Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2012 Curriculum

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Third Grade Curriculum {8.5}

  • Saxon 5/4 Homeschool Third Edition
  • Spellwell  A, Aa, & B {if we get to all of it}
  • Sonlight 3rd Grade Readers & LA programme
  • Copywork {varies}
  • Recorder 1
  • Artistic Pursuits
  • Apologia Biology 
  • Sonlight Core E
  • Picturesmart Bible
  • Grapevine O.T. Level 2

Jayden is officially in Grade 3 this year, and his load is still reasonably light. We also do daily memorisation with our nifty Memory Box. He's also learning various songs this year. The main song, to go along with our US history study is The Star Spangled Banner, but we're also aiming to work on a hymn of traditional Bible song each week.

Spellwell might be graded, but we chose to put him the first book. It was actually his request to do spelling this year, & I was happy to indulge him as we really do love the Spellwell Curriculum. He's nearly done with book A, so I suspect if I keep him in spelling, or at least this programme, that he'll easily make it to book B or beyond before the end of the year.

The boys chose to do Zoology 1, which is birds & insects, but we had to put it on hold as the chillier autumn weather rolled in. With a wet winter also fast approaching I decided to put the kids into Biology to keep us going & we'll return to Zoology come summer.

We're also attempting to study a famous scientist each month, but that's not firm so if it doesn't happen no panic. We also aim for a nature walk on Fridays, which can range in locations & is also very dependant on our weather.

Jayden had hopped to play Aussie Rules this year, but he really put the request in {officially} too late to play this particular season. We're looking for swim lessons & gymnastics instead. He's not keen to do Scouts, so we may give that a big miss. 


Fifth Grade Curriculum {11}

  • Saxon 6/7 Homeschool Third Edition
  • Sequential Spelling 
  • Selected Books by Mom & Dad
  • Copywork {varies}
  • Dictation
  • Recorder 1
  • Artistic Pursuits
  • Apologia Biology 
  • Sonlight Core E
  • Sonlight Core E LA
  • Picturesmart Bible
  • Grapevine O.T. Level 2
Wow, where did the time go with this formerly little boy?! I spend my days worrying & fussing now on if I have everything lined up to teach him "in time". School runs a little differently here then it does most places & children can be done with highschool come 10th grade. At this point we're choosing to keep that option open for the boys. As in, they can choose to be done & get a job, they can choose to go on to university, or they can choose to stay at home. I want to be sure all my "have tos" are covered before we get to that point with him.

His load is, I think, still light. We're still debating a foreign language which is not mandatory here, but Morgan has high hopes of learning several foreign languages in his lifetime. I love his enthusiasm! In the mean time he's torn between Korean, French, & Japanese. All good choices considering where we live. He also has a few other minor things we're hoping to work on this year, but we'll see what unfolds for him.

Both boys work together on many subjects, & I'm cherishing this final year of that with them. Next year with Morgan entering 6th grade & his work load gradually increasing the need to separate them has at long last risen. They will, most likely, still do a few of the minor things together. For now, though, both boys are wrapping up our final year of US History together with Sonlight Core E.

So this is a bit different then what we shared at the start of the year, don't you love how that happens? The best laid plans & all that hoopla, it happens, right. We opted to change Morgan's spelling programme as well as his math & science. All were good changes & we're really happy with what we're doing right now, & so is he. All though, admittedly, he wasn't happy with the spelling change at first, but he's warmed up to it now.

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