Friday, July 22, 2011

2011-2012 Curriculum Round-up

So I finally made my choices and placed my orders.  It's been like Christmas around here (at least for me) with all these boxes arriving.  Here's the run down on what we will be using when we start school again in September.

Ms. Q - 4th grade

-History Odyssey  -  Early Modern History
-Math U See - Gamma level
-Noeo Science - Biology II
-Lesson Pathways Language Arts Grade 4/5 (for reading and writing)
-Growing With Grammar
-Soaring with Spelling
-Evan-Moor 7 Continents Series (S. America, N. America, Europe) with Children Like Me
-Electives: Music Appreciation - Opal Wheeler Series (Haydn, Handel, Bach), Music Theory - Weekly guitar lesson, Foreign Language - Rosetta Stone French, Art- Artistic Pursuits, Art Appreciation - Mike Venezia Series (Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Delacroix), Nature Study - Outdoor Hour Challenge

Last year we used Sonlight (secularized) and we really enjoyed all the book selections.  After two years of creating my own curriculum it was really nice to have a planned out schedule.  However, I decided this year to try out Pandia Press History Odyssey.  I really like the Classical approach to history rotation, History Odyssey is already secular, and the book selections are similar to those used in Sonlight.  I really had a difficult time making this decision.  Hopefully I made the right choice.  We are staying with Math U See, Noeo Science, Growing with Grammar, Artistic Pursuits, and The Outdoor Hour.  We needed to add in spelling, reading, and geograghy programs since these were included in Sonlight last year.  I also added in some resources for Art and Music Appreciation, something we have struggled to included in previous years.

Little M - Preschool

I did not purchase any curriculum for Little M for preschool this year.  He will continue with the letter of the week that we started before the summer.  He also listens in to the poetry and world folk tales that we read together in the morning.  Here are links to the websites I use for free resources and printables for him.

Lesson Pathways - Pre-K Language Arts

I'm linking this post up over at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.  Come check out what others are using this year.

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Good Girl Gone Green said...

SCHOOL already! WOW! Didn't summer just begin? :)

Jess said...

We did actually just start our summer break. But I usually use all our summer break to get all my planning and ordering done for next year :(

Our Side of the Mountain said...

What IS the classical approach to history? I think I need to do some research! LOL Stopping by to wish you and your family a great school year!

Jackie G. said...

I've almost always planned our curriculum, and sometimes I daydream about one already planned, but then I get panicky - Like, I'll redo whatever the preplanned plan is. Does that make sense?

I miss getting school packages, too! Maybe I can just come out and watch from a distance as you open your boxes!!

Anyway, I hope you like your new stuffs, and have a great year!

Jess said...

Our Side of the Mountain,

Just like all things homeschool everyone seems to have their own take on it but in a classical approach history is broken into four time periods (ancient, middle ages, early modern, and modern) and studied three times. For example a child would study ancient history in 1st, 5th, and 9th grades each time building upon previous knowledge and learning more in depth information.

To me it makes sense. Although I'm sure Ms. Q won't remember all the information she learned in first grade by fifth grade she will have that feeling of it being familiar. Hopefully she'll have that "oh yeah, I remember that" moment.

Jess said...

Jackie G,

I felt the same way the first time I ordered a curriculum! I did end up "redoing" quite a bit of it and adding a bunch of activities and stuff too. But at the same time I still felt comfortable knowing the framework of what we were going to do was there.

Oh, and I'll see if someone will take my picture when the boxes arrive and post them for you!! :)

Sadie said...

I'll have to remember that history- we are doing SOTW right now and it's working okay. Finding something secular is always hard

Dawn said...

Have a great year. It looks like fun.

Tracy said...

I always like peeking into other's homeschool curriculum ideas! Thanks for sharing on NOBH and best wishes for a successful year!

Chef Penny said...

I appreciate you letting me peek into your homeschool. Sounds like a great year ahead.