course
How Great Thou Art / Artistic Pursuits – These together form a good combination of drawing lessons and art appreciation.
Most things ‘phonics’ related. Why? Because my youngest will be in grade 4! Yep, we’re over the ‘K-3’ phase. Wow. (Don’t really want to think about that too much).
All About Spelling. Why? Because they’re ready to move on to The Phonetic Zoo. AAS has proven to be a solid, thorough, programme. We’ve used level 1 this year – which was admittedly below their level, but we got a good feel for the programme, and I was very impressed by it. However, we’re ready to move onto The Phonetic Zoo programme, and so we shall!
History Portfolios. Strange, isn’t it? What worked so beautifully for my older girls, is not working as well for my younger ones. Still working out exactly what we’ll do for history, but I plan to continue with Medieval History for Term 1, and then move onto Australian History (using The Wide Brown Land) for Terms 2-4.
ABCs of Christian Culture. Well, not out fully, or permanently, but the older ones are taking a ‘historical literature’ approach to history, followed by Australian History in terms 2-4.
The Magic Music Box for Music Appreciation (watch for blog post on this coming soon!)
New resource for 2012:
History Odyssey, Medieval. I’ve downloaded this programme, and I think it’ll work well for my very independent 14 year old. Very well laid out, and what’s more, we already have most of the resources needed – yippee!
Up until now, I've often grouped my three youngest together for things such as science, history and religion. That'll need to change soon - the gap is widening in their abilities. We'll see what happens about this next year.
Anyways……. Back to planning!