I will be homeschooling the Georgia Boys beginning in January. A decision not made lightly but one I am very excited about. Hoosier Man is excited and the Georgia Boys are lovin' the idea. So, this past week I've been researching curriculum and purchasing it. One thing I haven't found on the world wide web is an organization tool to keep our learning each day organized: a binder or bin type tool as well as a planner to layout assignments for the week, month, and goals for the year. I am probably going to have to create my own spreadsheet for this - we'll see.
Anyways here is the curriculum we are trying for this first year - 7th grade. Hoosier Man has looked at most of it with me (but I added a few surprises for the boys like Bible and Logic).
Literature and World History: Sonlight Core 7 Curriculum. I also picked up Story Starters for Creative Writing which I am excited about. The Georgia Boys are creative now so I'm looking forward to this little addition.
Math: Sason Math Series, 8/7, 3rd Ed. This is a mastery learning curriculum which reinforces, reinforces, reinforces.
Grammar and Vocabulary: I'm using the Easy Grammar Series for grammar along with Daily Grams for mastery learning and the Worldly Wise 3000, Grade 7 for vocabulary
Bible: Bible Study Guides Curriculum beginning with Unit 1. The boys are very excited about the bible study. They proposed that they should begin school with Bible and then move on to 'school'. I thought that sounded like a great idea!!
Science: LifePac Science Curriculum - 7th Grade.
Logic and Reasoning: The Fallacy Detective and Mind Benders
I really wanted to add Geography but I think we'll be able to incorporate that into our History lessons just informally to begin with. Logic and Reasoning will be occasional additions as will the Creative Writing.
I'm just really looking forward to getting started. Our dining room will be home to our classroom (unless we need the computer and then we'll move upstairs for that time). Jeff is going to fashion some additional shelves to store all our homeschool supplies and texts so everything can be put away when class is over. The dining room wall will become a homeschool wall for white board, chalkboard, and maps. I'm resigned to this although I'm not sure Hoosier Man is thrilled with the idea but we are going to need the white board and the maps.I don't see away around it.
So that's the beginning. I've got the Letter of Intent to Homeschool ready to send off; I've printed 12-months of attendance sheets that have to be submitted to the school board monthly and I'm still searching for a system to organize our studies.
Not bad. And can't wait!!!