Curriculum Planning, 2010-2011 (part one)
Posted by homeschoolmentormom on July 27, 2010
I can’t get over it…the 2010-2011 school year! How can that be?! Anyway, I’ve been working on our curriculum plans for the fall. Next year will be my daughter’s senior year, and the boys will be in the second and fourth grades. After this year, I’ll only have two children left to teach! Unbelievable!
I’m only going to post detailed plans for my littles. If you want information about our high school curriculum, visit the “Our Curriculum” tab over the next few days to see what we’ll be using (I’ll post it soon.)
The resources below are really just the tip of the iceberg for us…we’re going to use a plethora of “real” or “living” books this year! Because this post is so long, I’m going to split it up into two installments.
Here are my choices for this fall:
Bible: We are going to concentrate on character traits and learning to please God this year. I decided to use a combination of resources including Character First (series one), Pleasing God, and the Word of God (I haven’t seen these, but the content looks like exactly what we need—we will do them orally). We will also continue to read Vos’ Bible Story Book, and of course, the Word itself.
I have several goals for Bible memory work this year: 1) to continue memorizing Bible verses, including “cementing” the 23rd Psalm and our other previous work (goal: memorize at least 10 more verses and one longer section); 2) finish memorizing the Lord’s Prayer; 3) memorize the books of the Bible, and 4) begin sword drills.
Language arts: My main goals for this year for both boys are to 1) wrap up all phonics (if possible; my second grader might need a little more time), 2) help the boys become fluent, expressive and confident readers; 3) help them continue to develop neat handwriting and handwriting speed; 4) do longer copywork, and 5) work on narration skills (oral composition) and composition. For curriculum we will use:
~Other language arts: Daily Grams (done orally–this is a good compromise between heavy duty grammar and delayed former grammar–for more on this issue, read THIS article); portions of Queen’s Language Arts
Math: Our goals for math this year will focus on mastering the math facts (addition and subraction for my 2nd grader, multiplication for my 4th grader.) I hope to add some fun computer games/card games etc to make this more fun. The curriculums we will be using are:
Teaching Textbooks (oldest)
Rod and Staff (youngest.) Note: We add our own manipulatives, as needed.
I’ll post our curriculum for unit studies (history, geography, and science), art, and music in my next post.
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