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2013 – 2014 Curriculum Plan (So far)

Next year will be Haden’s second grade year! All my researching seems to be paying off because I’m feeling pretty solid about the choices I’ve narrowed down to so far, and I only have a couple things I still need to make a decision on. So, here is the list that I promised! Math We will continue doing mostly Living Math, and will be using a variety of resources throughout the year. So, I’ve just listed some of the things I want to add to our collection of living math tools.  Miquon Math – This will be the core of our math. We have already started using the Orange & Red Books, but will continue on throughout the rest of the series. I Love Math Books Logic Links Usborne First Maths Dictionary Learning Resources Creative Color Cubes Citi Blocks Plus, living math books that we will borrow from the library. 🙂 You can find book lists here, here and here. Language Arts I have had the hardest time making a decision here! I’ve thought that I had it all figured out a couple of times, only to change my mind again. I think this is it though. Hopefully…. I linked to the main website for all the Brave Writer materials below, but you can buy them at a really great discount on the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op. Brave Writer’s The Writer’s Jungle Brave Writer’s The Wand Brave Writer’s Jot It Down Handwriting Without Tears And of course, reading TONS of books. 😛 Science Elemental Science: Elementary Biology Required books for Biology: Kingfisher First Encyclopedia of Animals DK First Human Body Encyclopedia Plant Parts Janice VanCleave’s Science Around the World Janice VanCleave’s Biology for Every Kid Intellego Unit – Evolution History Classical House of Learning – Grammar Stage Ancients (FREE literature-based program.) Although, this curriculum offers a reading schedule that includes Story of the World, I’ve decided to skip that, and use the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History as a supplement to the program. I may do Ancient Civilizations History Pockets with it too. I will be borrowing most of the Required Books for the course from the library, as well as the Optional Books. Also, we will be doing American History read-alouds throughout the year to go ahead and dip our toes into our history a bit better, until I’m ready to do a more thorough study. 🙂 Geography Intellego Unit – Maps Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary World GeoPuzzle  We will probably do misc. country studies as Haden shows interest too. Social... read more

Oh, the Curriculum!

And the purchasing has begun!!! Our next school year  has been on my mind for the past month or so. I’ve been making lists, researching, crossing things off, researching some more, and adding things on… I’ve got a pretty good list going, which I will probably post in the nearish future, even though it is subject to change. 😛  Now I get to spend my night perusing all these new books! And the nerd in me finds that rather exciting. A little sneak peek @ the first wave of resources we are adding to our homeschooling arsenal. 😉... read more

Every Day is Earth Day

Today, on Earth Day, we (with the help of friends) helped SAVE the Earth! It was really quite impressive. 😉 We ventured out to Sweetwater Creek State Park to give a little TLC. The voices of outrage at the amount of trash in the water could be heard from afar. We really needed a boat and a net with a long pole to tackle the places that need it most. 🙁 Our butterfly net was not up to the task. Bummer. We cleared the ground though. Ah. A reward for a job well done. Cheeky looks to be basking like all the turtles we saw on the way. Maybe they are scouting for more trash? Our Earth Day adventure wore Cheeky out. She passed out on top of me eating the boobie milk and watching My Little Pony. How was your... read more

Do You Strew?

One thing I love about being a homeschooling parent is that there always seems to be a never-ending stream of homeschooling styles, concepts or ideas that you have yet to explore – and I am always on the lookout for new ideas. So, recently I stumbled across a term that is closely associated with unschooling – strewing. I was like… What. Is. That? It was kinda a DUH moment for me because it really is such a simple concept it should have occurred to me before. Aren’t the best ideas like that???!! Completely over my head apparently… Strewing effectively boils down to leaving things out for your children that will draw their attention, and encourage exploration. Genius. We seriously have all kinds of cool things in our house that my children rarely mess with, and I think that the way I keep things tidily in their place is a deterring factor. Here are a couple of links that can explain strewing better. I could take the time to write more, but why would I when I can pass you along to someone who has already done it for me. 😉 If You Strew It; They Will Come Homeschool Strewing So, I have been making a nightly effort to strew before I go to bed… and the results have been awesome. Every morning when we come downstairs for breakfast, my kids seem to feel drawn to things that I have left out.   Our playdough strew. I printed off a couple of playdough mats (links found here), put out some plastic animals, sea shells, rocks and feathers to go with the playdough, and they just went with it.   I pulled out all of our nature study stuff, and put it in a big basket that is now sitting on our fireplace. I’ve been laying out some of our rarely looked at books, and utilizing some of those easy/fun projects that I am forever pinning that I rarely actually work into our school day…   Like painting salt with colored water on black paper.   Not every strew has been a winner, but I can always try it again later. 🙂 I’ve been working on a Strewing board on Pintrest. Check it out!... read more

From Clay to Bricks

For once, all the Georgia Red Clay that plagues my backyard can be considered a good thing. Today, as part of our Earth unit using Elemental Science, we made some bricks. Mixing water and grass clippings into our clay hole. We used a cut up orange juice carton for our brick mold. Finished bricks! I’m hoping they will be dry by tomorrow afternoon, so we can play with them. They are currently in the back yard surrounded by orange cones to deter anyone (dogs included) from trampling them. 😛 What happened in your homeschool... read more

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