Not everything about the links I share are going to be things I necessarily agree with or endorse, but they all have some valuable things to glean from! Take what you can use :)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

2018 Curriculum

Religious Studies

Combined:
Individual:
  • The girls will have another chapter of the Bible to read on their own and either notebook or narrate.
Math

Combined:
Anne:
Vanellope:
  • Teaching Textbooks; Math 6
Both:
  • Timez Attack (both use this a few times a week to help them stay sharp on their math facts)
Science

Combined:
Anne:
Vanellope:


Combined:
Anne:
  • Helen of Troy
  • Ivanhoe
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Paradice Lost
  • Paradice Regained
  • Animal Farm
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Jack and Jill
  • Number the Stars
Vanellope:
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Calico Captive
  • Bambi
  • A Book of Golden Deeds
  • Tree of Freedom
  • Wilderness Ways
  • Gulliver's Travels
Language Arts

Combined:
Anne:
Vanellope:

Combined:
Both Girls:
Geography

Combined:
Anne:
  • A Book of Discovery
Vanellope:
  • On the Trail

Foreign Language

Social Studies/ Health

Combined:
Anne:

Vanellope:

Art Appreciation
Music Appreciation

Field Trips
  •  folk songs
  •  folk takes
  • arts and crafts
  • handicrafts

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017 Curriculum

Religious Studies

Combined:
Individual:
  • The girls will have another chapter of the Bible to read on their own and either notebook or narrate.
Math

Combined:
  • Life of Fred (we just finished Dogs and are moving on to Edgewood)
Anne:
Vanellope:
  • Teaching Textbooks; Math 5
Both:
  • Timez Attack (they both use this daily to help them memorize their math facts)
Science

Combined:
Anne:
Vanellope:

Nature Study

We really limped along with nature study for years until I read the book Pocketful of Pinecones. It really helped me see how I could fit nature study into our school more regularly and smoothly. Location has helped! At our old place, we really couldn't go outside due to construction and privacy issues. Since we've moved, the girls can spend as much time outside as they like, and there's so much more to observe here! Between our chickens, our pond (full of frogs, tadpoles, water lilies, and water bugs), our neighbours' bee hives, the groundhogs living under our shed, or the many other little critters we have seen around here there's always something to watch! Here are some other helpful links for Nature Study


Literature

Combined:
Anne:
Vanellope:

Combined:
Anne:
Vanellope:

Combined:
Anne:
Vanellope:

Combined:
Anne:
  • Various resources 
  • Seabird
  • On the Trail
Vanellope:
Foreign Language
Social Studies/ Health

Combined:
Anne:
Vanellope:
Art Appreciation
Music Appreciation
Field Trips
  • Canadian folk songs
  • Canadian folk takes
  • arts and crafts
  • handicrafts

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Homeschool Planning: Part 3- Assignment Books

Each of my girls have a plain composition book where every evening I take a few minutes to write down their assignments for the next day. Here's a look at Anne's...


Here I have all of her independent tasks written out for her (the list doesn't include all the things we do together, just what she can do on her own). I also record the day of school it is (today was the 54th day of school this year) and the date (so they can't say they didn't date their work because they didn't know what the date was ;) ).


And here's a peek at Vanellope's.

When we finish our morning time where we do all our combined work the girls take their assignment books and can complete their assignments in any order they wish in any location they wish. They check off the tasks as they do them and hand in their books with their completed work when they are done.

Homeschool Planning: Part 2- Curriculum Binder

This binder holds curriculum and worksheets for each of our subjects. I'm just putting this together at the moment so it's not complete yet.

First section is for Religious Studies.

In here I have a printout from Torah Sisters with the 2017 Torah Portion schedule. In this section I'll also have things like hymns for us to learn, notebooking pages for our Bible readings, etc,

Next comes Language Arts.

We've been using these workbooks from Queen Homeschool Supplies for language arts. They come as bound books but I like to cut them apart and hole punch them so we can put the completed pages into the girls personal binders. In this section I'll also have things like blank copywork pages, etc.

I don't have anything in the Literature section yet, but I'm planning to make lists of the books that the girls will be reading and the number of chapters they each have to make it a bit easier to assign their daily reading. I'll also print off some relevant notebooking pages to keep in there.

Next is the Math section.

We use Life of Fred as a fun supplement that we do together in the morning. I have the books and chapters recorded here and I just cross off the lessons as we complete them.


Then I have the girls' individual math lessons recorded. We use Teaching Textbooks for our main math curriculum. Vanellope is doing Math 5 this year and Anne is doing 2 lessons a day and is going to complete year 6 and as much of 7 as she can this year. I let my children progress at a rate that is right for THEM not at the rate someone else decides they SHOULD. I find when they are allowed to take it nice and slow they get to a point where it clicks and then they rapidly catch up. Vanelope is in grade 5 but she ended last year just starting grade 3 math. However, when she began this term she was able to skip 3 and 4 and go right on to 5. Anne, who had started the term at grade 5 math also found herself progressing rapidly. She finished level five in two months and is moving through level 6 at twice the usual pace. I have no doubt she will be "caught up" if not by the end of this year then early in the next. When they are ready, they are ready, and not a moment before!

Next comes History.

We are reading Child's History of the World as our main history curriculum this year. So first in this section are notebooking pages for each chapter..


Vanellope is reading A Pioneer Story for her individual history study. So I have a basic plan for that as well as any notebooking pages she'll need for it.

I don't have anything in the Geography section yet but this is where I'll be putting the maps and workpages they'll be doing as the year progresses.

Nothing yet in Social Studies.

Next comes the Science section.

I have notebooking pages in here for Anne's science lessons,

and Vanellope's.

Nature Study

Artist Study

Composer Study

In Handicraft I'll be putting a list of ideas and instructions with supply lists.

Same for Arts & Crafts.

In Poetry I'll keep the poems I print out for us to read.

Folk Tales and Songs

And any worksheets we'll need for learning our Foreign Language.

Next post will be on the thrid part of my homeschool scheduling; my children's Assignment Books. 

Homeschool Planning: Part 1- Planner

I laminated the covers and trimmed off the excess plastic, then I had it spiral bound at Staples.

The first page is just the school year and my children's current grades.

Then I have the year at a glance and a lined page for notes.

Next comes the attendance page. I have months sectioned off into our 4 school terms (we start our school year in January instead of September, makes more sense to me.). I have the weekends grayed out and then I just shade in the days we do school in green. I record how many days we school in each month, and how many we've done in each term. Since I aim for 180 school days in a year I broke it down to a target of 45 days per term. We're nearly at the end of our first term this year and we are already over target. If we get more days done in a term than I plan for it means that if we end up having a hard time in another term (maybe we're having one of those fun times where everyone keeps coming down with various things :p ) we won't fall behind!

Next 2 page spread is where I record the curriculum materials we're using this year. I left some blank to pencil in.

Then I have a list of the websites we use for school.

Next few pages are for recording the things I still need to purchase for the year. 

Now we move on to the first term of the year. 

Since I put this together mid-March I don't have any pages after January and February.

Basically, I have the month's calendar and a lined page for notes...

Then for each week that month, I have a two-page spread. The page on the left has the artist and composer we're studying currently as well as our weekly subjects. The page on the right is for our daily work.

The pattern repeats for the rest of the year.

At the end of every week I plan out our next week's lessons. I've learned not to try and plan the whole year, or even a term at once because then if we end up missing a day or taking a week off everything is out of order and it drives me crazy! So I just plan one week at a time then if anything doesn't get done it can just be recorded in the NEXT week and nothing gets out of whack lol.

Next post will be about the second part of my planning; my curriculum binder.