Curriculum Planning 2018/2019

Curriculum Planning 2018/2019

My secular friends will hopefully forgive me for my transgression of using a base curriculum that is in fact not secular this Fall. We've got reasons and issues, and well, that's the beauty of homeschooling- tailoring it for the student.

Plenty of secular folks send their kids to religious schools, and in fact, I cut out quite a bit to suit our needs. It's way easier to cut than it is to add which is why I went this route.  I know most secular homeschoolers do not agree with this approach. They are the same people who also don't eat at Chick Fil A. While I understand all the reasons behind both stances, that's not me. *Shrugs*

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I had all of July to get my plans in order, and this year I went old school and printed out all the lesson plans and then planned on physically cutting and pasting them together in the Seventh-grade manual.

Then I decided that the manual would be too thick, so I tried copying and pasting them into a blank template.

Then I put blank labels over the subjects that were wrong and wrote on top of them. I just did the first seven weeks, so we'll see how it goes and tweak after that. 

(Then I saw they sell blank planners and will probably write them out in that.- just slap me now, I'm so indecisive this year.)

My kid is all over the place ability wise, and the accommodating folks at MP didn't hesitate to pull a package together for me across the levels. They go above and beyond in that way.  Next year I'll order the whole thing at Sodalitas because I kept changing it all even after the first day there.

Everyone always wants the nitty gritty, so I'll list our subjects for the year. We don't do everything every day, and some subjects are planned for the year, but I'll be using different resources by quarter or semester.

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Let's start with Music.  All kinds of stuff going on here. We've got Rock History as pictured above from the School of Rock movie circa 2003- it's a family fave. I've also got a Classical Music Theory book from MP that we'll use once a week. The kid wants music lessons too- but I'm not sure if that will pan out this year.

Next up is Art. We are still on our quest to learn to draw- hoping hard that this is the year. I've got shelves of materials and a couple of real-life artists in residence, so its mind over matter. We're scheduling art for once a week, plus free time.

Literature: We'll do the four books in depth that MP schedules for seventh grade. Off the top of my head, they are Anne of Green Gables, The Hobbit (lol- we sort of know this one backward and forwards), The Trojan War, and they scheduled The Bronze Bow, but I don't know if we'll use it or not. I may sub in The Twenty-one Balloons. We also read a lot of ARCs as they roll in, but we don't analyze them which is why I use the Lit guides on at least one book a quarter.

Latin/ Greek: We're going to tackle First Form Latin for mastery this time instead of simply exposure. Since we both have memorized much of the vocabulary it should go smoothly. Greek is really just the Greek Alphabet book, if he likes it we'll do Elementary Greek next year.

Math- We're using a combo of Rod and Staff drills, Math Mammoth and various resources I have lying around. The goal would be pre-algebra next year in 8th grade.

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The ancient Greek Stoics, founded by Zeno in the 300s B.C., hit on what I consider to be the greatest ever secular argument for the necessary morality of man: Since the things that are the most honorable and right will always lead to the best outcome, we have an obligation to strive for those things. An educated man, therefore, was not only one whose mind was crammed full of knowledge, but one whose heart had learned to adhere to the virtuous. In fact, the Stoics first proclaimed the four cardinal virtues that were later adopted into the seven Christian virtues of the Church. - Abigail Johnson The Before Exercises

Classic History- Famous Men of Greece, Horatius at the Bridge and a bit of fun with- Assassin's Creed Odyssey in October. We'll add in whatever seems interesting too. I plan on doing the next thing and working at our own pace, I know we'll be all over the place in the printed plans, and that's okay with me. I'm looking for a rich, immersive experience, not a quick flyby. YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) I know video games aren't for everyone.

Grammar and Writing are also from Memoria Press. I sat in on a tutorial of Classical Composition and finally understand the concept and implementation of the entire program. Spelling is from Rod and Staff. I adore their spelling program and detest those MCP workbooks with a passion you'd find hard to believe.

 Our grammar level matches up with First Form Latin and is light in the right way. My son has just wanted to memorize the "rules of grammar" his words- this does that.

American History- we've slacked on for the last semester or two. I'm more than ready to give this subject a bit more time this year.  We'll use the 200 Question book from MP and a bunch of historical fiction books.

Geography- We'll do a States and Capitals review unit first quarter and then roll into a World Study for the rest of the year.

Science- We already used the 7th-grade nature study of Trees last year, I thought about using Oak Meadow Science since I own it and all. Of course, that would be too easy. I ended up choosing to do a few units: nutrition, safety, wilderness survival, and a biology unit in the Spring.

What else is there? I bought the text for Christian Studies 4 and may use it as a cultural reference course one afternoon a week. We are joining our local YMCA to have access to a swimming pool in the Winter and inherited a treadmill from the former owners of our house, so that should cover PE.

We still have a house to demolish, a home to remodel and sell, and Grandad- so if we hit the basics: Latin, Math, Lit and Comp daily.  I'll be thrilled. I also permitted myself to stretch everything except Math and Lit over two years if need be. 

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