Every year choosing the perfect curricula is a challenge.
Am I getting what she needs?
Is this enough?
Is it too much?
What about this?
The first year of homeschooling was a nightmare. I changed the plan seven times before beginning, only to come full circle to the original list.
This year, the planning began in spring because I knew we were relocating over the summer. Curriculum has been packed for a couple of weeks and I’m already itching to get it out and start my official lesson planning. It’s addicting.
Chronologically, my oldest will be a 6th grader, but in the homeschooling world, we know it’s all relative.
Here’s what we have so far:
English, Language Arts, Grammar:
Michael Clay Thompson (MCT) – The Magic Lens Volume I
MCT 4Practice I
MCT The Word Within the Word I
Editor in Chief (B1) and (B2) – The Critical Thinking Company
Word Roots B1 and B2 – The Critical Thinking Company
Think Analogies – The Critical Thinking Company
Finish Writing With Skill. This program gets laborious and my child is not excited about repetition, but the general skills are provided. We don’t adhere to the 4 days/week schedule and supplement A LOT (we’ve even been known to skip a section or three if skills are mastered).
NANOWRIMO’s Young Writers Program – just for fun
My own plan.
History of the Ancient World – Susan Wise Bauer (More meaty and accurate than Story of the World – I’ve found some discrepancies in SOTW).
Encyclopedia of the Ancient World (Usborne)
The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
A few more ancient Asia, Egypt, Greece and mythology resources from the library.
Supplemental reading includes (all from Amazon):
The Samurai’s Tale
The Aeneid for Boys and Girls
The Children’s Homer
Still looking for a game that might fit.
In the works:
State History – North Carolina (since we will have just moved to the state)
Trip to Washington D.C. – just for fun
My own plan.
I create my own discussion questions and essay questions. Socratic method is used. While most are read independently, I am a firm believer in reading to my child (DUH) – and as long as she’ll let me, I’ll still do it. A chapter before bed is cherished time.
All books purchased through Amazon – most are like new and cost under $1.
Search and Adventure
Call of the Wild
The Time Machine
Adventures of Robin Hood
Adventures of Huck Finn
Strong Women – Overcoming Challenges
Island of the Blue Dolphin
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Diary of Anne Frank
The Story of My Life – Helen Keller
Mama’s Bank Account – Kathryn Forbes
Poetry – Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson
2-4 Shakespeare plays – we will attend
Art of Problem Solving – Introduction to Algebra
Life of Fred – Beginning Algebra Expanded Edition
Life of Fred – Zillions of Practice Problems for Beginning Algebra
2-3 classes at Duke Tip – She chose two math courses and one forensic science class.
Philosophy for Kids – Dr. David White (Prufrock Press or Amazon)
The Art of Argument (trying this one out for the first time)
Some discussion from Philosophy for Young Thinkers – Royal Fireworks Press (already had — good resource for teaching philosophy)
Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Figural – Critical Thinking Co.
Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Verbal – Critical Thinking Co.
Just for fun materials:
Dr. Funster’s Think-A-Minutes (CTC) – great brain teasers for early morning
Mind Benders (CTC)
ClassiQuest Biology (first year using this classical science program – still unsure and never satisfied with science curriculum – the curse of having a biology background)
Due to my uncertainty about the above curriculum, will add in:
Singapore Science – MPH Science 6A and 6B (the nuts and bolts)
Finish CPO Physical Science and start CPO Life Science (textbook in nature, but my daughter loves this program) – Books were found at Amazon.com
Supplemental materials for Biology found at HomeScienceTools:
- Owl pellet kit
- Blood typing kit
- Sheep eye dissection
- Worm, frog, grasshopper dissection kit
Lots of prepared slides for microscope viewing – hydra budding, frog sperm, frog ovary, insect legs (we may collect these), muscle types, and flower types (monocot, dicot)
Considering Rosetta Stone through our Duke Tip access. My daughter is fluent in Spanish from the dual language program she participated in during her early elementary years at public school; however, she lacks formal grammar. Rosetta Stone is on the radar. Not sure yet. It’s still expensive, even with our discount. The practical side of me asks ‘why?’ when she knows Spanish, but colleges require formal training.
No formal program, just a lot of practice.
This year we will be in a new city and state with lots of opportunity for exploration. We have field trips planned for nearly every Friday throughout the year. All trips are low cost and workable with a toddler (more on this later).