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Curriculum? Lesson Plans? Here are our goals....

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DH and I started writing goals for our kids, we plan on beginning to hs starting this fall if all goes well.  Now I just need to figure out curriculum or lessons....we really can't buy curriculum, I won't be working or will be working minimally so we will be extra poor, I want most of our expenses to be field trips.  So here is what we have so far, please let me know if you know of any free or cheap resources!!

We have DS who will be entering 6th grade (will be 11 this summer) but is fairly advanced, and DD who will be entering 5th grade (will be 10 this summer) but is barely on level, falling behind a bit in my opinion.  I will teach a lot of the same things, but expectations will be a little different.

Math DS11: will work on critical thinking skills, word problems, ratios, percentages, review fractions and PEMDAS, introduce algebra --using mostly Khan Academy

DD10: will work on fractions, decimals, word problems, critical thinking, review and master basic math facts and money, review reading numbers and measurment conversions--mostly Khan Academy

Language Arts: DS11: spelling won't be a huge thing for him we will work more on vocab/definitions of tougher words, and look at where our words come from, For DD10 spelling will be a focus, I need a good website for spelling lists.....I want both to master print and cursive this year..they both will work on summarizing and writing book reports with different expectations for their level...they will both work on writing different things-letters, stories, plays, poetry, essays...DD will also work on sentence structure and forming paragraphs, DS will get to write bibliographies...we will also review synonyms/antonyms, homophones/homogaphs, work on editing sentences, and review grammar as needed.  Any websites for daily edits?  Or worksheets on the other things listed?

Science:  I am lost.  They will do a lot of this together, experiments, field trips...would like to look at: the human body, plants/animals/cells, solar system/universe, electricty, and introduce the periodic table and chemistry (DH thinks this is too advanced...but I am thinking volcano and coke/mentos stuff)

History: Ancient history for both kids, ancient Greece, Greek mythology, Ancient Rome, The Crusades, with geography in there as well...I have NO IDEA about history, I will be learning with them.  I am letting DH guide this area but I will be doing most of the teaching, DH thinks it's best to start at the beginning.  I am thinking Easy Peasy for a lot of the history stuff, I have no idea what else.

Foreign Language: Spanish I think (also considering French or Latin-hoping to teach all three eventually)- using Georgia Virtual Learning http://www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources/SharedSpanish1%28WLCopy%29.aspx

And religion: we will introduce the bible, my kids have not been exposed to it very much but DH and I want them to have some idea. I don't know how to go about this, I'm thinking ewtn.com and just looking through the giant bible my mom is giving me and reading to them.


Any thoughts?  Recources?   Even if you know of some good books or curriculum that you think could work for us, I will look for used or at the library.

by on May. 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM
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HopeJoyPeace1
by on May. 12, 2013 at 5:13 PM
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I suggest you check out the following site!

http://allinonehomeschool.com/


tuffymama
by Bronze Member on May. 13, 2013 at 8:43 AM
The one little thing I will add is spelling. I firmly believe all students need to focus on spelling at every level. The good part about the subject is that it can be completed in minutes every day. Good grasp of spelling one's mother tongue aids language and reading skills, and as I remember being told in school, it builds confidence in approaching new subjects. Unless they are natural born spellers and budding linguistical phenoms, I would incorporate some spelling instruction or work every day.

There are numerous books you can use for religious instruction. I have found a very helpful lady at a local Christian bookstore, and she actually maintains a list for homeschoolers. We are still in the preschool age range, so our needs are quite different from yours. One book I do like for kids your kids' ages is this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Eyewitness-Books-Christianity-Philip-Wilkinson/dp/0756622468/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368448412&sr=8-1&keywords=DK+eyewitness+books+Christianity

I bought it for less than $10, so watch the price and see if it drops, if you're interested. It isn't a vastly comprehensive study, but it hits on pretty much everything, which is just right for spurring on further study. I like to incorporate the "history of" in most things that children study (and the rewards of supplementing ODS's school studies with additional history have multiplied every year), and our faith and religion is a biggie. Can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been.
blueyedbaker
by on May. 13, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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Science: http://msnucleus.org/  this is a free site. Click on  K-8 science curriculum.

Spelling lists: http://www.spellingcity.com/

TJandKarasMom
by Debbie on May. 13, 2013 at 11:57 AM

I do have spelling listed there too.  DS is a natural speller, top 12 in his entire middle school at the spelling bee this year (he's in 5th grade, it was grades 5-8)...I will have him focus more on origins of words (helping with those big words he hasn't come in contact with yet) and definitions...DD is not a natural speller, she has to work VERY hard at spelling and still hasn't managed to get a 100% on any spelling tests this year (4th grade).  It's very frustrating for her, but I need her to be able to spell basic words so she needs actual spelling lists and tests I think. 

Thanks for the ideas and resource!


Quoting tuffymama:

The one little thing I will add is spelling. I firmly believe all students need to focus on spelling at every level. The good part about the subject is that it can be completed in minutes every day. Good grasp of spelling one's mother tongue aids language and reading skills, and as I remember being told in school, it builds confidence in approaching new subjects. Unless they are natural born spellers and budding linguistical phenoms, I would incorporate some spelling instruction or work every day.

There are numerous books you can use for religious instruction. I have found a very helpful lady at a local Christian bookstore, and she actually maintains a list for homeschoolers. We are still in the preschool age range, so our needs are quite different from yours. One book I do like for kids your kids' ages is this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Eyewitness-Books-Christianity-Philip-Wilkinson/dp/0756622468/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368448412&sr=8-1&keywords=DK+eyewitness+books+Christianity

I bought it for less than $10, so watch the price and see if it drops, if you're interested. It isn't a vastly comprehensive study, but it hits on pretty much everything, which is just right for spurring on further study. I like to incorporate the "history of" in most things that children study (and the rewards of supplementing ODS's school studies with additional history have multiplied every year), and our faith and religion is a biggie. Can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been.



TJandKarasMom
by Debbie on May. 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I love this site!  I have it listed for history under Easy Peasy, I'm sure I will use it for some other things too.  I think it's amazing how she put that whole site together for others to use!


Quoting HopeJoyPeace1:

I suggest you check out the following site!

http://allinonehomeschool.com/




TJandKarasMom
by Debbie on May. 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Thank you so much!  I love the elements collection box idea and I know my kids will too!


Quoting jen2150:

My goals with our children was to love books and never lose their love of learning. I would write them together. Maybe figure what goals they would like to work on. I higher recommend working on Chemistry and physics very early. It is a great idea. I wanted my kids to get a gently introduciton. I did Chemistry this year and next year I am doing physics.

Here a few things we used.

http://www.amazon.com/Periodic-Table-Elements-Coloring-Book/dp/1466484292 http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Visual-Exploration-Every-Universe/dp/1579128149/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368307683&sr=1-1&keywords=periodic+table+tiles http://www.amazon.com/Connecting-Color-Tiles-Periodic-Table/dp/B008AK6FVA/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1368307683&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=periodic+table+tiles http://www.amazon.com/C-Carbon-Marilee-Summers/dp/0975307800/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368307833&sr=1-1&keywords=c+is+for+carbon http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Visual-Exploration-Every-Universe/dp/1579128149/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368307683&sr=1-1&keywords=periodic+table+tiles

I highly recommend getting some periodic tables and just talking about the elements. Also another great option is starting an elements collection box. Good luck. Feel free to ask me anything.



chlippr77
by Member on May. 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM
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check out www.homeschoolshare.com.  They have unit studies for all different topics.  You could also google "free homeschool curriculum" and look through what comes up.  That's what I did last year when my homeschool budget was whatever change I could scrape up and save.  Also check out www.freehomeschooldeals.com; she collects links to free and very cheap resources for homeschooling.  Also there really are several free bible curriculums out there. I think we are going to use "Bible Road Trip" from http://thinkingkids.wordpress.com/ and I know that there are several free Bible curriculums on FreeHomeschoolDeals.com. Also try Pinterest. Lots of stuff put up there every day. Good Luck! 

TJandKarasMom
by Debbie on May. 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM

I see history of the world mentioned a lot, but when I look on amazon I get a lot of books...we actually own this one http://www.amazon.com/History-World-J-M-Roberts/dp/0195210433/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1368464518&sr=8-4&keywords=history+of+the+world

DS wanted it so bad, we got it for him for Christmas.  I suppose I should look through it and see if I can teach something from there!

Is there an actual curriculum called history of the world?


Quoting ColtsFan1912:

We are history of the world for history.

We are using Apologia for science.

I'm so excited for next year :)



ColtsFan1912
by Bekah on May. 13, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Ack. I meant story of the world LOL. I keep calling it history of the world for soem reason >.<

http://www.amazon.com/Story-World-Activity-Book-Earliest/dp/1933339055/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368465237&sr=1-1&keywords=story+of+the+world


this is the activity guide but it has a reading book too

Quoting TJandKarasMom:

I see history of the world mentioned a lot, but when I look on amazon I get a lot of books...we actually own this one http://www.amazon.com/History-World-J-M-Roberts/dp/0195210433/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1368464518&sr=8-4&keywords=history+of+the+world

DS wanted it so bad, we got it for him for Christmas.  I suppose I should look through it and see if I can teach something from there!

Is there an actual curriculum called history of the world?


Quoting ColtsFan1912:

We are history of the world for history.

We are using Apologia for science.

I'm so excited for next year :)




"Sing it out, sing it out, take what is left of me & make it a melody, Sing it out, sing out loud, cant' find the words to sing, You 'd be my remedy, my soul, my soul, I'll sing with what's left of me" Switchfoot

TJandKarasMom
by Debbie on May. 13, 2013 at 1:21 PM

lol, that's the one I've been hearing about too! 

I requested the book from the library to see if I think it will work for us before I invest in it.  Thank you!!


Quoting ColtsFan1912:

Ack. I meant story of the world LOL. I keep calling it history of the world for soem reason >.<

http://www.amazon.com/Story-World-Activity-Book-Earliest/dp/1933339055/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368465237&sr=1-1&keywords=story+of+the+world


this is the activity guide but it has a reading book too

Quoting TJandKarasMom:

I see history of the world mentioned a lot, but when I look on amazon I get a lot of books...we actually own this one http://www.amazon.com/History-World-J-M-Roberts/dp/0195210433/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1368464518&sr=8-4&keywords=history+of+the+world

DS wanted it so bad, we got it for him for Christmas.  I suppose I should look through it and see if I can teach something from there!

Is there an actual curriculum called history of the world?


Quoting ColtsFan1912:

We are history of the world for history.

We are using Apologia for science.

I'm so excited for next year :)






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