The Plan: 2017-18 School Year

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I think I’m finally settled on a plan for the new school year.  I’ve only been back and forth on so many different things.  Starting something new is exciting and fun…but also a little scary.  I have doubted my choices all summer long.

This will be my 9th year of homeschooling…and we are trying something we’ve never done before: Charlotte Mason’s streams of science, using Sabbath Mood Homeschool’s science curriculum. Since 13-year-old is going into the 8th grade, I would like to see how this works this year before we need to start his transcript. IF it goes well this year, we will carry on through his high school years. More on that later….

Right now, lets talk curriculum for the year. We are about 85% Charlotte Mason this year. I can’t quite let go of a couple of non-CM things just let…or maybe ever.  That’s ok, though.  I think we are going to have a great year regardless, thanks to Miss Mason.

First up…our morning group work:

Bible

  • Apologia’s What on Earth Can I Do? Book 4 of the four book series.
  • Simply Charlotte Mason Scripture Memory System
  • SCM Bible reading suggestions from Modern Times guide

History/Geography

  • SCM Modern Times guide and resources
  • Usborne Encyclopedia of History
  • Usborne Encyclopedia of Geography

Science (Kaleb will move up to his own science this year. This will be for Gabriel and Drake. Joshua is welcome to listen in when interested.)

  • Sabbath Mood Homeschool Science Form II
    • Term 1 Weather
    • Term 2 Astronomy
    • Term 3 Physics
  • Usborne Encyclopedia of Science
  • Nature Study
    • various books on Nature Lore
    • Exploring Nature with Children
    • Backyard Nature

Boyhood/Character building

  • Created to Work
  • The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book (first half)

Foreign Language

  • Cherrydale Press Spanish
  • Instant Immersion Spanish
  • A couple Usborne books

Shakespeare

  • Tales of Shakespeare
  • various Usborne books

Plutarch– I know I want to add this but not sure yet on a resource.

Now for individual studies:

Math

  • Kaleb: Saxon Pre-Algebra
  • Gabriel: Saxon 76
  • Drake: Math Mammoth 4

Language Arts (each at their own level)

  • Painless Grammar and Our Mother Tongue
  • Spelling Power
  • Drake: All About Reading  and Explode the Code (working on his dyslexia)
  • dictation/copywork/ from our literature reading

Science (Kaleb)

  • Sabbath Mood Homeschool science guides Form III
    • Botany (all year)
    • Term 1 Weather
    • Term 2 Astronomy
    • Term 3 Physics
  • Usborne Encyclopedia of Science

And all those enrichment studies aka afternoon occupations: We are using various materials for our enrichment studies and I will share more about the specific resources as we use them throughout the year.

Picture Study- Three artists this year.  I’m excited about the Native American artist! We are close enough to a couple of museums to see his actual work in person!

  • Mary Cassatt
  • Ernest Spybuck
  • Jackson Pollock

Composer Study- Three composers this year but I will admit…I’m not sure who yet.  I want to find three American composers. That is one of my goals for this week.

Hymn Study- We will be memorizing/reciting/singing at least three hymns this year. I have resources for five so we might squeeze in a couple more if we have time.  If not, I’ll be two ahead for the next school year!

  • Amazing Grace
  • Anywhere With Jesus
  • All Creatures
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • O Love

Handicrafts-We won’t follow a curriculum but I found a few fun crafts that I think the boys will enjoy….paper crafting (origami), wood working, and string art.

Poetry Tea Time-we will be memorizing poems from and learning about three poets this year, but we will read from other authors as well.

  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Maya Angelou

I feel like that is everything. Maybe. Ha! I’m super excited for our year.  I think we’ll have a lot of fun and learn SO much. Week one was a blast and it should only get better and better as we get back into a routine.

How in the world are we going to fit all this in? Loop scheduling!! I’ll be back next time to share our daily and weekly schedules.

Happy Not Back to School, homeschoolers!!  Hope you are as excited as we are about the new school year.

 

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