Curriculum choices for 2007-2008 school year
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For my fourth grader we're using:
BJUP for reading, spelling, writing, math and history
SOS for bible and science
An evan moor study on Australia and Africa for geography
Side note: I'm usually not a boxed curriculum person for science and history but with a new baby due, I figured that this would make life a little easier and less stressful for me.
For my kindergarten/first grader:
We're using the BJUP dvd series. She does much better with this, doesn't want mommy to teach her, she wants to do it herself. lol
Math: Fininsh Taching Textbooks Math 7 do Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra and start on Algebra 1 (unless Pre-Algebra is a lot harder than it looks).
Science: Intergrated Physics and Chemistry chapters 1-6 ( basicly 1 year) and then I'll see if I want to do more.
Story of Science:Newton at the Center and Einstien adds a New Dimension if I get to it. This isn't a curriculum but it's an awsome science series. I'm reading Aristotle Leads the Way right now and am almost done.
History: Story of the world 2 (unless I finish it during the Summer) and 3 or even 4 if I get there. Lots and lots of historical fiction which I love.
English: All the Shakespeare on the Double! Shakespeare plays. I'll do lots of writting but I don't have a curriculum. Maybe some spelling or grammar. Classics is something I want to work on.
French: French Now Level 1 and maybe I'll finish a French novel.
Music: Violin and probobly the dreaded music theory (sound advice level 2).
Art: art class and probobly some books on artists and art.
That's all I can think of. As you can see I'm not very sure about what I'll do and I don't use much of a curriculum.
Yes Mag a very good science magazine
Learning Through History magazine
By the way, I'm in grade 7.
Teaching with God's Heart for the World (Unit Study on Missions with a really quick study on Ancients to Modern).
Lial's BCM with D.V.T's
BJUP Life Science at Tutorial
Speech (Abeka at Tutorial)
Literary Lessons from The Lord of the Rings
Latin in the Christian Trivium 1
and Sonlight Pre-K for my Kindergartener along with SWR for phonics, Rightstart Math, and Handwriting without Tears
Here is the link where I bought the unit study:
It's out of print, so this is where I was able to find it, and it was inexpensive. It took me about 4-5 days to write out the year's schedule, and I still have to put it in a Excel spreadsheet, but in this 4-5 days, I also picked out my dd's reading list, a movie list (we watch a movie every Friday, along with the child making a food item from the region studied)
It's a great base to start from, and really could be used from Kindergarten to Grade 12, by adding/removing appropriate books.
This was a bit long. Email me if you have any other questions.
English: Backgrounds to World Literature and Masterpieces from World Literature by ABeka (these will be used to intersperse with history studies as well)
History: Konos History of the World, Vol. 1 The Ancient World (used as a timeline and for ideas more than a full curriculum. (this is his break year from science, but Konos incorporates a lot of science)
Math: Saxon Algebra 2
Ethics: Thinking Like a Christian and Countering Culture by David Noebel and Chuck Edwards
German: Using the Rosetta Stone (possibly)
English: The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, How to Write Poetry, How to Give a Speech, How to Improve Your Grammar and Usage, How to Write a Story, How to Write a News Article, from the Speak Out, Write On! series.
Practical Living Skills: Biblical Financial Study, How to Manage Your Money, I will also teach about cooking on a budget, managing a checkbook/debit card, laundry skills, etc.
Math: Saxon Physics
German and Ethics, same a 9th grader
In addition to these, both boys are involved in sports and earning money as they can, church youth groups and music lessons.
*edited to add some touchstones
Its so nice to see that your taking the time to teach basic life skills to your kids. Almost all homeschoolers do.
I have to share that a neighbor (14 years old) at our last place, came over to have me sew a rip in her shirt that was about an inch long-she didn't know how to do it.
Another time, her older sister (18) came over to borrow a can of tomato sauce. I knew they didn't know how to cook, so I casually asked what they were making. They were surprising their mother with a spaghetti dinner. I had to explain that a can of tomato sauce is not spaghetti sauce to her.
It frustrates me because I feel that we're really cheating our kids by not teaching them the basics of living, laundry, cooking, etc. Mommy won't be there forever. I learned alot from my mother, but also at school in Home Ec, and they don't teach that anymore.
Sorry for the rant, it just drives me crazy. Does it make anyone else nuts?
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#11 - Message to short. Need elaboration. Welcome :) What are you doing with your son? I would be the first to say that little or no curriculum is needed until the 6th grade at least. Unless, like me, you are clueless in math.
she is great with words and explaining.Just click on unschooling. thanks.
I also have a question. Do we each have a blog here or is that for the people who paid? I think this site is great and wonder how i never heard of it before,lol
You'd think our local library would mention it. I found this site my doing a "social network" search.
I'm not sure I can answer your questions. I don't think I've read John Holt, but the name is familiar. As far as the blog goes, I'm not sure I understand. Not very computer savvy. I've paid, but don't have a blog here, I just ramble around in the groups I belong to and to other's profiles wreaking havoc and making comments. Kidding about the havoc. I do like to talk about things, but try very hard not to arouse anger, etc. If you enter some of the books you have at home, this site will match you up with folks who have those and similar books. Hopefully then you can find like-minded people to chat with. I enjoy the groups because I enjoy chatting with both people who are like-minded and those who see things differently than I.
Mrs. Lee, reeking havoc...that was funny,lol!
I should get my books entered...eh?
homeschoolmom, thanks for the blog link! :)
I don't think you need a curriculum, just do what you like. Unscholers can have some portion of a curriculum if they want. My mum really wanted me to do more formal math because she wasn't comfortable teaching me herself. I know kind of enjoy my math curriculum. I'm really, really keen on physics so we found a physics curriculum (with chemistry too)that I really enjoy and has more to it than the books I get from the library. Mostly I just see what I want to learn about as I go along. Right now my interests are Shakespeare,physics and philosophy (I was reading Sophie's World) by the fall some might of changed, by winter some will of changed and by spring I might be interested in completely knew stuff.
I think my mum has read some John Holt books but I have not.
bookykid, maybe you can help answer questions too. I like having the perspective of an instructor and instructee. :)
MrsLee, that be wonderful and i surely would love to help out!
My youngest is continuing with Phonics Pathways, Primary Math (Singapore), and lots of science books. He'll listen in on Story of the World vol. 2 for our next 2 children and do coloring pages, maps, etc. during that.
Middle kids are doing Rod and Staff English (but I may switch at the very last second here and get Jr. Analytical Grammar!), Primary Math, Story of the World along with a lot of supplementary reading, Christian Kids Explore Biology & Chemistry, Reading Detective and we're all doing Training Hearts, Teaching Minds for Bible, which I am *loving*. Sequential Spelling.
Our 2 oldest will do Lightning Literature 7 and 8, maybe some additional writing (I have Write Source 2000....and I also think Analytical Grammar looks good...I'm a mess!). BJU World Studies which actually coincides with Story of the World (Middle Ages). Painless Vocabulary, typing and Teaching Textbooks math which I'm really excited about because they can do it alone!
Apologia Gen. Science, too. Gee, did I forget anything?? *passing out*
For the boys (10, 8, & 6)
Bible: Come Ye Children
History: SOTW 3
Math-U-See: Primer, Alpha, Beta & Gamma
Language Arts: hoping to get LLATL soon, levels Yellow, Orange and unsure about Red or Blue for the 6yo. He is Using 100 Easy Lessons right now.
Science: winging it with books and internet. Going through the Human Body right now.
Spanish: we have a tutor come by twice a week