Wednesday, February 4, 2015

2015 Academics

In 2015, we determined to follow the AmblesideOnline Curriculum.  We determined to continue to keep our children together for their schooling and chose to embark upon Year 4.  When we were considering the changes it would take, I wrote a series of posts:

You can follow our adventures on the Our Weekly Amble tag.

2014 Academics

Circle Time

Math (Daily):  Mathematics Enhancement Programme M-girl will continue in Year 3, N-boy is almost ready to start Year 3, and R-girl is doing Year 2.

Logic (Independent, Daily during math): M-girl and N-boy will be working on Detective Club logic.  R-girl has worked past her ability level, we're going to take a break.

History (Week A): Story of the World III. We use the Activity Guide.  The Jim Weiss audiobooks are a great addition, too. (Week B): Independent Assigned Reading based on books suggested in the Activity Guide or other books for the time period.

Science (Week A): Independent Assigned Reading relating to Chemistry.   (Week B): Still up in the air, either R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Chemistry or Ellen McHenry's Elements or a combination of the two.  We're starting with the sample chapters.

Geography (Independent):  Memoria Press' States and Capitals and Geography Blobbing.

Writing (Daily): Copywork, Narration, and Dictation across History, Science, and Literature.  Writing and Rhetoric: Fable from Classical Academic Press for M-girl.

Latin (Daily):  R-girl is almost done with Prima Latina.  M-girl and N-boy (and in a few weeks R-girl) will all work on Latin For Children A.  Hoping to work this more consistently in 2014.

Grammar (Daily-ish):  We use Peace Hill Press' First Language Lessons.  R-girl is in Year 2, N-boy is finishing Year 3 and M-girl well into Year 4..  We work on this about 3 days in a week.  Every other Friday, we'll also use Michael Clay Thompson's Music of the Hemispheres and Memoria Press' Poetry for 3rd-6th. We also use Sentence Composing for Elementary School on occasion.  A big task to to figure out what we'll use after FLL4.  Ack! 

Penmanship: R-girl has Cursive First to complete.  In the summer, I expect she'll work on typing via Dance Mat Typing and practice as the others do with NitroType.com.  I am adding copywork back to everyone's lessons this year.  M-girl and N-boy have it 2-3 days per week via C. S. Lewis Quotes for Copywork for the time being.

Art and Music: We continue using Artistic Pursuits, which I love.  Our Art with Friends group is still going strong and one of the other moms is teaching Drawing For Children.  She's actually artistic, so that's awesome.  We're also taking art classes at the Columbus Museum of Art through May.  The children take Piano Lessons.  On Tuesdays, we try to do Art Study and Composer Study after lunch.  We're working on Monet and Bach at the moment.

Gymnasium: We participate in community soccer, basketball, and baseball/softball.  We plan to continue with swim lessons.  We play.  They occasionally do some Pilates and I hope to add some running.  They hike with their Daddy for geocaching.

2013 Academics

Circle Time: I'm trying to post our weekly Circle Time plans on Mondays. Follow the link for information about the resources we use.

Math (Daily):  Mathematics Enhancement Programme M-girl is halfway through Year 2 and should work well into Year 3 this year.  N-boy is about 40 days behind her, so I expect will also get into Year 3 in 2013.  R-girl is a good way through Year 1 and might be able to get significantly into Year 2 during 2013.  We love this program.

Logic (Independent, Daily during math): Mindbenders, Critical Thinking Activities K-2, Prufrock Press Logic programs.

History (Monday & Wednesday): Story of the World II and hopefully a good portion of III. We use the Activity Guide and supplemental books.  The Jim Weiss audiobooks are a great addition, too.

Science (Tuesday & Friday): God's Design for Science Heaven & Earth.  We might get into Chemistry & Ecology too.  We'll probably continue reading, slowly, through Signs & Seasons as well.

Geography (2nd Thursdays): We finished A Child's Geography last week.  We're going to work on drawing the world a la Leigh Bortins' The Core. We're also going to work on Memoria Press' new States and Capitals curriculum (might add Logos School's State Facts Geography).  R-girl is working on Evan-Moor's Beginning Geography K-2, which I think is excellent as workbooks go.  The others asked to try Evan-Moor's The World Reference & Map Forms 3-6.

Writing (Daily): We're working to integrate Writing With Ease: Strong Fundamentals into our content areas at the appropriate level for each child.  I've used the workbooks the past couple of years and am excited by this new challenge.

Latin (Daily):  R-girl is using Prima Latina.  N-boy is also using Prima Latina, he got about half-way done last year.  M-girl is on lesson 5 of Latin For Children A.  Hoping to work this more consistently in 2013.

Grammar (Daily-ish):  We use Peace Hill Press' First Language Lessons.  R-girl is in Year 1, the others are in Year 3.  We'll work on this 3 days in a week.  On any extra "fourth day," we'll also use Michael Clay Thompson's Music of the Hemispheres; Memoria Press' Poetry for 3rd-6th; and possibly going to pull in some of Sentence Composing for Elementary School

Penmanship: Both R-girl and N-boy have Cursive First to complete.

Art and Music: We continue using Artistic Pursuits which I love.  The children take Piano Lessons.  I'm hoping to add more Artist Study and Composer Study a la SCM and/or Ambleside.

Gymnasium: We participate in community soccer and baseball/softball.  I'd like to do swim lessons.  We play.

2012 Academics

Generally, we do "Content" together during Circle Time or other specified gathering times and "Skills" on an individual basis.  Obviously those categories are not hard and fast, but it is as good a division as any.  I also want to have some individual work for the children to give them something to do when I'm focusing with their other sibling; I'll mark those with (*).

This will be a permanent tab under 2012 Academics (I probably use it as much as anyone!)

Content:

Memory Work: Hymns; Bible Verses (To Be Determined); Nicene Creed and Apostle's Creed; IEW Poetry - Level 2 for M-girl and N-boy, Level 1 for R-girl; Catechism for Young Children (mostly, but not exactly the same as this one); we do skip counting, science, history, and geography memory work, too.

Morning Reading: Continue reading through Poetry books (finish A Child's Garden of Verses, start one of the Poetry for Young People books) We're also going to finish the Family Book of Manners and Fifty Famous Stories Retold.  I'd like to read some of Lamb's Shakespeare and other literature selections from Ambleside Year 1.

Bible: Covenantal Catechism supplemented with Bible Lessons for Juniors from Reformation Heritage books.  We should finish Book 1 and I need to purchase Book 2.  For Family Devotions, we're starting the year with Starr Meade's Mighty Acts of God.

Signs & Seasons by Jay Ryan.

Geography: A Child's Geography 

Art: Artistic Pursuits K-3 Book 1 and Book 2 

Music: Piano Lessons, Choir (but not this spring) 

Phys Ed: Soccer, Baseball, swimming

Skills: M-girl (Second Grade)

English:
Penmanship: Cursive First 

Math: Mathematics Enhancement Programme (finish Year 1 and Year 2), Primary Challenge Math and Kitchen Table Math 

Latin*: Finish Prima Latina, then Song School Latin, then start Latin for Children A 

Logic*: Critical Thinking Activities

Geography*: Evan-Moore Beginning Geography

Reading*: Assigned Literature, related Science, and related History with narrations

Skills: N-boy (First Grade)

English: 
Penmanship: Cursive First 

Math: Mathematics Enhancement Programme (Finish Year 1 and Year 2) and Kitchen Table Math 

Latin*: Prima Latina, then Song School Latin 

Logic*: Critical Thinking Activities 

Geography*: Evan-Moore Beginning Geography

Time*: Ready-Set-Learn Time 

Reading*: Assigned Literature, related Science, and related History with narrations 

Skills: R-girl (Preschool)

English: 
Penmanship: Cursive First

Logic*: Wedgits, Puzzles, etc and Mindbenders Warm-up, Lollipop Logic, Critical Thinking Activities

Read Alouds  (I'll try to add links throughout the year on the 2012 Academics Page)

Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody
A House at Pooh Corner by A A Milne
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Detectives in Togas by
Dr. Doolittle by Hugh Lofting 
Merry Adventures of of Robin Hood by Pyle (Abridged, Troll Illus Classic) 

Pinnocchio by Carlo Collodi
Archimedes and the Door of Science

Audiobooks:

2 final Narnia books
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Invention of Hugo Cabret 
Lots of Jim Weiss CDs

2011 Academics

Generally, we do "Content" together during Circle Time and "Skills" on an individual basis.  Obviously those categories are not hard and fast, but it is as good a division as any.  I also want to have some individual work for the children to give them something to do when I'm focusing with their other sibling; I'll mark those with (*).

Content:

Memory Work: Hymns; Genesis 1-2:4 (we're almost done with it, then Psalm 1 I'd like to do Psalm 100 in November); Nicene Creed; IEW Poetry; Catechism for Young Children; we have some science and history and geography memory work, too.

Morning Reading: Continue reading through Poetry books (including Mother Goose), finish The Burgess Bird Book. Maybe start the Burgess Animal Book.  We're also going to read through the Family Book of Manners.

Bible: Covenantal Catechism supplemented with Bible Lessons for Juniors from Reformation Heritage books.

Spanish: El Espanol Facil Jr (supposedly we did this last year ... it may get dropped again this year)

History:
Story of the World I supplement with Mystery of History

Science: God's Design for Life supplement with Elemental Science

Art: Artistic Pursuits

Music: Piano, Choir

Phys Ed: Gymnastics, Soccer, Baseball, swimming

Skills: M-girl (First Grade)

English:
  • First Language Lessons 2 (we have a little bit of FLL1 to finish)
  • Writing With Ease 1
  • McGuffey Readers & CLP Nature Readers (reading practice)
  • Spelling Power
  • Explode the Code*
Penmanship: Cursive First

Math: MEP with Math Mammoth* supplement (mostly for when we're stuck and need more practice)

Latin: Prima Latina

Logic: Critical Thinking Activities* then Lollipop Logic

Geography: Evan-Moore Beginning Geography*

Skills: N-boy (Kindergarten)

English: 
  • Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and Bob Books
  • First Language Lessons 1
  • McGuffey Readers & CLP Nature Readers (reading practice)
  • Explode the Code*
Penmanship: Cursive First

Math: MEP with Math Mammoth* supplement

Logic: Mindbenders Warm-Up then Critical Thinking Activities

Skills: R-girl (Preschool)

English: 
  • Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and Bob Books
  • Explode the Code
Math: MEP Reception

Logic*: Wedgits, Puzzles, etc

Other*: My First Book of Cutting (Kumon Books), read to by M-girl, etc.

Family Read Alouds

The Burgess Bird Book
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Bambi: A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten
Stuart Little by E B White
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Tales from the Odyssey 1 & 2 by Mary Pope Osborne
Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster
Trumpet of the Swan by E B White
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Winnie-the-Pooh by A A Milne
Mary Poppins by P L Travers
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Audio Books in the van:
5 Narnia Books
Because of Winn-Dixie
Cat of Bubastes (more to listen to)

started but unfinished: The Bronze Bow and The House at Pooh Corner

Hymn Listing

Since 2010, we've been memorizing hymns.  Here is the current list:

  1. Holy, Holy, Holy
  2. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
  3. Christ the Lord is Risen Today
  4. A Mighty Fortress is Our God
  5. Eternal Father, Strong to Save
  6. How Great Thou Art
  7. Be Thou My Vision
  8. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  9. Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted
  10. Amazing Grace
  11. Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah
  12. O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
  13. Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
  14. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
  15. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
  16. To God Be the Glory
  17. O Sacred Head Now Wounded
  18. Sing Choirs of New Jerusalem
  19. Like a River Glorious
  20. Praise, My Soul, The King of Heaven
  21. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
  22. Come, Thou Almighty King
  23. O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
  24. Great is Thy Faithfulness
  25. For All the Saints
  26. Come, Ye Thankful People Come
  27. Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended
  28. Up From the Grave He Arose
  29. The Church’s One Foundation
  30. Exalt The Lord, His Praise Proclaim
  31. Now Unto Jehovah, Ye Sons of the Mighty
  32. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
  33. O Worship the King
  34. And Can it Be?
  35. (Began AmblesideOnline Schedule) Lift High the Cross
  36. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
  37. Jesus Paid it All
  38. Man of Sorrows! What a Name
  39. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
  40. Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder (Not AO)
  41. How Firm A Foundation AUGUST 2015
  42. It Is Well With My Soul (Not AO)
  43. Rejoice, the Lord is King (Not AO)
  44. When Morning Gilds the Skies
  45. He Who Would Valiant Be
  46. For the Beauty of the Earth (Not AO)
  47. My Song is Love Unknown (Not AO)
  48. This is My Father's World (Not AO)
  49. Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Wretched
  50. Take My Life and Foundation 
  51. The King of Love My Shepherd Is (August 2016)
  52. All Creatures of Our God and King (Not AO - Sept 2016)
  53. There is a Fountain Filled with Blood (October 2016)
  54. Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts (November 2016)
  55. Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart (February 2017)
  56. Nothing but the Blood of Jesus (March 2017)
  57. My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (April 2017)
  58. Jesus, Lover of My Soul (May 2017)
  59. Jesus Lives and So Shall I (June 2017)
  60. I Know Whom I Have Believed (July 2017)
  61. Loved With an Everlasting Love (August 2017)
  62. Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands (Sept 2017)
  63. My Jesus I Love Thee (Oct 2017)
  64. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go (Nov 2017)
  65. Blest Be the Tie That Binds (Feb 2017)
  66. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (March 2017)
  67. All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name (April 2017)
  68. Not What My Hands Have Done (May 2017)
  69. Jesus, What A Friend for Sinners (June 2017)
  70. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me (July 2017)
  71. My Faith Looks up to Thee (Aug 2017)