Today is the first day of school! I am anxious to see how it will all go. Normally we have a pre-school day where I spend some time with each child reviewing his new schoolbooks, express my expectations for him, and explain how I want our day to flow. Also on this pre-school day we have a treasure hunt. I make up some fun clues which eventually lead the children to a treasure. The treasure is years past has been new school supplies, cool pencils, gift cards to the book store, etc. This year's treasure is a "coupon" (I made them using online pictures) to Smoothie King. We will all go on a little field trip soon and enjoy our back-to-school smoothie. Only it won't be today, because I have to can tomatoes and put up peas this afternoon when we finish our school day. Well, it will be part of our the school day for Olivia and Julie--they are going to help me for their Home Ec lesson today.
We did not have our pre-school day yesterday for a variety of reasons, so this morning will be the treasure hunt, the reviewing of new materials and the schedule, AND we will also do a full day of school work! It's not the best way, but it will work!
Here is our curriculum for the 2011-2012 school year. I hope to make time to further explain what I am doing for Sam's kindergarten, and I will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Olivia: 11th Grade
Teaching Textbooks Algebra II
Apologia Human Anatomy (Biology II)
Sonlight Core 100 (American History, literature, and writing)
Notgrass American History (more American History, Bible and writing)
Bible--4 assigned books, reading assignments from Notgrass, and our daily Bible lesson
Home Economics--course created by me for both girls. It will include family management, sewing, and cooking.
Spanish II--Rosetta Stone
Julie: 9th Grade
Teaching Textbooks Algebra I (revised)
Computer Literacy--Professor Teaches Microsoft Office, Excel, Power Point and one more that I can't remember the name of!
English Composition--How to Write the Novel Way
Geography--Around the World in 180 Days
Clay: 7th Grade
Apologia General Science
Horizons 6th grade math/Pre-Algebra
Sonlight Core D/E (one year American history) This includes language arts as well.
Spanish (Rosetta Stone)
Mavis Beacon typing
Leah: 2nd Grade
Sonlight Core B (Intro to World History)
Sonlight 2nd Grade Reading and Language Arts
Explode the Code books 4,5, & 6
Horizons Math 2nd grade
Building Thinking Skills
Science--she is choosing books from my vast science library. We are starting with health and nutrition.
Sonlight Core Pre4/5 (World History and Science)
Sonlight Kindergarten Reading and Language Arts
Get Ready for the Code books A, B, & C
Horizons Math Kindergarten
Building Thinking Skills
I think that's it! If I have omitted anything I will make the corrections later. For now, I am off to cook breakfast, conduct the treasure hunt, and start our new school year!