Homeschool Week Seventeen/ New Schedule
Latin/Spanish?- Insert heavy sigh. We’re motivated, but sometimes that isn’t enough. I’m putting First Form Latin on hold and am trying out a couple of other approaches on my shelf to see what fits. In the meantime, we’re subbing in Word Roots Level 3 daily and using both Duolingo and a book called Easy Spanish Step by Step. Maybe Latin should wait a bit in our situation? There is no crying in homeschool and Latin the way I was doing it was pushing us both to the brink. We have some travel planned for 2019 and knowing some Spanish is practical and so far we’re having fun imagining ourselves in this picture and then ordering everything but the foods Duolingo has taught us thus far. I am thrilled that we will be attempting some World Schooling. It’s been years since we were able to travel.
Math- We did a quick review spin through Rod and Staff 4,5,6, used Multiplication Facts that Stick and Division Facts that Stick, (actually we’re still playing the games daily) and I thought about heading into a Pre-Algebra book, but we’re still shaky on the facts if we don’t practice seven days a week.
So, I had him take the Saxon placement test, and it said to start 76. I have 65 on the shelf and could find quite a few hole filling lessons so he is test taking 65 until he gets less than 80% and I’ll back up from there. If that’s the entire book so be it. He took Test 12 yesterday and got an A. All I know is that without multiplication, division facts and fractions. Algebra is gonna be impossible. He loves math- seriously has a math brain- but those facts keep tripping him up. We’ll also use The Basics of Critical Thinking, Critical Thinking Detective Math and the Fraction games from Right Start. I know that sounds like so much math. He loves it. Our entire morning is mostly math, and he couldn’t be happier. My pocketbook would be thrilled with just one math book for this kid, but what can you do?
A day of Math consists of at least two math games as a warm up, a new Math Lesson, and a page or two from either the Critical Thinking book or the Math Detective book. Then he does maybe fifteen review problems on the white board for me.
Language Arts- We’re continuing with Memoria Press Literature, Book Shark Readers and any great ARCs that get sent my way. He hates reading on the Kindle so only book books get passed to him. The Lit guides from Memoria Press are almost my favorite thing ever. We’re finishing up Anne of Green Gables and will probably start The Hobbit in January. He is whipping through the Bookshark readers on his own and so far only disliked one of them.
For writing, we’re still using WTM methods, and since we’re messing around in Latin for a while, I’m pushing in a few other resources. We’re going to be using Editor In Chief 2 (2x per week) and Think Analogies B1 (2x per week) We’ll continue using our Memoria Press Grammar Recitation cards and I’ve got other stuff in the wings if this doesn’t work out. Honestly, I buy the least amount of “things’ for the subjects I feel strongest teaching. Also, I have so much on hand from the older kids that it seems wasteful to blow money on Language Arts.
History/ Geography- We’re starting Famous Men of Greece (2x a week), and we’ll continue with Bookshark Level 5 Eastern Hemisphere Studies. We’re all finished with 200 Questions from American History and will continue to review the flashcards from that course while we begin U.S. History Detective 1 (either 1 or 2x a week: I need to see how long a lesson takes us) I like Bookshark, but I don’t know how much Geography he is retaining. I’m planning on using a full Geo program next year, so it doesn’t matter.
Science- We finished The World of Biology and are going to spend some quality time digging into a few units of Oak Meadow Science 7. I love that they provide the supplies, text, TM and Lab Book. We study mostly nature until this age and I love diving into a complete program. We’re also using The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and Its Ecosystems and I’m pulling some outlining and essays out of it as well. I think between the Lab Manual and my add in books this almost another Lit class.