Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gearing Up for 2009-2010: Our Curriculum

This year has been quite a whirlwind for us, and it's really hard for me to believe that it's time to begin our "official" new schoolyear.

When we start back next Friday, Sept. 4th, Superman will be in 2nd grade, Giggly Girl will be in Kindergarten, and Sweet Pea will be doing Preschool.

Here is our curriculum line-up (at least for now!):

Phonics/Reading
-Games for Reading by Peggy Kaye (Everybody)
-Letter of the Week activities pulled from a variety of resources (Giggly Girl and Sweet Pea)
-Before Five in a Row - not for phonics, but just to cuddle up and share some wonderful children's literature with my little ones.
-Reading Made Easy (Giggly Girl)
-Pathway Readers (Superman)
-Beginning readers from the library (Superman)

Math
-Living Math - literature and activities from the Living Math site and various other places (Everybody)
-Games for Math by Peggy Kaye (Sweet Pea and Giggly Girl)
-Rightstart Math (Superman)

Handwriting
-Handwriting Without Tears (Everybody)
-Other fun tactile stuff like rice, sand, shaving cream, etc. (Everybody)
-Copywork (Superman)

Writing (Composition)
-Journaling
-Narration
-Storystarters by Karen Andreola

Language Arts, Science, History, Geography
Unit Studies - including but not limited to:
-Before Five in a Row
-Five in a Row
-Homeschool Share
-NaturExplorers
-Amanda Bennett's Unit Studies

Specials (Things we aim to do once per week)
-Nature Study
-Composer Study
-Artist Study
-Art project (either to go along with our current unit study or with our current artist study)
-Science Experiment (We'll pull a lot of these from Real Science 4 Kids, Chemistry, Pre-Level 1)
-Read aloud or listen to some type of chronological history written in story form (i.e. Story of the World or Mystery of History)
-Read aloud poetry

And last but not least lots of living books!

Whew! That looks like a lot, but remember that we won't be using all of these resources at once. :)

Also, I'm very excited about something new we're trying this year - Classical Conversations. We'll meet once a week for a half day with other homeschoolers to do science experiments, art projects, nature study, and more. (And no, we're not really classical homeschoolers, but anyone can participate.) I'll post more about this after we've attended our first session. In the meantime, you can learn more at Classical Conversations.

I'd be interested to hear if any of you are part of a Classical Conversations Community. :)

1 comment:

  1. We are also RightStart Math and Peggy Kaye fans!!! Great blog!!! Thank you for sharing :)
    I love your beautiful layout...where or how did you get it this way...I'm new to blogging and looking very plain!!! :D
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