Monday, August 14, 2017

Curriculum 2017-2018



It's that time of year again!  It is the first day of school!!  Woohoo!
I know you are at the edge of your seats, just waiting for me to share with you our curriculum for the 2017-2018 school year.

Sebastian 

This year I am hoping to do much less worksheet-related homeschool and do more project-based learning. Sebastian has been having a hard time feeling positive about school so I am hoping putting him in charge of projects will help his attitude.

Language Arts 
Reading
We are using Kolbe's Elementary Literature guide with read alouds this year. Sebastian reads so much on his own that I am not making this a big deal in school. I want to use this as a way to have conversations, do unit studies, and have fun.  The books we will be reading include: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, A Wrinkle in Time, The Great Brain, The Donkey's Gift, The Hobbit, St. Dominic, and Misty of Chincoteague.

Writing
I have been using the Institute for Excellence in Writing for a few years and we love it. Since I bout the Teaching with Structure and Style DVDs for me, and I have used their curriculum for a number of years, I feel confident in teaching Sebastian the IEW system while utilizing the science and history texts we will be using in class. I think it will be simpler this way and streamline the process of school. We are also going to be making a Family Newsletter/Newspaper and the kids will be in charge of it. We are hoping to do about 4-5 send outs in the year.

Grammar
IEW's Fix-It Grammar, book 2: Robin Hood

Spelling
IEW's Phonetic Zoo, level A

Religion
Faith & Life 5
My Path to Heaven
Baltimore Catechism No. 1

Science
Catholic Heritage Curriculum's Behold and See 5

Math
Math-U-See. Finish up Epsilon (fractions) in the first quarter and move onto Zeta (decimals) for the remainder of the year.

Social Studies
From See to Shining Sea- reading together, adding in living books, and doing projects!
Map Skills E

Specials
Phys Ed
karate classes twice a week

Art
American Paintings, art appreciation from The National Art Museum
Art Hub for Kids on YouTube

Music
music appreciation by listening to various composers that correspond to history and literature

Kaelyn

Kaelyn is so easy to teach. She loves school time and rarely ever gives me a hard time. I could do just about anything with her and she would be happy.

Language Arts 
Reading
Bigger Stories for Little Folks
Devotional Stories
Devotional Stories 2
She will be a part of our read alouds and will participate in activities and

Writing
I am working on IEW with Kaelyn as well, but not the full program. We are also going to be making a Family Newsletter/Newspaper and the kids will be in charge of it. We are hoping to do about 4-5 send outs in the year.

Grammar
Language of God A
Plaid Phonics B

Spelling
All About Spelling B

Religion
Faith and Life 2
Baltimore Catechism No. 0
Confession lapbook
First Communion lapbook
various projects throughout the year

Science
Behold and See 2
Harcourt Science Grade 2

Math
We are finishing up Alpha and will begin Beta in September.

Social Studies
Catholic Heritage Curriculum's Explore the Continents
Map Skills B

Specials
Phys Ed
karate classes once a week
dance class once a week

Art
American Paintings, art appreciation from The National Art Museum
Art Hub for Kids on YouTube

Music
music appreciation by listening to various composers that correspond to history and literature
voice, violin, and piano lessons

Miles' Preschool 

I am a HUGE proponent of letting children play. Miles is 3 1/2 and although I do not want to do "school" with him, I want to spend one-on-one time with him. Three times a week I want to read a book to him (the same book for the whole week) and play a game, do a craft, make a snack, or something else that ties into the book that is fun for us. This is my way of helping him with his speech delay and get him some time with me that he needs. It isn't school but a structured play because if I don't schedule it in, I won't do it.

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