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Curriculum 2014-2015

We technically started our new school year back in April, however I never got around to posting the curriculum we are using this year.  While I may have a curriculum that we are following, I very rarely follow the curriculum the way it was designed to be used.  I am notorious for using curriculum as a guide, but creating the lessons on my own to better suit my boys and their interest.

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All Together :

Since Thing 1 and Thing 2 are so close in age and since they have similar interest in has made it easy for me to combine several subjects this year.  Thing 3 also joins us in many of these subjects.

Science : REAL Science Odyssey – Earth & Space Science

History : Story of the World Vol. 3 & Vol. 4

Geography : We will be focusing on the United States this year.  We will be using pieces from Road Trip USA by Erica at Confessions of a Homeshcooler, however most of it will be things that I have created.

Writing : I have created a simple writing curriculum to introduce them to the different types of writing.  However, we will be spending most of our time on creative writing.  Getting those crazy thoughts out on paper in some organized manner.

Art : Artistic Pursuits 1 & other fun arts and crafts that we do with the homeschool group I started here in Georgia.

Language : I will be introducing them to Sign Language and Spanish.

PE : The boys play golf almost weekly with Daddy Cameron.  I will be coaching both Thing 1 and Thing 2 in Soccer this year.  I also spend about 30 minutes a day introducing and playing other sports with them.

Nature Study : We now live on 11 acres, where nature study is as easy as walking out the front, back, garage or basement door.  We also have a couple of state parks with great hiking nearby.

Other : As I mentioned earlier, I have once again started a homeschool group here in Georgia.  So we will be doing activities at least 1-2 times a week with the group.

Also, now that all our summer travels are over, I am hoping to have the boys spend some time on a project of their choosing.  They may work individually or together.  I want them to work on something that is completely of their choosing.  They choose the topic and which direction it will go.

 

Thing 1 : 2nd Grade

Math : Singapore Math (US Edition) 3A & 3B.  We only buy the student workbooks.  I create and teach the lesson and use the workbooks as extra practice.

Reading : Thing 1 chooses the book he wants to read aloud to me or his brothers.  We also do family read alouds of the classics.  He will also reading some books on his own and telling me about them.

Handwriting : Handwriting is copywork, but instead of copying passages from books, Thing 1 dictates sentences to me that he then copies.

Grammar : First Language Lesson – Level 2.  We used First Language Lessons – Level 1 last year and had great success.

Other : Thing 1 also works with the WeDo LEGO Robotics set that he got as a Christmas present.

 

Thing 2 : Kindergarten

Math : Saxon Math 2.  Much like Thing 1 I create & teach the lessons and use the workbooks for extra practice.

Reading : Thing 2 has worked through every BOB Book over the last 8 weeks and then he will be moving on to early readers that he will get to choose. He also listens to the family read alouds.

Handwriting : Also like Thing 1, Thing 2 dictates a sentence to me which he copies.

Grammar : First Language Lesson – Level 1.  Thing 2 already knows a lot of what we are working on in this book simply because he listened last year, while I was working with Thing 1.

Music : Thing 2 will be starting guitar lesson, since I have finally been able to find a place that will let him start at 5.

Thing 3 : Preschool

Thing 3 goes through phases where he wants to do school like his brothers and other times he wants nothing to do with it.  So right now, he has no set anything.  I am just kind of going with the flow with him.  If he wants to do something “school like” I have plenty of games, workbooks, and stuff on hand to give him.

 

This list has changed since we started this school year in April, I am positive it will change again.  As we move through the year, things change, the boys change, our commitments change, interest change, so I have learned to be flexible and to go with the flow.  If something isn’t working I am no longer afraid to change it.  Homeschooling has definitely made me a much more flexible person.

 

What does your year look like?

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