Friday, May 12, 2006

Homeschool plans

We finished our lessons on Wednesday! Whew.

E did state testing on M, T and W. It is not mandated for Indiana, but Jeff and I figure it is a good idea now that she is in junior high (7th grade). We will test every year from 7th to 12th. If for no other reason, it will be helpful come transcript time.

We will take a break until June 12, at which time we will start the next year of lessons. We need to work through the summer (albeit, at a slower pace) so we don't get behind. With so many sporting activities, this is what works for our family.

I am trying something new this year. Each child has a spiral notebook. In the notebook are 180 lessons for each subject.
(Yes, I have been working on this for over a month) Before, I only did plans in monthly intervals. It was chaos at the end of the month and most of the time, we scrambled week to week. Hopefully, with this careful planning on my part, things will be calmer.
I like calm!


Next year, our lessons will include:

E (8th grade)

Grammar - Abeka
Writing - Abeka
Lit - Abeka
Spelling/Poetry - Abeka
Science - Abeka and co-op
History - whole non fiction history books, timelines, reports
Math - Saxon Algebra
Bible - Bible
Music - violin lessons once a week
Art - co-op once a week
Foreign Language - ASL with co-op and Spanish (to be determined)
PE - volleyball (3x week) and swim (2x week) teams, as well as organized gym day once a week

S (6th grade)

Grammar - Abeka
Writing - Abeka
Reading - Abeka
Spelling/Poetry - Abeka
Science - Abeka and co-op
History - Story of the World
Math - Saxon
Bible - Bible
Music - co-op
Art - co-op
Foreign Language - ASL with co-op and Spanish (to be determined)
PE - gymnastic team (3x week), ballet (2x week) and organized gym day once a week

P (4th grade)

Language - Abeka
Writing - Abeka
Spelling/Poetry - Abeka
Reading - Abeka
Science - Abeka and co-op
History - Story of the World
Math - Saxon
Bible - Bible
Music - co-op
Art - co-op
Foreign Language - ASL with co-op and Spanish (to be determined)
PE - ballet (2x week), swim lessons (1x week) in the fall and organized gym once a week

G (2nd grade)

Language - Abeka
Writing - Abeka
Spelling/Poetry - Abeka
Reading - Abeka
Science - Abeka and co-op
History - Story of the World
Math - Horizons
Bible - Bible
Music - co-op
Art - co-op
Foreign Language - ASL with co-op and Spanish (to be determined)
PE - ballet (2x week), swim lessons (1x week) and organized gym day

C and J (PreK)

lots of reading (I *might introduce Learning to Read in 100 Lessons)
harder puzzles and legos
painting

clay
music through co-op
Spanish through co-op
Bible stories
learn how to write names, ABC's and numbers 1-25
bug and flower collecting

play and explore
soccer (this summer) and swim lessons (in the fall) and organized gym class once a week

7 Comments:

Blogger KKT said...

look at you all organized!!! that brings back great memories from when i was teaching!

10:43 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

It's like planning your garden, isn't it! I love the planning part.

11:58 PM  
Blogger Perri said...

Have a great break. Looks like the kids are going to be busy come fall!

10:13 PM  
Blogger RANDI said...

Wow! You are so organized! We will attend our homeschool conference next month and I look forward to being a bit more organized this year--especially since I will have a kindergardener again!

9:24 AM  
Anonymous ~SandyPea~ said...

You are an amazing mother! It looks like you like A Beka like I do although I won't be switching to Saxon math until 3rd grade. I'm also excited because my little guy will be in Nursery school this coming year. We'll have so much fun!

What a blessing to be both a mother and a teacher to our children.

Enjoy your break...you deserve it!

9:36 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Congrats! What a great feeling! We just finished Friday as well. Such a satisfying feeling to get another grade successfully done. I love A Beka (it's all I use!) Have a wonderful break. I have a ton of projects that I HOPE to get done! The question is... will I??!!

9:19 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

We used the 100 easy lessons and I loved it. They don't take a lot of time, but worked great for us.

4:04 PM  

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