Wednesday, September 16, 2009

2009-2010 Homeschool Curriculum

Summer is finally over for us! Last week, we were on vacation so I didn’t start school with my kids until this week! The last few days we have been tweaking the schedule and trying to get into a routine for the school year. I finally have finished figuring out exactly what we will be doing this year. Oh this is going to be a fun year!! I have added one more child to the mix of full time homeschooling! My daughter is going to be joining the older boys this year in keeping up with a school schedule. Along with sitting and listening to her brothers read history and science she is going to be learning to read. That is my main goal for this year…getting her reading!

Last year, I added in a few new items, Word of the Day and Music, and they were a fun addition to our school days. So we are going to continue with them this year. For Music, we will be doing it altogether and will be working on it one or two days per week. The Word of the Day is going to be worked into our daily work and used as part of our copy work exercises for the day.

My oldest son is pretty much a self-learner so he will be doing most of his year on his own with minimum effort from me. I choose what he will be learning along with scheduling it out and he does the work. My other two sons are so close in age, abilities, and learning styles that I try to work with them together on most things.

History and Science texts are used more as a study guide because we do more Unit Studies and Lapbooks for those subjects. I am still working on age appropriate book lists for all four of them and I will post at a later date.

Also we will be doing Art(weekly) and PE(daily), however, I didn't list them because we do these things altogether and as time allows for them.

Below is our eclectic curriculum that we will be doing this year!You will see that I mix several different free internet resources along with actual textbooks. I am borrowing several textbooks this year along with using the older editions of others that I have on hand. There is minimal out of pocket costs for me this year as I am using books that I already have on hand, the library or borrowing books from friends. My MIL is paying for biology labs for oldest son to participate in at the local homeschool building.

#1 son--Grade 8/9:

Bible:
**Bible Class Books
**list of Scripture to memorize
**Character Building
**Christian History
**Select Reading List

Math:
**BJU Algebra 1
**Consumers’ Math

English/Writing:
**Word of the Day
**Journal Writing

Reading:
**Fundamentals of Literature--BJU
**Poets Study
**Select Reading List—Book Reports and Comprehension Questions

Spelling:
**Spelling Connections Grade 8
**Spelling Connections Games

Handwriting/Copywork:
**Donna Young's Penmanship

Science:
**Biology—Exploring Creation with Biology
**Biology Labs

History:
**American History & Government
**World History

Music:
**Ambleside Composer Study
**Learn Music Notes


#2 son--Grade 6:

Bible:
**Bible Class Books
**list of Scripture to memorize
**Character Building

Math:
**BJU Math Grade 6

English/Writing:
**Scott Foresman Grade 6
**Journal Writing
**Word of the Day

Reading:
**BJU Reading Grade 6
**Select Reading List—Book Reports and Comprehension Questions

Spelling:
**Spelling Connections Grade 6
**Spelling Connections Games

Handwriting:
**Cursive--Handwriting for Kids
**Home Education Resources--Cursive
**Donna Young's Penmanship

Science:
**Observing God’s World—Grade 6

History:
**Abeka New World Geography

Music:
**Ambleside Composer Study
**Learn Music Notes


#3 son--Grade 4:

Bible:
**AWANA
**Character Building

Math:
**BJU Math Grade 4

English/Writing:
**Scott Foresman Grade 4
**Journal Writing

Reading:
**BJU Reading Grade 4
** Select Reading List—Book Reports and Comprehension Questions

Spelling:
**Spelling Connections Grade 4
**Spelling Connections Games

Handwriting:
**Home Education Resources--Cursive
**Cursive--Handwriting for Kids
**Donna Young's Penmanship

Science:
**Investigating God’s World—Grade 5

History:
**BJU Heritage Studies Grade 4

Music:
**Ambleside Composer Study
**Learn Music Notes


#1 daughter—Grade 1

Bible:
**AWANA
**Character Building

Math:
**Math Worksheets

English/Writing:
**Scott Foresman Grade 1

Reading/Phonics:
**Teach Your Child to Read 100 Lessons
**A Handbook for Reading
**Select Reading List
**Learn Sight Words

Spelling:
**Spelling Connections Grade 1
**Spelling Connections Games

Handwriting:
**Home Education Resources--Printing
**Handwriting for Kids--Manuscript
**Donna Young's Penmanship--Beginning Manuscript

Science:
**Learning Page Themes

History:
** Unit Studies(holidays, communities, etc)

Music:
**Ambleside Composer Study
**Learn Music Notes

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2 comments:

Tonya said...

Thanks:)The Bible Class Books is perfect for my kids,I have been looking for something like this.

Donna said...

Looks like a great year with lots of fun stuff to learn!