Tuesday, March 28, 2017
New books already?
When I planned out his curriculum last fall, we began a formal grammar program. I wasn't sure if we'd start with Level 1, or jump in higher. Ultimately, I decided to start at the beginning, and just go at an accelerated pace. He finished the Level 1 book by Halloween, and Level 2 by just past Christmas! There was a lot that he already knew but didn't realize. For example, he knew what persons, places, and things were, but didn't realize they were called "Nouns." He was aware that if he wanted help spelling "here" or "hear" he'd need to use them in a sentence to figure out the context, but not that they were called homophones. He's just begun Level 4 - he's nearly caught up to grade level! Woo hoo!
He also has been zooming through other areas. For last fall, I decided on five full-length novels for reading/literature, and while I was certain it would last us until Christmas, I fully expected them to last us through to spring. However, he zoomed through them, too, and was not struggling at all with the content and studies. I'm proud of him, but I'm left thinking, "Now what?" I planned on him needing more time than he did. Based on his track record, June Meg never thought to warn March Meg that she might need to be ready with more stuff! Oops. I've decided that homeschool curriculum is kind of like kids' clothing: things are the right fit for so long you think you'll never outgrow, and then one day kiddo wakes up, and nothing is right!
Technically, he's Grade 4 (if anyone asks), but whatever we pick now will likely last him until at least the beginning of "Calendar Grade 5." My checkbook is kind of hoping it will last him a little farther, but at the speed he's going, I think it's best not to count on it. Crew curriculum reviews will stretch things, but our core program definitely needs assessment and re-planning. I'm finding that while hands-on/interactive programs still work very well for him, he's also responding very well to activities with a classical-style format. Based on that, I think I have a plan for the next six moths or so:
Ignatius Press Faith and Life - Our Heavenly Father
Math U See Epsilon
Growing with Grammar - Level 4
IEW Fix It! Grammar - Level 1
Memoria Press Literature Studies-
Mr. Popper's Penguins, Farmer Boy, A Cricket in Times Square, Homer Price, and Poetry for the Grammar Stage
Independent Reading: interest-led new and classic books in a Lexile Range of 650-800
Read Aloud: classic books in a Lexile Range of 730-880
Spelling: Spelling You See - American Spirit
Writing: Memoria Press - Fables
Copywork: IEW Poetry Memorization
We reviewed this last year, and Jude struggled because it was a standalone thing for him. This time, we're going to turn each into a unit study, using copying, chunking, etc. It's also going to double as speech/articulation practice.
Sassafras Science Vol. 1 Zoology with SciDat Logbook
Veritas Press - Old Testament and Ancient Egypt
Evan Moore - Daily Geography
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