EDIT: This post was updated in August after I made a few adjustments.
Jordan is moving on to 7th grade this fall! Here is the curriculum I have planned for him:
Math – Teaching Textbooks 7th grade
This will be quite a change from Saxon but he and I need it. We spent many frustrating hours working through Saxon last year because he wasn’t getting it. The Lord blessed me by providing a used copy of TT7 which saved us some $$.
Language Arts – Winston Grammar, some CLE grade 7 booklets
OK. In the past 8 years I have never found a Language Arts program that really clicks with us. After hearing Dianne Craft speak in June on Right Brain Learners I searched for a LA program that was more Jordan’s style. Someone, it may have been Dianne, recommended Winston Grammar and, again, the Lord provided this used for only $20.00. There are many things I love about the Charlotte Mason methods of learning. After listening to Dianne Craft – I learned that Copywork is not a good idea for Right Brainers and so I can finally stop feeling guilty that I never incorporated this Charlotte Mason technique into our home school. It would have been totally frustrating for Jordan!
Reading – He enjoys reading every night and I can’t keep up with all the books he is reading. I look through them and read the preface and sometimes I say "no". Other times I’ve had Kayla read the books and she will tell me if it has a lot of curse words or objectionable material. (I’ve nixed a few this way) I need some wholesome book suggestions for his age! I’m thinking about getting him started on the Left Behind Series for kids, our library has the entire series. Also, has anyone read the "Crispin" books?
History – Mystery of History Vol. 2
We used MOH vol. 1 last year and this is wonderful stuff! No dry and boring textbooks here! We will be note booking this along the way.
Science – Apologia Young Explorer Series – Botany We are lapbooking our way through the book along with 2 other children. Our first try at lap booking – not sure if he’ll find all the cutting and folding a bit tedious… I let you know! We will continue with narration as we read together.
Writing 8 Exercise – Part of Dianne Crafts’ Brain Integration Therapy for "right brainers". I began this 15 min. exercise with Jordan in June and we will continue through December. The purpose is to "open up" a "blocked writing gate" within the brain. Dianne’s website and DVD’s are very helpful if you suspect you have a "right brain leaner". Member’s of HSLDA can also find her information on the HSLDA web-site.
Physical Education – Soccer with local Homeschoolers for the Fall. Possibly continue with Archery for the school year. Group Gym time with co-op.
Art – Jordan will be taking a 10 week art class with our co-op this year.
Logic/Critical Thinking – I’m still praying about incorporating this into our home school – maybe one day per week. A friend is letting us borrow "The Fallacy Detective" so we will start there.
Civil Air Patrol – It has been my desire since Jordan was little to have him participate in this when he was old enough — he finally is! However, the time and location of the Civil Air Patrol meetings are not meshing with our family so the Lord will have to work out the details if it’s His will for Jordan to participate.
I’d liked to hear your plans for next year — drop me a comment if you’ve posted them!