To make things clearer, Grace is my tenth grader, Christopher my eighth grader, James my sixth grader, and Rose my third grader - and when I say "daily" I mean Monday through Thursday. Friday is our art and catch-up day.
*My tweaked homeschool plan for all four kids*
~ Grammar ~
- Grace: Do one exercise every other week from Analytical Grammar Review & Reinforcement
- Christopher: Work daily on Season Three of Analytical Grammar
- James: Work daily on Season One of Analytical Grammar (he's almost done!)
- Rose: Do three lessons a week from First Language Lessons Level 3
~ Spelling & Vocabulary ~
- Grace: Work three days a week through Vocabulary from Classical Roots D ~ with an oral "quiz" at the end of each unit
- Christopher: Work daily (usually 1 page) through Wordly Wise Book 8 ~ with an oral "quiz" at the end of each unit
- James: One Spelling Workout F page daily
- Rose: One Spelling Workout C page daily
~ Writing ~
James & Christopher: Work on Typing Instructor daily (for 10-15 minutes)
Rose & James: Do 1/2 to 1 page of Zaner-Bloser handwriting daily
~ Math ~
Rose: practice facts with Flashmaster daily (2 rounds); watch Mathtacular for about 30 minutes weekly.
~ Poetry ~
~ History ~
This is where things get interesting. Grace and Christopher each have a few weeks left of their BookShark levels (100 and 7), and we have decided not to continue with Sonlight or BookShark for them (I'll tell you why some other time).
Since they are both reading about the early 1900's now, I decided to pull everyone (mostly) into a study of modern history, while continuing with some of their independent BookShark readings on the side. So...
Everyone: Listen daily to a double-page spread of The History of the Modern World. Discuss, then choose an event or two to add to their timeline book.
Then, to supplement this reading:
- Grace: read 2-3 chapters from the A History of US series; or another history-related book ~ currently Dragon's Gate
- Christopher: read half a chapter from Story of the World IV
- James: read a history book of choice ~ currently Wooden Teeth & Jellybeans
~ Literature ~
This will be very loosely matched up with our modern history timeline. We are combining for a read-aloud, then having everyone read their own book on the side.
Our current titles are:
I will try to share my planned list of read-alouds and independent history and literature reading soon.
~ Science ~
Everyone: weekly nature study (in nicer weather months; first I plan to do a Shakespeare study starting after Christmas ~ more details on that after the holidays)
Grace: She was finding her chemistry text a bit dull, so we are going to switch it up with Life of Fred Chemistry, living books, plus the labs from her current chemistry textbook (Discovering Design with Chemistry)
Christopher: Continue with BookShark Science 6 readings, but skip the worksheets; we will discuss the reading instead. He'll supplement this with Janice Van Cleave's Chemistry for Every Kid, since the BKSK experiments haven't been that great
James & Rose: Read living science books with me once weekly and do an experiment from Home Science Adventures once weekly
~ Art ~
~ Music ~
I plan to bring along music when we head out, since we spend so much time in the car. Music is one subject I have not found easy to fit in. I plan to start with The Nutcracker, with a nod to the season, and I plan to just mention what we are listening to and leave it at that!
We have been following this plan for a couple of weeks now, and it is working well. Of course, now that it is nearly December, some of our best laid plans are left undone pretty much daily! My next post will be all about our Advent plans this year...and hopefully I will be able to get it together far sooner than I did this one!
Till next time!