Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A few curriculum changes for the start of the year

The nice thing about homeschooling is you can change things up!
When topics or subjects get boring..change it.
When curriculum isn't working....change it.

Flexibility is the key with homeschooling.
After 7 years of homeschooling, I have learned that not all kids learn alike. What works for Lego Man may not work for Princess P, which is perfectly fine!
Believe me, it's not always easy to let go of the old "school" way of thinking.
Not to mention the cost of changing curriculum.(thankfully there is always someone looking for curriculum.)

So what's changing for the new year?

English
Tuesday-Friday
First Language Lessons Book 3
IEW-Writing lessons based on the Holling C. Holling books~ We have gotten rid of this. I found it incredibly boring and the kids weren't really ready for it. Something I realized after purchasing it. So goodbye. To help with their kids writing, I have them writing daily in a notebook about different subjects. The subjects may have to do with history, science, the weather, etc. Anything that may pertain to what we are learning about.

Spelling & Phonics 
Tuesday-Friday
CHC My Catholic Speller Level B for Princess P~ This program was not working for Princess P. She just wasn't mastering spelling, so we have switched to All About Spelling. We are starting with Level 1. I am hoping this program will help her succeed.
CHC My Catholic Speller Level C for Lego Man
McGuffey Readers
Writing Road to reading~ I scrapped this program. I never found the time to finish reading the book.

Religion
Daily~Saints
Monday~CCM Co-op, Traditional Latin Mass and Calendar
Tuesday~ The First Christians: The Acts of Apostles for Children by Marigold Hunt
Wednesday~ Faith and Life 4
Thursday~ CCM Co-op work
Friday~ Catechism- Our Holy Faith and The Baltimore Catechism

Handwriting
Tuesday-Friday
Seton Handwriting for Catholics 4

Latin
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Little Latin Readers from CHC

Math
Tuesday-Friday
Princess P- Saxon Math 3
Lego Man- Saxon Math 54(finish it up)

Ancient History
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Classically Catholic Memory
Birth of Christ to the early 1500's

United States History
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
The Prairie Primer ~ We are still reading the Little House on the Prairie books, I have just given up on the lessons in this book. I really like the ideas in the book, I just find myself unprepared when the week comes around. I never have the supplies needed. I don't do well with having to plan and organize supplies ahead of time.
Prairie Primer Lap Book
Instead of learning US History through formal lessons, we will continue reading the Little House books and will continue to learn about state history as we do our United States State Study.

United States State Study
Tuesday & Thursday
One state a month  We will be spending 2 months on each state.

Geography
Monday-Friday
Classically Catholic Maps
Geography lessons bases on the Holling C. Holling books

Science
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Classically Catholic Memory
Earth Science, Weather, and Astronomy

Art History
Tuesday & Thursday

Art
Monday & Friday

Music
Monday & Wednesday

Music History
Thursday

Nature Study
Everyday

Bird Study
We will be adding back our Bird Study! The kids love the bird study we did last year and have been asking to do it again. So I have decided to a lapbook for the birds we learn about. We will continue to add them into our bird journal but we will dig a little deeper.


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