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2014-2015 Curriculum Choices
It appears to be that time of year, the time of year when homeschool bloggers everywhere post what their 2014-2015 curriculum choices are. I’m jumping on the bandwagon!
This year I have three high school students, one sixth grader, and two preschoolers… in other words, we cover the gamut from 12th grade to preschool.
The first change I’ve decided to make this year after reading Teaching from Rest and about the importance of morning time on the Ordo Armoris Blog is to add a morning time to our school day
Bible: Tapestry of Grace schedules a survey of the Bible for year 1. We will use family time to complete the survey.
Poetry: I’d like to add more poetry memorization to our homeschool. We’ve done some, but not nearly as much as I would have wished.
Grammar: After working through the Rod and Staff English books for the last several years, I’ve decided we need a change. We’ll wander our way through the first Harvey’s English Grammar book together.
Latin: While my oldest has done well with Latin: First Year (Henle Latin), the rest of us have sputtered to a stop with Latin. This year I’ve decided we’re going to inch our way along with the Big Book of Lively Latin 1. I doubt we’ll ever get to the point where we’re reading Virgil in the original Latin, but we’re going to keep up the good fight. Sometimes progress is measured by the mile. Sometimes it is measure by the inch.
Tapestry of Grace Year 1
Tapestry of Grace incorporates most of the subjects we study into one curriculum. I post the assignment sheets, the children do the work, and we hold discussions later in the week.
English: Literature & Writing: Tapestry of Grace, at the rhetoric level, has a wonderful and aggressive literature program. We study rhetoric as it appears in great literature. For the time being, I’ve chosen to use this as our rhetoric program. We’ll be reading and writing about the Bible, Illiad, the Odyssey, selections from Egypt and Mesopotamia, Aeneid, and some Greek plays. My 6th grader will read myths, retellings of great stories, and historical fiction.
History: Tapestry of Grace, by definition, is a history curriculum. Year 1 is ancient history. We will be reading about ancient Mesopotamia, China, India, the Americas, Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Celts.
Geography: The children also complete the map work and other geography assignments Tapestry of Grace assigns. This is usually completed completely independently and is a favorite, or easy, part of the curriculum.
Fine Art: The children will read about ancient architecture and pieces of ancient art.
Story of the World: The Story of the World: Volume 1 is scheduled into Tapestry of Grace. Because I’m not certain how attentive my preschoolers will be, I decided to simply use Story of the World, which I already owned, rather than pick up a pile of books we may never read. It should keep the preschoolers happy and occupied while allowing them to tag along with their older siblings.
Preschool: 3yo will either be doing Letter of the Week or HOD’s Little Hands to Heaven with me this year. I haven’t really decided, it depends on which is easier to get done.
My little girl will be using Saxon Phonics K and Saxon Math K for her preschool year.
Both children will be using Elemental Science’s Biology Lapbooks for Science. We’ll study a few animals, the human body, and plants.
6th Grade: He will be using Saxon Math, Elemental Science Physics, SPELLING WORKOUT LEVEL F, Pentime Penmanship 6, and doing informal logic this year.
High School: They are using Saxon Math and Apologia Science. All three wanted to study German with their father instead of French with me. I’m so happy to hand off a subject to my husband. German is not my problem!
So there you have it. Our 2014-2015 curriculum choices that span the gamut from preschool through 12th grade.