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So... who is thinking about next year and planning?

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I am! I am! I am! (of course, lol)

Autumn will still be at her brick and mortar private school, but Nico will be home and I'll have the Toddler Monster to deal with.

What are you guys planning, curriculum-wise, for next year?

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















by on Jan. 30, 2014 at 12:47 PM
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AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Jan. 30, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Each runs about 10 weeks to cover (although that could be extended to 15 weeks if you do all of the activities).

Any order, but don't do Carbon Chem until after Elements... and don't do Carbon Chem at all if your kiddo is under grade 5 or 6 (at least), imo.

The Brain and Elements are the most fun.

If you schedule literature and vids, I would just do two a year, planning to do most of the activities.

I would do The Brain and Botany one year, and then Elements and Carbon Chem the next year.

Also, her Excavating English and Mapping the World with Art are fantastic as well (EE is word history; MWA is physical geo).

Quoting celtic77dragon:

Would you suggest any type of order to covering it. It just seems random on her site and some, like the brain, only take a few weeks to cover.  

Quoting AutymsMommy:

Oh, it's plenty. If it makes you feel any better, my husband (degrees in engineering and physics related fields) loves the program and believes it one of the most rigorous, fun programs out there for children not ready for algebra/math based upper level sciences. It is always our choice for grades 3/4 - 8 (unless ready for algebra based sciences by grade 8). It is PLENTY enough.

Quoting celtic77dragon:

It looks amazing. I have had my eye on that for awhile. I just don't know if it is enough. 

Quoting AutymsMommy:


Quoting celtic77dragon:

I am! I will continue on with our history and LA for sure. We LOVE them. Math is doing good and I like our curriculum choices - but I want to find more creative ideas. I am clueless for Science next year. This year we will finish all that Pandia Press offers. I would LOVE to pull science and math together maybe. I really have to look at what is out there (secular stuff).  

<<< pssst - Ellen McHenry science is AMAZING>>>





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 Jan. 30, 2014 at 4:17 PM
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Let me look through the IG for you after I make dinner :)

It is very Catholic, though, and I'm not familiar with Lutheran teachings specifically.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

Okay, I totally apologize up front if I am wrong, But..... I know that Lutheran is very close Liturgically to the Catholic Church.  So I was wondering if Making Music Praying Twice does any of the O Antephones, the doxology, the benediction, the Kyrie, and does it teach Donas Noblis Pacem in the round?  I'm looking for something that will teach the boys more along the Lutheran lines since that's where we plan on taking them for Communion.

Quoting AutymsMommy:

We're already using Making Music, Praying Twice. It's great. We're blessed that my FIL is a private music teacher and owns a music shoppe up north, so he sent the suggested instruments (which are minimal but FUN).

It is a Catholic program, and I know that may be an issue for some. The CDs are split according to the liturgical year according to the church; the CDs all have normal, fun, classic children's songs, and also some prayers, chants, and catholic hymns. The home instructor's manual and song books are great too.

Quoting TidewaterClan:

Me too!  Me too!  LOL :)

Pearson had the following on sale during Christmas, so these are waiting on our new bookshelf:

4th Grade Purchases for next year:

Scott Foresman Science

Scott Foresman Social Studies, Video Field Trips for Social Studies (we've already watched these twice!), and Colonial Williamsburg interactive CD-Rom.

Reading Street


7th Grade Purchases:

Science Fusion - Unit C - the Human Body

My World Geography

Reading Street


The Great Homeschool Convention will be in Cincinnati April 24 - 26.  I'll pick up Second Form Latin from Memoria Press, our Math in Focus from Harcourt, and bring a rolling suitcase to shop at Rainbow Resources. :)

They just announced Cathy Duffy herself will be there, so I'm extremely excited about going.


Have you used Making Music, Praying Twice yet?  If so, do you like it?

My girls LOVE SongSchool Latin.  They sing the songs all the time, even while we're working with First Form.




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















celtic77dragon
by Member on Jan. 30, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Awesome. Thanks! 

Quoting AutymsMommy:

Each runs about 10 weeks to cover (although that could be extended to 15 weeks if you do all of the activities).

Any order, but don't do Carbon Chem until after Elements... and don't do Carbon Chem at all if your kiddo is under grade 5 or 6 (at least), imo.

The Brain and Elements are the most fun.

If you schedule literature and vids, I would just do two a year, planning to do most of the activities.

I would do The Brain and Botany one year, and then Elements and Carbon Chem the next year.

Also, her Excavating English and Mapping the World with Art are fantastic as well (EE is word history; MWA is physical geo).

Quoting celtic77dragon:

Would you suggest any type of order to covering it. It just seems random on her site and some, like the brain, only take a few weeks to cover.  

Quoting AutymsMommy:

Oh, it's plenty. If it makes you feel any better, my husband (degrees in engineering and physics related fields) loves the program and believes it one of the most rigorous, fun programs out there for children not ready for algebra/math based upper level sciences. It is always our choice for grades 3/4 - 8 (unless ready for algebra based sciences by grade 8). It is PLENTY enough.

Quoting celtic77dragon:

It looks amazing. I have had my eye on that for awhile. I just don't know if it is enough. 

Quoting AutymsMommy:


Quoting celtic77dragon:

I am! I will continue on with our history and LA for sure. We LOVE them. Math is doing good and I like our curriculum choices - but I want to find more creative ideas. I am clueless for Science next year. This year we will finish all that Pandia Press offers. I would LOVE to pull science and math together maybe. I really have to look at what is out there (secular stuff).  

<<< pssst - Ellen McHenry science is AMAZING>>>






No_Difference
by Silver Member on Jan. 30, 2014 at 4:58 PM

 I've been almost a moth into the school year LOL  This Sat, I'm going over to a neighbor who also homeschools and I'm going to pick her brain on what she's doing for history with her girls since that is stll the only thing I'm not sold on entirely...

Jamie:
History: yet to be determined, but possibly a mix of See Time Fly Series, Beautiful Feet Books (or other books to suppliment with), and the Usborne Internet Linked Encyclopedia
Reading: if I go with more reading of literature for history, then that will take over reading, otherwise Mosdos Pess.
Math: Math U See
Science: Elemental Science, Biology for ogic Stage
Handwriting: Handwriting Without Tears, can do cursive (and probaly the 5th grade print book too...)
Writing: ugh...I guess I'm not sure since I can't find the next level for WriteShop Jr (Book E was supposedly going to be released last Sept). We may do the D book over again (because this year really flopped in terms of her actual writing... and we could skip th "fluff" stuff and focus a little more on the actual writing than the games) or I might dig around for something again :/ ...I'm holding out on this one til the last minute though...
Spelling: All About Spelling Level 5

Riley:
History: See Time Fly Series
Math: Math U See Beta
Science: Elemental Science Biology for the Grammar Stage
Handwriting: Handwriting without Tears
Writing: WriteShop Primary, A
Spelling: All About Spelling Level 2
Reading: All About Reading Level 2

bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jan. 30, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Cool!  Thanks.

Quoting AutymsMommy:

Let me look through the IG for you after I make dinner :)

It is very Catholic, though, and I'm not familiar with Lutheran teachings specifically.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

Okay, I totally apologize up front if I am wrong, But..... I know that Lutheran is very close Liturgically to the Catholic Church.  So I was wondering if Making Music Praying Twice does any of the O Antephones, the doxology, the benediction, the Kyrie, and does it teach Donas Noblis Pacem in the round?  I'm looking for something that will teach the boys more along the Lutheran lines since that's where we plan on taking them for Communion.

Quoting AutymsMommy:

We're already using Making Music, Praying Twice. It's great. We're blessed that my FIL is a private music teacher and owns a music shoppe up north, so he sent the suggested instruments (which are minimal but FUN).

It is a Catholic program, and I know that may be an issue for some. The CDs are split according to the liturgical year according to the church; the CDs all have normal, fun, classic children's songs, and also some prayers, chants, and catholic hymns. The home instructor's manual and song books are great too.

Quoting TidewaterClan:

Me too!  Me too!  LOL :)

Pearson had the following on sale during Christmas, so these are waiting on our new bookshelf:

4th Grade Purchases for next year:

Scott Foresman Science

Scott Foresman Social Studies, Video Field Trips for Social Studies (we've already watched these twice!), and Colonial Williamsburg interactive CD-Rom.

Reading Street


7th Grade Purchases:

Science Fusion - Unit C - the Human Body

My World Geography

Reading Street


The Great Homeschool Convention will be in Cincinnati April 24 - 26.  I'll pick up Second Form Latin from Memoria Press, our Math in Focus from Harcourt, and bring a rolling suitcase to shop at Rainbow Resources. :)

They just announced Cathy Duffy herself will be there, so I'm extremely excited about going.


Have you used Making Music, Praying Twice yet?  If so, do you like it?

My girls LOVE SongSchool Latin.  They sing the songs all the time, even while we're working with First Form.





redhead-bedhead
by Bronze Member on Jan. 30, 2014 at 5:36 PM

I *think* I might have all of mine figured out.

All About Reading

All About Spelling

Voyages in English

R.E.A.L Science Odyssey

Pandia Press Ancients

Math U See

I am thinking about getting a few of the Life of Fred books.

redhead-bedhead
by Bronze Member on Jan. 30, 2014 at 5:39 PM

We are going to the GHC this year. Maybe we can meet up if we go the same day? 

Quoting TidewaterClan:

Me too!  Me too!  LOL :)

Pearson had the following on sale during Christmas, so these are waiting on our new bookshelf:

4th Grade Purchases for next year:

Scott Foresman Science

Scott Foresman Social Studies, Video Field Trips for Social Studies (we've already watched these twice!), and Colonial Williamsburg interactive CD-Rom.

Reading Street


7th Grade Purchases:

Science Fusion - Unit C - the Human Body

My World Geography

Reading Street


The Great Homeschool Convention will be in Cincinnati April 24 - 26.  I'll pick up Second Form Latin from Memoria Press, our Math in Focus from Harcourt, and bring a rolling suitcase to shop at Rainbow Resources. :)

They just announced Cathy Duffy herself will be there, so I'm extremely excited about going.


Have you used Making Music, Praying Twice yet?  If so, do you like it?

My girls LOVE SongSchool Latin.  They sing the songs all the time, even while we're working with First Form.


paganbaby
by Silver Member on Jan. 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I have no clue,lol. I prefer to just play it by ear. Everytime I make plans I end up something completely different. So far what we have going on right now is working pretty well.

bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jan. 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Okay other than Science, I'm ready...

Story of the World Volume 3

National Geographic Kids' United States Atlas along with The Scrambled States of America

MUS Delta and apparently I'll need Epsilon too

Langauge Arts Novels (along with Study Guides)  The Canterbury Tales,The Tales of King Arthur, Robin Hood, The Call of the Wild, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Three Musketeers, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Lost World, Around the World in 80 Days, Gulliver's Travels, Robinson Crusoe

As Always we use Vocabulary for the College Bound Student, Strunk and White, and Language Network Grammar.  But we are also reading Eats, Shoots, and Leaves next year because Zave is interested.

And I'm thinking of buying Atelier Curriculum 4 for art, but if anyone knows anything about it..... Can I extend it and use it for 2 years?  It seems very pricey for an art curriculum!  But for 2 years, it might be worth it.


KickButtMama
by Shannon on Jan. 30, 2014 at 6:54 PM

I'm thinking about it! Lol. I start collating ideas now so that in a couple of months the kids can choose. Starting at this time every year I begin a search for the boxed curriculum of my dreams in the hopes that the boys will say, "I want that one" but the kids so far like Unschooling. Lol. Maybe this year? I'm such a textbook nerd, I love a good syllabus and sigh dreamily over checklists....sadly my boys don't share my anal, type-A, slightly OCD tendancies.....I'm so bummed! Lol (that is in no way implying that anyone who uses a boxed curriculum is anal or anything, just that I am..lol)

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