|Table Rock Lake, Lampe, MO 3/2014|
This year will be:
My third time to teach 5th grade,
My second time to teach 8th grade,
My first time to teach 11th grade.
My twelfth year to homeschool.
And ironically, every single year is a brand new experience! Different personalities, different sets of strengths & weaknesses, make each year different.
Our 2014-2015 curriculum plans:
Luci, 5th grade
Language Arts ~ Barton Reading, BJU English 5, A Reason for Handwriting, and a selection of readers from Sonlight's Eastern Hemisphere Core (to match her Old World History).
Math ~ BJU Math 4 (Note: We are backing up in math a bit. She did TT4 this year and I'm not pleased with the progress. She is about a year behind most other math programs and while some HS'ers are OK with that, I'm not. We actually plan to start the BJU 4th grade math as soon as it arrives, do math through our summer break, and catch up to grade level eventually. I expect I'll get feedback from some saying I shouldn't worry about grade levels, but I want her prepared for high school math when the time comes so that her options are open.)
Science ~ Supercharged Science combined with BJU Science 5.
History ~ Old World History & Geography (Abeka)
Art ~ Home Art Studio gr. 5 DVD
Ben, 8th grade
Language Arts ~ Barton Reading, BJU Writing & Grammar 8, and a selection of readers from Sonlight's American History Core 100
Math ~ BJU Pre Algebra (As with Luci, we are backing up just a bit. Ben did TT PreAlgebra this year and I do not feel like he is prepared for Algebra. Beginning with Algebra I outsource my kids to a local instructor. I want him to have a good foundation before beginning her class. He might have been prepared for TT Algebra, but that's not the route we wanted to go.)
Science ~ Supercharged Science combined with Apologia's General Science textbook. He will also be using the Audio CD to help with comprehension. (Note: Ben did Supercharged Science this year for his entire science curriculum. He really enjoyed the hands-on, experiment based lessons. But as we prepare for high school, I think he needs exposure to the kinds of textbooks he will encounter and be expected to use. So, we will work on having a good mix of textbook and hands-on.)
History ~ BJU American Republic
Electives ~ undecided
Gavin, 11th grade
Gavin's current plans include going to Delta State for their Music Industry Studies (Audio Engineering Track). In planning his high school credits I used their recommended high school curriculum as a guide. I also used RiseUpMS.com for reference.
English 11 ~ BJU Writing & Grammar 11, 1/2 cr.
Lit 11 ~ BJU American Literature, 1/2 cr.
Math ~ (dual enrollment plans dependent on ACT scores) Int. Algebra in the Fall and College Algebra in the Spring, 2 cr.
Science ~ Chemistry (possibly a dual enrollment class, but still working on getting answers. If not, then he will use Apologia Chemistry text & the instructional DVD.) 1 cr.
History ~ BJU United States History, 1 cr.
Speech or Computer ~ (dual enrollment in Spring), 1 cr.
Total 6 credits
Note: Gavin would like to finish school early. His goal is to finish his junior level science, history, and grammar in the Fall semester (July-December) and then try to take his senior level courses in the Spring (January-June). We are approaching this cautiously with the understanding that he has much to prove in the way of maturity and dedication to his school work.