Friday, August 19, 2011

A New School Year Begins

Well we did finish up our year of Exploring Countries and Cultures contrary to what you may see from my blog - yes bad blogger here.  I love to post what we are doing as it encourages me to keep doing what we're doing and to include the fun stuff, but when time is tight it's the first thing to go, sorry.

Well that said I am planning to begin our new school year next week and hope to post weekly.  So here it is - The Plan.  I always start with high ambitions and want to include everything that looks good to me, but I am going to go easy on myself and say IT"S OK IF WE DON"T DO IT ALL.  If it's suppose to be fun and ends up stressing me our my students out we can skip it right?  No Molly that does not mean you can stop doing math.

I will be using/following My Father's World Creation to the Greeks for our main curriculum, this will be our 3rd year with My Father's World and  I love the classical/Charlotte Mason  approach and the Biblical world view.  I have changed science for this year and will be using Apologia zoology 3 Land Animals of the Sixth Day instead because I didn't really like the recommended science and I found that you can purchase all the supplies for all the experiments in one box, making my life easier.  I also think the timing for this is good, Molly loved the brief studies of animals by region last year and said she wants to be a zoologist when she grows up (she also said a missionary's wife or a beautician lol).  Only God know what she will be doing, prayerfully it will be all to the glory of Him.

Resources for Molly's 4th Grade studies

History :  
bible on cd
Streams of Civilization, Volume 1

The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of the Ancient World 

make it work Ancient Egypt
Story of the world cd

Archimedes and the Door of Science
Learn about Pyramids
Dinosaurs of Eden 

Land Animals of the Sixth Day: Exploring Creation with Zoology 3 

Zoology 3 Notebooking Journal

Language Arts:
Language Lessons for the Elementary Child Volume 2
Writing Poetry with Children
Writing Strands level 3

Aesop's Fables for Children
The Trojan Horse
The Children's Homer
The Tanglewoods' Secret
Star of Light
Treasures of the Snow

Singapore 3B/4A Two-Semester Set
Singapore Math Primary Math Intensive Practice U.S. Ed 3B

Singapore Math Primary Math Intensive Practice U.S. Ed 4A

Vroot and Vroom CD-ROM

Times Tales DVD 

Think Fun Math Dice

Daily Geography practice Evan Moor - after a 2 years of geography I really didn't want to lose everything we learned so we are going to give this a try.

Foriegn Language:
Rosetta Stone Spanish
Rosetta Stone level 1 Spanish workbook

Piano Lesson with Katie (this will be Molly's 3rd year)
Introduction to Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel (6 CD set)

Artistic Pursuits book 1 grades 4-6
Lots of art supplies from Rainbow Resource
God and the History of Art 

Phy Ed:

Swim Club
PE activity cards courtesy of 
activity cards
Wii fit games

Old Testement
Journey through The Bible
Celebrating Biblical Feasts

The care and keeping of you
Before I was Born

Home Ecc:
The official Princess Handbook
Financial Peace Jr. books
My first Patchwork book

Computer Science:
Computer Activities Through the year
Typing Instructor

Family Devotions with Dad:
A Child's book of Character Building
Leading Little Ones to God

For Keely she will be doing Pre K and while I bought a curriculum I am not going to push too hard, I want her to have fun and learn to love learning.  I got the preschool curriculum from The Learning Parent


Character Concepts for Preschoolers Complete Curriculum 

Teach  your child to read in 100 easy lessons

Christian Liberty preschool activity book 

Education Insights Hot Dots Jr. 

Educational Insights Hot Dots Jr. Cards - The Alphabet 


Hide em in their heart vol 1 & 2 


The Way they See Artistic pursuits 


Mind Blowing Science 

Big Bag of Science

Not Back to School Blog Hop
MFW Blog Roll


Tina Hollenbeck said...

Hi, Becky.
You asked about The Picture-Smart Bible the other day, and I don't see an email contact for you so I thought this was the next best way to "talk" to you. :^)

Actually, it is really cool. You get "lesson plans" in that for each book of the Bible (or sometimes a combination of a couple of smaller books), it walks you through what to say as your kids draw the sheets. Of course, what they're actually doing is tracing their sheet so no drawing talent is really necessary - but I found that my kids (even though they are artistic) really enjoy that. So, anyway, you have them draw part of the picture while you explain what the lesson plans discuss and share Scripture verses. You move through that until the page is completed - leaving time for plenty of questions and interaction - which essentially gives each child a summary of that Bible book.

I took four days to do the Overview Unit and have scheduled a week several times this year to do different books (as I feel they'll correspond with our history lessons). On the last day of the week, I let them color the sheet. It took us 15-20 minutes a day. And I am going to include the little one I babysit by having her color along on a copy of the master drawing since following with the tracing might be hard for her; you could do the same with your little one. As I said, we interacted along the way each day and then I had the girls narrate back to me what they learned. The plan - though it didn't happen with the Overview because of a very busy weekend - is to have them narrate their finished sheet to Dad on Friday night as well - so see what they retained from the whole week.

I got this at convention so I got the hard-copy packets and the CD for a sales price. But I do believe that everything (instructions, lesson plans) is on the CD so that should be all you need. It looks like you already have a very full year in store, but if you can fit this in (now or at some other time) I think you'd really like it. We will not even do all of the OT this year - as I said, I'm doing probably half a dozen from now through May - but, rather, will use these units to break up regular studies and use it as extra Bible study for the next several years.

Lisa M said...

Hi Becky, I was really interested in a book you listed for Home Economics titled "Little Princes..." Is it biblically based? Reading from the Amazon product description it was hard to tell. It looked more like a view from the author's perspective of being in the pagent/fashion industry. Thanks for the feedback!

Becky said...

Lisa, Thanks for reading my post. The Princess Handbook is a written from a Christian perspective and includes scripture. It deals with acting like a lady and taking care of yourself, presenting yourself in your best way, but not at all beauty pageant like. We are only a little ways in. It starts out like a story book, but then gives more instruction. CDB has it You can look at the fist few pages there. Hope this helps.