Though I am trying to ease up on the "school at home" notion, I am still finding it more comforting to plan each course for the entire year, completing a scope and sequence and schedule for completion. We may deviate as we go, and I am perfectly willing to chase rabbits when someone has an interest, but it gives me a guide for keeping us on track. I am a sprinter (metaphorically), not a marathoner. Spending this intense concentration of time at the beginning of each year, saves me having to keep at it all year and allows me to spend time involved with the kids instead of planning all year.
So, in the interest of supporting myself and, in turn, the kids, we have the following 2013-2014 course of study.
- History, Literature, Mythology, Science, Art, Langauge Arts:: The Ancient World, Gr 1, BuildYourOwnLibrary.com (This utilizes many living books and the Story of the World books. I am a huge Susan Wise Baur fan, though not as professorial in my approach)
- Reading Instruction:: Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, Starfall.com and materials from source, Various living books
- Language Arts:: Copy work and Narration from The Ancient World, First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind, Year 1
- Math::Math Mammoth, Gr1, light blue series
- Health and PE:: Various source and living books
- Nature Study::Opening the World through NatureJournaling, California Native Plant Society (also a John Muir Laws fan)
- Language Arts, Science, Arts, History/Geography ::Homeschool Learning Network, Language Arts 6
- Writing::Writing With Skill 1, Peace Hill Press (again with the Susan Wise Baur repertoire)
- Pre-algebra::MathMaster.info, Grade 6
- Health and PE:: Various sources and living books
- Nature Study::Opening the World through Nature Journaling, California Native Plant Society
- Reading::Various Living Books corresponding with other studies and interest-led topics
- Special Topics::Various Reeves-led topics throughout the year. First topic - Cooking lessons! Mark Bittman How to Cook Everything App for the iPad.
- English 9::Homeschool Learning Network, Grade 9 Language Arts
- Pre-Algebra, Marine Science:: Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (PASS), Florida Department of Education
- Elementary French I, American English Speech (Quarter 1), and Argument Diagramming (Quarter 2) ::Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative
- Arts (Drama, Acting Lessons and/or participation in theatre production) (Quarter 3)::Various sources
- Health and PE (Quarter 4)::Various sources
- Nature Study/Journaling::Opening the World Through Nature Journaling, California Native Plant Society