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The new school year is fast approaching. The one thing that I do consistently to begin the school year is First Friday Mass and adoration. Every year I have grand plans for what we will accomplish and I plan the first couple of months and somewhere around December or January I tend to slack off. I look at the goals I have set and realize that I have set the bar too high. It is not necessarily too high for my children, but it is too high for me. I need to be able to keep up if the plan is going to work.
I know that I tend toward laziness. I have no doubt that we will use all the different curricula. My doubt lies in the ancillary things that I would like to add, all the crafts and fun stuff. Things like Facebook and solitaire on my computer are more of a temptation than curriculum planning and correcting the work that is done. I know that it is a lack of discipline on my part that causes these things to be a distraction.
I have found some great planning resources online that I hope will help me to stay the course this year. There is a free downloadable Student Planner here. and a Curriculum Planner as well.
Sanctus Simplicitus has a Catholic planner available. There are sample pages to download.
As is usual for us, we will use an eclectic variety of curricula. I have looked at “boxed” curricula and none of it has ever really fit. The math book might be ok, but the speller was atrocious, or the language arts were great but the history was tedious and boring. I have amassed a variety of resources over the years that I like and that seem to work well for us.
For arithmetic I like Systematic Mathematics. This year dear son (age 11) has moved out of the Practical Arithmetics books and will be using Establishing the Basics. He will be using God’s Marvelous Works books one and two from Rod and Staff for science this year, as well as several small unit studies for science. Rod and Staff does not actually sell their books online. They can be purchased online at a couple of different vendors. The books I am using are used by Seton for fifth and sixth grades. We will be getting through both this year. At some point in the first half of the year, we will be dissecting an owl pellet. I am looking forward to this, although I am not certain that dear son is.
Dear son will use Following Christ from the Faith and Life series for religion this year. We will also focus on learning the changes to the Mass that will be instituted during Advent this year.
For history we will be using a combination of resources. We have History Links: Ancient Greece, the MODG syllabus for seventh grade, and Connecting with History Volume II. Dear son will also be starting Latin with Latina Christiana I from Memoria Press. This should tie in nicely with our study of Ancient Rome. We will begin the year with a study of Ancient Greece. Since our history studies include a great deal of reading of both non-fiction and historical fiction, our literature studies will focus on these books.
Both Dear son and dear daughter will be using Grammarlogues for grammar study. Dear daughter will continue her studies of history with the renaissance using Connecting With History Volume III and a Renaissance lapbook from In the Hands of a Child.
Dear daughter will be studying consumer math this year using this and this. She really struggled with Algebra last year, so I thought a break for something practical and useful for the “real world” might be a nice change for her. She will also begin studying Spanish, use the Ark and the Dove from Lepanto Press for religion.
For science dear daughter will be studying Anatomy and Physiology this year. She will be using Human Anatomy and Physiology books one and two from Simple Schooling. We also have selections from the Kaplan Medical Anatomy Coloring Book that she will use in conjunction with the A&P text. Last year she studied Biology. Given her math struggles, I figured we would save Chemistry until next year.
Please help us to keep our focus on You and Your will for the future. Please keep me, in particular, on Your path so that I may the guide to my children that You would have me be.
A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks has a new blog and is celebrating by having a giveaway. You can read about the giveaway here. I use lapbooks with my children to reinforce what they are learning. They also have products geared specifically to some favorite curricula. Go on over and check it out.
My children are now grown. My youngest is a high school graduate heading off to college. I still love homeschool curriculum and I will continue to share what I know and what we successfully used. I’m in a state of “Now what?” in my life and starting to think about things beyond homeschooling.
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