Friday, August 12, 2011

Curriculum Update

As I'm wont to do, I have changed the curriculum plans for the girls.  But only just a wee bit.  Here are my edits.

DD1-Grade 1

Math:  I was going to purchase RightStart Math Beta but I don't want to spend the money. Lol no, it's just that now that she has the basics down it's really easy to teach her without the formal stuff.  It would be a pointless expense. Instead we'll teach her from life as well as read some fun math books from the library like; A Dollar For Penny, Sir Cumference and Mummy Math.  She also likes the Khan Academy videos.  Still doing all this.  I've added the Life of Fred elementary series.

LA: We're going to delve into writing stories and poems this year.  I purchased this book from Amazon as a jumping off point for my poetry plan.  For the writing part, we'll go over parts of speech, how to write a sentence, paragraph etc.  I've also started a list of writing prompts for her to work with. I added some Mad Libs books and I wrote out a more concrete lesson plan for the above.

Shakespeare:  It's never to early to start them on the Bard.  We're going to read three plays from this series of books and watch the corresponding BBC Animated Tale.  I'm going to find some related activities to do and maybe a short performance or two.  Nothing changed here.

Reading:  I started a book list for dd1 to read next year but she blew through it in the past couple of weeks.  Instead I'm going to stock up on novels and get her to keep a list of what she's read.  I need recommendations for books though.  She's currently reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. Same plan.  She's currently reading Little House in the Big Woods.

Science:  We're going to finish up the rest of Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding and read related books from the library.  I expanded upon this curriculum and added all sorts of fun extras; videos, web sites, experiments and books.  I also picked up The Usborne Science Encyclopedia which is fab.

History:  History was our big subject last year.  We used my writeup of History Odyssey: Ancients.  This year we're going to continue learning about the subjects we covered by watching documentaries and the millions of books the library has. As an offshoot of the Ancient Greek portion of our studies, we're also going to read D'Aulaires Book of Greek MythsI expanded on this a lot and then realized we'll still be finished with it by December.   I purchased SOTW 2 so we'll also be covering the Middle Ages.  Hopefully that'll take us to June.

Geography:  Did I mention that I love the library?  What I've been doing with all these subjects is searching the library for related books.  I'll put them all on hold in September and read them as they come in.  Our main spine for Geography is going to be The Usborne Geography Encyclopedia with Complete World Atlas.  This book has yet to arrive and I'm hoping it'll be suitable.  I'll write out our lesson plans when it comes in.  The book did arrive and is awesome. 

French:  Dd1 has already started on Rosetta Stone for French.  I think it's (learning French) a tad bit pointless myself.  If at some point we have to put the kids in school (hopefully never) at least she
won't be behind in it.  Same.

Art:  I'm excited about this subject.  We're still playing around with Creativity Express but I've been eying up Meet the Masters and Artistic Pursuits.  This is another of those boxed curriculum that I look at and think "I could totally write that myself".  So that's what I'm doing.  We're going to study three artists, read about them with some lovely books like this one and do a bit of painting.  Did it.  This was the hardest for me to write but it's done and looks good.

Health and PE:  We really don't need to do much here.  I am going to purchase this book as well as this one.  Both kids want to take dance classes in the fall.  We're still doing Yoga.  I didn't purchase the first book.  Instead I bought Basher's Human Body and wrote a curriculum using that.  You can read about what I did here.  Also, I'm finding it really hard to find classes in the area.  New Minas is too far for us to go.

Logic: She'll be doing Logic Safari. Same.

Cursive:  I've picked up a couple of workbooks for this.  When she's perfected her printing we'll start cursive.  Printing has improved a lot since I wrote this.  We should be fine starting cursive in the fall.

It looks like a lot when it's all typed out doesn't it?  It's not really though.  We'll do a little bit of art here, a little bit of math there.   When you have one kid to teach instead of thirty, learning happens much more quickly.

DD2's curriculum is super relaxed and fun.  For each book I have a list of questions to ask/discuss and a list of activities to do.  I'm going to write the lists on an index card and place the card in an envelope taped to each book.  Each book's list can be stretched out over a week. 

The reading list for her is as follows;

*I cut about half of the original book list.  This new list takes us to December and we'll decide how to proceed from there.

Goodnight Moon
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Stella Queen of the Snow
Katy No Pocket
Very Hungry Caterpillar
Blueberries for Sal 
The Colour Kittens 
Big Pumpkin
The Year at Maple Hill Farm
Jesse Bear What Will You Wear?
Story About Ping
The Water Hole

Everything is printed out and ready to go.  I just have to do a little supply shopping and await the arrival of the math books!

What are you using this year?  Or are you unschooling and using nothing but life?

1 comment:

  1. We mostly unschool. I really really want to borrow your Rosetta stone though as I want to learn French along with Bliss. I am so impressed with your curriculum. Great work!