Monday, August 2, 2010

Not Back-To-School Blog Hop: Curriculum

Not Back to School Blog Hop

It's that time of year! Everyone is gearing up for school and making preparations for the 2010-2011 (can you believe it!) academic year.

Last year Darcy at Life with my 3 Boybarians hosted it, but this year the blog hop has moved to Heart of the Matter Online.

Each week is a different topic... this week it is curriculum.

Our home school will have an 8th grader, 6th grader, and a 4th grader this year.  Oh, and the cute mascot.
We can't forget about our cute mascot now can we? :)

We are now entering our fourth year in the five-year cycle with My Father's World.

Continuing to learn history chronologically, we will be studying the time of the explorers to 1850.

Our Bible study will focus on the Book of James this year.
We'll be doing this inductive study:

And our memory verses will start at James 1:1 and will be added to until we have memorized the entire book!

We'll also be studying hymns from this:

For our History and built-in Language Arts portions we will be using these books (in addition to many, many books from the library):

 There is, of course, our whole student packet from MFW with awesome notebooking sheets and state sheets and the ever trusty teacher's manual (thank you Marie!).

 Some of our read alouds for the year are:

In Science for the 6th and 4th grader...

Science for the 8th (gulp) grader will be:

Music for all, in addition personal lessons (violin for the Abby and Charlotte and drums for Elijah), will include composer studies of Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Chopin.

Not included with MFW but purchased separately, we will also use these books, by Opal Wheeler, from Exodus Book store:

We will continue with Intermediate Language Lessons for Elijah and Charlotte.

Abby will use this for further grammar study:

She will do two more Progeny Press Guides this year-- Johnny Tremain and The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

Our Spelling:

Spelling Power for Charlotte.

However, we are going to see if All About Spelling is a better fit for Elijah.  

His ocular motor dysfunction coupled with how he learns is leading us to try a slightly different approach.  We'll see how it goes...

Our Math:

Abby is in Saxon Algebra 1

Charlotte is already doing Singapore 5A and will do 5 B this year.

Elijah will be in Singapore 3A and B.

We are also going to try adding more Living Math reading like Sir Cumference books.
There are more books ideas here...

Hmmm... what else?

Oh, I think there are more lessons in God and the History of Art.

Besides that, I think we will have more than enough to do :)

We are very excited for this year's study and are looking forward to studying the USA.


Sue said...

What a wonderful list! I'm so excited to be using MFW this year too. I added my name to your MFW blog roll and can't wait to connect with everyone. Thank you so much for hosting. :)

Lainie said...

I'm glad you are here! And you are very welcome :)

I can't wait to see all your new the adventures this year :)

Jessica S. said...

Love Apologia Science, I have a 7th grader, a 4th grader, and Pre-K boys... Happy Homeschooling and thank you for sharing!

Angela said...

It will be great reading your blog this year, because you are a year ahead of me in the cycle, it is fun to see what is to come.


Kysha said...

You make everything look so good! I know your year will be awesome as always.

Daddy's Chick's said...

When I did MFW, we did that same year. We had so much FUN!!! Looks like you will too . . . have a blessed school year sweetie.

Karin Katherine said...

We are using Singapore, Living Math and Spelling Power this year too. I like your list!

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

I just love your choices! I ordered Life of Fred Fractions and the one about Decimals today. Practical applications for math are always a good thing.

Lainie said...

Thanks everyone! I am excited for this year as well.

Marsha... Fred Fractions? I must check them out!

dee said...

I love seeing your list like that.
We are joining you in EXP-1850. I think the blog hop is over and I have no idea how to join the blogroll. Anyway, hoping you have a great year.

Jane said...

We are doing Exp-1850 this year as well! Just wondering what you are doing with the student pages? Will you spiral bind all pages, 3-hole punch, or put in protector sheets? I can't figure out the best way to do it. I ordered 3 sets and am looking forward to not having to make multiple copies each day! We start tomorrow. Thanks!

Lainie said...

Jane-- I couldn't find an email addy for you... we use sheet protectors during the school year. After the school year is completed, we pull everything out and have each child's notebook spiral bound at Kinko's.


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