Sunday, February 5, 2012

Plans for next year

It's coming close to time to purchase our materials for the 2012-2013 school year. So, I've been working on finalizing the purchase list. I'll do one more finalization of it, after we get our taxes done, when I know exactly what my school budget is. I don't intend for it to change much. If anything, we'll be able to add a few things that we want, but will raise the total quite a bit. So, here's the current plan & what we hope to use/do for the next school year:

Dea (9th grade)
Math:
Geometry - Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding (Jacob's Geometry)
Accounting - online at UniversalClass for spine, supplementing with LIFEPAC (I know AOP is a Christian company, but this was the only Accounting course I could find that has a real business simulation with it), we also have multiple Accounting textbook here that she can reference

English:
Grammar - Easy Grammar Ultimate grade 11
Writing - online classes at UC
Vocab - 2 words a day
Literature - World Literature, 12 books (we have a list of 24 for the next two years, she chose which to read each year, though the list is subject to change) Lord of the Flies, Three Sisters, Dracula, To Kill a Mocking bird, The Count of Monte Cristo, Anna Karenina, Don Quixote, The Divine Comedy, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Lovely Bones, something by Stephen King (undecided as to which book)

Government: online at UC, supplemented with various materials as needed

Economics: online at UC, supplemented with various materials as needed

Science: Geology - online at UC for spine, supplement with various materials

History: Middle Ages - course designed by Dea & me, no specific materials required

Art: Photography

Foreign Languages:
Latin: if doesn't finish Oxford Latin this year, will continue with it next year, also using free online course
ASL: will continue using Signing Time dvds & ASL Interpreter dvds at library, if fits in budget will also get Joy of Signing 5 dvd set & Complete Language pack (Joy of Signing book & 2 puzzle books)
Spanish: continue with Tell Me More Spanish
Irish(Gaelic) - if in budget will get Rosetta Stone v3 Irish level 1-3, also using free resources at BBC Languages

Computer Programming: continuing with Logo Adventures & adding Logo Works

Geography: The Power of Place, project of Geography in literature

Music: possibly learning flute

Jay (3rd grade):

Math:
will be doing the books on Fractions and Decimals & Percents in Mastering Mathematics (the program he's currently using), will also add Life of Fred Decimals & Percents and Fractions books to do simultaneously
Tall-Tale Math book 1: Number sense (because he enjoys doing story problems) & book 4: Data & Measurement
continuing with fun Math games, Khan Academy
continuing with Key to Measurement & Metric Measurement (if doesn't finish this year)

Language Arts:
Spelling: All About Spelling levels 3 & 4
Writing: Check the Deck and Flip the Deck
Vocab - word a day
Grammar: Easy Grammar 3 & 4
Reading: continue reading books of his choice

Geography: study of the States, various resources, continue with Geography games, continue with self-directed Geography study, project of Geography in literature

Logic: Logic Safari book 2, various logic puzzles from books of logic puzzles

Art: leather working, charcoal

Computer Programming: continuing with Logo Adventures, adding in Logo Works

Music: continue learning about different styles & genres of movement and different artists, continue playing recorder & Native American flute, possibly start drums

Foreign Language:
Latin: Latin for Children B
ASL: continue with Signing Time dvds
Spanish: continue with Tell Me More Spanish

Science: Meteorology, Geology, Water
experiments, activities, narration, lots of books, dvds, internet resources, Netflix, etc.
we're getting a Science kit, some fun stuff (like snow & solar beads), and still deciding on which weather station I want to get him
notebook, journal, or some other long-term project for each topic (book, museum exhibit, video, etc.)

History: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Pirates & Explorers
activities, narration, lots of books, dvds, internet resources, Netflix, etc.
building a castle, trebuchet, pirate ship
notebook, journal, or some other long-term project for each topic (book, museum exhibit, video, etc.)