Monday, May 20, 2013

Curricular Pursuits

Ready or not, here it comes!  The annual FPEA convention begins on Thursday, and for the first time ever, I am not nearly ready enough.  I still have so much planning to do!  Let's begin with what I know we will be working on, and then go from there:

  • Math U See for math.  This year, I'll have one in Algebra II, one in Algebra I, and one in Zeta.
  • History will be Biblioplan (Ancients) for at least the two youngest.  I'm still not certain what to do with my oldest.  He wants to remain with Biblioplan right now, so that is probably what I'll do.
  • Literature will follow off of Biblioplan, although I do want to study Shakespeare a bit.  
  • Bible will also dovetail with Biblioplan.
  • Writing will be IEW.  At this point, I think I'll combine the boys (8th and 10th grade) to do The Elegant Essay along with Windows to the World, but I'm not certain yet.  My youngest will also be IEW in a B level writing class, but I have no earthly idea which one.
  • Science will be Apologia.  The 10th grader will be doing Chemistry, while my 8th grader will be in Physical Science.  My 6th grader will be studying the stars with Jeannie Fulbright's Astronomy.  She loves to use the journals, so I'll pick one of those up as well.
  • Grammar will be Analytical Grammar review units for the boys.  For my daughter, I will likely pick up Fix It by IEW.
  • Foreign Language:  for my oldest, it will be German for both!  Yay! To that end, we are using Rosetta Stone, along with German Demystified.   No extra purchases in that regard!  My youngest will continue her study of sign language.
  • Language Arts for my daughter will continue to be Barton.  She's up to Level 5, and doing so well with it!
  • My 8th grader is not the best speller in the world, so I'll probably continue with All About Spelling, Level 7, and hope to finish with spelling for him this year.
  • As my oldest has already completed Government, I will also be adding Economics via Notgrass this semester for 1/2 credit.
I'm sure I'm missing something.  I must be, but I will have to continue to look at things and pray.  Now that I've got one in high school, things have definitely kicked up a notch.  So far, though, I feel like we have done a very good job of preparing for the rigors of high school and beyond.

I'm looking forward to hopefully having less interruption and stress.  The last academic year has been a doozy for sure, but through grace we have managed to pull through.  I expect to have our school work for the year completed only slightly later than I was expecting, and am glad to be facing a "tabla rasa" for the next year!

1 comment:

  1. Love reading your plans. I'm in the midst of planning our next year also. My oldest is going into 6th grade, which is now middle school I'm hearing. Wow, the time does fly. I went to my first homeschool convention this year and I really enjoyed it. I got a number of items on my list. And I Love crossing things off my list! Enjoy the convention.