Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Homeschool...finishing up the year.

I don't know why but I always feel like our school year roughly coincides with the regular public school year. Maybe it is my nostalgia for a new start every fall or something. I don't know. September is when we switch up history and science cycles and when we change the grade we tell people Haley is in...this corresponds to where she'd be if in school. All other curriculum tends to be on a continuous cycle...just moving on and changing when we finish something.

Haley and I have done a good job with the curriculum we picked this year. There haven't been many bombs. In the past month or so, we've finished up some things and moved on to others.

Here is where we are right now...

-Saxon 87...we finished up Thinkwell Pre-alg but I didn't think Haley had enough experience manipulating numbers to move on to Algebra 1 and she didn't like her initial experiences with Art of Problem Solving Pre-Alg...again due to needing more experience/practice so back to Saxon we went. She's happy, doing well, and feels confident in her math abilities.

Language Arts:
-Lightning Literature 7...I have been waiting to start this program. I wanted Haley to be able to get the most out of it and be able to do 7th grade level output. We started this about a month ago and she's doing really well. We are taking our time and working toward completion of a chapter every 3-4 weeks.
-Wordly Wise...continuing on with this
-Language Mechanics for practice with grammar.
-Writing With Ease...we just started this last week so I don't really have much to say...yet.

Foreign Languages:
-Rosetta Stone Spanish and Gaelic...continuing with this.

-We are nearly finished with PLATO and have only 2 more lessons to compete. She is almost finished with the workbook she's been doing concurrently called Just the Facts. We have a few other resources to go deeper into rock study and planets. I am thinking about getting Discovery Ed Streaming for the rest of the year and just following her interests until Sept. when we will start Chemistry.

-This is going slowly but steadily. We are reading through 2 chapters of History of US by Joy Hakim every week and note booking a page for each chapter along with maps. Also reading along in We Were There Too and doing pages from a number of workbooks/activities about Revolutionary Times. I hope to get through the Civil War by Sept and Haley would love to do a Civil War lapbook.
-Mapping the World with Art...we have about 4 more lessons in this book then we'll be finished. Once finished we will do more with regular art though I haven't decided which of the many art curricula we will use yet.

-Violin, fiddle, orchestra, and piano (which just started in January) continue to go well.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

I did Wordly Wise when I was in school too. :)