Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Back to school

Whew! I can't believe it's almost that time of year... again--

Time to organize my planner.
Time to purchase a few supplies.
Time to wrap up the last minute details.
Time to get busy.
Time for school to start.

Ugh... I'm just not ready.

Nevertheless, my printer is humming. My files are filling. And my children are panicking :)

Yes, summer has flown by-- a wonderful, wonderful summer, it's been-- and autumn is just around the corner. And that means it's time to firmly nail down a plan or two, ready or not. Thankfully, this part of the process I actually enjoy. You see, I'm a list-maker to the core (I come by it naturally :), so getting our tails in gear for another academic year is really right up my alley (it's the implementing part that's tough!).

After mulling and brooding over several options for this upcoming year, I think I'm finally set. In most subjects, we're just going to do the very next thing-- the next level, the next in the series. In a few areas, however, we're gonna branch out... we're gonna try something new... and those resources have me very excited!

So here we go... my curriculum plans for 2009/2010. Naturally, everything is subject to change, though hopefully nothing will :)

Bub: 5th grade (10-11 years old)


Independent Reading:
  • 1.5 hours per day-- great works of literature and other titles to complement history & science studies
  • Vocabulary notebook-- each day he'll choose one unknown word from his reading (he'll write the word, the sentence in which it was found, its definition in context, an antonym, its etymology, and a sentence of his own using that word)
Music: Piano practice

P.E.: Competitive year-round swimming

Noh-Man: 3rd grade (8-9 years old)


  • Singapore Math (Primary 3B and 4A, Intensive Practice 3B and 4A, and Challenging Word Problems 3)
Independent Reading:
  • 1.25 hours daily-- great works of literature (from a list I've compiled) and other titles to support our history and science studies
  • Vocabulary notebook
Music: Piano practice

P.E.: Competitive year-round swimming

Big Man: Kindergarten (4-5 years old)


  • Singapore Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics
  • We'll probably start Horizons K later in the year. Big Man is a very young kindergartener (as far as the public schools are concerned, he just makes the kindergarten cut-off by 6 days) so we'll work at his pace and progress as he's able.
  • An assortment of copywork pages I'll assemble-- the alphabet, word lists, simple sentences, and Scripture passages as the year progresses
Play. Build. Draw. Create. Sing. Imagine. Explore. Run. Jump. Climb. Swing. Skate. Swim. And so on...

Lollipop (1-2 years)-- Play! Play! Play!

TOGETHER: Me and my boys with Lolli tossed in the mix :)

Memory Work:
  • Homeschool co-op art class-- 1x per week
  • An assortment of titles I've collected to complement our history studies and a few great books that are just for fun-- daily

SO there you have it... our year at a glance :)

And if you made it this far and are interested in peaking at even more school plans (that always helps me so much!), head on over to Darcy's Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop. There you'll find tons of ideas, inspiration, and encouragement (I know I already have... thanks, Darcy!)~

And happy planning!



Anonymous said...

Looks like you are going to run out of hours with this schedule. Good Luck!! Moggie

Susan said...

We used Fractions and D/P last year and it was a big hit. No math complaining from my math challenged child. It's a great curriculum for teaching the why and how to in many circumstances, not just random drill, drill, drill. Many word problems--great training in that area. Hope you like it as much as we do.

Tracy said...

Your boys are beautiful...thanks for stopping by!

You will love Fred! ;)

Anonymous said...

Knowing the boys and Lolli, I think you might want to include a snack time on your schedule. Sounds like a busy but well thought out year! Have fun! Lots of love, G-mom

Weird Unsocialized Mom said...

You've got some great-looking plans for the year. I'm impressed with your kids' reading schedules. I was always an avid reader, but my older two have struggled with reading from the beginning. I'm praying that my youngest will be my bookworm. I need one other bookworm in the house besides me. ;-)

Darcy @ m3b said...

Aw thank you! This has been a ton of fun.

Those boys looks awfully close in age to mine. I think we were riding the same reproductive train there for awhile. (Mine derailed somewhere in the middle of '03! ha.)

Thanks for joining in on the NBTS Blog Hop!

argsmommy said...

Reading your post reminded me that I forgot to put Challenging Word Problems on my list! I kept hearing how great they are and that they're going out of print, so I bought the whole set. You have a few things I haven't heard of, so I'll be checking some of those links.

Thanks for visiting me!

Oh, and I have some swimmers in the family too. My oldest swims year-round -- she would love the name of your blog. : )


Robin E. said...

Looks like a busy year to me, but a wonderfully busy one. I hope it's a great one. Thank you for sharing on the Blog Hop.

knit1kids4 said...

Sounds like a great plan is laid out!

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