Saturday, January 21, 2012

Curriculum Choices for the Year!

What we are using this year...the child recently finished 7th grade and has started lessons for a combined 8th grade/high school curriculum.

For literature, we are reading classic novels and completing literature unit studies as we go. Vocabulary and spelling is built off of these and comprehension strategies and skills. I use educational websites, EdHelper, and published curricula novel unit studies with these. We get all the books on in electonic format from RFBD or LearningAlly or in an audio reader from the public library. These are exceptionally useful for the dyslexia and reading learning disabilities. Some of the ones we have chosen to read this year are:
  • White Fang
  • Call of the Wild
  • Tom Sawyer
  • Huckleberry Finn
  • War of the Worlds
  • The Hiding Place
  • Treasure Island
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Island of the Blue Dolphin
  • The Pearl
Currently, we are reading Treasure Island. He also chooses novels for independent reading time and completes those at leisure. He has read two novels of his choice this month so far and is in the middle of the third one now. We also read from the Bible about once per week together as a family.

The following website is a great place to find book units: http://www.mce.k12tn.net/units/units_with_books.htm. It is a public school site, but the book units are pretty good.

For Latin, we are continuing to use the Visual Latin curriculum. I was asked to review this earlier this year and he completed the first 10 lessons. He will continue to use the lessons for 11-20, to complete Latin 1 for his first foreign language credit.

For the writing and language components, we are using the Latin Road to Phonics curriculum series. The child is not liking this much. But, I can see where it is beginning to take effect with him in the structure provided within the curriculum. I am reviewing this one and using it through the process. I like that he has to scaffold skills in this curriculum and will be learning to diagram sentences. I think the diagraming  sentences will help him to see the visual aspect of language to make more sense of it.

For math we are using Elementary Algebra, Edition 5 by Larson. We are also using the Chalkdust Algebra teaching DVD to supplement the Algebra instuction. For Physical Science we are using the Advanced Physical Science curriculum kit from Exploration Education. It comes complete with all the kits and equipment needed. Awesome kit and very hands-on. For Geography, we are using the Around the World in 180 Days by Apologia.

And, let's not forget we still have homeschool activity days with the support group, and speech therapy and occupational therapy. He is involved in Scouting and with the youth group at church as well. And we still have the therapy dog, which helps at home.

I love this puppy, for the way she loves my child!

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