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post #41 of 75
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Thanks for this assessment. I'm hoping (fingers crossed) that I can make it to Cincinnati for the huge homeschool convention there.
Michael Clay Thompson from www.rfwp.com is supposed to be at that convention. I highly recommend going to hear him speak if at all possible! His language arts curriculum is inspiring.
post #42 of 75
i literally just bought everything for next year! i've never done that before (buying so prematurely), but we received our tax refund today & i wanted to make sure i got a little of it for homeschooling. we'll be going into our 4th year though, so I feel pretty confident that the choices will work out well. i really hope so anyway. i stayed with a lot of familiar curriculum that we already use and enjoy. i also have tried a few new things, but they were pretty cheap - so if they're a bust it won't be a huge loss. anyway, i feel a sigh of relief simultaneously with a touch of panic, lol. thanks for this thead! it inspired me for sure!
post #43 of 75
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Maybe it's different for the older level topics then. Or just differing opinions between different families/children. I've heard this from both sides of the coin on other forums (age assessment isn't correct or it is correct), I just happen to be on the "isn't correct" side of the coin.

I'm glad it's really working for you!! I'm also not thrilled with the illustrations either.
I have to admit that I'm not really using it as my only source, it's more of a jumping off point for me. I could see it being a disappointment if I was expecting it to be a complete solution.
post #44 of 75
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i literally just bought everything for next year! i've never done that before (buying so prematurely), but we received our tax refund today & i wanted to make sure i got a little of it for homeschooling. we'll be going into our 4th year though, so I feel pretty confident that the choices will work out well. i really hope so anyway. i stayed with a lot of familiar curriculum that we already use and enjoy. i also have tried a few new things, but they were pretty cheap - so if they're a bust it won't be a huge loss. anyway, i feel a sigh of relief simultaneously with a touch of panic, lol. thanks for this thead! it inspired me for sure!
Fun! What did you decide on? I find that we are very similar in our choices and I am still planning, so your purchases could inspire me.
post #45 of 75
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Fun! What did you decide on? I find that we are very similar in our choices and I am still planning, so your purchases could inspire me.
here's what we decided on...some things are new for us. i hope we like them!!

3rd Grade
SCIENCE - Rod & Staff Science (this is the only thing I've not ordered yet, as I'm still undecided. we have a ton of science books already....do i really need this????) , CLP Nature Reader Book 2 & 3, Magic School Bus, Netflix (already own these)

SPELLING – A Reason for Spelling Grade 3

MATH – CLE MATH GRADE 2 (I chose grade 2 because it is more advanced than Rod & Staff. We'll start with it this year to ensure she nows everything & then move to Grade 3 when she's ready).

PENMANSHIP – Cursive, HWT

WRITING - Spectrum Writing

GRAMMAR - Spectrum Language Arts (I also ordered the first light unit from CLE Language Arts. It was only a few bucks, and I'm dying to see what all of the fuss is about!)

HISTORY / GEOGRAPHY – Abeka Grade 3 scope and sequece http://www.abeka.com/Resources/PDFs/...ndSequence.pdf (i'll use it just as a spine - it covers biographies and we'll use books from winter promise, ambleside, sonlight, library, etc). I'm also *considering* the American Tales Reader & Activity guide from Rainbow Resource, but I'm not sure yet. For fun, I already own all of the Magic Treehouse Audio Books & thought we'd throw those in.


GRADE 1
Math - Saxon Math Grade 1 (I chose this because my ds needs a curriculum that is more manipulative based and requires less writing. I already own the manipulatives from when my daughter was in grade K, so it just was convenient. I'm sure we'll move onto to something else after grade 1 though).

Spelling - A Reason for Spelling Grade 1 (we'll definitely move at his own pace with this - I'm not sure how he'll do with it)

Handwriting - Startwrite (copywork a couple of times a week)

Phonics - Hooked on Phonics Grade 1, rotated with ETC and/or Readingeggs (I already own these).

History – Abeka “My America and My World” (as a spine, pulling from their scope and sequence) & history books we own already, plus the library.

Science - We'll do a hodge podge of sorts using these: CLP Nature Reader 1, Silver Burdett & Ginn Science, Let’s Read & Find out about Science Readers, Magic School Bus, Janice Van Cleave science, and Gail Gibbons books



Additional resources for both kids: Bi-weekly co-op, Art & Music, United Discovery Streaming, Brainpop


It sounds like an awful lot typing it, but we won't do everything daily. Plus, I'm actually pretty laid back - so if something is a total bust, we'll move on.
post #46 of 75
I have 3 different plans for my high schoolers, 4 actually. And a plan for my grade schoolers.

My high schoolers will either do Keystone High School, or I have a list of things I want to do for curriculum, or a combo. The curriculum I think will be Math-U-See Algebra 2, Rosetta Stone French, Latin (have not decided for sure which, probably Cambridge), Apologia's writing program, Early American History (research based) and government, and Chemistry (have not decided what yet, maybe will find a coop for this). Or do what I have planned mixed with Keystone. They both have their "extracurriculars" that are fine arts they will continue.

OR, we have a private high school we are considering.

The youngers...

Math U See for both.
Spelling Workout for both
Zaner-Bloser handwriting for both
BJU English for my 3rd grader
ETC for my 1st grader

I have stuff for Latin, French, and Sign Language. I think we will sort of "explore" languages for now for the youngers.
post #47 of 75
i'm always planing for the next year!

i think i'm going to buy sonlights p3/4 minus the bible bits to use along with my little acorn. and i'm eyeing some montessori munipultives and stuff from the local school store.
post #48 of 75
I did most of my planning a while ago. I thought we were going to be placing an order early, but we're moving soon and decided to wait until afterward.

Science- My Pals Are Here Science by Singapore, we'll be ordering the textbooks and activity books for Cycles and Systems, grades 5/6. I think this will probably keep us busy for the year considering we'll be supplementing library books and exploring science topics of interest and related to our history studies as well. We haven't tried these previously, but they look promising. Also I'm ordering some rock, mineral, and fossil kits, magnets, a microscope unit, and a couple human anatomy coloring books.

Math- I'm fairly certain we'll be trying Saxon. This year we've been using Spectrum workbooks and supplemental hands on activities. I'm still ordering the Spectrum books as well, to use as extra practice and/or to fall back on if Saxon doesn't work for us.

History- History Odyssey Ancients Level 1, we'll be ordering the Usbourne Internet linked Encyclopedia of World History and Story of the World on cd. I already have the history pockets and will be using the library for the other resources. I'm also ordering Spectrum Geography workbooks.

Language- I think we'll stick with Spectrum writing and Core Skills LA workbooks and incorporate reading, writing, etc related to History and Science topics we're studying. I'm ordering D'Nealian Handwriting Cursive to try.

Spelling- We've mostly been doing copy work for this, which has been going well. I will be ordering Sequential Spelling Level 1 for next year.

Art- Artistic Pursuits Book 1 Grades 4-6, also supplemental activities related to History and Science and I'm sure my daughter will be doing lots of stuff just because she wants to as usual.

I'm also ordering some chunky alphabet and number flashcards for the little one. I'm pretty sure she'll find them fun.

Did I forget something, lol?
post #49 of 75
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I've already planned and bought everything!
sighhhhhhhhhhhh
post #50 of 75
Planned and purchased. We'll be using Learn at Home, grade K. With lots and lots of fun educational activities thrown in.
post #51 of 75
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Ahhh, this is my most favorite kind of MDC thread there is. Ones with lots of links to curriculum & homeschool ideas!! I do so adore getting sucked in to reading about everybody's curriculum choices & getting all inspired.
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I love it! Keep posting more curriculum choices for me to slobber over!!
me too

I get inspired, and TERRIFFIED ... I feel empowered and sooooooooo behind
post #52 of 75
Okay, I feel the need to start putting down plans for next year - so I'll do it here!

My dd has been doing high school work and attended a charter high school part-time this year so we have to think a bit about keeping records for a future transcript.

This is stuff I know for sure, others I'm still figuring out!
Language Arts: We love Michael Clay Thompson books from www.rfwp.com. Next year we will continue this at the next level - Magic Lens 2, Word Within the Word 2, Academic Writing 2 (although we may still be finishing 1 in the fall!), and the next level of poetry. Sequential spelling levels 6 and 7.

Math: 1 day a week either geometry constructions or playing with the trig calculator; 1 day a week will be our math club - she will lead a group of 3-5th graders, I'll do MathCounts, AMC, and USAMTS type stuff with the older group and her. 3 days of MEP, some units of year 9 and then GCSE. From October to first of April, she will stop MEP and do AoPS Algebra 3.

Science - she's done high school biology, but I think she needs a better foundation in physics and chemistry. So we'll do some sort of modified physical science (she's done a good earth/space science type course already). Our plan is to read a science article weekly to discuss, watch a couple episodes of the teaching co. Joy of Science, and plan twice monthly experiments with our group and work on math based science problems.

Latin/Mythology - continue with university professor tutor that we started this year.

Spanish - OSU spanish 2 and perhaps 3, as well as local homeschool group for in person practice and cultural outings. She has a friend who is fluent and we may have her tutor him in Algebra while he helps her with Spanish.

Music - Professor Carol's music history class, continue piano lessons, consider adding another instrument.

PE - horseback riding, swimming, our regular hiking/walking. Perhaps get ready for a 5K run as she would like to run track eventually. Park day and roller skating with the hs group.

4H - she's president of her club this year and competes in o'ramas (speech competitions)

Less certain:
History - She has been doing History Odyssey level 3 Ancients with my dad and may continue. My dad loves history and enjoys this tremendously, but he is 83 and finding it a bit difficult to keep up. Not sure how to deal with this!

Literature - may do Lightning Literature from Hewitt (she's currently finishing their grade 8), may try to get a jr. great books group together, may do the Lord of the Rings literature curriculum, may just make our own list of books to read and discuss. Which to choose???

Art - We'll continue watching 'How Art made the World' via netflix. I'd love to get her into some art lessons as her drawing has really taken off, but not sure time and budget will allow. She loves drawing Manga right now and is very good. She'd like to learn how to make an anime movie. Any ideas on how to help with that??

She also wants to teach a mythology class to the hs group. She's assisting with one this spring based on the Percy Jackson books. However, she would like to continue in the fall. Not sure she'll find enough die hard mythology fans but we'll see! The girl loves to teach and share her knowledge.

I'm tired just looking at this. LOL
post #53 of 75
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Thanks for this assessment. I'm hoping (fingers crossed) that I can make it to Cincinnati for the huge homeschool convention there. MBTP will be there, and I'd like to look up close. Maybe we will buy the 5-7 stuff for DD, but now I'm leaning away from a prepared curriculum.

After spending this week thinking, reading, researching online, (thanks, snow!), I think it makes more sense for us at this point to school year-round. I believe it will work out better for all of us that way. Also, I think I'm going to plan on a 3-month schedule. It's probably more time-consuming that way, but I think it will make more sense at this stage until we hit a stride. When I think about a year, I have no idea where he is. I jotted down some math objectives last week from a few lists I looked over, and he's gone through about half of them this week. So I think a quarterly schedule will help us more.
This sounds a lot like what we do. I am ordering (or wishlisting ) materials for next year because I know what subjects we'll do (I have to at least have that much lined out for our charter school), and then I actually "plan" what and when in chunks throughout the year. This year we did trimesters and went year round with lots of room for time off whenever it was appropriate. I think that we're going to take August off formally as we're expecting a new baby at the end of July, but I'd like to have more of a Montessori environment set up for this summer and specifically August, along with our summer activities. So we'll still be homeschooling but just doing more hands-on stuff.


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Science- My Pals Are Here Science by Singapore, we'll be ordering the textbooks and activity books for Cycles and Systems, grades 5/6. I think this will probably keep us busy for the year considering we'll be supplementing library books and exploring science topics of interest and related to our history studies as well. We haven't tried these previously, but they look promising.
I'm really interested in what you think of the My Pals Science resource. Please let us know if you get a chance to review it! I am such a sucker for math and science materials . . . I might like MPH as a supplement, heh heh.
post #54 of 75
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We are starting a K in September. In addition to the Bible, I am a 3R kind of girl plus what dd is interested/excels in - math, science and art (well, she doesn't excel in art, but loves doing projects!).

Bible- CLE Bible 1

Math -I am almost set on math with Singapore 1a/1b and either Horizons or A beka for a supplement. I'm leaning towards A beka because I bought A beka Arithmetic 1 to preview and I like it. I think dd will like the cartoons, poems and such!

Science: Rod & Staff: Patterns of Nature

LA: Not set on LA yet. I'm trying to decide what read alouds to get and the best approach to phonics/reading. I'm thinking about getting the Sonlight Readers 1 and just dropping the one or two books in the pack that I don't care for (I think there's a Greek Mythology one, for example).

Art/Music: listening to various music/worship and art projects (no curriculum or anything)

I don't have anything official for handwriting either.

Our curriculum is a bit more workbook based. DD is a major workbook guru whose record is 9 pages in one workbook then 16 pages in another in ONE sitting! I was the one who ended it too!!
A couple updates!! I'm going to check out Alpha Omega Bible Lifepacs at the homeschool convention coming in June then decide between that and the CLE Bible.

Also, I'm on the verge of ordering Sonlight Science K (the 4-Day package) to start as soon as we get it. That and the R&S Science should take us through to 1st grade when we start God's Design for Science!!

And I'm not getting the Sonlight Readers 1 for LA.

Oh, how our minds change!!!!
post #55 of 75
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I feel . . . obscenely blessed to have our charter's funds available. I hardly bought anything all year, and now I'm blown away by how much we have left on our budget. I've ordered all the "frosting" that I wanted all year and went without, and now that's in the works, but our new budget comes in July.

The frosting for ending 1st G: 8 Montessori puzzle maps, 1-9000 wooden cards, solid 3D grammar symbols, TONS of stuff for Greek/Latin including magnet letters (!), Song School Latin and Greek, SOTW 1 activity guide, a handful of really nice Waldorf readers from Bob and Nancy site along with some form drawing/handwriting stuff I'd been eyeing all year, and then Montessori at Home: Elementary, and Latin Centered Curric for overall curriculum planning.

So w/ next year's funds, I order all the 2nd G stuff I listed in pp above, and since dd's bday is right after our budget comes in, I'm going to order her a nice guitar, flute, and hand drum, as well as a microscope, balance board, and? Sheesh!

I really feel almost guilty, we are normally very frugal and it's an unusual feeling to just *be able to purchase what I want*, lol.

I'm like, can you throw some cloth diapers or a bread machine in on that next educational order, Ms. Resource Consultant, heh? How 'bout a chest freezer . . . for science? Right.
post #56 of 75
craft media hero- I'm 99.9% sure we'll be trying MPH Science for next year. It may be a few months before I order them and we likely won't be using them until after summer break, but I'll definitely be looking them over beforehand and I can give a summary review of the contents and what I think about the material.
post #57 of 75
I'm bumping this because I need to!

I'm starting to really plan next year out. I'm writing all of our plans down and trying to break it down by subject and weeks. I'm more of a pencil and paper kind of gal so I'm using Donna Young's Quarter Planner for all the subjects. I used it a little bit last year, but kind of strayed away from it as I got a little lazy and tried to move to work boxes. Now I'm trying to combine them both in my own way.

Anyway... I'm in need of help from you seasoned planners! You know who you are! You write all your plans out for at least six months worth of your school year for each and every subject.

How do you start? What information do you gather? How do you search for your resources? How far ahead do you plan? Where do you find the time to plan all this out and do your current school work and keep your family fed and keep your house from falling down around you?
post #58 of 75
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Thanks for this assessment. I'm hoping (fingers crossed) that I can make it to Cincinnati for the huge homeschool convention there. MBTP will be there, and I'd like to look up close. Maybe we will buy the 5-7 stuff for DD, but now I'm leaning away from a prepared curriculum.
Perhaps it will be different in Cincinnati, but we just had a fair up here and MBTP only had their catalogs. Which is exactly what is on their website. It wasn't much more if a look at the actual program. But the woman that does it is really nice and helpful.
post #59 of 75
I think we have most of next year (4th grade) planned. Here's what it looks like so far:

Main Curriculum = Ambleside Online Year 3
History = AO, Book of Centuries, field trips, & group classes
Geography = AO, The Complete Book of Maps & Geography
Science = AO, nature study, experiments, field trips & group classes
English = AO, oral & written narration, dictation, classic literature, poetry, copywork, Simply Grammar
Math = TT5 & LoF Fractions
Art = Interest-based, group classes
Other = Artist & Composer Study (AO schedule), maybe foreign language (LiveMocha.com), Webelo Scouts, Theater class, Sport of choice (basketball, football, or karate), Chess club
post #60 of 75
I've been researching and planning for a couple of months now.

DD1 will be 5 next December. She's been reading for awhile now and we've just being going with the flow with her. She always asking for more schooly stuff so I've been planning a curriculum to start with her in the fall.

I'm having baby #3 in August so it'll be nice to have dedicated time to focus on her, having fun and learning.

Despite having things planned out, I'm sure we'll still be pretty loose. If any of it is too much for her I have no problem pulling things back.

Here's the plan.

History Odyssey Ancients; I downloaded the free lessons and used it along with their chapter guide to write the rest of the lessons myself. We will be reading SOTW along with it.

Building Foundations for Scientific Understanding K-2

Creativity Express; it's labeled 7-97 but she's pretty computer savvy so we'll see how it goes. I also downloaded the free "homework" lessons for it.

YogaKids


I've been debating a math program. Went back and forth between Math U See, Rightstart Math and Mathletics. But I'm not feeling any of them. I like the 3 R's to be picked up more naturally. I think I'm just going to do living math approach. I have a list of various books from the library that are suitable, so we'll just read through them and see how it goes.
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