Friday, September 2, 2011

School plans

I'm pretty sure I have missed every single start-of-the-school-year blog carnival and meme out there. But, we did start school on time as scheduled. So, my lack of blogging produced a mountain of accomplished tasks and planning instead.

The plans for the coming semester/year:

Everyone:

Bible -- Grapevine New Testament Survey. We started this week and are doing it more together than we did the Old Testament one and I like that better. Some of my kids dislike writing anything, so they would rather just listen, and others love drawing the stick figures, but some days there are a bit much. Really looking forward to studying the whole New Testament together this year. Blake and Paige will also be reading the whole NT on their own.

Blake -- 9th grade

Apologia Physics (through a co-op; right now he is reading through the Chemistry book because he has not taken chemistry, but really wanted to be in physics this year. The teacher consented since his math is where it needs to be as long as he worked into the chemistry book before co-op starts in 10 days).

Economics -- another co-op class, but I am supplementing to make it a half credit. He is reading an economics text at home during the week and we discuss it weekly. Great conversations so far!

Geometry -- this has been our challenge so far. He hates busy work, and proofs seem a lot like busy work to a mind used to working in leaps and bounds. We'll make it, but it was a rough week.

American History
-- Sonlight Core 100 will pave the way for this. Timelines, group discussions, and lots of reading.

American Literature -- co-op class, but one I am teaching. Building off of Core 100 and adding in with a Bob Jones Am Lit text that I picked up for a couple bucks somewhere.

PE -- his favorite class. ;) I printed out a check sheet for him to mark off hours as he participates in various classes and activities in and out of home. when he hits 135 hours he has his credit for the year.


Paige -- 7th grade


American History -- she'll complete this over two years using Sonlight Core 100

American Literature -- in my co-op class with Blake

English -- Rod and Staff 7 and IEW Level C. We are taking two years to complete the R&S book and she is doing the IEW slowly, a lesson every 2 weeks when co-op is not in session.

Spanish -- online with Mango (free through our library!)

Music -- piano lessons

Math -- Saxon Algebra 1/2

Science -- Apologia's Physical Science

PE -- soccer, gym and swim, and classes at home

Looking that over, she does have kind of a lot this year, but she is doing great so far. She was done with most of her work by lunch on Friday. So proud of her!


Faith -- 5th grade


American History -- Sonlight Core 100. I will be reading selected books outloud with the younger kids and we will be compiling out timeline.

Spanish -- online with Mango (free through our library!)

Music -- piano lessons. She wants to take violin, I just need to get it in working order.

English
-- Rod and Staff 5; All About Spelling level 2

Math -- Saxon 6/5

Science -- Flying creatures then Considering God's creation

PE -- soccer, gym and swim, co-op class, and classes at home


Brooke -- 2nd grade


American History - Sonlight Core 100. I will be reading selected books outloud with the younger kids and we will be compiling out timeline.

Spanish -- online with Mango (free through our library!)

Music -- piano lessons

Math -- Saxon 3

English -- Rod and Staff 2; All About Spelling level 2

Reading -- A Beka readers. She's currently on the third book in the third grade readers.

Science -- Flying creatures then Considering God's creation

PE -- soccer, gym and swim, co-op class, and classes at home

Nathan -- 1st grade
Lots of oral learning, but we use these workbooks and such to keep us grounded:

American History - Sonlight Core 100. I will be reading selected books outloud with the younger kids and we will be compiling out timeline.

Spanish -- online with Mango (free through our library!)

Music -- piano lessons

Math -- A Beka 1 will be done in October, then 2nd grade

English -- A Beka 1 workbook; All About Spelling level 2

Reading -- A Beka readers. He is currently in the fourth book in the first grade series.

Science -- Flying creatures then Considering God's creation

PE -- gym and swim, co-op class, and classes at home


Eli -- 15 months
Thankful that this little guy will not start school until my oldest is in college. I don't know how I could fit another student in my daily schedule. :) Right now he is the entertainment, the fun distraction, the excuse to put off work, and the joy of our days. God knew just what we needed in adding this blessing to our family.

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Phew! So, that's where I've been the last few weeks. Now, my schedule is in place (that'll have to be another post), my school room is in order (hmm, another post . . .), our assignment sheets are done, and aside from heading into crazy soccer season and the AWANA year, I look forward to a few more snippets of time here and there.

1 comment:

Luke said...

Enjoy those Core 100 books [smile].

~Luke