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2014-2015 Curriculum-Years 2 & 4

I am so excited to see what this year has in store for us.  The kids actually told me the other day that they are looking forward and ready to start lessons!  That does a mama’s heart good.

Overall, we are continuing with a lot of the same things we used last year, with a few new additions.  Last year we were able to stay right on track and complete everything we needed to by the end of May.  Over the summer there has been a great amount of reading and self-directed learning going on.  I am really happy to see how much Lilly has taken off in her reading.  I will often find her in various places just quietly reading.  Likewise, Toby’s confidence in writing and spelling have started to really grow and I’m looking forward to seeing how much he has matured in those areas.

Lilly:  Year 2-Age 8

Reading:  Finishing Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading, Seton readers: These Are Our Neighbors and This Is Our Parish

Math: Right Start Math Level C 

Language:  Writing Our Catholic Faith 2(cursive), writing notes and lists, gratitude journal, Commonplace Book(a place to write special things to remember-scripture, poems, memories, sayings, etc.), CHC Language of God A/B

Science:  CHC Behold and See 4,  nature study, nature notebooking and Nature Club(includes poetry, composer, and art study)

History: Mother of Divine Grace Grade 4, Our Pioneers and Patriots, many living books that compliment this, Book of Centuries Timeline

Geography:  Maps, Charts, Graphs C, Geography Through Literature with Holling C. Holling books

Art:  Crafts, painting, drawing using Draw, Write, Now books, Art Study

Religion:  Faith & Life Series-4scripture memory verse box including Catechism and PrayersCatechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 2

Keyboarding:  Dance Mat Typing

Spanish:  Rosetta Stone Spanish

Music: Piano lessons, Composer Study

Handicrafts:  cross stitch, loom knitting, rubber band loom bracelets

Extras:  Homeschool Tumbling, Homeschool Softball, Nature Club, Lego Club

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Toby-Year 4-Age 10

Reading:  Seton Reader:  These are Our People, living books, daily devotion and Bible reading, Vocabulary 4 For Young Catholics classic literature.

Math:  Right Start Math Level D/E

Language:  Writing Our Catholic Faith 4 (cursive), writing notes and lists, gratitude journal, Commonplace Book, Catholic Heritage Language of God C Spelling Wisdom, will begin written narrations later in the year

Science:  CHC Behold and See 4 .  Nature study, nature notebooking and Nature Club(includes poetry, composer, and art study) .

History: Mother of Divine Grace Grade 4, Our Pioneers and Patriots, many living books that compliment this, Book of Centuries

Geography:  Maps, Charts, Graphs DGeography Through Literature with Holling C. Holling books

Art:  Crafts, painting, drawing using Draw, Write, Now books, Art Study

Religion: Faith & Life Series-4scripture memory verse box including Catechism and PrayersCatechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 3 

Keyboarding:  Dance Mat Typing

Spanish:  Rosetta Stone Spanish

Music:  Piano lessons, Composer Study

Handicrafts:  whittling, cross stitch, loom knitting

Extras:  Homeschool Tumbling, Homeschool Softball, Homeschool Football, Nature Club, Lego Club

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Here is our updated daily schedule which is the “ideal” but really just serves as a guideline to keep us on track.

Daily 2014

This year we’ll be using the weekly checklist for keeping track of what each child is doing again.  This worked really well last year and was a great way to just keep track of it all, including the books the kids are reading.  I will be assigning some literature books this year but that’s another post for later.

Toby4

Lilly2014

As excited as we all are to get the ball rolling here in our little academy, I know there will be days.  You know the days. Here is a great little something to read, and reread I’m sure on those days:  On Inconveniences in Homeschooling:  Meltdowns and Other Messes

I usually have a few little surprises on the kids’ desks for them on the first official day of lessons.  This year they will each be getting new nature journals and a couple of these Dover Nature Coloring Books.

Happy homeschooling!

“Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength.  Take to heart these words which I command you today. Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them on your arm as a sign and let them be as a pendant on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.”  Deuteronomy 6:6-9

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