After spending the better part of the last month alternately researching curriculum ideas, and procrastinating, I’ve finally finalized… well, mostly finalized our school year.
Math is going to be Math U See for all three. GeekBoy is starting in Delta, but he’s already whizzed through the first 3 chapters, and that only took him 5 minutes! So I have Epsilon standing by, and fully expect to be using it by middle of the year. As much as the Geek claims to hate math, he is a math whiz. ThePinkDiva is starting Alpha this year, and BigBoy won’t be very far behind. He still has a few chapters of Primer to finish before moving on to Alpha. The little guy is hoping to catch up to his big sister.
For Language, GeekBoy is still working through the Easy Grammar 4/5 book we found halfway through last year. Its been working well for us, so we will keep going. Since discovering thePinkDiva’s vision difficulties, we will be ditching Hooked on Phonics this year. I’ve decided to give Spell to Write and Read a try. It’s supposed to be good for dyslexics, which she is, and BigBoy will be doing this also since he really wants to learn to write. ThePinkDiva will also be continuing her work in Explode The Code online. She’s been doing pretty well with it, and I’m considering getting a subscription for BigBoy as well. Especially since I can get such an awesome deal on the program via Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op.
GeekBoy’s writing progressed quickly once we worked on correcting his posture and grip. This year we will continue working on “Pull, not push” to get him forming letters from the top, as well as lowercase letters.
History will be different this year. GeekBoy has informed me that he has trouble concentrating when thePinkDiva goes off on a word-association rabbit trail. Since she does this a lot (it’s her way of processing information), GeekBoy will be having his own history lesson, using Mystery of History. ThePinkDiva and BigBoy will be doing year 2 of the American Heritage Studies by BJU. I’m planning to do time lines with each “class”.
Science was a hard one. As much as I love the Apologia books, they seem to be just above the understanding of my younger two, and there doesn’t seem much in the text that interests my oldest. So this year we will do things a bit different. I got a subscription to AHA Science via Homeschool Buyers Co-op. The kids adored the sample lessons, and we are looking forward to accessing the games and seeing what else the program has to offer. I’m also planning to pull random experiments out of this book Gramma gave us, 101 Cool Science Experiments.
For art, I have GeeArt. We’ve had the program for some time now, but I’ve never managed to get it together enough to get the projects done. I’m hoping to overcome my own fear of messiness and allow the munchkins to get messy, and maybe even get messy myself. But the biggest thing they will learn in the category of “art” this year — how to clean up their supplies!