2014-2015 School Year: Curriculum

Obviously, it is not back-to-school time anymore, but I thought I would humor you all by posting our curriculum choices for the year, and also to remind myself of what all we are doing. 😜 We started back on August 18th, and we are into Week 10 of the school year. We are “officially” homeschooling both girls this year, with Melody being in 2nd grade and Emily in Kindergarten. I am so proud of them for working hard these past two months. And I’ll just repost what I posted last year. –> It looks like a lot, but we don’t do all the subjects every day, except Language Arts and Math. The bolded items are what we mainly work on, and the others are done if there is extra time. We try to get school done by lunchtime (except for MOPS days when school is in the afternoons,and Memory Masters Workshop days when school is during lunchtime/early afternoon), and Melody can mostly do a lot of it on her own. Emily is slowly getting the rhythm.

I’m not quite “on it” with getting the curriculum and materials in order, but it’s getting there slowly but surely. I need some motivation to fix it up a bit so I can get a blog post out about our “schoolroom”. 😝

How has the school year been going for you so far?

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Melody – 2nd grade/3rd grade

Emily – Kindergarten

Both girls

(We go through lots and lots of other books that connect with what we are learning too, but that might be another blog post as well…if I had the time… 😜)

***(italicized items are done in their classes taught by a tutor that meet on Fridays)

  • 161 events & people in a chronological timeline
  • 24 history sentences: (including the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights)
  • 44 U.S. presidents
  • 120 locations & geographic features in North America (emphasis – the United States)
  • 24 science facts (including the first 12 elements of the periodic table and the parts of 8 body systems)
  • Latin rules & vocabulary (including the text of John 1:1-7 in Latin & English)
  • English Grammar facts (including the principal parts of 11 irregular verbs)
  • Multiplication tables up to 15×15, common squares and cubes, as well as basic geometry formulas and unit conversions
  • Exposure to drawing techniques
  • Music theory and tin whistle
  • 6 great artists and related projects: American Masters
  • Introduction to orchestra and 3 classical composers
  • Weekly science experiments or hands-on projects
  • The practicing and refinement of oral presentation skills