It is unreal how quickly summer is flying by… Temperature-wise it will be summer for quite a while longer here in Georgia, but nonetheless school starts back in 3 more weeks. I will have a 3rd grader and and 8th grader (and an infant as my TA). We chose much of the same curriculum as last year, making only minor adjustments.
Singapore Math Standard Edition 3A and 3B
We switched to Singapore our second month into homeschooling last year and have not looked back. J likes the colorful book and enjoys these workbooks so much better than our previous choice. I like how the teacher manual is organized and the multi-faceted approach to teaching concepts. After all, each child learns differently and Singapore does a fine job at offering several approaches to every concept.
We chose Rod and Staff’s Beginning Wisely series. This year I went ahead and purchased the worksheets. Hopefully, this will help J stay focused a little better, instead of copying everything into his notebook. Yes, I understand that copywork is important at this age, and we will do plenty of it, but I cannot have him get bogged down with frustration at the writing part, as it takes his focus away from the topic at hand.
We are also using Rod and Staff Bible readers again. I didn’t purchase the 3rd grade work books this year, as we still have 2 units from last year to finish, but the readers are so good. He enjoys reading them as much as I like listening to him!
The goal is to plow through Levels 3 and 4 in All About Spelling. Spelling actually was a lot more fun last year than I thought it would be. Jonah enjoyed spelling many new words and learning many spelling rules utilizing magnetic letter tiles. Check out the demo video at
http://www.allaboutlearningpress.com. You will see an official review on this program from me in the future!
History Prescripts from Classical Conversations (more on CC below).
History, Science, Geography, Music, and Art:
Classical Conversations (CC) is the spine of most of our learning. Last year I began the school year with a History curriculum and a Science curriculum and quickly realized that I had simply bitten off too much to chew. This year we will continue what worked so well for us the second half of the school year: utilizing the weekly memory work from CC as a jumping off point for deeper learning. The history focus this year in CC’s cycle 3 is US history and US Geography is covered for the Geo part of our memory work. We will use the weekly memory sentence for our handwriting practice (see Prescripts) and utilize our Kingfisher History Encyclopedia to explore further. This enables J to spend more time on those topics that interest him more, and only the minimum on topics that are not of particular interest. The idea is that we will cycle through all of the info again in three years- after all, we are learning classically and subject mastery is the goal! We also supplement with Story of the World, by Susan Wise Bauer. J loves both the books and the audio version.
Science works in much the same way. We also utilize the Kingfisher Encyclopedia here. Since the focus of Cycle 3 is Anatomy, I am able to use the fantastic curriculum I purchased last year as a supplementation. I absolutely adore the Apologia Press science books and student notebooks. I am excited that we get to use them more this year!
And FINALLY- last but definitely not LEAST…
I purchased a wonderful curriculum in Germany called Das Neue Deutschmobil, which is used in schools there for children, whose native language is not German, much like ESL is here. J will be forced to learn my native tongue… it is no longer and option. I am, after all, a German in Georgia!