Monday, August 9, 2010

Homeschool Plans 2010 - 2011

Alright here it is, our homeschool plans for the 2010 - 2011 school year*

*subject to change, many times probably...

     Arwen (age 7) - Arwen has finished Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.  This year we will work on fluency. She has made a big leap in her reading this summer and can read somewhat independently.  I will have her read aloud to me every school day, so I can see how she is improving and help her with sounds and words she is struggling with.
    Kali (almost age 10) - Kali will choose books from a reading list and read at least one chapter each school day. The first book she has chosen is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  Other books on her list include, Tuck Everlasting, Pollyanna, The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, or any Little House on the Prairie book. She may not get to every book on the list this year, but I wanted to give her a bunch of options.
    Sierra (age 12) - Sierra will also read books from a reading list.  Her first pick is Through the Looking Glass. Other books on her list include The Giver, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Catherine Called Birdy.  Towards the end of the year, when we get to the corresponding period in history, Sierra will be required to read the following books, Animal Farm, The Diary of Ann Frank, and To Kill and Mockingbird.

   Arwen - For handwriting, Arwen will start copywork this year. She will continue to work on printing (manuscript). For composition, she will start freewriting, meaning she can write about whatever she wants for 15 minutes. I will also try to incorporate writing into other subjects.
   Kali - Kali will continue cursive copywork.  For composition, we are going to try Writing Strands 4 and also incorporate ideas from the Writing with a Purpose series.
   Sierra - Sierra will also continue with cursive copywork.  She will do Writing Strand 5 and activities from Writing with a Purpose for composition.

   Arwen - Second half of First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind. I have this one, but apparently they are coming out with a new version that has a separate volume for 1st and 2nd grade
   Kali - Finish Growing with Grammar grade 4, begin Growing with Grammar grade 6.  We are skipping a grade level because grammar curricula are so repetitive.
   Sierra - Finish Growing with Grammar grade 6, begin Growing with Grammar grade 8

    all girls - Sequential Spelling Level 1

    all girls - English from the Roots Up

    Arwen - Singapore Math 2a and 2
    Kali - finish Singapore Math 3a, begin 4a and continue to 4b
    Sierra - work through Singapore Math 6a and 6b, start Thinkwell Prealgebra

    all girls - SOTW 3 and 4.  It took us 3 years to get through SOTW 2, so I'm not sure why I think we can get through 2 volumes in one year.  We did take a bunch of side trips into geography, government and artists, etc. during those 3 years and the girls are older and we are more focus now, so I am hopeful.  Also, Sonlight goes through both books in their Core 7, so I know it is possible...

    all girls - Real Science 4 Kids Chemistry and Physics

Foreign Language
    Kali - I was so excited to find Live Mocha.  It is a free online language program that is very similar to Rosetta Stone.  Kali has decided that she wants to learn Chinese.
   Sierra - Sierra wants to learn French.  Both girls are excited to learn new languages.  I am very happy because they were not very thrilled when I was making them learn Spanish a few years ago and we had free access to Rosetta Stone.

    Arwen - begin piano lessons this year
    Kali - continue violin lessons
    Sierra - continue flute lessons

  It is difficult to not have art in our house.  I have no formal plans for art, but we have art supplies available for use at any time and we will learn about artists as we come to them in our history studies.

Here's to a great 2010 -2011 school year!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Homeschool Purchases 2010

After much pondering and reconsidering and taking items off the list and adding items to the list.  I present to you this year's homeschool purchases.

From Rainbows Resources

Singapore 2b and Singapore 4b workbooks  - These are for Arwen and Kali. We already have the home instructor's guides and textbooks for this level and the sets for level A

Sequential Spelling Book 1 - spelling is still a problem around here, so I am going to try this program with all 3 girls.

Writing with a purpose series (Narrative, Descriptive, Expository, Persuasive) - I have had the hardest time deciding whether or not to get these books.  We have been on an academic writing kick since doing K12. I am not sure how useful these will be.  They might turn out to be dust gatherers.

History Odyssey Level 2 Modern - to use in conjunction with SOTW 4

From Amazon

Writing Strand 4 and 5 - level 4 for Kali and Level 5 for Sierra.  I am very hopeful about this program. I looked at it once back when I first read The Well Trained Mind and I thought level 3 looked really boring and pointless. The higher levels look better and I really like that they are self teaching. I also like they include both creative and academic writing. Notice that I am buying 2 writing programs. I am not sure if I will use both or just keep one as a back up... Luckily they are both inexpensive.  Even buying both, I am spending less than other writing programs.

Reading Strands - I have never used a literature program.  I just have the girls read books or we listen to them or I read them aloud. I am hoping this book will give me ideas for discussing and analyzing literature.

George Washington's World

Abraham Lincoln's World

Story of the World 4 Activity Guide

From Homeschool Buyers Co-op

Thinkwell Pre-Algebra

From an independent homeschooler seller

Growing with Grammar

Coming up: My plan for using these purchases and other curricula that we already own this coming school year...

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Where Have you Been?

Instructions: “Bold the states or provinces you’ve been to, underline the states you’ve lived in and italicize the state/province you’re in now…”
Alabama / AlaskaArizona / Arkansas/ California /Colorado, / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / HawaiiIdaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska? / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C /
British Columbia / Alberta / Saskatchewan /Manitoba /Ontario / Quebec / New Brunswick / Nova Scotia / Prince Edward Island / Newfoundland & Labrador / Northwest Territories / Yukon Territory / Nunavut

Stupid North Dakota and maybe Nebraska! I may have driven through Nebraska, but I am not sure.  I am so close to having been to all 50 states. I guess I need to find a reason to go to these 2 states...
Where have you been?