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I thought it might be interesting to see what everyone is stufying this year. I am teaching 3rd-4th, and pre-k into kindergarten (let me explain....we are year-rounders and our school year begins and ends with the calander year...January to December). Here is what we are studying:
Together, we do science. We have a varied science curriculum this year. We'll be working on nature notebooking, earth science, chemistry and physics. We'll be reading living books, too. We study science every day. We do nature study once per week.
Math is seperate, but done every day as well.
Language Arts for the older one is done every day. The younger one is working on learing to read.
Spelling is every day for the older one. Other than learning sight words, I am not doing any spelling with the little one.
Reading is every day. The older one and I read aloud from the book we're reading (this year we have Little House on the Prairie, On the Banks of Plum Creek, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, The Happy Hollisters, Pollyanna, Black Beauty, Little Women Book One, My Side of the Mountain, and a few others. The younger one listens in, too. She also has a book list, but not a formal reading schedule.
We started this year out with American History, and are almost up to the Revolutionary War. We will finish American History, and then begin a year of Social Studies, done daily and together. Once weekly, we're also doing Wolrd History with A Child's History of the World (thank you so very much, you know who you are, and I love this book!)
We do each of these once a week: creative writing, arts & crafts, and cooking
We are beginning French in January. I am not sure how often we'll do it yet.
School takes us anywhere from two hours to five hours, depending on how involved we get. Sometimes, we get into a book too much to stop, or we decide to include a project with something we're studying. It just depends.
Here's the list of what we have going on for this year. The two younger ones have the same subjects. I may entertwine a few of them. Their Bible, music, and birds are all on the same level. The older one will do some on his own. The rest he will get instructions for while the others are reading/etc.
Phonics/English — SPECTRUM (Grade 1)
BIRDS — Year long study
English — BJU (English 4)
BIRDS — Year long study
English — BJU (English 9)
I just have DS now, grade 4.
We choose one book per year to read during class. We take turns reading, he draws pictures of scenes from the book, we do review quizes, spelling and vocab words and writing excercises. Last year we read My Side of the Mountain.
Our lang arts last year was made up of mostly worksheets for grammar, comprehension, homophones, etc.
Science we use a textbook as a guide.
We do art, music, and gym once a week. He also takes swimming classes once a week.
History we have gotten to Am. Civil War. We are going to do ancient civilizations this year.
Geography and civics is one a week.
DS gets to pick a language this year- either German, French or Russian. His choice.
We also do a free study day one time a month for him to learn about anything he wants.
ETA the rest of my post! DS #2 hit the button before I was finished.
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I also have one ds who will be in 4th. We are doing Abeka math, apologia Astronomy, Natural Speller, Easy Grammar, Creative Writing, Handwriting without Tears, US History & Geography, Spanish, Art, Music. It's spaced out through the year, so we are not doing too much at one time.
We are doing a combined Prek/K this year. Here is what we are doing.
Phonics - Explore and Explode the Code, starfall.com
Math - Saxon Math K
Science, Social Studies, Bible - Sonlight Core B
Spanish - we are learning basic words through flash cards and 1000 words in Spanish
We are doing pre-k with dd who is 4.
We are doing
Science, Social Studies, Bible-- SOnlight core B
Reading - Sonlight language arts k
Phonics - sonlight la k and explode the code books a-c
Math- none this year, but will do horizons k next year