Originally Posted by pampered_mom
For social studies we're going with something I put together on my own. We started with maps because ds has an abiding, years long obsession with them. I'd like to move from maps in general to getting a broader picture of the world around us (and using a neat lesson plan from Unicef of Canada called "Rights, Wants, and Needs"). From there I'm a little stuck. I'm tempted to purchase the corresponding unit studies from Intellego, but I'm also tempted to come up with something that studies history through the lens of our state simply because there'd be more opportunities for hands on experience and trips.
Social Studies/History: We are in a similar place with social studies/history. I don't feel any pressure because here K and 1 do mostly community helpers and neighborhoods stuff, so even if we go to a traditional school at some point, we're okay.
I'm doing a Map Skills workbook just to introduce some concepts on a smaller scale - legends, scale, etc. Then we're going to do some fun things with aerial maps of our neighborhood, creating a map of a couple of blocks of downtown, etc.
I also seem to be moving toward using our state has a backdrop for discussions about the development of the US. First, our state stood as a sort of middle ground for a lot of important movements and events but also because we can take day trips to see things we discuss, which makes them more real.
We currently have a stash of books about the medieval period, though, and I'm prepping a unit study on it that will, I hope, incorporate science, art, math, & history at least.
Ok, math - here's what I've done.
We have only 1 educational supply store near us, and unfortunately they have a poor selection. I bought the "Singapore Math Practice" workbook they had, but now I'm realizing that it's not the official workbook from SingaporeMath.com, but it's a workbook from a different publisher. I've been reading up on them, and they're supposed to be at the same grade level. Ours is the 2nd grade level. We should finish the first half in 2 weeks. Then we're going to do some work on place values for adding and subtracting with multi-digits and move to the 2nd half of the Singapore imposter. I anticipate being done with all of that by the end of October with the way DS inhales math work. (I stopped him at 10:30 tonight and told him that he had to go to bed.)
Anyway...I'm not sure what to do then. The book I have on place value looks like it probably overlaps a good bit with the next level of the SM. It may make more sense anyway to stick with the publisher we have now. I may do something just fun, though, like work on Roman numerals or introduce the metric system. We probably will do a good bit of hands-on math.
Science/Nature: I am taking DD3's lead on nature studies because she is more interested in nature than the rest of us! Right now we are reading about hummingbirds and doing some hummingbird feeding and watching at our house. We've also been reading about butterfly life cycles. I'm completely okay with taking their lead in science and going as in-depth as they want.
Life Skills: Sometimes I question whether these things are more "parenting" or "schooling," but since i have to record instructional hours, they're school! We've just started allowances, so we talked last week about how we can use money - spend, save, give, tax. Each picked something to save for, and we are making a chart for how long they have to save a certain amount to get the item. They also talked about charities and picked one for a donation.
He also planned and cooked dinner tonight (pizzas made on halved hamburger buns). So, now if I can just add laundry to his schooling...
Literature: Read. Read. Read. We have been going to the library every 2-3 days and getting oodles of books. I am reading a biography of Daniel Boone to them, though we are going very slowly because we're doing some related activities. We just started Little House in the Big Woods last night as bedtime reading. We've always read a good bit, but we've ramped it up, and now I am trying to engage them in thinking about the stories and recalling what happened.
Reading: Ahh! DS has no interest in reading. When he concentrates, he can sound out words, but he just doesn't want to do it. DD has been asking to learn to read, though, and she gets all twinkly-eyed about it. I've enlisted DS' help in teaching DD her letter sounds. He thinks he's the cat's meow because of it, and I'm happy with him really working on letter sounds. We probably will try to work really heavily on reading again during the winter holidays when DH is home to occupy Little Sis.