After a bit of a break and some consideration, I've decided to ditch the public school year in favour of year round schooling. What this means for us is that we'll continue to take breaks here and there as we need them and the next grade's curriculum will be started when the kids are ready instead of waiting for fall.
We had a huge break in December and another in March. In public school this would mean the students would be quite behind in their studies. For my homeschooled Dd1, she finished all our curriculum plans back in February. So I'm just getting things accumulated and the curriculum written. I'm hoping to start them all up again in two weeks.
For both girls I'm implementing a workbox system. With three kids and a micro farm, it can get crazy around here. As a result we often skip out on some of the non-essential fun stuff (usually arts and crafts)because we just don't get to it. I'm hoping the workboxes will help with that. It should also give me a break from the kids complaining about being bored.
I looked at a lot of different preschool programs but of course I didn't like any of them 100% Lol, not even 75% So I've decided to write my own. This one is going to be letter of the week style. In addition to the workboxes I've been reading up on activity bags. For each craft in the preschool curriculum, I've bagged up the supplies needed along with a small picture and brief description of what to do. That way if Dd2 pulls out a craft to do while I'm busy doing something else, she can get started on it without me.
Science-I was going to buy a microscope and start on Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding Volume 2. However, I don't think Dd1 is ready for it just yet. It is a much more advanced and meaty book than the first. Instead, we're going to go through all the experiments in 101 Great Science Experiments and reassess when we're done.
Canadian history. My plan for history hasn't changed much since I last blogged about it.
Geography- We're going to do a brief unit on maps and then switch to world cultures. For each country we study, I've accumulated a list of documentaries, books, and web sites to check out. We'll also celebrate some different holidays, eat regional foods and participate in traditional pastimes.
Math-She's almost done Math Mammoth 2A and will be moving on to 2B soon.
Language Arts-More reading and Winning With Writing Volume 2. Will also be doing spelling copy work.
French- copy work
Art-biweekly drawing practice
Think! Challenges-These are so cool. On the blog there are a bunch of challenges listed. Each one calls for a specific set of items and instructions to make something with it. For example;
Use the following materials to build a water wall:
a 4 x 4 foot piece of wood
2 feet of pvc piping
10 paper or plastic cups
6 index cards (can be laminated if you want)
2 items of your choiceYou may use a hammer and permanent sharpies as well. Be careful. Have fun. Get wet!
That's the bulk of it. I have a list of other schoolish stuff and fluff to go in the workboxes which I'll list in another post.