This is my first installment for the Heart of the Matter Online Not Back to School Blog Hop. I’d like to share what we are doing this year for curriculum, which will be quite different this year due to having a son entering his first year in high school.
First, let’s look at my Sixth Grader:
Math – Teaching Textbooks Grade 7
English – A mixture of Easy Grammar and Daily Grams for 6th grade with Mosdos Literature Jade (Grade 7), Vocabutoons for Middle School (there’s vocabulary in the literature program as well, but thought he’d enjoy to pictures and mnemonic devices for some variety and fun), Spelling Power, and for writing - Writing Styles Gr. 6 and Writing Wizardry (2 writing workbooks about word choice, quality sentence structure, and different kinds of writing. (We’ll be adding some Shakespeare study and Poetry study and memorization for added interest and recitation for public speaking practice and presentation, as well as oral and interpretive reading when we visit a nursing home for 4-H visits and assemblies for the residents.)
Science – Life Science and Human Anatomy using a variety of living books including books from the list at this site http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/science/otters_science/science_human_body.html
as well as a variety books from the list here http://www.livingbookscurriculum.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=LBC&Category_Code=Life_Science
He will also be reading the second half of the Exploring General Science book from Apologia for the part that deals with human anatomy. He will read the second half dealing with scientists and the scientific method in the first half next year.
Social Studies – For Geography as we study the United States as they entered into the union, we will be using Trail Guide to United States Geography. For the study of US History up to 1877, we will be reading A History of the United States and its People and This Country of Ours. (And, the best part – lots and lots of field trips to historical sites and places with interactive simulations)
Latin – Latin Minimus and Secondus
Spanish – Learnables
Bible – Various books for reading and study including Made for Work and Beyond Boyhood
Art and Music – We will be looking at music and artwork from the time period as well as making our own with Basic Drawing with Thomas Kinkade and learning to play the recorder and piano. We’ll also participate in a local community theatre for a musical as well as attend several in children’s series at local theatres.
Swimming lessons and 4-H round out the school year.
For the 9th Grader: We usually did a number of subjects together as a family, but this year, the 9th grader will be working a lot more independently at a higher level.
Math – Jacobs Algebra
Science – BJU Biology
English – Warriner’s Complete English Course (12th gr.) (we’ll probably use this off and on depending on our needs next year as well), James Stobaugh’s Interpreting and Analyzing Literature from Such A Time As This (this would be a quick overview since we have done this task since 7th grade) and focus then on the first half of James Stobaugh’s American Literature textbook to cover literature up to 1877 (our historical time period of study). We’ll also be referring to the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP test prep book from REA to prepare for taking the CLEP for this exam (to substantiate the grade I give him for this course since it will at an honors level of study and maybe give him college credits depending on the college he goes to later on.) Writing practice with Write Shop.
History – Geography – Trail Guide to United States Geography (wonderful program that has 3 levels of learning) and a combination of James Stobaugh’s American History series to accompany his American Literature series (it’s brand new), American History for Dummies (love it) and the CLEP study guide for American History to 1877 and following the lesson plans from this homeschool CLEP website http://clepprep.tripod.com/cleplessonplans/. (My guy took a homeschool american history class last year with an AP teacher and text – but it was more of an enrichment for him as we were finishing our study of the Renaissance at the time – so we are studying it more in depth this year and he can really delve into it)
Foreign Language – Arabic from Auralog and Latin (for vocabulary and grammar review as well as language syntax) Latin in the Christian Trivium ( I really like this program because it cuts to the chase at a high school level and if you keep going to the next couple of levels you are prepared to take the Latin Exam if you read mythology on your own.)
Bible – Story of the Bible (an old text found at a library book sale) that really tells in narrative form the story of the Bible from start to finish for older children. Dig Deep, a study of Proverbs.
Art – An Art class taught by a pastor’s wife with other homeschooled children combined with art appreciation courtesy Sister Wendy and The Teaching Company.
Physical Education – Presidential Fitness training via Civil Air Patrol and personal training and study of health/food/nutrition/healthy life habits.
Round off with riflery team, 4-H shooting, 4-H, Civil Air Patrol and community theatre.
I hope this gives you a picture of our program for the year. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments box, or share what you are using and have enjoyed.
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