We homeschool year-round and over the past two years we had begun our new homeschool year in the beginning of March.
I thought I would share our new plans for the new year~ We are making changes in some areas and no changes in other areas that have been working well.
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In my last post (Part I) I talked about our Math and how we have decided to work through and stay with and finish the Key To Series and also the Pre Algebra On-line course with the videos if needed. I also plan on using Kahn Academy and Hippo Campus as well as we move forward into Algebra. For Algebra this coming new year I believe I have decided on using Paul Foerster's Algebra I along with David Chandler's Home Study Companion. Here is an EXCELLENT link to help someone like myself sort things out when it comes to learning Algebra. Maria Miller brings forth very good, solid points when it comes to math and I feel like we are making a very good choice here.
One other thing I wanted to mention also is that I am planning on using this program as I did MOTL and what I mean by this is I am actually planning on slowly introducing new concepts (little chunks) while continuing to review past skills already learned ~ due to his need for a spiral for mastery approach to learning math I think this will blend very nicely by using the MOTL methods for teaching.
We will be working Math On the Level Program along with Abeka Math. Surprisingly he enjoys this very much and we will use this along with the math worksheet sites and also Math with Larry to name just a few things for supplement. I plan to incorporate many more online practice games since he is really enjoying these much more now.
Since the fundamentals have been now learned in Elementary and his middle grades, I really felt it was time to spread out now and refine those skills~ Composition will be a primary focus of our Language Arts along with some practice with public speaking, interviewing and organization of writing skills.
There are a few things I have found to help us do this; we will start Analytical Grammar which I think will be great reinforcement to his already learned sentence diagramming and along with this he will be working AG's course "The Five Paragraph Essay" and also AG's " The Research Paper". We also will be considering looking at "Meaningful Composition" (scroll down for MC samples )for any fine-tuning that might be needed as well.
I think working these programs will be great help in preparing him for his SAT's and writing toward college.
He continues to do written narrations from his science and his history and I really believe this has really helped him increase his writing fluency. I have been very please at his progress and most importantly, so has he. :)
Writing and reading more classical literature will be a primary focus for this coming new year.
Not many things will change for our youngest. He has been working very well with his LLATL (Learning Language Arts Through Literature) and is has given a wonderful foundation for his skills in LA. I decided to go ahead and continue on with LLATL next level and also picked up Analytical Grammar Junior for him, just because this is such an area he enjoys. Working with grammar and usage is actually "a treat" for him~ I know what your thinking~ but he just loves it. I am actually thinking this is a real strength for him ( even with the dyslexia surprisingly) and I had been considering over the summer having him work Ellen McHenry's program called "Excavating English",(http://www.ellenjmchenry.com/id143.html) I think he will really enjoy it~ I would really like to encourage him more in this area to see where it might lead him.
For writing we have dropped the IEW program, his writing has really been very fluent and so I thought we would work "Meaningful Composition" 4 I and 4 II. I think having used IEW as our foundation he will do very well with this program and then I can bring him right into the next levels of this program while also using the two courses for AG in the Essay Writing and Research Paper later on.
We will be working through AOP's Lifepacs~ as our spine and spin off from there with other supplements by Ellen McHenry and many other places that I will share about as we go along. We will doing experiments and also reading many more books for science. For this year, as we work through, I am hoping to be able to share more about our units and activities, books and videos as we proceed on~ Written narration will be aI am also going to incorporate a bit more lapbooking for him with science as a way of gathering and presenting information as well. Dinah Zike has a book for Highschool Folds that I plan on using for this. Here is another site for resources for foldables in science. We had gotten away from this and I really find that these methods really help certain learners retain, process and create better connections.
He also will be working as his sping AOP's Lifepacs~ we will be doing many lapbooks including some I will be creating (our first one is on cells) so I hope, when I am finished to be able to post and share these as I create them. We will also be reading lots and lots of books on the topics as we move through the Lifepacs. He really enjoys doing so much more than just reading and answering questions so experiments, field trips, and lots of reading will be in store for him. As I learn of new resources and supplements for the lessons I will be sharing those as we move along.
Part III to follow shortly ~
Saturday, February 26, 2011
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