Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Our Curriculum 2013-2014

Would you like to know what we'll be doing this year?

Yeah, me too.

Ok, it's not that bad.  I'm exaggerating.  Sort of.  We have goals: fifth grade with Math Mammoth worksheets & Khan Academy, 17th-19thc world history and the U..S. Civil War, and a literature list to work through over the next few years.  I met with my almost-10-yr-old to help her set goals for the year (learning about electricity, for one).

See?  Goals.  A plan?  Eh, not so much.

You can take a look at all of our goals for the year and some of the materials we plan to use on our curriculum page.  I try not to look at it too much.  That long list makes me panicky, even though I know we spread things out and combine things so it really isn't as overwhelming as it looks.

One big difference this year will be involving my youngest more in our school days.  She doesn't need to do more, since she's pretty much hit most of the kindergarten benchmarks already.  I would, however like to work with her more on learning to read (she's very interested in this at the moment), and I'd like to do more project work with her.  For now, just getting her on board with some daily and weekly routines is a challenge by itself.

And, of course, my oldest will be working on more projects.  We have daily project time built into our routines now, but really she works on her own stuff all the time.  Currently she's exploring architecture and recreating buildings in Minecraft.

We're also using Story of the World for the first time this year.  I had trouble pulling resources together for world history during this time period, so book 3 will make a nice spine for us as I fill in with whatever other goodies I can find.  Plus, it makes it easy to read a section or chapter while they draw.  I need easy this year.  Because when life isn't easy (and this year is already miles away from easy), I will take homeschool help wherever I can find it.

Well, that's the plan for this year.

Sort of.


  1. I'm getting my act together too. Post coming shortly. ;) Hard to plan when things are up in the air...

    1. Oh, I know it. At least you haven't started yet. We're on week three and I'm still getting my act together. :)

  2. Me three. I'm getting some plans made. I feel a shift coming with our upcoming class. I. Can. Not. Wait.

  3. Interesting post, and your General Outline for the year sounds like it will be a lot of fun! I'll be following along with particular interest to see how project work goes with your five-year-old. I've been struggling with that too, not because she resists it, exactly, but because she doesn't seem to have any particular interests (you might have seen my posts over on Lori's forum!)

    1. We have a similar problem. Most interests for my 5yo don't stick around long enough, and when they do (wolves, recently) she gets very possessive about them. I'm not allowed to read the library books to her or ask questions. They're HER wolves. *shrug*


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