Monday, September 3, 2012
It's Labor Day. Erik is working, and the girls and I are trying to prepare for an 18 hour car trip on Wednesday - driving to Washington for my brother's wedding.We are excited to celebrate, but apprehensive about the trip.:) In the midst of baking and laundry and sorting, I am also trying to prepare a bit for starting our school year the day we return, and I wanted to share a little about our plans!
We are really excited about the curriculum we've chosen for this year. It definitely stretched our budget a little, but I am thankful to have a year's worth of material at my fingertips, without the stress of weekly library trips or wondering whether a book will even be available! After much debate, I finally settled on Sonlight as our "core" curriculum. I have been reading a few books lately on homeschooling, one of which was Educating the Whole-Hearted Child by Sally and Clay Clarkson. I love this godly couple and their perspective on raising a family. They talk about discipleship and education through living books and real life.... no curriculum needed. But, I don't think I am up to the task right now. I need a framework. I need a plan. I need help.
Sonlight's Cores are literature-rich curricula that encompass history, read-alouds, Bible and geography. We are using Core B - which is an intro to World History. I am so excited for all the snuggling with good books we get to do!
We are also using Sonlight for science - focusing on animals, astronomy and physics with Science B. Again - real books. No text. Weekly experiments with supplies included! Whew! :)
Our language arts is four-fold.
Spelling - All About Spelling Level 2.
Grammar - First Language Lessons
Writing - Writing With Ease
Reading - Here we are using our library. I am having Elisa read aloud from books I choose (based off a couple of reading lists). She reads on her own a lot, but reading out loud is so important, too. Both girls will have silent reading after lunch while the littler ones nap.
Math - We are switching to Horizons for math. More color and pizzazz than Math-U-See. Elisa grew to despise math, and I want to generate a little excitement!
Spanish - our pastor's wife has a homeschooled daughter Elisa's age, and she is going to try to organize a Spanish class! They lived in Mexico for eight years as missionaries.
PE - swim class and Nordic ski team.
Sadie will continue with My Father's World Kindergarten through most of the year, adding other subjects as she is ready. She's still pre-K, so we're not pushing it.
We are looking forward to a great year. More to come!