Tuesday, August 2, 2011

2011-2012 School Plans

I'm beginning my 12th official year of homeschooling this Fall, though there were also a couple preschool years before that when we considered ourselves to be homeschooling already.  It feels more like my 14th year of homeschooling than my 12th.

 

This year we'll have six official students, one preschool student tag-along, and the baby.  We're mixing things up a bit this year.  My 9th grader has decided she doesn't want to continue using Tapestry of Grace, so she will be using Mystery of History for history and Total Language Plus for literature this year.  We'll evaluate that and may change texts next year.

 

I also realized how much I've missed using Five In A Row with my younger students, and didn't really feel they were getting as much out of Tapestry of Grace as they would out of Five In A Row.  (I love TOG for third grade and up, but not so much for the K - 2nd grade ages.)  So we're returning to Five In A Row with my youngest students, though they'll read some of the TOG picture books so they can glean from that curriculum, as well.

 

5 yo L - Kindergarten

Five In A Row (social studies, language arts, art, science, applied math)
Tapestry of Grace tag-along (will read some of the history picture books with me)
Mathematical Reasoning Book A
cheap handwriting workbook first
A Reason for Writing handwriting workbook A  later
The Ordinary Parent's Guide To Teaching Reading
21 Rules of This House

 



7 yo M - 2nd Grade

Five In A Row (social studies, language arts, art, science, applied math)
Tapestry of Grace tag-along (will read some of the history picture books with me)
Horizons Math grade 2
A Reason For Writing handwriting workbook B
WriteShop Primary A
Spelling Power
Christian Liberty Nature Readers
21 Rules of This House

 

10 yo J - 5th Grade

Tapestry of Grace (history, geography, literature)
Saxon 54 math
A Reason For Writing transition handwriting workbook, followed by Cursive D
Spelling Power
WriteShop Junior Level F (beta testing)
Scott Foresman Grammar
Christian Liberty Nature Readers
Apologia Astronomy

 

12 yo C - 7th Grade

Tapestry of Grace (history, geography, literature)
Saxon 76 math
A Reason For Writing handwriting workbook
Spelling Power
Easy Grammar Plus
WriteShop Junior Level F (beta testing)
Apologia General Science textbook

 

14 yo R - 9th Grade

Mystery of History 2 (history, geography)
Total Language Plus (literature, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, writing)
Institute For Excellence In Writing (possibly adding this to TLP)
Saxon Algebra 1
Apologia Biology
Physical Education
Cooking and Nutrition (Nutrition 101 textbook)

 

16 yo A - 11th Grade

Tapestry of Grace (history, geography, literature, writing)
Saxon Algebra 2
Institute for Excellence In Writing (to supplement TOG writing)
Editor In Chief (grammar)
Apologia Chemistry
Spanish (on-going from previous year)
Art (on-going from previous year)
Music (on-going from previous year)
Physical Education
Cooking

 

We're looking forward to this school year.  To be honest, one of the best things I've heard my kids say lately came from my daughter entering 9th grade.  (She has pushed to switch to public school in the past.)  She told me she's so excited for the new school year and is looking forward to her curriculum changes.  That was so encouraging to me.  Of course, I also loved it when she recently said, "Sometimes I'm glad I don't attend public school.  Sometimes."  I'll take that.  It will do.

 

Are you making any curriculum changes this year?  What are you most looking forward to?

 

Loving Learning with my Kids,
April E.

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