Apr 8, 2010

Curriculum possibilities for next year

Yes, its that time of year, when I start to think about our plans for the next school year(2010-11).  I reflect on what worked and what didn't work this year.  I think about the pros and cons of our current curriculum, and what I would like to see different in next year's curriculum. I'm pretty sure I will do Abeka Math, but these are some of the possibilities I'm toying with in other areas...

Exploring Creation with Astronomy, Textbook

It seems to be a thorough study of Astronomy.  This year we did Harcourt Science which is a general science that dances around the subjects and just barely introduces each one. 

Answers for Kids 3-Part Curriculum Pack

Not sure about this one.  It seems to be very thorough from the samples online.  There are three different books.  The jury's still deliberating over this one...

Ancient Civilizations & the Bible: Full Family Curriculum Pack

    This is a full curriculum including teacher's guide, student book, test pack, and even CD's.  It is from Creation to the time of Christ.  It is seeing history parallel to the Bible.  I think it would be neat, but am weighing my choices carefully. This one's a little pricier for me.

The Mystery Of History, Volume 2: The Early Church and the Middle Ages

    Info from website: What was happening in China as the Israelites crossed the Red Sea? Who lived in North America at the time that Jeremiah wrote Lamentations? This Bible-centered curriculum interweaves Bible and Old World history to teach your students about God's sovereignty. Features user-friendly format, lively text, week-by-week lessons, quizzes and tests, cumulative review, projects and activities, timeline and mapping assignments, teaching tips, answer key, reproducible student pages, and more. It's classical in approach, chronological in order, and complete in scope! Grades 4 to 8. 471 pages, softcover from Bright Ideas.

Galloping the Globe: The Geography Unit Study for Young Learners, Grades K-4

 Info from Website: Word searches, mazes, maps and more…clues, puzzles, and animals galore! What an enchanting way to learn geography – a unit study/discovery learning resource entitled Galloping The Globe. This geography based curriculum is geared towards the K – 4th grade children. It can be used from 1 – 3 years and covers all 7 continents. Incorporating the student notebook approach, Galloping The Globe integrates 8 categories of learning activities:Basic Geography, People/History, Literature, Science Activities, Internet Sources, and Bible.

Hands-On Geography: Easy & Fun Activities for Exploring God's World

Info from website:  Geography is more than maps---and the world is more than continents and countries. These multi-grade projects provide an in-depth look at the world around us from a Christian perspective. Whether creating their own country notebook or studying about missionaries, your students will learn how geography affects economics, politics, science, religion, and cultures. Includes resource lists and reproducible work sheets and maps. 142 pages, softcover.

Learning Language Arts Through Literature, Grade 4, Orange, Teacher

   Info from website:  Build language arts skills through the wonders of "living" literature! Keep skills within the context of literature, giving children a better understanding of how these concepts actually work, and reinforcing their correct usage. 32 weekly lessons are divided into daily plans, and centered around four book studies: The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner; The Wright Brothers by Augusta Stevenson: Benjamin Franklin by Augusta Stevenson; and The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare. A summary, vocabulary exercises, discussion questions, graphic organizers, student activities, and a review are included for the book studies, as well as "everyday words" section, newspaper, research, journal writing, and creating books units. 244 pages, softcover. Grade 4

ACSI Spelling Grade 4 Student Edition, Revised
36 lessons that cover spelling and phonics.

Daily Language Review Grade 4

The Lamb's Book of Art 1
   Info from website:  This delightful introduction to art for ages 8 to 13 covers color theory, drawing, anatomy, perspective, nature studies, portraits, cartooning, lettering, creative writing, and more in a one year curriculum. Each lesson is clearly explained, with illustrations showing each step, comprehension questions, and room to practice and explore! Each chapter's work can be done directly in the book, which includes a sketchbook in back of the text. Newly revised, minor changes have been made throughout the book, and five new marker cards with instructions are included as well. 87 Lessons, Ages 8 and up. Reproducible for "in home" use only. Softcover, revised edition.

    Just a cool website with lots of interesting homeschool items!


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