Carter is going to public school this year. He did so well that we are letting him go this year again. Even though I dont entirely like the idea.
Trentons staying home this year. He did HORRIBLE last year with a CAPITAL H! Hated going to school everyday and was miserable when he came home. The only thing that improved was his speech. Which he will still be doing this year. His behavior went down hill, his focus went down hill and he overall didnt progress very much at all. So this year we are going to try homeschooling again and see how it works for him.
I have a TON of stuff planned and I am not following a standard curriculum. Trenton will be in third grade this year but he only tests at a Kindergarten/first grade level. He still dont know much of the alphabet and only a few sight words so we will start from there. So far this is what I have planned for him...But Im still planning and right now I am going to take it month by month. We are using more of a relaxed approach and any curriculum listed is just for guidelines really. I have a ton of stuff planned besides what I have listed that I will get into more detail with in another post. We are going to focus ALOT on nature and reading this year...Fairy Tales and Fables. Fun, child based stuff for him..I dont want to in any way PUSH him to do school work..All the years he has been struggling, I hate to make it worse for him.
History- We will be starting with Christopher Columbus and following through to the Revolutionary War or maby even to the Oregon Trails..depending on how fast and easy we can work through this. We will be using Paths of Exploration as a guideline.
I also hope on doing a few unit Studies..Such as Vikings, Medieval Times and maby throw some Indians in there somewhere. These are based on Trenton's interests.
Geography- We will be working on the basics of reading a map..what a map looks like..direction etc. When we are through with that we will study the states (memory) and memorize their capitals. We will also be doing units on things like weather, landforms, etc
Math- I havent found a specific curriculum yet but I saw some really cool workbooks at BJ's I will most likely go back and buy. They were very colorful and had alot of fun things in them. We will be working on math basics this year..NUMBERS..he needs to learn his numbers..he can recite until 100 but he cant write them and cant recognize them when they are wriiten. When he learns them we will then work on simple addition and subtraction. We will also do measuring, weighing, Telling Time, Sorting money and counting and learning what money is, and sorting and patterns.
We will also have Math journals and worksheets to work on and will be using alot of hands on activities with our Math. Trenton learns better visually.
Science- Ive ordered the Mcgraw Hill Science Book. It looks great so we will follow along in this throughout the year. We also will have a science Journal and will do different experiments etc every week and then record them in our Journal. Of course we will have Unit Studies as well..Animal and nature units..Im not 100% fully sure yet. Still planning.
Language, Reading and writing-
Spelling will just be sight words. He will learn to sound out and recognize his sight words. Writing..he will learn to write the WHOLE alphabet, recognize Capital and lowercase letters and write them both. We will use lots of hands on and Handwriting without Tears and Get ready for the code. If he progresses then we will carry on throughout the series.
Once a week (end of the week)we will have a journal entry of some sort. Im not sure what I want to do with this. Id like it to be an art journal..based on what we have learned through out the week. But Im not sure yet..I love to journal and Id like to pass it onto him and see if he would take interest.
Vocab journal..I may do a Vocab journal which is and idea I got from Pinterest. Im not sure though because we do have a few journals running throughout the week. We'll see though how things work out.
Notebooking-We will also be using Notebooking and Lapbooks. Special and certain units and studies we will make and use these.
Reading Eggs..this is a great online website that allows your child to learn and reinforce his reading skills. We also love Star Fall.
Read Alouds-I got a LOAD of Chapter Books we will be reading together.
Nature Study- We will be taking Hikes, going outsie and doing all we can do to learn and feel nature. I just love nature and think its an amazing thing and would love for Trenton to experiance the love for nature as well. We will have Nature Journals and hopefully will be following along in the Challenges from The Outdoor Hour!
I also ran to Bjs the other day and bought a bunch of Brain Quest workbooks. These look like so much fun!
Well. Thats my plans so far for Trenton. I plan on doing preschool work with Rylan (4) and plan on tot school with Hudson (3) and Dahlia (2). FUN FUN YEAR PLANNED AHEAD!