Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The plan so far...

After using the remainder of the school year to "test pilot" some different materials and approaches, here is what I'm thinking for next year for Superboy.
Tried and like:
Catholic Heritage curriculum: Language of God series and My Catholic Speller. I like the Lang of God books and will definitely keep that for next year. I like the speller, too, but I am not sure about doing spelling next year. He is so good at it already and it kind of seems a waste of time. But it isn't MUCH time, just 15 mins or so (when Superboy doesn't space out too much), so maybe I'll keep it one year. I do like all the nice Catholic references in it. Superboy does, too.
In sixth grade we will most likely move up to Lingua Mater.
DK Math made Easy, supplemented by Developmental Math and our fun Marcy Cook Math activities. I think I've hit on a winning combo, here. The DK is a more complete curriculum and the Developmental math is focused on a specific topic in depth. Marcy Cook keeps math fun and is good for thinking skills and math vocabulary. Seems to be working brilliantly and so far Superboy is making progress and not complaining.
180 Days Around the World: This is the real Gem of the lot. Superboy LOVES this, and I must admit I love it too. We do this together and it is just fun. Combined with CHC's Map Skills workbooks and some good websites it makes a pretty good geography curriculum.

Tried and not so sure:
CHC's Stories with a View. I think this will go better once we have a more solid writing program down.
Great Science Adventures: Earth's Landforms and Surface Features. I SO wanted to like this one, and we did for a while. But it just wasn't long before we got a bit tired of the same old thing over and over with the little books. I like the idea of lap books, though, and maybe I can learn more about them and do our own so it won't be so much the same. Superboy likes the crafty stuff, but he needs variety. Also, he really likes learning science from library books and videos and from hands-on. I need to remember that when I get tempted to try another science curriculum. Just say no. Remember, Theresa, you are not filling a bucket, here.

Have not tried yet, but will be using:
Story of the World Vol I. on CD. I am confident this will fly. The idea of listening to history stories on CD is very appealing. Superboy loves radio. The additional activities look fun. I will supplement with Kingfisher History of the World, MaCauley books that I bought (Pyramid, City, Castle, Mosque, Ship, Mill, etc...) as well as D'Aulaires Greek myths, Tales of Ancient Egypt, and Encyc. of Mythology. I also bought this absolutely beautiful timeline book from Homeschool in the Woods. Superboy has been drooling over it since we got it and can't wait to start filling it up. Hmm.. history sounds fun!
Prima Latina. May go ahead and start this summer. Can't wait!

Still Need:
A good writing program. I am convined that writing well is vital and we need to spend some major time on it because Superboy struggles with it bigtime. I am looking at the Institute for Excellence in Writing stuff. I need to do the teacher seminar and then let Superboy do the Student seminar. Then we shall see how it goes from there. I think we should be able to write from the content areas once we have the methods down.
Discipline. Not for Superboy, for me! Sometimes I just need to get of my own lazy butt and do more hands-on stuff with Superboy. I think that will happen once we start next year in earnest.

Is that it? I think so. I think I will wait on Spanish until we get a year of Latin in. Don't want to confuse us too much. Plus, I hear it is easier to learn Spanish after Latin.
Sorry so long and boring, but it helps to get it all down so I can focus. Next I have to plan for Modgirl. Yikes...

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