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Friday, July 20, 2012

2012,2013 School Curriculum

Ok, for now this is what our 2012, 2013 curriculum looks like for the year. I say for now because things are subject to change.

I have a 7th & 8th grader, but they will be using the same books. They are only 13 months apart so we have always just worked them side by side. After my daughter graduates we will just plan my son a Senior year schedule.

Science: Apologia: Exploring Creation With Physical Science

We did not finish our Apologia: Exploring Creation With Physical Science last year so we are going to pick it back up this year. Not exactly sure where we will go from there.

Math: Saxon Algebra 1/2 An Incremental Development

English: Shurley Method: English Made Easy Level 7 &

Language Network: Grammar, Writing, & Communication 9

Literature: Great Books chosen by my children

We will do Outlines & Composition Essays on these books

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (audio)

The Illiad by Homer (audio)

The Life of Our Lord by Charles Dickens (audio)

The Odyssey by Homer (audio)

The Aeneid by Virgil (audio)

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (audio)

I realize these books are a little high leveled for my children, but they want to read them so I will not dumb them down. I'll just see how much they grasp from them.

Biographical Study: Charles Dickens & Homer

Videos, Encyclopedia Information, Articles, Pictures, etc.

History: A variety of great books/Videos

Josephus: The Complete Works (This will be our spine for the next 2 years.)

Genesis (KJV) & Jimmy Swaggart's Commentary

Gilgamesh (Answers in Genesis site)

Job (KJV) & Jimmy Swaggart's Commentary

The Trojan War & the Adventures of Odysseus by Padraic Colun (audio)

Men of Athens by Olivia E. Coolidge (audio)

History of the Persian Wars by Herodotus

The Spartans: The World of the Warrior Heroes of Ancient Greece by Paul Cartledge (audio)

A War Like No Other: How the Athenians & Spartans fought the Peloponnesian War by Victor Davis Hanson (audio)

History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydies (audio)

I know this list is extensive also, but again, I will see how well they are retainning the information. I honestly don't see them having a problem with it, beings history has always been the #1 subject in this house. We will make our way as far down this list as we can & pick up with it the next school term. We'll add more books the next school season.

We will read and make our own personal notebooks along side the books. Our notebooks will have divider tabs with People, Government, Religion, Map Skills, Vocabulary, Notes & Narration sections in them.

Current Events: Presentation once a month of one Current Event

Music: Both will be in guitar, daughter will have piano

Foreign Language: The Joy of Signing by Lottie L. Riekehof

I know this is not the typical foreign language, but to people that does not know sign language it does seem foreign.

With me being blind, I want my children to learn Sign Language & Braille. I consider these very special foreign languages. Not many people consider these languages unless they have a family member concerning them. (They will learn to sight read braille.)

Spelling/Vocabulary: A specific list guided for 6 to 8th graders

Monday: Write words 10 times each

Tuesday: Definitions (Dictionary Skills)

Wednesday: Sentence Structure (Create sentence with word)

Thursday: Alphabetize & Sylabetize words

Friday: Test

This is our personal Spelling program. By the end of the week they have written the word 15 times each (without noticing it) and tend to have no problem spelling it on their test, or later.

This is our plan for the 2012, 2013 school year.

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Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

This is great, Travi--you have really planned some great living books for your children, it seems. Are these from the Amblesideonline lists?

My girls are eighteen months apart, but because of their birthdates they are currently (sort of) separated by two grade levels. However, I'm not sure how long that will last!

Our Side of the Mountain said...

Traci! I found you! LOL I've been wanting to read your blog and comment, but your profile isn't open and I couldn't find you!

Anyway, great list of stuff for the upcoming year!

Have you gone to Cliff Notes and looked under Literature Notes? (I have a link under my banner in Helpful Edu-sites.) It might help with your literature studies next year with the kids. It has summaries and character lists and other notes that might help with understanding.

Happy New Homeschool Year!

Stefanie said...

Looks like a great year! And you've reminded me that I need to start incorporating current events into our schooling. Thanks! =o)

Judy @ Contented at Home said...

What an impressive plan, Traci! I think it's always appropriate to follow your children's interests, even if they may seem advanced. One of the many benefits of homeschooling!

Sharla said...

You seem very well organized. I taught our older kids sign language basics when they were younger (things like the alphabet and basic signs) but have only taught my younger kids the alphabet. Your post made me want to start teaching it to them again.

Sarah Avila said...

I noticed that you use Apologia for science.

If you are interested in connecting with other Apologia users, I host an Apologia Blog Roll on my blog at:


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