At the end of last week the school books started to arrive! We are, as always, excited to see the new books. I am slowly going through them all to get down to the nuts and bolts of how we will approach each subject. Things like how often, which days of the week and are there other supplies we might need are all questions that I started answering today. I already have another book on the list! A supplementary one for Chemistry. So I thought I would run through each subject and explain what we are using.
First I ordered Maddie and I these beautiful new planners. They are customized to fit our needs which I thought was wonderful! We both got to pick a favorite quote to go at the bottom of each day. Maddie’s quote: “The mountains are calling and I must go. -John Muir” and mine is “If the good lord intended us to walk he wouldn’t have invented roller skates. from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory movie”. I think we both picked ones that fit us quite nicely! Each book has lots of planning pages, calendar pages, to do lists, book lists and spots for notes. I know it will work well for me and I am hoping Maddie will get something out of hers too! She is still learning how to take control of her own day but has come very far. Now if only she can remember to check the list she makes before telling me she is done we will be 99% of the way there!
For Math we are continuing on with Teaching Textbooks. It works for Maddie so we are sticking to it! Maddie will also continue with Life of Fred as a supplement. This year she will work on Decimals and Percents. We are going to look into maybe adding in Khan Academy here and there. Maddie and I have used the lectures on several occasions when she needs help and my memory needs jogging. Perhaps we can look through and find some of those before she needs help!
For Science we will be using Elemental Science Chemistry for the Logic Stage. We have used Elemental Science for many years and really like the program. We will be using the DK Encyclopedia of Science and Eyewitness Chemistry books along with that program.
Brian also found this program for our Junior Naturalist this year. Its called Nature’s Beautiful Order and has writings from naturalists like John James Audubon and Jean-Henri Fabre. Maddie’s eyes lit up at that and she did sneak the book off for a minute!
Our history time period this year is from 1600-1850 which is late medieval times through the Renaissance. We had to get another history encyclopedia because Maddie’s reading level keeps rising (which obviously is good!). The one we chose is the National Geographic Almanac of World History. This has good long articles for Maddie to read and take notes on. She writes weekly history essays so it helps to have good information. In American History we will be reading about and doing projects related to the Industrial Revolution. The main book we will be using is The Industrial Revolution for Kids. This has articles to read and projects to complete. We will also be using this book from the library.
We will be using G.U.M. drops for grammar review, Analytical grammar for in depth grammar work, and All about Spelling for spelling. We will be working through levels 4-6 this year for spelling! Writing will continue with Writing with Skill level 3. We have been so impressed with Maddie’s writing ability and how much she has grown in her writing.
We have a long list of reading from the same historical period. I think its time for Maddie to try to get more in depth but I am not all that great at doing that myself. So we ordered Deconstructing Penguins and Teaching the Classics. Work for Momma! I’ve already started. Books this year are these: adapted version of Don Quixote, Perrault’s and Grimm’s Fairy Tales, adapted version of The Pilgrim’s Progress, Poems by Wordsworth, Coolridge, Rosetti, Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, parts of Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, Alice in Wonderland, Pride & Prejudice, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe and Frederick Douglass’ autobiography. A long and ambitious list!
Maddie will be continuing with the same Logic, Latin and Spanish programs we had last year.
Maddie asked if she could learn sign language! Brian located a website with free resources for her to try. You never know, as a ranger it might be a handy skill to have.
For art we will be using Maddie’s 4H Photography curriculum and anything else that comes our way and we like! Maddie will be continuing guitar next year as well.