First week in August: It’s a curriculum hop. Share your well-researched plans on your post. Show us what you love. Four math curriculums later… you decided on?? McLinky will go up on Monday 8/3/09!Isn't that hilarious? We only went through 3 (in one year)... I posted here about what we were planning for the year so this is kind of a repeat but I will tell you what I L.O.V.E. with linkage!
Math: Horizons Math 1 & 2 We have already been working on this through the summer...it's going great. I bought some games this year for math too! Math Wars, Set and a Fraction Game. I found a game at my dad's called Tangoes that I really want to get for this year too!
Spelling: Spelling Workout B
Grammar: First Language Lessons
Love that it's short, scripted and sweet. Caeden laughs and has fun...enough said.
Phonics: Explode the Code, Books 4, 5 and 6
Not so pretty to look at but Caeden whizzes through these and he laughs...see above.
History: Ancient Greece & Ancient Rome (following the Veritas Press time line flash cards...these are BEAUTIFUL! Love them!) We are using Story of the World, Classical Kids Activity Book and Usborne Internet Linked Reference Books for Greeks and Romans...very cool! We love everything Usborne! One of the coolest books I found were these comic books from the Stories from History Series. Bible/Character: We are going to be learning the shorter catechism for memory work, using Draw to Learn the Book of Proverbs and A Child's Book of Character Building.
Science: Last minute changes here, like just this weekend we changed it! We are going to do Christian Kid's Explore Biology instead of Earth Science in order to keep up with the History/Science chronology.
Art: We also just changed our art plans this weekend too! We are going to be using Artistic Pursuits Book 1. I am really excited about this one, it looks really fun!
Music: I am also pretty excited about our Composer studies, listening to great classical music and learning about the lives of these composers (Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Chopin & Mozart)
I spent lots of time going back and forth whether or not to do an actual curriculum for Maleiah. She is 2, turning 3 in October so I could do something structured. I felt that I have 3 years left before she starts kindergarten (theoretically) so why not postpone the BIG stuff another year and just have some fun this year (not that the BIG stuff isn't fun...really, I didn't want to do something very structured.) So we are doing something...
Joyful Heart Learning Curriculum is a resource I love so we are going to use bits and pieces of it, basically we will follow it loosely. I like the themes and book lists as well as some of the activities. I will replace some with other projects and such from my preschool book shelf that I have kept from the years I taught preschool. I think this will give me somewhat of a springboard and the best part is it's FREE! So when I don't do something I don't have the guilt factor. :)
I found these books at Costco!
These books have been wearing a hole in my wish list for a year now...they came in the mail last week!
and of course our never ending list of library books...the hold shelf beckons me, daily.