Wow, how quickly the weather turned! Feels like autumn already… and though it's my favorite season, I'm not quite ready for it yet. I was hoping summer would last a tad longer!
No denying autumn is here though, and with it, the start of school. I love when the tourists go home, the school-kids are back in school, and suddenly the roads are traffic-free, no more mobs at the museums and libraries we love to frequent… bliss! Tomorrow we hit the books, and this is what the Peeps curricula will look like for the 2009-2010 academic year:
Peep #1- Sixth/Seventh Grade
Math– continuing with Saxon 7/6. Love the Saxon programs! He is working almost entirely independently on this, which helped a lot last year with freeing me up to work with Peep #2 on hers, which was more teacher-intensive.
Grammar– I am having Peep #1 work along with Peep #2 in First Language Lessons Level 4. We will be supplementing with a Grade 6 grammar workbook, but the FLL series is so rigorous (and above grade level), that I like him to work along with us on that as well. In addition to grammar, he will be completing levels G & H of the Spelling Workout series.
Writing– We haven't done much creative writing so far. They do history narrations, science experiments, book reports and biographical sketches, but I want to focus a bit more on creative writing this year. In that vein, they will both be taking a Writing Workshop at our local Homeschool Co-op.
History– Last cycle of Story of the World (v.4 The Modern Age). As a Logic Stage student, instead of doing narrations for each chapter, Peep #1 will be writing outlines.
Science– exploring physics and how things work. One or two times a week he'll complete an experiment, do a write up, and maybe add a sketch to his science journal. We'll also be spending some time this year doing units on The Human Body and Biology.
Latin– Continuing with Secundus Latin, supplementing with Learning Latin Through Mythology.
Logic– Continuing with Mindbenders A3/A4 two to three times per week.
Peep #2- Fourth Grade
Math– Saxon 5/4. New format for her this year– more like Peep #1's. This will be a bit of a challenge for me as well, since I will no longer have a "script" to follow when we do our math lessons!
Grammar– First Language
Lessons Level 4. I love this grammar series because it is thorough and contains dictation and memory work all rolled up into one package. Nice! Peep #2 will also be completing Spelling Workout E & F.
Writing– see Peep #1
History– see Peep #1
Science– Physics. One or two times a
week she'll complete an experiment from Physics Experiments for Children, do a write up, and maybe add a
sketch to her science journal. We'll also be spending some time this
year doing units on The Human Body and Biology.
Latin– Continuing with Minimus Latin, supplementing with Learning Latin Through Mytho
Extra Curricular Stuff: Both the Peeps are mad about Karate, and will continue with those lessons 3x per week. In addition, they'll be attending classes every Friday at the Homeschool Co-op (Fun With Fractions, Writing Workshop, and Monopoly & More) and monthly homeschool classes at our local Nature Center (Insects & Plant Life Series). They'll continue with piano lessons, but formal art lessons are still up in the air.