I think we are mostly pretty set here there are a couple things that we still need to decide on but I will explain that later.
So this year making plans just wasn’t going according to plan lol I think I have become confident enough in our school that I don’t feel like I need to be completely guided through every topic. I love to have the children reading a lot and I like to do read alouds. Sonlight we have tried but I didn’t always love all the book choices for the age of my child at the time. Heart of Dakota is awesome but again the age of the child that was doing it, I needed her to be more independent and this required more time than I could give at the time and even though she would be perfect for it now, we are in a situation where it costs too much $$$ along with everything else and everyone else I need to figure out curriculum for. My Fathers World looks awesome too but yeah that wasn’t going to work $$ wise either.
I am a believer of the Heart of Wisdom method but needed just a little help along the way.
I finally had a week where I joined a free homeschool conference and I heard the term worldschooling for the second time in my life. As I listened I became excited and inspired, my children watched along with me and we have figured it out!
This year we will be worldschooling, that means we are going to start in our own back yard and visit local museums etc… we happen to live in a tourist town so this is perfect, we will hopefully do hop on and hop off trolleys etc… and then notebook about some things we have seen and learned, we will learn more about which foods are popular here and the history behind it. We will read books about our country and draw maps, we will watch videos and movies. We will move onto other countries also and get brochures, make imaginary trips, where would we want to visit? What hotel would we want to stay in? Play games like ticket to ride, and Mr Noggins based on the country we are studying. I have the PDF for Master books Countries and Cultures and I want to use that as a spine. I also plan to buy Material World and Hungry Planet. I saw Beautiful Feet has a geography curriculum for learning about cultures through picture books, we might pick that up. So many options.
Now as much as this may cover History, Social Studies, Geography, Reading and Writing I still need SOME official curriculum. So here are the choices…
Grade 6 and 7
LA: The Good and the Beautiful Language (we have loved every level we have used so far and we are finally sticking something out. We don’t love the diagramming, thinking of skipping this section of writing)
Math: Teaching Textbooks
Science: Apologia General Science with the notebook (I want them to do the experiments almost completely alone so they can learn to follow instructions but I will be in the background watching for safety etc…)
History: We will be worldschooling but we also LOVE Diana Waring’s History and will continue. We have worked through it quite slowly but I don’t mind, they are remembering what they are learning and we love the family projects like putting on plays and playing games together.
For my 7th Grader we are looking into adding a few electives in here also and getting some early credits as well making sure we catch up on any subjects that need work so we will have strong high school years.
Math: TT and I think we might try Math Lessons for a Living Education this year
History: See above
Health: Not sure yet…
Kindergarten II (CLE) we have already started this so it’s just about finishing it up
LA: TGATB Kindergarten (the old one that was free) if ready we will start level 1 of AAR. I will also be reading aloud daily. We had Sonlight Pre K and I have been going through those books 1 story or more every evening. I also have the whole set of Mr.Men books and Winnie the Pooh poetry we are reading through, so a lot of read alouds here
Math: Either TGATB when it comes out or Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1
Science: With 3rd Grader and lots of reading
We will also be doing Skill Trek for life skills and I was looking into Cover Story for my 6th/7th graders. I think this covers i. So excited!