I can’t believe I just typed “2015” into the title. 2015? How did we (almost) get there? Anyway.
We’re starting a new school year at King Academy, our fourth year. Vernon is starting fifth grade, and Brooklyn is starting third grade. Emma (4) is eagerly doing as much “school” as I’ll give her! Seth is busy with his play kitchen and train table.
This was the first year of planning in which I didn’t feel like a complete rookie. The past three years have found me making tons of mistakes, changes, and adjustments, and I’ve learned so much. Hopefully my kids have learned something, too!
Here’s what we’ll be studying this year, Lord willing.
- Math: Teaching Textbooks 5 and Saxon 3
- Grammar: First Language Lessons, Level 3, and Rod and Staff’s “Following the Plan” (Grade 5)
- Writing: We’re giving Writing Strands a try (levels 2 and 3). I’m planning to alternate these lessons with dictation exercises from Writing With Ease, Levels 2-4
- Spelling: All About Spelling. I can’t say enough good things about this program. It’s pricey, but I’ve found it to be a great investment.
- Latin: We’ll finish Prima Latina and begin Latina Christiana I.
- History: Story of the World, Volume IV. We got started on the 42(!) chapters last spring, so we’ll aim to finish this and have a few weeks left for state history.
- Science: We’ll finish R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey, Chemistry, with plans to start Real Science-4-Kids, Physics Level 1 in the spring.
- Art: Linking up with our history studies, we’ll use these Color Your Own Modern Art Masterpieces. I’m planning to alternate the modern art study with these drawing lessons.
- Music: We’ll be studying the Romantic and Modern composers from the Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers.
- Typing: Typing Club—a great, free program for learning to type.
- Critical Thinking: Vernon will be using Building Thinking Skills to work on this.
- Bible: We’re really enjoying the Long Story Short devotional along with the Truth and Grace series for Scripture memory and catechism questions.
- Physical Education: I’m planning to alternate this curriculum from Family Time Fitness with the Couch to 5K program.
Whoa. That should keep us busy for awhile!
For Emma’s preschool:
I bought the Lesson Plan Ladies geography plans for kindergarten. I’ll focus these lessons on Emma, but the older two always need basic geography refreshers!
We’ll do an introduction to handwriting with these handwriting worksheets.
I also have some great math and reading resources from my mom (a pre-K guru!) that we’ll use.
So that’s the plan! I’m intending to start our math and language arts this coming week and add in a subject or two a week until we’re at a full load. We still have some fun summertime activities to make room for, so I don’t want to overload our schedule and miss out!