Thursday, August 28, 2014

2014-15 Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Curriculum is a HUGE decision. We follow a loose Charlotte Mason program. When I say loose, I mean we love living curriculum, but sometimes we love textbooks. So really we balance our loves into a blend that is just ours. There are no affiliate links in this post - they are there purely for your information.

The kids are going to be continuing swim team this year. We are hoping that Captain America can swim well enough to sign up too. He has really improved his swimming this summer, and he really wants to join. We won't sign him up for USA Swimming this winter but should be ready for our summer league next year. I love that this gives the kids SO much exercise and they really love it. We start again next week and the kids are really excited!

Latin is still being done with Nana via Skype. It is so great that she is willing to put so much effort into the kids studies. This will be the third year. They have compleated Cambridge Latin 1 and are half way through Cambridge Latin 2. We are not quite sure what we are doing next. We may just repeat the books again, as Nana thinks there is still SO much to learn.

One of Jam's other main goals this year is to get closer to obtaining his Eagle Scout Award. He was made a Life Scout last month and so this will take up quite a bit of his spare time.

Boo turns 12  this year and so will be entering our Young Women program at church. She is really excited to start working on her Personal Progress.

So saying that here is what else we will be working on this year.

JAM

Math -
CTC Math
Life of Fred - Physics
Pre Algebra with Biology
Pre Algebra with Economics
(We may get further with Life of Fred, we will just have to see)

Literature and Social Studies

Roman Roads - The Greeks 1 year course
In Freedoms Cause 
The Age of Chivalry
Joan of Arc - Mark Twain
Ivanhoe
History of English Literature
LOTS AND LOTS OF FREE READ CHOICES

Science

Apologia - Physical Science
Life of a Spider

History

America The Beautiful - Notgrass
Birth of Britain - Winston Churchill


Language Arts

Spelling You See (We are testing a new level)
IEW Fix It (Review will post in October)
ERS Expository Essay - Fortuigence  (Review will post in October)
IEW Student Writing Intensive 

GEOGRAPHY

How the Heather Looks
Brendan Voyage

FOREIGN LANGUAGE


Cambridge Latin II
Duolingo Spanish

Music

Piano Lessons

Sports/PE

Swim Team
 
RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Scripture Study / Memorization

BOO

MATH

CTC
Life of Fred Fractions
Life of Fred Decimals and Percents
Life of Fred Pre-Algebra with Physics

LITERATURE

Oliver Twist
KIM
Age of Fable
(More to come)
LOTS AND LOTS OF FREE READ CHOICES

WRITING / LANGUAGE ARTS 

IEW Student Writing Intensive
IEW Grammar - Fix It
Life of Fred Language Arts (Book 3 & 4)

SCIENCE

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology
Exploring Creation with General Science

HISTORY

America The Beautiful
Abraham Lincolns World
Story of the World 4
Carry a Big Stick

GEOGRAPHY

Halliburton's Book of Marvels (both books)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Cambridge Latin 2
Duolingo Spanish

MUSIC

Piano

SPORTS/PE

Swim Team

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Scripture Study / Memorization

CAPTAIN AMERICA

MATH

CTC
Life of Fred - Apples, Butterflies, Apples
Math Mammoth Grade 1

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

New Testament Readers

LITERATURE

Three Tales of My Father's Dragon
A Bear Called Paddington
The Milly Molly Mandy Storybook
The House at Pooh Corner
Uncle Wiggly Bedtime Stories
Mouse Tales
Harper Collins Treasury of Picture Book Classics
The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury
A Treasury of Curious George
Mad About Madeline
The Danny and the Dinosaur Treasury 

POETRY

Favorite Poems Old and New: Selected for Boys and Girls

READING

Funnix Reading
Bob Books 
Various Early Readers

HISTORY/SCIENCE

Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans
Kindergarten Gems 
Fifty Famous People
Little Wanderers
Among the Forest People
Among the Pond People
The Burgess Flower Book for Children (If I can find a reasonable priced copy)
The Berenstain Bears - Big Book of Science and Nature

SCIENCE/LAPBOOKS

Zoology 1 Exploring Creation with...

LANGUAGE ARTS

Funnix Reading
Lightening Literature Grade 1 
Spelling You See - Jack and Jill (2nd half)

MUSIC

Homeschool Piano
Recorder (as soon as I can find a good program)

PE

Swimming
Bike Riding
Rollar Skating
Plus just being a five year old and climbing trees etc

WOW that was a long list...kudos to you if you stuck around and read it all. Hopefully we will have some awesome reviews mixed in too!


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