Thursday, June 19, 2008

Finally, a Decision is Made

Relief finally comes in the form of a decision for next year's curriculum. For Mika, the new plan is completely different from last year's with the exception of math. I wouldn't dare change anything that took my daughter from tears to tolerating, even enjoying, math. We are moving to different spelling and language arts programs that are drastically different to what we've used previously. We are adding a bunch of electives. And finally, we'll be studying history and science in a similar mannar (lots of reading with added projects and field trips) but using a different curriculum. History will now be chronological which is how I always wanted it anyway. I'm excited to finally have my decisions made.

Bet you are wondering what it is now! I would be. But I'm nosey like that. If nothing else, this will be a place for me to find the list in case I lose my notebook (which is likely to happen, based on past experience). If you aren't at all curious, you can just ignore the rest because I'm going to list it out now.

Mika's curriculum will be:
Spelling - Spelling Power
Vocabulary - Michael Clay Thompson's Building Language*
Grammar - Michael Clay Thompson's Grammar Island*
Writing - Michael Clay Thompson's Sentence Island (to be done after Grammar Island)* and Instutute for Excellence in Writing, Teaching Writing Structure & Style
Poetry - Michael Clay Thompson's Music Hemispheres
Math - Math-U-See Delta*
History & Literature - Story of the World: Volume 1 Ancient Times with Activity Book
Science - Apologia: Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day fleshed out with library books
Health - The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls (American Girl Library)
Spanish - Rosetta Stone Online
Typing - Learn2Type.com & various online/downloadable typing games
Critical Thinking - Mindbenders A1 and Perplexors: Basic Level
Handwriting - daily cursive practice
Drawing - Drawspace.com aught by mom (she requested drawing lessons)
*We will start with this level and move on to the next level when finished.

Sammy's curriculum will be:
Spelling - Spelling Power
Phonics - Spectrum Grade 2
Language Arts - Spectrum Grade 2
Writing - Instutute for Excellence in Writing, Teaching Writing Structure & Style
Math - Math U See Beta followed by Gamma (he works quickly & wants to do both)
History & Literature - Story of the World: Volume 1 Ancient Times with Activity Book
Science - Apologia: Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day fleshed out with library books
Spanish - Rosetta Stone Online
Critical Thinking - Mindbenders Beginning Book 1 & 2
Typing - Learn2type.com & other online/downloadable typing games
Handwriting - daily cursive practice
Drawing - drawspace.com taught by mom
PE - taekwondo
Ok, so that looks like way too much to me. I have to remember that some of these only take a few minutes a day and that we won't be doing every subject every day!

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3 Comments:

Mommy2Lots said...

Love your blog. I subscribed yesterday. :-)

I'm also a homeschooling mom and it's always interesting to see what other homeschoolers are doing.

Suswan said...

...and Josh's curriculum will be whatever the other two are learning. ;-)

Kysha said...

Looks great! I love the way that you pulled in some free internet resources. That's a wonderful way to cut cost.