Now, For Curriculum We Will Use…

…MOST things I already have!  I ordered a few things (some used).  And I’m borrowing several things from my neighbor!  I am set for the year!

Morning Time

I haven’t been super consistent with this in the past, but I’m going to try again :-).  I have so many great resources that I want to use!  I will do this on a loop schedule.  Literature and poetry, fine arts, geography, and Bible.

Geography

Bible

Math (Math U See)

For the boys

For Karis

Language Arts

They will be doing The Good and the Beautiful for phonics, reading, grammar, spelling, art appreciation, and geography (levels 2 and up).  The boys are starting with level 1, and Karis will be starting with level 3 because it’s very advanced.  They need the spelling and grammar from the lower levels.

 

 

Karis will be doing IEW Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons.

Ethan and Levi will be doing Writing With Ease Level 2 (this is narration, dictation, and copywork).

All 3 kids will also read novels and library books and do a reading response journal using these:

Reading Response Menus

Informational Text Question Cards

Reading Response Question Cards

I will also use this list of “book reports” to have them report on the books that they read in a creative way.

Here are a few pictures of the reading response questions that we will use:

This is a rubric to go with the menus.

 

Science (Apologia Astronomy)

I had this for this past year but I wasn’t consistent with it.  We’re going to use it this coming year.  We will add field trips to it!  The McDonald Observatory, the Scobee Education Center Planetarium, and NASA.  It’s going to be so much fun!

History

We’re borrowing Story of the World Volume One: Ancient Times from my neighbor.

I bought these to go with it.  The encyclopedia has internet links to go with it.

These will be our read alouds… one per month.

Handwriting (Handwriting Without Tears)

For Levi

For Ethan

For Karis

Nature Studies and Poetry Memorization

Journaling a Year in Nature by Simply Charlotte Mason

I think this is everything :-).  It seems like a lot, but many things we will not do everyday.

Coming Up: Week of 3/27-3/31

This coming week we won’t be doing school Monday because we will be in town most of the day, and Tuesday we will be in town in the morning so we will do just the basics.

Morning time will consist of:

Bible 

Bible study Genesis chapters 5-6 and mom/daughter devotional.

Shakespeare

Learning about William Shakespeare

Fine arts 

Artist study: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest ArtistsPablo Picasso

Geography

For geography we will be studying the continent of Africa.

We will spend 5-20 minutes on each.

 

For spelling we will do All About Spelling Level 2, Step 1: Review.  This reviews what was taught in Level 1, which we did not do.  This step is very necessary to move forward.  We will not use letter tiles like the lessons state because that would just drive her crazy!  We’ll do everything in a composition notebook.

For reading she will read The Devil’s Arithmetic chapters 1-3, do vocabulary, and answer questions.  I love these units!  I have so many more coming up!

I will also have her read something of her choosing for independent reading time (3 chapters will take her like 15 minutes… she loves to read so she’ll need more).

For writing we will do Week 2 of Writing with Ease Level 4.  The excerpts to narrate and dictations are from A Little History of the World by EH Gombrich.

Math will be Math U See Delta, lesson 1 A-F and Test (we are moving through this fast because I went backwards to fill in some gaps). Tuesday she will do A & B, Wednesday C & D, Thursday E & F, and Friday will be the test.

Grammar will be Easy Grammar 6 and Daily Grams 6.  I haven’t received these yet so I don’t know what it covers.  We’ll just go in order.

Art will be creating art like Picasso.

Science will be Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy Lesson 3: Mercury.  We will receive her notebooking journal from Rainbow Resource on Monday.  We will study lesson 3 for 2 weeks since we only have 3 days this coming week.

History will be Story of the World chapter 2: “Egyptians Lived on the Nile River.”

Geography Unit: Africa

I’m super excited about the geography that we are going to be doing!  I will learn a lot along with Karis!

We will start with this video:

We will read about Africa using these books:

While we watch the video and read the books we will fill out the information on the sheet that is shown with the books.

We will then watch this video:

We will use this Atlas to help us with the countries and capitals:

We will also use this website to help us with map work: NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive Map.

And this: Sheppard Software Interactive Map. 

After she has done her own map work on paper maps, she will test her knowledge using this Sheppard Software Activity.

I found all of these links on the unit: Africa Geography with Maps Middle School Interactive Worksheet Unit.

She will use all of these links to help her fill out the pages in that file.

I purchased this to learn about geography, culture, wildlife, music, food, sports, language, plants, etc.

She will learn about countries, capitals, rivers, and landforms using maps.

We will spend about 20 minutes each day on this.

Can’t wait to get started!

Shakespeare Unit: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

We will begin Shakespeare by learning about him and his life, then we will be studying the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Here’s another video about him: Brain Pop William Shakespeare

We will begin by watching a “Shakespeare Lives” video of the play.

Then we will read A Midsummer Night’s Dream out of this book (Kindle book):

After we’ve read it out of the children’s book, we will read:

After all of the readings, we will do a packet of activities and questions.

I will then let her choose an extension activity or two.

We will finish reading watching the animated version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

We will then fill out this interactive notebook kit!

My plan is to do this for the month of April, but it may not take that long.

I’m looking forward to getting started!

Morning Time, Loop Scheduling, and Spelling

I spent some time thinking through my morning time loops yesterday and decided to split some things up.  It didn’t make sense the way I did it.

Like I said yesterday, I learned through Teaching from Rest that a loop basically means going in order, not assigning certain days for things.  So if you miss a day, you just move on to the next one in the loop.

These are my morning time loops:

Bible Loop

  • Karis uses a quiet time box called Doc’s Discovery Books that has booklets in it for 5 chapters at a time.  The first booklet covers Genesis 1-4 and Psalm 1.  The box of booklets goes from beginning to the end of the Bible.  The website no longer works or I would share that.  I’m super sad that I can’t find a way to buy this again!
  • Between Us Girls: Walks and Talks for Moms and Daughters.

Fine Arts Loop

  • Artist study
  • Art appreciation
  • Musician study
  • Music appreciation

Literature loop

Geography will not be in a loop.  We will study it a bit each day so as to not forget what she did the day before (with map work).

We’re starting with Africa since she’s studying Egypt right now in History.  I’ll write a post for the unit once I gather all of my materials :-).

We’ll continue having evening time with the boys in which I read aloud (currently reading Wayside Stories) and read out of a family devotional (Exploring Grace Together).  This doesn’t happen every evening because I hate to make them come in too early from playing with their friends outside, but I try.

On another note…

After seeing Karis’ spelling recently (I knew it was bad, but I’m realizing lately that it’s really bad), I decided to pull out my All About Spelling and teach her from almost the beginning (we’re starting at Level 2).  I asked her if she knew what a long and short vowel was and she has no idea!  She was never taught phonics (at least since the middle of her kindergarten year), and I think that is what has made spelling so hard for her.  She decodes really well (she reads on an eighth grade level in fifth grade) but encodes terribly (taking it out of her mind onto paper).  We will see how it goes!

The first couple of weeks we will just be reviewing what she didn’t learn in Level 1.  I think the review is enough that we wouldn’t have to start fresh in Level 1 (plus, I already have level 2 so I’m just going to use what we have).

We’re going to just try this and see how it goes.  It could fail miserably, but I thought I’d try it since I had it.

I’m kind of having to go backward in some areas.  She is a great reader so that’s not a problem, which makes history and science great too (it also helps that she loves these).  We had to go backwards in math so that we could fill in some gaps (she wasn’t great at long multiplication and doesn’t know how to do long division at all) as well as spelling and writing (I wrote in previous posts that we’re doing level 4 of Writing with Ease for now in which she just does narrations and dictation until she feels more confident… then I’ll have her start using the writing process to produce pieces of writing).  I’m hoping that with going backward and filling in some gaps, it will allow her to feel more confident.

We’ll see what happens!

I’ve pretty much landed on a Charlotte Mason/Classical education mix!

I plan to use these Narration Ideas from Simply Charlotte Mason for Karis’ writing along with Writing with Ease (which is classical).  I’ll also have her just journal about whatever she wants to on Fridays.

The beautiful thing about all of this is that I have had to buy very little!  I initially told Robert that I was going to have to spend $450 on curriculum and he basically told me that it wasn’t possible… so instead of being frustrated, I have spent my time asking to borrow things, looking at Pinterest, checking things out in the library, and digging through my things.

Can you tell that I’m very excited about things?  🙂