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2011-2012 Curriculum Choices

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4th Grader

Bible:  The War is Over, Bible reading(Acts, Galatians, Colossians), memory work, reading missionary biographies (Imprisoned in the Golden City – Adoniram Judson, Lights in Lisuland (Isobel Kuhn), Sundar Singh, Gospel According to TL and Daisy), OT Bible stories from Adventures in Odyssey, and listening to a dramatized reading of the OT.

History:  Short studies on ancient Philistines, ancient Phoenicians, ancient Assyrians, ancient Persians, and ancient Scythians.  In-depth study on ancient Greece including ancient Greece myths, the story of Troy, and Aesop’s fables.   Canada A People’s History DVD series,  some portions of Basic, Not Boring US History Grades 6-8 workbook

Geography: In-depth studies on Thailand and Sri Lanka.  Study on Buddhism.  Maps, Charts, and Graphs: United States and Its Neighbors Level E, Maps, Chart, and Graphs:  United States Past and Present Level H

Math:  Singapore 3B and 4A with Intensive Practice and Singapore Challenging Word Problems, Life of Fred Fractions,  Xtra Math for math facts.

Science: In-depth mammal classification study and CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science and an additional fun lab with Snap Circuits and Thames and Kosmos Physics Workshop

Logic:  Logic Countdown, Logic Liftoff, Grid Perplexors B, Chess Kids curriculum

Foreign Language:  Alif Baa and Arabian Sinbad for Arabic.  My First Chinese Reader 1, Chinese with Mike, online tone practice for Mandarin, and Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek Book I

Art:  Informal study with art projects on Michelangelo, Salvador Dali, and Monet

Music: Alfred Kid’s Guitar Course followed by Modern Guitar Method Grade 1, Connect the Thoughts composer study on Bach, Handel, and Mendelssohn.  Informal study on the Beatles, U2, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Music Ace Deluxe for music theory.

PE:  An average of 1 hour of active (sweat-producing) play required each school day.

I’m listing language arts last since I split up the different areas of language arts.  My son doesn’t fit well in a package program for language arts since he is asynchronous when it comes to language arts.

Language Arts:

Grammar:  Rod and Staff 4 (Grammar only) and reading diagrams

Handwriting:  The Champion Method of Practical Business Writing (vintage program available online)

Vocabulary:  Excavating English

Writing:  Killgallon Sentence Combining for Elementary School and continue Jump In

Typing:  Mavis Beacon

Literature and Reading:  Reading list and read alouds designed around Figuratively Speaking.

Spelling:  Finish Rod and Staff 4.  Start Rod and Staff 5.  Plus practice with words misspelled in Webster’s speller.

2nd Grader

Bible:  Read alouds from The Graphic Bible and The Jesus Storybook Bible covering the Old Testament, Testament Bible in Animation DVD series, memory work, read alouds missionary biographies (Imprisoned in the Golden City – Adoniram Judson, Lights in Lisuland (Isobel Kuhn), Sundar Singh, Gospel According to TL and Daisy), OT Bible stories from Adventures in Odyssey, and listening to a dramatized reading of the OT.

History:  Short studies on ancient Philistines, ancient Phoenicians, ancient Assyrians, ancient Persians, and ancient Scythians.  In-depth study on ancient Greece including ancient Greece myths, the story of Troy, and Aesop’s fables.   Canada A People’s History DVD series,  some portions of Basic, Not Boring US History Grades 6-8 workbook

Geography: In-depth studies on Thailand and Sri Lanka.  Study on Buddhism.  Maps, Charts, and Graphs: United States and Its Neighbors Level E, Maps, Chart, and Graphs:  United States Past and Present Level H

Math:  Singapore 2B and 3A with Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problems 2 and part of 3, Tangoes, Hands on Equations, living math books, math related videos, and Xtra Math for math facts.

Science: In-depth mammal classification study and physical science (living books and lab related to CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science as well as a lab with Snap Circuits), Scratch, and botany study

Logic:  Grid Perplexors AChess Kids curriculum

Foreign Language:  Alif Baa and Arabian Sinbad for Arabic.  My First Chinese Reader 1online tone practice for Mandarin, and Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek Book I

Art:  Informal study with art projects on Michelangelo, Salvador Dali, and Monet.

Music: Alfred Kid’s Guitar Course, Connect the Thoughts composer study on Bach, Handel, and Mendelssohn.  Informal study on the Beatles, U2, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Music Ace Deluxe for music theory.

PE:  An average of 1 hour of active (sweat-producing) play required each school day.

Language Problem Solving:  Tasks of Problem Solving – Elementary

I’m listing language arts last since I split up the different areas of language arts.

Language Arts:

Grammar:  Rod and Staff 2 and living books
Handwriting:  Startwrite software handwriting worksheets
Vocabulary:  Vocabulary Cartoons and Rummy Roots
Phonics:  Rod and Staff Grade 2
Writing:  Rod and Staff 2, blogging, and writing to pen pals, Nanowrimo Young Writers
Typing:  Mavis Beacon
Literature and Reading:  Selected list of classic reading books and read alouds.
Spelling:  Finish Rod and Staff 2.  Start Rod and Staff 3.

Preschool

I started my little one on these when she was close to her 4th birthday.

Bible Stories – The See It and Say It Bible Storybook I like this book for  young children.  It has little pictures embedded in the text.  The child “reads” the pictures and is involved in the story.

Drawing/Coloring – I just print off pictures of interest and provide access to paper and crayons.  She does the rest.

Math – I’m using a mix of IXL and MEP 1A.  I will be switching to Singapore as soon as I purchase it.

Exercise – Dancing to a Youtube playlist.  I have a couple playlists for her to watch.  Ballet is a favorite.  The Wiggles playlist is a hit too.

Story Time – I read a couple of picture books to her.  I’m not using any specific book list for her now.

Computer Time – She enjoys Nick Jr., Starfall, and drawing on Scratch.

Speech – We are working on correctly producing the /l/ sound right now.

Phonics – We have started working through Getting Ready to Read .  It should give my daughter a strong base in phonological awareness.

Free Play – She picks whatever she wants to do

Foreign Language – She watches a kid’s show in Mandarin or Arabic while having a snack.

Puzzles – Right now she does assorted puzzles with me.

Play Doh – Lots of squishy fun!

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