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Curriculum Planning...Does it get easier?

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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!)

by on Dec. 27, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Dec. 27, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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I'll be honest - I prefer to buy curricula. Not that I don't make my own lesson plans (I do - I do not buy boxed all-in-one programs generally), but I do like having ONE main text for each subject... something strong enough to stand alone when necessary, but that I can supplement WHEN I HAVE THE TIME (but that supplementing is not NECESSARY to round out).


I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff:  we're Catholic, we're conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee















AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Dec. 27, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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Looked at Catholic Textbook Project? Text, workbook, literature suggestions, and a Teacher's Manual with ideas for implementation, writing assignments, etc.

Quoting TJandKarasMom:


Quoting Bethbeth:

i'm not an expert, but maybe you could try some curriculum in one or two subjects, which would help free you up to pull together your own things for the other subjects.

This is what I was thinking of doing.  I kind of have a curriculum for science already, and that definitely helps, I just add to it here and there.  I think that could help with history as well.  We were using SOTW but it's kind of young for my kids so they didn't get much out of it.  History is definitely my weakest area, so it would be nice to find a good history curriculum I could follow and learn with them.  I just don't know...I've looked at so many and read a ton of reviews but I just don't know what will work for us.


I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff:  we're Catholic, we're conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee















kirbymom
by Sonja on Dec. 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Wow. To me, you seen like you are doing great with everything you are already doing. Have you tried looking at the used curriculums?
jen2150
by Silver Member on Dec. 27, 2013 at 7:57 PM
I use a combination of computer programs, co-ops, purchased curriculum and my own. It really works for me. I prefer a living book approach for science and history.
TJandKarasMom
by Debbie on Dec. 27, 2013 at 9:05 PM


Quoting kirbymom: Wow. To me, you seen like you are doing great with everything you are already doing. Have you tried looking at the used curriculums?

Thanks Sonja, I needed to hear this!  I feel like I should be sure we are covering enough, but then I get worried and think I'm not organized enough and not spending enough time actually teaching anything.  I just requested the "What your 5th/6th Grader needs to know" books from the library so I'm kind of hoping that will help kind of give me a list of what I should be touching on.  I know I don't have to follow it exactly since we have years to cover it all (ie we are doing Ancients in history, I know for 5th and 6th grades they may touch on some but they also touch on US/State history which we won't be doing for a while). 

I do look for used curricula, but I don't want to spend money and have it not work.  I would like to figure out what I want and then try to find it used hopefully.  I just need to figure out what it is I want so I can start my hunt for it.

TJandKarasMom
by Debbie on Dec. 27, 2013 at 9:11 PM


Quoting jen2150: I use a combination of computer programs, co-ops, purchased curriculum and my own. It really works for me. I prefer a living book approach for science and history.

I guess I kind of do this too.  We do Engineering at the co op...and DS does use a BJU text for math 2x/week, we use a purchased (gift from my mom) curriculum for sign language, a bit of computer programs (mostly khan), and a purchased curriculum for science and I add to that a bit with youtube and experiments..and DH writes questions on random sheets of paper for me to 'quiz' the kids every time he does science with them, lol....and for history I have been assigning mostly just reading what I think are 'living books' (like a story, or novel...they are finishing Black Ships Before Troy this week) and I try to add in documentaries when I can find one or horrible histories....and they also read MTH and You Wouldn't Want to be...

I am kind of wondering if I *think* I'm not doing enough because I don't read the books.  So I'm not learning anything and it's hard for me to discuss it with them if I didn't read it.  Maybe I need to carve out some time to actually read what they read and/or read aloud...then I will know they are getting something out of it. 

TJandKarasMom
by Debbie on Dec. 27, 2013 at 9:12 PM

I know you gave me this tip before, I'm doing to go look at it again, I think it was one I was very interested in.  Thanks for reminding me.  If I can find it on Amazon I got some g/c's for Christmas ;)

Quoting AutymsMommy:

Looked at Catholic Textbook Project? Text, workbook, literature suggestions, and a Teacher's Manual with ideas for implementation, writing assignments, etc.

Quoting TJandKarasMom:


Quoting Bethbeth:

i'm not an expert, but maybe you could try some curriculum in one or two subjects, which would help free you up to pull together your own things for the other subjects.

This is what I was thinking of doing.  I kind of have a curriculum for science already, and that definitely helps, I just add to it here and there.  I think that could help with history as well.  We were using SOTW but it's kind of young for my kids so they didn't get much out of it.  History is definitely my weakest area, so it would be nice to find a good history curriculum I could follow and learn with them.  I just don't know...I've looked at so many and read a ton of reviews but I just don't know what will work for us.



AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Dec. 27, 2013 at 9:17 PM

The only downside is that you would need to do American. The world history is marketed very well for grades 7 + (I say "very well" because I definitely do NOT see a younger child using it).

Quoting TJandKarasMom:

I know you gave me this tip before, I'm doing to go look at it again, I think it was one I was very interested in.  Thanks for reminding me.  If I can find it on Amazon I got some g/c's for Christmas ;)

Quoting AutymsMommy:

Looked at Catholic Textbook Project? Text, workbook, literature suggestions, and a Teacher's Manual with ideas for implementation, writing assignments, etc.

Quoting TJandKarasMom:


Quoting Bethbeth:

i'm not an expert, but maybe you could try some curriculum in one or two subjects, which would help free you up to pull together your own things for the other subjects.

This is what I was thinking of doing.  I kind of have a curriculum for science already, and that definitely helps, I just add to it here and there.  I think that could help with history as well.  We were using SOTW but it's kind of young for my kids so they didn't get much out of it.  History is definitely my weakest area, so it would be nice to find a good history curriculum I could follow and learn with them.  I just don't know...I've looked at so many and read a ton of reviews but I just don't know what will work for us.




I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff:  we're Catholic, we're conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee















TJandKarasMom
by Debbie on Dec. 27, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Oh, no.  Maybe I will have to save this for a little later.  DH is pretty set on doing history fairly chronologically and I don't feel I can argue with that since it makes sense to me and I have no idea what I'm doing with history.

I did see them on Amazon though, or I can 'rent' them pretty cheap.  So I am going to keep it in the back of my mind (and in my bookmarks).

Quoting AutymsMommy:

The only downside is that you would need to do American. The world history is marketed very well for grades 7 + (I say "very well" because I definitely do NOT see a younger child using it).

Quoting TJandKarasMom:

I know you gave me this tip before, I'm doing to go look at it again, I think it was one I was very interested in.  Thanks for reminding me.  If I can find it on Amazon I got some g/c's for Christmas ;)

Quoting AutymsMommy:

Looked at Catholic Textbook Project? Text, workbook, literature suggestions, and a Teacher's Manual with ideas for implementation, writing assignments, etc.

Quoting TJandKarasMom:


Quoting Bethbeth:

i'm not an expert, but maybe you could try some curriculum in one or two subjects, which would help free you up to pull together your own things for the other subjects.

This is what I was thinking of doing.  I kind of have a curriculum for science already, and that definitely helps, I just add to it here and there.  I think that could help with history as well.  We were using SOTW but it's kind of young for my kids so they didn't get much out of it.  History is definitely my weakest area, so it would be nice to find a good history curriculum I could follow and learn with them.  I just don't know...I've looked at so many and read a ton of reviews but I just don't know what will work for us.





jen2150
by Silver Member on Dec. 27, 2013 at 9:22 PM
We read the books together out loud since my boys are at different reading levels. I am thinking of having my oldest to pick some books for him to read to himself. I will probably have him tell me orally about what he reads. We also listen to audio books as well.

Quoting TJandKarasMom:


Quoting jen2150: I use a combination of computer programs, co-ops, purchased curriculum and my own. It really works for me. I prefer a living book approach for science and history.

I guess I kind of do this too.  We do Engineering at the co op...and DS does use a BJU text for math 2x/week, we use a purchased (gift from my mom) curriculum for sign language, a bit of computer programs (mostly khan), and a purchased curriculum for science and I add to that a bit with youtube and experiments..and DH writes questions on random sheets of paper for me to 'quiz' the kids every time he does science with them, lol....and for history I have been assigning mostly just reading what I think are 'living books' (like a story, or novel...they are finishing Black Ships Before Troy this week) and I try to add in documentaries when I can find one or horrible histories....and they also read MTH and You Wouldn't Want to be...

I am kind of wondering if I *think* I'm not doing enough because I don't read the books.  So I'm not learning anything and it's hard for me to discuss it with them if I didn't read it.  Maybe I need to carve out some time to actually read what they read and/or read aloud...then I will know they are getting something out of it. 

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