We don't have much money so I plan our curriculum and we use a LOT of library books and the internet. Does it get easier? Will I eventually know what I'm doing?
I really wonder if I should just spend some money on a curriculum to help me. I get these plans and then I feel lost again. Especially with history and science. Science I have covered for now, and the next step is affordable enough (we are using Ellen McHenry's-The Elements right now). History is so confusing for me. The plan for the next 4ish weeks is to finish up ancient Greece (we will touch on the Trojan Horse, Sparta, Athens, the Gods a bit more, the Persian War and politics) then move into Ancient Rome (we will touch on the rise and fall of the empire, rulers, aqueducts/architecture/Colosseum, gladiators, Julius Caesar). I seriously know nothing about any of this. So I am trying to compile some living books and documentaries and hoping that will be enough.
For math, I am using ixl.com ONLY for the list of skills they should know by grade, I am going through with each kid and picking out the things they don't know or need to review and then I am using internet resources to do worksheets and games/activities to teach and solidify their skills. We have only been reviewing so far, and I feel like it's time to actually teach them some new things.
For language arts: reading will be history and their leisure books...writing will be book reviews/reports in fun and different ways, journal entries sometimes, and just regular stuff-lists, letters, etc...spelling, DS (11.5) is good with lists-he gets 10 words a week and he defines them and write sentences-the words are pulled from the spelling bee list and he will be in the spelling bee in January. DD (10.5) will pick up with Apples and Pears where we left off, it has been reviewing a lot for her so far but we will be starting to get into some more challenging parts I think.
Music and Art will kind of go along with history as much as I can, and they are learning how to play the piano.
Bible and character building I am at a loss right now. I need to make a list of character traits I think and go from there to work on them.
Critical Thinking they do in different fun ways, puzzles, word finds, games, crosswords, word problems, logic problems, etc.
We will hopefully be continuing with sign language, we kind of ignored it the past few weeks, so we need to get back into that routine.
Any feedback or ideas are appreciated..especially guidance in the history department! I thought I would have a better grasp on this by now (ok we are only like 4 months into this, I should cut myself some slack!)