We are entering the fourth year of homeschooling Mady, and the second year for Jenson and Keston. I've spent lots of time this summer sorting through new supplies and making lesson plans. I can safely say it is going to be very busy. We wound up not switching programs, but will be schooling more traditionally - not attending any of the classes that our program offers.
Keston will be a 1st grader. Since she skipped a grade, we'll work hard to strengthen her reading and writing, making sure she's at grade level. There will be lots of stories, along the lines of Five in a Row, but ones that I have planned myself with stories I know she'll love, mostly award winning classics. She'll work in a Horizons math workbook, and Explode the Code for language arts. She will play indoor soccer and she will dance.
Jenson will play indoor soccer again this year, and continue with racquetball lessons. He would like to have guitar lessons, and definitely a unit in Lego. He'll be working in Horizons math workbooks, and continue Explode the Code and Sequential Spelling. He'll have a big focus on writing, which he is so into right now! There will be writing classes and even his own complete novel.
Mady will be a sophomore, and thus have a challenging workload to prepare her for junior college next year. She will be working in a history of the world text book, chemistry, and physics - all by Power Basics. (We've used their biology and US Government books and workbooks in the past and she likes the format.) She'll be taking driving lessons, and wants to pick up violin again. She'll be using a business program to create her own entrepreneurial business, and she'll continue to persue photography and art lessons. She will be writing a complete novel. For HS Lit, I designed a course for her with 10 classics - from Uncle Tom's Cabin to several Dickens books, and created a unit of work for each, gathered, painstakingly, from a bunch of different internet sites.
As a family, we'll be learning American Sign Language. We are especially excited about the Marine Biology course that many of our friends did last year, studying our local waters. We will continue with our Nature Journaling, just beginning in new journals. There will be lots of hiking and swimming. Mady will take yoga and pilates classes with me. For history we are using Time Travellers to study early America from the explorers into the settlers, dove-tailing with our unit on Native Americans from last year. We'll study culture by looking at six Asian countries, and exploring their holidays, traditions, food, language and daily life. We are joining 4-H. and forming our own very small club with a few other homeschool families. We plan to really delve into that, and explore many of the programs in addition to animal care. We are looking forward to the baking, canning, sewing, horticulture, photography, and daily living topics, with public presentations and poster displays for the fair. We'll continue with Awana and youth group. There's talk of an art club being formed too. If not,I am well-stocked with art supplies and books, probably enough for the next three years. :) For theme units, Jenson and Keston will be learning some geology and weather to start, Lego as I mentioned, and more units to come. I am sure I'm missing a few things, but that is the gist of it.
So it would seem that we are going to be busy! We are all looking forward to a fresh new year though. What are your kids doing? Homeschool or not, I'd love to hear what activities your kids are into.