I love planning and preparing for a new year! And that’s one of the things I’ve been doing on our lazy (yeah, right!) days of summer break. After much consideration, here’s the plan – but it comes with pinkies crossed.
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8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum
We’re jumping to Algebra 1 a little early. I have Algebra 1/2 we can fall back on if this gets too tough. Logic is a very important subject to me! We’ll get an introduction to formal logic along with continuing logic puzzlers this year.
Algebra 1: An Incremental Development, 3rd Edition (Saxon Algebra 1)Mind Benders Grades 7-12 Book B-2: Deductive Thinking SkillsThe Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning
I know the language arts section looks pretty slim. We’re taking a break from grammar this year, while our history program will include tons of reading, writing and drama. Our history program (below) will cover plenty of research & factual types of writing – this will fill in the creative writing gap.
5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Saxon and logic are 5th grade math choices as well!
Simply Grammar is a new-to-me curriculum this year and I’m in love!I’m also beginning the year with All About Spelling to reinforce some basic phonics rules, then we’ll jump into Spelling Workout. We have about 1/3 of the cursive book to go, then we’ll just use Spelling Workout as handwriting practice.
- High-interest, often history-related books for reading
- Living math lessons
- Type Dojo for free typing lessons
Ancient Civilizations and the Bible is an amazing curriculum! It will cover Bible, history, language arts, science, art, music, drama, and so much more! I *think* most of our art and music studies this year will come only from this study. (Gasp!) If I feel like we aren’t diving into art and music enough, I’ll supplement.
Another gasp! I’m using a full-blown traditional textbook for science this year! What?? Let’s just say I’m giving this type of learning a shot this year. If it works, awesome – I won’t have to keep planning my own lessons! If it doesn’t work, no biggie – we’ll keep on keepin’ on the way we always have. Caleb will be following along with us on many of these lessons, but I have separate reading and activity plans (following the same subject) on the days when this is information overload.
And, of course, nature study author can’t leave out nature study!
I’m trying a new, informal approach to foreign language this year. We’re using this program for 5-10 minutes a couple times a week as a fun game/flashcard drill time.
- Occasional Bible & devotional studies to accompany our Old Testament history program
- Games – board, card & online – for many subjects
Early Preschool Homeschool Curriculum
We’re going to have a fun time learning the alphabet this year with one letter per week as a theme. I have each letter planned with fun crafts, activities, experiments and such that will make Eli beg for “school”.
It’s a do-it-yourself curriculum with hodgepodge ideas from every corner of the internet and my brain, so I can’t give you a specific link. You can check out my preschool links, though, to find many of the sites I visited when planning. A few of the major items I’ll be pulling from include:
The Memory Bible: The Sure-Fire Way to Learn 52 Bible VersesThe Little Hands Art Book (Little Hands!)Preschool Art: It’s the Process, Not the Product!The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities for Children 3 to 6: Written by Teachers for Teachers (The GIANT Series)Math in Minutes: Easy Activities for Children Ages 4-8Science Play (Williamson Little Hands Series) (Williamson Little Hands Book (Paperback))
It’s going to be a great year!
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