Monday, March 28, 2011

Ordering mostly done- 2011-12 School Curriculum

Here I sit at the end of March and I am thrilled to say that I have ordered and received about 90% of our homeschool curriculum for this coming school year.
I am making notes and jotting down ideas but am purposing not to jump right in and begin piecing all my pieces together in gloriously color-coded schedules until this school year is over. I must resist. We must finish this year first.
Here’s a list of the websites I used for ordering:

We are Charlotte Mason in style and I also found this website very helpful. In fact, this is where I compiled my books for our poetry and character studies.
Our history/geography and Language Arts mostly come from WinterPromise. I only needed to order certain components this year because of having previously done this theme with Ms. Books our 2nd year of homeschooling. While I often purchase complete themes from WinterPromise, that was not necessary this year and instead price shopped between WP, Christian Book and Amazon for the best prices.

Here’s the breakdown for the 2011-2012 school year- by child:

Ms. Books
History/Geography: WinterPromise Quest for Middle Ages
Language Arts: WinterPromise High School LA & Lit: Intriguing Written Expression
Math: Teaching Textbooks Algebra II
Science: Apologia Physical Science
Character Study: Before You Meet Prince Charming
Poetry: Carl Sandburg
Foreign Language: American Sign Language using Sing Language for Everyone book & DVD set by Dr. Cathy Rice and aslpro.com
Art: Continuing class with Mrs. H (watercolor artist and retired teacher)
Bible: Nazarene Youth Bible Quizzing- Study of the Book s Hebrews, 1 & 2 Peter
Physical Education: bi-monthly homeschool group class and a program put together by Mr. Steady
Computer: various online resources and research for history class

Sassafras
History/Geography: WinterPromise Quest for Middle Ages
Language Arts: WinterPromise LA6 “Exploring Word Pictures” [2008 edition]
Adding: Queen Homeschool’s Language Lessons for the Secondary Child Vol. 2
Math: Horizons 6
Spelling: use words from Wordly Wise 3000 Book 6
Science: Apologia’s Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures on the Fifth Day
Computer: Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing (continuing plus more work in Word)
Character Study: Making Brothers & Sisters Best Friends
Poetry: Robert Browning
Foreign Language: American Sign Language using Sing Language for Everyone book & DVD set by Dr. Cathy Rice and aslpro.com
Art: Continuing class with Mrs. H (watercolor artist and retired teacher)
Bible: Nazarene Children’s Bible Quizzing
Physical Education: bi-monthly homeschool group class and a program put together by Mr. Steady

Mr. Conductor
History/Geography: Middle Ages study I will write that will mirror what older girls are learning
Language Arts: Queen Homeschool’s Language Lessons for the Very Young vol. 1 and Explode the Code books 2 ½-4
Math: Horizons 2
Spelling: use words from Explode the Code
Science: Apologia’s Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures on the Fifth Day
Computer: various learning games
Character Study: A Child’s book of Character Building
Poetry: Lewis Carroll
Foreign Language: American Sign Language using Sing Language for Everyone book & DVD set by Dr. Cathy Rice and aslpro.com
Art: Continuing class with Mrs. H (watercolor artist and retired teacher)
Bible: Nazarene Children’s Bible Quizzing
Physical Education: bi-monthly homeschool group class and a program put together by Mr. Steady

We will also be participating in our homeschool group (which meets bi-monthly). Our group offers a variety of classes including physical education and a performing/applied arts type class.
Our phys. Ed. classes this year were jump-rope and square dancing.
Our arts class is putting on the play “Peter Pan” which includes set design.
For example- classes the kids took this school year: (each class is 6 weeks- 2 classes each semester)
Ms. Books- Explore the Holy Land, Hair & Skin Care, Cooking, Set Design
Sassafras- Gardening, How Things Work, War & Weapons, Set Design
Mr. Conductor- He didn’t get to choose his classes this year like the girls since he was in 1st grade. PreK thru 1st grade have a morning class together and then an art class in the afternoon designed with those age-ranges in mind.
The classes for this coming school year will be decided early this summer.

Every year I learn to be a bit more flexible than I was the year before and so our choices will most definitely be tweaked during the school year to what works best for us.

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