Monday, August 1, 2011

2011-2012 Curriculum

Not Back to School Blog Hop

I am so excited about this coming school year. We began our school year last week. Link Last year was really quite difficult for us with an illness in the family. We are looking forward including all the extra hands on activities this year, instead of trying to get the minimum done.

We are using
  • Tapestry of Grace Vol 2: The Middle Ages as the spine of our school year. This will encompass our history, geography, literature, art, and philosophy. I can't even tell you how excited I am about this. I go all nerdy when I start to talk about it. I love literature, so I had to pick a literature based curriculum. I LOVE love love love all of the hands on activities. When I imagine my perfect curriculum, this is what I imagine. I don't love how it is laid out and planned, but I can get around that easily enough.
  • Math U See is what we are going to use for our math program. Up until now we had been using Singapore Math. I like Singapore Math, and was happy up until now. I noticed this past year (which would have been third grade for us) the tempo picked up. The lack of review became a problem for us. I started having to supplement our math with lots of visual representation of the problems in Singapore, and since that is the cornerstone of the Math U See program; I am hoping this will be an improvement.
  • Rod and Staff is still our pick for Grammar and Spelling. I like the plain, simple, "let's just get this done" nature of it. Grammar is tedious, and I think maybe it is just the nature of the beast. So, at least this is short and sweet.
  • Real Science 4 Kids: Chemistry is new for us this year. But the kids are excited about it. It seems to heavily lean toward a little learning and then an experiment to test the knowledge. The kids favorite part is the experiments, so they gave this curriculum their stamp of approval.
The kids are up and ready to start school, so now I had better get all these books off the bookshelf and get started!


Dawn said...

I hope you have a wonderful year.

Rebecca said...

I have heard such great things about TOG! I think you will really enjoy it! We LOVE MUS and Rod/Staff! Looks like you're in for a GREAT year! Be blessed and thanks so much for stopping by!


Christy said...

Thanks for stopping by...I've looked at the Real Science...I like you have the option of buying 1 chapter. Definitely going to do that later this year!

Amy said...

We're using Math U see also. We're only on Alpha, but we love it.
Good luck this year!

Marsha said...

Hi, Jennifer! It's nice to meet you. Thank you for stopping by my blog. You've got some wonderful curriculum choices lined up. I hope you have a fantastic school year!

Chef Penny said...

Sounds like a fun plan. We have several deaths in the family last year so I know what you mean about looking forward to the hands on stuff instead of the minimum. Hope you have a great year!