Yes, my friends, it is that time again. Time for lesson planning, books, pencils, erasers, reams of paper lined and unlined, glue, glitter, staples, binders, rainbow colored dividers, index cards, crayons, markers, colored pencils! Oh My!
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before that I have thing (obsession) for office/school supplies, right? Ahem.
This year, The Boy decided that he wanted to do his own thing. Now that he is entering the 7thish grade, I am happy that he wants his independence in learning. This year we need to focus on strengthening his writing skills, so many of our choices have a strong writing component. Here’s what he will be using:
Notgrass–Uncle Sam and You for history/civics. It also includes some great literature selections and writing assignments.
Apologia–Jump In as writing supplement. I want him writing something every day, and this program will help fill in gaps.
Easy Grammar Plus—I love Easy Grammar! This program keeps grammar short , sweet, and effective!
Apologia–Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics for science. I am thrilled about this new Jeannie Fulbright book and journal! The Boy is also very excited about the experiments inside–make your own lava lamp? Yes, please!
Math-U-See Pre-Algebra I’ve already used this book with my nephew with success. Although I am not great at math, I understand pre-algebra thanks to this book.
For literature, I am combining some of the books from the Notgrass Uncle Sam and You literature package with books that the girls will be using from Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Settlement. I’m also using some of the books listed in Trail Guide’s POS Middle School Supplement. The subject matter in the Notgrass and POS literature selections overlap quite a bit–combining and editing each list was a great way to save some money.
For Bible, we will be working through Apologia’s What We Believe series with all of the kids together. We started the first volume last year, but we went on to other things. This is such a great series that I want to finish them all. This year, I’m planning to restart the first volume and finish with the second book in the series. I love the pace and rhythm that Trail Guide offers to core subjects, so I’m hoping that a similar pace and rhythm will work for other subjects. I took the first book in the Apologia series and broke each lesson down into 4 days of reading and assignments and a 5th day to finish any work. Here’s an example of the assignments:
Lesson One: Where Am I Building My Life?
- Day 1 Hide it in my heart: (Verses to be memorized and recited on Day 5)
Deuteronomy 32:4–He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.
- Day 2 Words to know: parable, foundation, The Rock of Truth, wisdom (The kids will write down the definitions from the book.)
- Day 3 Seven Ways to Build on the Rock (Everyone will take turns looking up the scripture references, and all will write these points and add notes.)
1. Study and learn the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
2. Know truth, think truth, and follow truth (Romans 12:2, Colossians 2:8)
3. Care for your body and use it in the right way (Romans 6:13)
4. Worship God faithfully and joyfully (Psalm 100:2)
5. Pray to God always (I Thessalonians 5:17)
6. Stand against Satan and resist him (James 4:7)
7. Put God first, not things or money (Matthew 6:19-21)
- Day 4 Praises and Prayers (The kids will keep a journal of praises and prayers and update them regularly.)
The girls are in 5thish and 3rdish grades this year, and as I’ve already mentioned and gooshed over, they will be doing Trail Guide to Learning: Paths of Settlement for their core subjects. It’s been ordered and should be here in just two more days!!!!
For math, we will continue using Math-U-See. Beanie will be in Epsilon and Lemony will finish Gamma and move on to Delta.
We are trying to move towards year-round schooling, and we’ve clocked in 14 days in July. Not a bad start! (And the kids haven’t even complained!)