Anyway, I'd been thinking for a little while about the upcoming school year but for a while, hadn't done much. I finally got around to ordering the few remaining major curriculum items I needed (I tend to purchase little things throughout the year as I find them) and thought maybe I could get started with planning. But things kept coming up. And coming up.
Finally, yesterday, I realized I needed to get moving. Since I don't always start with new curriculums for the new year, I needed to go through all of the topics Michael had been working on to figure out where he was in each subject, what kind of review I wanted to do, and try to lay it out. I then needed to factor in new subjects into the game plan.
So, it took most of yesterday and today, but I have 4 weeks of lesson plans for both Michael and Emma planned out, written on their assignment sheets, in sheet protectors ready for them.
In the past, I haven't always been good at keeping with the lesson plans if there was a day I just didn't feel like doing a subject (one that involved me, he always has to do the ones he can do independently). But, we're getting into the more important years and I need to make sure things get covered. So, I've laid out 4 weeks of lesson plans and a daily schedule of subject and extra-curricular activities, and Michael will have "homework" if he doesn't finish his work in the time I've allotted. Typically, if we didn't finish in time for something in the past, I'd just shove it a day but I'm gonna try really hard to stay with the plan this year.
Here's what the kids are studying:
- Saxon 6/5 Math
- First Language Lessons / Grammar Ace
- Worldy Wise 5 Vocabulary
- Sequential Spelling 1
- IEW writing workshop
- Lively Latin 1 (2nd half)
- Real Life Science
- Virginia History
- Horizons K Math
- Kindergarten Sight Words
- Sonlight Core K: Introduction to the World
- Sonlight Level 2 Readers
- Literature Pockets: Folktales and Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes
Emma's pretty excited about starting school and getting school supplies. I've brought up one of the smaller tables from the basement and a chair for her to have her own workspace, and I've been getting her materials together into her crate.
But, we're starting our year with a "Not back to school" ice cream social with the homeschool group this coming Friday!