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Our Curriculum 2015-2016 ( Part 1)

Yesterday I mailed in our letter via certified mail to the public schools.  They will start their classes next Friday, thus the letter had to be sent.  In our state, it is simply a letter of declaration, stating our kids ages and that they will be homeschooled.  With that letter out-of-the-way, we will begin our school year in just two weeks.  I have moved our school room back to the house from the garage, and am finishing up the move and organization.

I loved having the school room in the garage, however, when we were covered in over a foot of snow for a large portion of the winter, it wasn’t easy to get everyone up there.  Also, the babies hated going up there.  This setup will hopefully be harmonious to our day.

With the move, I have had to also plan out what we will actually be doing all day.  Curriculum for this year will be different slightly from what I’ve done in the past.  Here’s the run down of what we will be doing.  I do have a short run down at the top of the page for what we will be using, I may add or delete some of it depending upon how it works for us.

Andy is 9 and technically fourth grade, his learning is basically neuro typical. Today I will cover what we are using for him this year.

  • English is a change this year.  I have done Writing With Ease and Rod and Staff English in the past. This year I have decided to do Christian Light Education’s Light Units.  A lot of people choose to have their kids do this one by themselves, but I plan to work with Andy on this one, and hopefully he will be able to carry it through the week I’m gone to Ethiopia.

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  • Math this year will be through Christian Light as well.  I’ve read that it is rigorous but spiral learning over mastery of concept.  In the past we have used Singapore, Rod and Staff, Teaching Textbooks (which I did not like), and Saxon.  I’m hoping that Christian Light will be useful to Andy.  He likes the fact that he will not have to write out each problem and that he can do workbook style math this year.  I bought year 4, however, I may have to move him up to year 5.  We will also use Xtra math if need be.

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  • Science– For science this year we are doing something really fun.  We will be following a year of equine science through Winter’s Promise Equine Science program.  Andy is really excited about this one.  I have not used it before, so I will review it at the end of our year.  It does look quite fun though.  If you follow them on Facebook, you can sometimes get a coupon code to use.

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  • History- For History we will be following Story of the World.  I really like Story of the World, it was developed by the same people who wrote A Well Trained Mind.  The books flow well, it offers a very fun and interesting way to learn history, and the activity book offers extensive ways to dive further in to history.

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  • Bible– Bible study is important, it is one of the reasons we homeschool, the freedom to put Bible study into Andy’s learning during the day when his mind is freshest.  This year we will be studying Revelations.
  • Reading– Reading is very important to me.  I feel like a love of reading will be the gateway to a well informed life.  Andy loves to read, he reads well above his grade level and with an amazing comprehension for what he’s read.  We love good literature.  Although I let him read “potato chip” books a lot as well.  He likes to read everything so I do not restrict him to just the unabridged classics as his only reading.  However, for school purposes, I do not assign the potato chip reads.  Here is a list of books that he will read on his own.  I will be reading The Chronicles of Narnia to the children this year.  It’s important for kids to be read to, even as older kids.  These books are unabridged.

Children of the New Forest by Capt. Marryat

Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling

Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Treasure Seekers by Nesbit

Kim by Kipling

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Kidnapped! by R.L Stevenson

Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

  • Music– We will be using the music lesson from All In One Homeschool.
  • Art– We will also be doing All In One Homeschool and Hodge Podge chalk pastel lessons.
  • Foreign Language– This one I haven’t decided on yet.  Does anyone have a favorite program for 9 year old kids?

     This is what I have planned.  I do have various workbooks and activities for logic and thinking skills.  We are also doing the Minecraft Homeschool program for reward after completing his day.  I have some things for copy work from curriclick as well.

      This is what I have planned for Andy.  The next post will detail what I have planned for Anna and Tanner (ages 10 and 11 both with Down syndrome).

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