Monday, November 25, 2013

Plans for Next Year

I haven't posted much lately about what we've been doing for school. The kids have been working, but there really hasn't been much new or really interesting going on.

Dea is almost done with the writing class she is using as the writing portion of her English course. For Lit, she is reading To Kill a Mockingbird. She's close to being done with her Econ course. She just finished book 7 of her Accounting and only has 4 or 5 chapters left of Geometry.
Jay is finished with Dinosaurs & is now doing Marine Biology. He is up to the American Revolution in his U.S. History. He is still doing LFC C for Latin & Joy of Signing for ASL. He is flying through LOF Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics & will be done with it by Christmas break. He is making great progress on his Required Reading list & is almost halfway finished with it.

There have been no big, awesome projects, no fun trips, nothing vastly entertaining to write or read about. That's why I haven't been posting. Much of our time has been spent planning for the holidays and planning for future school years. Here's the plan for the next or so for school. It will be Jay's 5th grade year starting in mid-April. The plans cover the next (and final) 3 terms of high school for Dea, the next starts in Feb.

We'll start with Dea. She has 3 Terms remaining in high school. I'll refer to them as Term 2, Term 3, and Term 4, since we're currently doing the 1st Term since switching to 'Terms' instead of 'Years'

Term 2:
Native American Study - using various resources from the library, Netflix, and internet
ASL - using The Joy of Signing
Middle Ages & Renaissance - using various resources from the library, Netflix, and internet
Algebra 2 - using Life of Fred Advanced Algebra
Computer Programming - using TeenCoder
Writing - a writing class at Universal Class, Term Paper
Grammar - Giggly Guide to Grammar & Chortling Bard Caught Ya! Grammar with a Giggle for High School
Vocab - Vocabulary Cartoons 2 & Vocabulary Cartoons SAT Word Power
Lit - Black Elk Speaks, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Pride & Prejudice, Time Machine, Dracula, The Last of the Mohicans  
Speech - using Painless Speaking

Term 3:
Intro to Psych - using Psychology and Your Life
Photography - using 2 free online Photography courses & The Ultimate Field Guide to Photography
Chemistry - Thinkwell & materials for labs
Spanish - Tell Me More
Trig - Life of Fred Trig
Writing - a writing class on Universal Class, Term paper
Vocabulary - Vocabulary Cartoons if not finished in previous term
Lit - The Crucible, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Jurassic Park, Anna Karenina, Don Quixote, Three Sisters

Term 4:
Serial Killers 101 - using various resources from library, Netflix, and internet
Geology - using a free online Geology course
Auto Maintenance - using Auto Upkeep Homeschool Curriculum (though sh'e technically been learning auto maint. for years by working with my husband on our car)
U.S. History - using various resources from library, Netflix, and internet
Spanish - Tell Me More
Writing - writing class at Universal Class, Term Paper
Lit - Ender's Game, The Scarlet Letter, The Poseidon Adventure, Maus, The Kite Runner, The Divine Comedy

Now for Jay's 5th grade year.
Language Arts:
Grammar - Adventures of Genius Boy & Grammar Girl, Caught Ya! Grammar with a Giggle, You've Been Sentenced game
Spelling - All About Spelling 6 & 7
Vocab - Vocabulary Cartoons
Writing - Write with the Best
Reading - required reading list of approx. 50 books ranging from 5th to 10th grade level

Logic - Analogy Crosswords, Even More Word Winks, Grid Perplexors, Perplexors
Forensics - Body as Evidence, Detectolab Kit, Fingerprint Kit, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Science, Investigating a Crime Scene, Police Lab, Top Shelf Forensics
Chemistry - Elements Intro to Chemistry, Carbon Chemistry, and materials for labs

Spanish - Tell Me More, Spanish in a Flash Bingo, Spanish in a Flash Word Search, Spanish in a Flash
Latin - Mango, Short Latin Stories, LFC History Readers, Vesuvius & Other Plays (we want a lighter year of Latin so he can focus a bit more on starting Spanish)
ASL - The Joy of Signing
Math - Life of Fred Beginning Algebra if not finished by then, Life of Fred Advanced Algebra, Life of Fred Geometry
U.S. History - Post-Civil War to Modern Times using various resources from library, Netflix, and internet