I bought a number of items for this next school year back in May. Over the summer I decided to make a few changes. In math, I'll be having Hanover skip an entire year in Singapore math. Whatever she misses, we still have the previous book, so she can review the material. This make sense for me because a) she's clever and picks up on things easily, b) the non-arithmetic work has been below her level, and c) she had been doing long division and multiplication of multiple digits in second grade.
Flurpee will be moving into the next level of spelling without completing the previous book. Her reading level has improved dramatically so it didn't make sense to continue in the lower level book. Flurpee will also be beginning First Language Lessons level 3.
We are continuing with girls' club. We have a lot of older girls now who are all very nice. It's a great group. Both girls are still in History at Our House with full live attendance. They enjoy it a lot still. This time I will remember to reschedule girls' club so it doesn't interfere with Flurpee's class.
So here is the current (because it could change at any time anyway) curriculum:
- Language arts:
- Math: Singapore math, Building Thinking Skills from the Critical Thinking Company
- History: History at Our House, along with geography
- Science: Participating in a two hour every-other-week nature class. That will cover some biology. The rest I will be making it up as I go along if I don't run specific classes. I'll be doing physics and chemistry with experiments. Biology (botony and zoology) will mostly be covered through reading and the occasional experiment. At the very least we will be covering classification.
spelling: Spelling Workout
vocabulary: Vocabulary from Classical Roots
grammar: First Language Lessons
handwriting: Essential Learning Products handwriting practice book
reading, reading comprehension, and/or literature: I make this up as we go along.
I am still struggling with writing for my oldest. A new acquaintance of mine is bringing an example of her writing curriculum. It sounds more my speed than the Institute for Excellence in Writing, which sounds nice with the exception of the heavy reliance on the parent learning everything. This one is more guided. I can't wait to see it.
I'm still struggling with whether I'll be doing science for people outside of the family. If so, I still have a bit of research to go. That goes for the middle school science I was thinking of as well. Though I've talked to enough parents of 12 year-old boys to know that many are unhappy with the existing choices for science or are doing science classes that don't include physics or chemistry. Perhaps those choices are also driven by the ease of finding information or curriculum for those options. Chemistry is particularly difficult for homeschoolers because of the need for proper ventilation and the danger of using acids and storing the chemicals properly. Middle school chemistry, however, would be good even without dangerous acids and bases.