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8/13/12 10:02 P

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Everyone's year looks so amazing! I wish the very best to everyone for fantastic learning.

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8/13/12 9:53 A

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Let's see what are we doing for the 2012-2013 year -

Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy (4th grader)
Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology (9th graders)

Math U See Algebra I (9th graders)
Math U See Gamma (4th grader)

Middle Ages, Reformation, Renaissance & Epistles - everyone for history, geography, and Bible - writing projects for Language Arts are part of this too. This is from www.simplycharlottemason.com

Spelling Wisdom (this covers Spelling and Penmanship) everyone, this also comes from www.simplycharlottemason.com

Analytical Grammar - everyone - I love this because we will be covering grammar without having boring worksheets everyday. Focus on skills, then review here and there. Practice comes in the writing assignments for Composition.

Reading/Literature - I am following the reading plan also found for each grade on www.simplycharlottemason.com With each book, I am then using a Study Guide as a source for composition - I use Total Language Plus when I can, and have some Progeny Press study guides for when I can't. My 9th graders are reading The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings this year. My 4th grader is reading The Chronicles of Narnia. As family reading time we are reading books that go with our history timeline, so that means King Arthur, Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe etc.

The Charlotte Mason method also includes hymn study, Shakespeare, Composer study, and Artist study - one day a week for each.

Busy year!

I chose the Charlotte Mason stuff, because I wanted a focus on classical literature and it was not as expensive as other things I've used. I will be able to use what I bought this year for the next 16 years (if I don't get bored with it) of teaching all five of our girls. My only expenses now will be math workbooks - since I have all of the Apologia science texts and the Math U See texts.





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Our preschooler is using some workbooks like "Everything You Need to Know for Preschool" and then I will be working with her on some unit studies and emphasizing learning the letter sounds as she keeps telling me she wants to learn to read.

My 4th grader is using Sonlight for this year. This is our first year of using Sonlight and I am pretty excited to see where it will lead us. He was so excited about it that I had planned on starting school last Wednesday, but he begged to start last Monday. How can I say no to that? So far he is loving that we sit down and work together through his days.

Have a Blessed day!
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8/7/12 2:05 P

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Since we have 5 different levels, our curriculum is wide-ranged.

Our preschooler is doing unit studies. Right now he's learning about the rainforest.

For the 1st grader, we're using Rod and Staff for everything. The 5th and 8th graders are using R and S as well, except for science. I found a website, teachengineering.com, that provides free lesson plans. They get so bored with the traditional science books, and the units I picked for them should keep their interest, I hope.

The oldest is starting his last year. I found an online high school curriculum plan that provides links for all subjects. He's doing economics, U.S. Government, Algebra 2, Biology, and English through this site, and Greek (from CLE) for his foreign language. Next year, I plan to start his brother with this program, and keep him in it throughout high school.

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8/7/12 12:36 P

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We are (sorta) in a support group. Most of the activities are far away or they conflict with my son's school schedule so we don't get to attend. However, my 7th grader is playing on the homeschool volleyball team this year and loves it!
I'm sorry about your dh's job :( We've been there, done that and its not fun.

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8/6/12 9:47 P

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Hi Honeybadger!

I have a 3rd grader also and we are broke too! LOL! DH lost his full time last Nov. so I totally understand. I suppliment with stuff from the library. I can order kits, books, DVDs, even Wii games...all kinds of stuff for free! If you live near a zoo or museum, they may have special deals for homeschoolers, Keep your eyes open and connect with a support group if you can. They can help a lot!

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8/6/12 11:01 A

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Hi new here. I'm so excited that I'll be homeschooling both my 3rd grade and 7th grade girls next year. My son is special needs and will stay at ps.
Anyhow we have a ton of medical bills and are very very broke so, this year selection is www.completecurriculum.com , not because I'm in love with it but because I got it for $5 for the year.
I'd like to try to add some less textbooky stuff as the year progresses but I'm not sure what yet. Maybe making some lapbooks.

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8/2/12 2:02 P

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I enjoy hearing what others are doing as well. Not to mention learning about new curriculum choices that I have never heard of before to explore and consider for my children. I figure with a group that sparkpeople claums has over 700 members we should have plenty of variety out here for all of us to look over!

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STRNGNGRNDED's Photo STRNGNGRNDED Posts: 6,567
8/2/12 1:41 P

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I really enjoy hearing what others are doing for their children. As many children there are, is as many ways of learning. This is one of the reasons I love homeschooling; the ability to change what isn't working and find what will.

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My son is in 3rd grade.

So far we will be doing Saxon Math, Language Arts thru Literature, Handwriting without Tears, Apologia Science, and some other assorted items. I am thinking about Switched on Schoolhouse for History. He loves being on the computer. I am hoping to incorporate more hands on activities as he has ADHD and sitting and doing papers is frustrating for him.

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8/1/12 10:04 A

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I actually made pin boards of my current plans as part of a contest for rainbow rescource. I really feel like things aren't going in those directions right now. Simple plan looks like this:
History: Guest Hollows American History 2 picking up at 1920's (that's where we left off last yest)
Math: Math Mammoth and Life of Fred
Language Arts: Learning Language Arts through Literature
Reading (my 2nd grader) Sonlight
Island of the Blue Dolphins Lapbook
The Hobbit
and other misc. stuff that the state requires.

My preschoolers/kindergarteners are doing Exploring the World in Letters and a lot of read alouds

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8/1/12 9:35 A

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We just saw it at the convention we attended over the weekend. Hubby thought it looked interesting. I personally only saw the flyer he picked up as I was sitting in the seminar on the state law when he previewed the program. With what was discussed about the law I probably would have gotten more out of previewing the program.

Mary,
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STRNGNGRNDED's Photo STRNGNGRNDED Posts: 6,567
8/1/12 2:20 A

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Never mind. I received a quick response from VideoTextInteractive, though the information regarding calculus wasn't accurate for the college my child is interested in. Perhaps it was given because they don't include it?
But the curriculum does look very good and I'll consider it for next year. Thank you for posting your list. I'd NEVER even heard of this curriculum before.

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7/31/12 2:44 P

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Heidi,

My ds also plans on majoring in engineering! Does your son have a school picked out?
I've never heard of VideoText Interactive and had to check it out as soon as you mentioned engineering. =) I've contacted them regarding a full course on calculus since I didn't see it listed. Would you happen to know if they plan on including that?
Thanks

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We LOVE Video-Text! Since I am not math-oriented but my son is and plans to get an engineering degree, It's perfect for us. We are taking a bit longer than the 2 1/2 years to do Pre-Alg through Alg II, but that's ok with us....we've always had to be big on individualizing any curricula we've used and going at the child's pace to get those basic foundations laid firmly.

Blessings,
Heidi

Proverbs 3: 5-8 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. "




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I'm working on organizing old curriculum to get it out of the house, including a desk. This school year curriculum is all ready to go and has been calling to us. (But we begin school in two weeks) My ds has pulled the Science book off the shelf the most. =)

We had considered SOS, and ds did some of the testing for it to determine the "grade" level to begin and the testing just got monotonous, so we stopped. I really like the grade tracking features though and would like to have something like this for high school.

Our core curriculum is Sonlight (and we supplement as well). This year we'll study ancient history.
Horizons for Math and penmanship
History/Geog-mostly Sonlight, but I have a few other books as well.
Language arts: Soaring with Spelling, Growing with Grammar, Sonlight
Science - Sonlight and organic chemistry
Civics - books I've collected
Rosetta Stone for Latin and Spanish (as well as co-op)
Accelerated Bible Curriculum for Bible study as well as Bible Quizzing
Music-violin
art, PE, practical living are less structured.
I think I've included everything.

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7/31/12 12:35 P

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How do you like video text interactive?

Mary,
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Our son will be in his Sophomore year. We are starting Aug 6 since our co-op starts Aug 14 and he needs to have some chapters read before going to class.

Bible- The Story (our church is doing this church-wide for all Sunday School classes, sermons, Bible Studies, etc)

Math: Algebra - finish Algebra: A Complete Course from VideoText Interactive. Hopefully sometime during the school year we'll move on to the Geometry course.

Social Studies: US Government from Notgrass (a 1 semester co-op class--love it that we don't have to wait until his senior year for this class AND get to study it during an election year!)

Science: Chemistry- Exploring Creation through Chemistry by Apologia

LA- Writing a Research Paper (a 1 semester co-op class).

Electives-
Auto Fundamentals by Christian Light Publications
Introductory Logic (a 1 semester co-op class)
Driver's Ed in a Box (non-credit class but must be put into the schedule-LOL)


Blessings,
Heidi

Proverbs 3: 5-8 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. "




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7/31/12 11:29 A

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I am starting to organize my curriculum for this year. I figure now is a great time to enage everyone on a discussion on what their plans are for discussions in regards to curriculum choices for this year.

For my oldest we are are using switched on schoolhouse. Hubby desired something that has an easy to track transcript for college purposes and this seems to fit the bill. I addition to SOS she will be starting Rosetta Stone French 1.

My middle two will be getting much more focus this year. They will be experiencing All about spelling ( to improve spelling and reading skills), Math U See, Switched on Schoolhouse Science, Winterpromise Sea and Sky for history- if I can talk hubby into it... He seemed open to the idea when we looked at the site. Language arts will be reinforced through reading books from the list on ambelside online, writing strands, and penmanship. Character development will be done through our bible study and reinforced with those same books with any luck ;-)

As for the youngest, while she is technically preschool aged she is begging to be included in school activities. So this year she will be given instruction in penmanship, she will have lessons from all about spelling on days she can control herself to sit through them, and she will be encouraged to sit with us on all other subjects an engage in discussion. On the days her attention wanes from our traditional schooling we will be trying the abcmouse.com for 30 days, but I honestly don't see it as a permanent feature in our house/day

So what is on your curriculum list this year?

Mary,
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