Course of Study 2009-2010

2010, 2010, 2010…I just like typing that.

This is the plan…..I updated in Orange as to what actually happened.

DS1 – 13 yo

Math has always been a struggle for him until we finally found Math-U-See. We struggled, stammered, and stalled, our way through Miquon, Singapore, R&S, and Saxon….leaving us quite behind. Even though MUS is a perfect fit for him, progress has still been slow. It will take consistent effort and prayer on his part (and mine) to have him ready for Algebra as a 9th grader. In TN, it is required to have 4 years of math and nothing below Algebra I counts toward a high school diploma. How they expect to accomplish this in public school is beyond me and quite frankly – not my concern. Anyway, pray we don’t have any major setbacks.

We will restart our Latin lessons – again. DS has worked through Prima Latina and LC1 and we’re just not thrilled about doing any more of their DVDs. Willing to try their new Latin curric – First Form Latin.  We dumped Latin for the final time.  I give up.

I’m very excited about studying Biblical Jewish holidays/feasts. I think Christians miss some of the fullness of the Gospel without the knowledge of Hebrew customs and a better understanding of the OT. I’ve been wanting to study this book for years.

DS has expressed a keen interest in politics and our government, so I’ve been looking for resources appropriate for 8/9th grade level. Him and I will be doing this together (surprise! haha) and this will be his history credit this year.

BibleA Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays by Robin Sampson & Linda Pierce – this is a family project.  This was too basic for us.  Went back to LFBC.  Sold the book at our local homeschool books ale for almost full price.

MathMath-U-See Epsilon & Zeta.  Finished Epsilon and son wanted to try something different.  Went with Key-To Fractions/Decimals and he likes it.

Life of Fred – Fractions (hopefully we can supplement with this) A good choice!

EnglishClassical Writing For Older Beginners -Aesop & Homer (links to their forum, which is where you’ll find the info)

Harvey’s Grammar – integrated into CW

Daily Apples Spelling – basically a review/reinforcement of easily forgotten spelling rules

We kept Daily Apples, but dumped CW – son said it was too hard to keep track of.  Went with LFBC for English. and everybody is happy.

LatinFirst Form Latin by Cheryl Lowe from Memoria Press

LogicThe Thinking Toolbox by the Bluedorn brothers  Loved it.

Traditional Logic I by Martin Cothran from Memoria Press – if we don’t get to it this year, that’s ok

ScienceApologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science We love Apologia!

HistoryUncle Eric books and corresponding BlueStocking Guides — lingered too long in the first book, but they were a good fit for him.

Personal, Career, and Financial Security

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?

Whatever Happened to Justice?

Are You Liberal? Conservative? or Confused?

Ancient Rome- How it Affects You Today

ArtComplete-A-Sketch — never could get them interested

Music – piano lessons + hopefully, he will be joining the Levite Homeschool Choir — had a great music year with piano and the choir!  Was chosen for the West TN Jr Hi choir.

PE – continue working towards Black Belt in TKD  Boo-yah!  Met local homeschoolers at the YMCA twice a week.

OK, one child down.

DS2 – 11 yo

His struggle is quite different and this past year has been a year of change for him. After testing for dyslexia and other “dys’s” we attended “Saturday School” through the Memphis Dyslexia Foundation for the remainder of the traditional school year. The MDF is a wonderful organization – they truly are there for the children & their parents! How public schools deal with dyslexics is tragic. I believe I have gleaned all I can from them and we’ve struck out on our own, incorporating many of their methods and fine-tuning them specifically for DS. So far, this is going very well.

Bible – same as above

Math-U-See – Beta & Gamma

EnglishFirst Language Lessons 4 – he’ll be done with this by Christmas and I’m not sure what we’ll do next.  Started LRBC English when he finished this and WWE.

Writing with Ease 2 & 3 – he is really working through these fast.

All About Spelling – an awesome program! We still hit snags, but at least spelling doesn’t completely ruin the day!

Italic Handwriting D – he still dreads any type of handwriting, but we just gotta do it anyway and this works as well as anything else. Finished but that’s about all I can say.

ScienceExploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day – did I mention we love Apologia?! I bought him Zoology 1 as well b/c I know he’ll read it, just for fun.  Finished the Zoo2 and chose to work through Anatomy & Physiology.

HistoryMystery of History II

ArtComplete-A-Sketch — no go.

Music – piano lessons

PE – continue working towards Black Belt in TKD  Boo-yah again!  Meet with local homeschoolers at the YMCA twice a week.

****************Other Thoughts*******************

I entertained various ideas about history. Until this past year, when we tried going to a homeschool ‘academy’, we always did history together. We’re off track now and I wasn’t sure what to do. When DS expressed his interest in government, I went with that and decided to keep my younger son on track with MOH.

I am trying Classical Writing for the 2nd time. I bought it after it was first published, several years ago, and really couldn’t quite figure out what to do with it. My oldest probably wasn’t ready for it anyway. Their program is much easier to implement with additional parental guidance and student workbooks, so we’re giving it another go. I wasn’t sure about Harvey’s Grammar, but it is incorporated into the CW assignments – making my job easier and I’m all for that.

DS 2’s Language Arts program is parent-intensive, however it is exactly what is needed at this time. Even though he tested “negative” for dyslexia, his counselor was not convinced of the accuracy of that “diagnosis” and neither am I. He is obviously dysgraphic and possibly has a degree of dyscalculia. I seriously doubt he has dyscalculia and fault myself for not being more rigid in his arithmetic.

Bible is the only thing we will be doing as a family and if there’s one thing that should be family-oriented, it is a bible study! Over the summer, they will be reading Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes and we’ll start the Biblical Holidays in the fall.

DS1 did The Fallacy Detective by the Bluedorns and it was his favorite subject, by far. I hope The Thinking Toolbox lives up to his expectations.

This was our last year of homeschooling.  I didn’t know that at the beginning of the year, but now (the first of Aug), I am ready for them to start their new school in a couple weeks.  It is a small Christian school … they are ready and excited.  Testing was a nerve-racking experience for us, but probably more so for me.  I wasn’t sure how they’d place in a typical school, since our method has never been the traditional path.  They did just fine.

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