Wednesday, February 25, 2015

more than halfway

Most of my kiddos hit week 21 of our 36-week year this week. They are behind in some things, ahead in others, but on average week 21 is the week we are working on. This is the first year that I planned most subjects out week-by-week and it has been really great. It took some time over the summer to set up, but it will take even less time this summer since I am used to doing it. Having that plan in place has saved me so much time this year, plus it helps keep me on track when I am tempted to slack off. Basically, I just set up a spreadsheet with a row for each week and plugged in lesson numbers for math, writing, grammar, logic....whatever I hoped we would accomplish each week. I also plugged in Book Shark weeks, which don't match up with the week we are currently working on because, except for Rose, we didn't start with week 1 of Book Shark at the start of the year. Months ago I said that I would do a post on how I set up our 36-week plan, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Soon!

I updated our curriculum page to better reflect what we are actually doing. I was surprised to find that very few updates were needed because we have not had to drop or change a lot of things.

A few mid-year updates....

Rose (6): We dropped Song School Latin shortly before the holidays, because she wasn't very interested. She has been asking about it lately so we may start again, but it isn't a priority right now. The only other changes we have made are in the math department. Rightstart B was just not working for her (too  many bits and pieces), so I switched her to Math Mammoth. We finished MM 1A, then I decided to try MiquonMM just wasn't too interesting for either of us and she wasn't getting any of that strong "math sense" that I think my other three picked up from Rightstart. I have high hopes for Miquon and will definitely do a blog post on it once we've had a chance to get acquainted with the program. She is flying through Bookshark K, because the readings are light and she always wants to do more. I think we will finish with that by the end of March. 

James (9): He finished up Math Mammoth 4a, then switched to Teaching Textbooks 5. Math has been a bit of a struggle for him this year. He did okay with Math Mammoth, as far as comprehension goes, but he definitely wasn't enjoying math. I probably would have stuck with MM, but we already had TT5 and I suspected he would do just fine with it.  He has done 10 lessons so far and he wants to do math first every day, which is a bit of a shocker.  We stopped Life of Fred for awhile because the division chapter was confusing to him. We will pick the series back up once he covers long division in TT. He finished up the level of Dr. Funster's that he was working on, but I don't plan on having him do any more logic this year.

Christopher (12): He started out the year doing  "science kit science" a la The Well-Trained Mind, but he missed reading science books and I had trouble finding good kits for his age. We tried the Young Scientist kits but were not impressed at all. Plus science kits are just plain expensive for what you get! I ordered Book Shark Science 5 for him (the equivalent of Sonlight Science F) and he has been enjoying that. He likes having the books to pore over and the illustrations to study and it is a fairly easy science to implement. I am hoping that Book Shark will release the next science level in time for him to use it next year.  Life of Fred: Fractions was getting too confusing for him, so we dropped it for awhile. He is still doing Teaching Textbooks 6

Grace (14): We haven't changed anything so far. She finished Greek Code Cracker and started Galore Park's Greek and she is doing fine with that. She also finished Latin for Children B and has moved onto  Latin Alive. She is doing well with both; thankfully she has taken on the job of learning these languages entirely by herself, because I am totally clueless!

And I think that is it as far as changes and updates so far!

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