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#1 Pegs

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 04:03 AM

How goes the planning?

DS and I started back at our homeschool today. We both need the structure. We had a little planning meeting at the city library today. I had a coffee and he had a cookie. We wrote this week's plan into his shiny new diary, then we picked out some books for his current research topic, and got stuck into it.

DS is 2E with ASD and going into grade 3.

We've started with our daily basics:
- Reading
- Spelling
- Maths
- Writing

Next week we'll return to last year's Morning Time plans, which consist of:
- A picture (drawing or art history)
- A poem (read or recite)
- A story (readaloud)
- A song (I play guitar and we sing together)

And when that's going well we'll add
M/W/F: grammar
Tu/Th: history

I'd love to see what others have planned!
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Posted 08 January 2018 - 07:49 AM

Sounds lovely Pegs!

We plan to start back on the 22nd. I'm putting the finishing touches on the implementation aspects of my plans. My kids will be in 7th, 5th, 2nd and 4 year old kinder and we have some cool stuff planned!

We'll jump in with morning time from the beginning - we do bible/copywork, history/narrations, read one of Shakespeare Plutarch Spurgeon or Poetry/dictation, we do some translation practice of either Latin or Russian, sing, art (drawing or watercolour)

Science will start off slowly with only nature study for the first 4 weeks, with some tying up loose ends in botany (mostly just harvesting and collecting seeds). Then we'll spend about 28 weeks on an electronics/circuits unit.

My older 3 are all doing Classical Writing levels this year, I remember how much I love this program.

Lots of interesting things and I feel like I haven't over planned so I'm looking forward to starting!
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Posted 08 January 2018 - 02:59 PM

My curriculum plans for next year. I will only have 3 at home next year

 

 ds14 Year 9- Profound Dylsexia

 

Math - Saxon Algebra 1/2

 

Science - Apologia Biology - 1/3 way though already

 

Technology - Raspberry Pi 

 

History- Working our way through Usborne Internet Linked History Encyclopaedia Medieval this year.  We have just discovered NotebookingPages and he will be using the Notebooking publisher. https://notebookingpages.com/ Why have I never heard of these before. It is as if they were made for Dyslexic people. It is going to revolutionise his writing for history.

 

Spelling -LEM book 2 ( almost finished) along with the dictation From AAR3 ( I would have preferred to switch to AAR as I love it but ds will not change, wants to do the same book as his older brothers did)

 

Grammar - Grammar for the Well Trained Mind

 

Writing- Writing with Skill

 

Reading/Literature - TWTM reading list for the Logic stage with some adaptions for easier to read abridged versions of some of the books

 

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Twins boys  nearly 7- these guys have only been living with us for 3 years ( Permanent care from Foster). they have significant  fine, gross motor and cognitive delays and many learning problems.We have already started this school this year for them :-)

 

AAR1

 

Reading Eggs

 

Readers - AAR, Bob Books, Fitzroy Readers, Reading Eggs phonics books

 

Grammar- First LAngauge LEssons

 

Penmanship- Progressive Phonics Writing ( just the penmanship part)http://www.progressi...com/handwriting

 

Writing - Copywork from History and Science - We will be using NotebookingPages and making a book with Arnos fasterners, also level A form Writing workshop

 

Math- Saxon K

 

History - SOTW book 2 

 

Science - plant and animal kingdom using a range of Lapbooking Units - they are very visual and love lapbooking 

 

 Music- Music Maestro 

 

Art - Will be craft for SOTW

 

They will also continue to have Speach Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy etc. 


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Posted 08 January 2018 - 07:34 PM

We're starting back today after a couple of quiet weeks over the holidays.

 

Wishing you all a productive and happy year!


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 07:56 AM

All Aussies so far? :laugh:

I have planned:

10 y/o finishing Fix-It1, moving into the first half Rod and Staff 5 (picking Fix It back up after summer break); a monstrously complicated mix of maths; ELTL; So You Really Want To Learn Spanish

8 y/o starting cursive; ELTL; Ray's Arithmetic; Cherrydale Press Spanish

Together: MBTP Goverment and Economy units; SOTW 4 (What we call Main Lesson Book activities); Continue poetry memorization, which is probably the single most effective thing we've ever done in homeschool. It helps that the goal you have to reach to consider it effective is so cut and dry!

And each has a booklist that I'm excited about :-)

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 05:56 PM

American here, but going towards a Calendar year schedule. But love hearing from you Aussies :) 

 

 

I need to dig stuff out. We've been bogged down with issues and appointments. Plus I finally upgraded my laptop and dd got the old one {worked fine but starting to act up}. So I need to go back and reconsider things I passed on because sharing a laptop didn't work. 

 

DD11 said she wants to do Spanish - so I need to figure out that. Otherwise, we'll be doing Saxon 54, Lifepac grade 5 history, a LA workbook, and I think Apologia General science {done very slowly}. I need to figure out grammar / writing still too. 


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 06:01 PM

I'm about to get a Chromebook and I think not needing to share one computer is going to really smooth my days out.
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 12:08 AM

A New Zealander too!  Have almost finished my plans for my older boy.  He goes off to an American university in late August, so he will be done by mid June.  So a very short list for him.

 

As for younger son, I'm in the middle of trying to make WWS3 work for him given that he needs to start angling towards the NZ exams.  I think I can do it, but will take a bit of planning. I just didn't realise until 3 days ago how much I needed to plan to teach 2 kids in high school.  

 

Older boy (last year, university in late August):

English: teaching

Biology: teaching

Economics and Government: co-learning

Mandarin: tutor

Violin: tutor

Maths: self taught

 

Younger boy (year 10 in NZ, year 9 in Aussie):

English: teaching

Maths: teaching

History: teaching

Digital technology: co-learning

Violin: tutor

Biology: self taught

 

That means I'm teaching 5 classes, and co-learning 2.  Wow is that a lot of work!!!  Planning looks like it will take me the next 2 weeks, and then I am still going to have to stay on my toes all year long!  This homeschooling gig is crazy hard in high school!

 

Ruth in NZ


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 01:28 AM

You really are an inspiration, Ruth. :)



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 01:37 AM

You really are an inspiration, Ruth. :)

 

Aw, thanks.  :blush:  I'm not feeling much like an inspiration right now.  More like I'm in panic mode.  I had a vague feeling about what I was going to do this year, and sat down to start getting organised about 3 days ago only to find out that I have a TON to do!  I'm feeling very  :willy_nilly:  and a bit of  :blink:.  I don't think I need to buy anything, thankfully; I just need to use what I have.  By the time I finish this homeschool gig, I'm going to be so SMART!!! 


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 02:49 AM

Well, that's how you look from the outside. :)



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 04:44 AM

... Continue poetry memorization, which is probably the single most effective thing we've ever done in homeschool. It helps that the goal you have to reach to consider it effective is so cut and dry!

And each has a booklist that I'm excited about :-)


Hooray for success with poetry!

Care to share your booklists?

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 04:46 AM

Aw, thanks. :blush: I'm not feeling much like an inspiration right now. More like I'm in panic mode. I had a vague feeling about what I was going to do this year, and sat down to start getting organised about 3 days ago only to find out that I have a TON to do! I'm feeling very :willy_nilly: and a bit of :blink:. I don't think I need to buy anything, thankfully; I just need to use what I have. By the time I finish this homeschool gig, I'm going to be so SMART!!!


You've totally got this! Here's to making many happy homeschool memories with your older boy while you still can.
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 05:45 PM

We pretty much homeschool year-round and only take semi-breaks when my husband is home for holidays. It's in my daughter's best interest to keep her mind active.

And schooling year-round gives us the flexibility to have some off days here and there for various reasons.

 

If my daughter (11yr old) were at school, she'd be starting Grade 7 in late January, which is the first year in highschool here in QLD. 

I don't think this milestone will change how we do things here at home, but it is a little reminder that she's growing up.

 

Our first couple of days have gone quite well.

 

Here's how we organise ourselves:

 

Daily: some maths, some independent reading, some spelling (commonly misspelt words lists), some fitness. She chooses when to do these and how long to do them, with a bit of nudging here and there if needed.

 

Within the week: I have a list of tasks that she can choose from at any time, with the goal that they will all be done by the end of the week.

 

At the moment, this week's list looks a bit like this (with some identifying bits and pieces left out):

 

 

Jan 8 – 14, 2018

 

Daily must-dos:                                               M            T           W            Th            F

 

Whiteboard maths 

Own reading

Spelling/vocab

Fitness

 

Get done this week:

·         Cello – at least 2x

·         Piano – at least 2x

·         Phineas Gage book

·         Navajo Codetalkers book

·         Creative writing – work on your own writing or choose an activity from your Great Courses Fiction course

·         Brain chapter (Ellen McHenry)

·         Molecules book (Theodore Gray)

·         Science lecture - chemistry (Great Courses Joy of Science)

·         Some coding (with older sister)

·         Quiz book – pick some geography pages

·         Korean – at least 2x

·         Friday – re-check all spelling/vocab

·         Radium Girls book

·         Planning/filming - drama/media

 

There's always a lot of crochet going on too. A lot of crochet.

And a lot of our reading ends up with Google searching of this and that and discussions about all sorts of things.

 

And some bigger-picture stuff - 

 

Short-term goals:

- somehow reignite her interest and confidence in maths (Pegs, any ideas??)

 

 

Some overall goals for the year:

 

- two or three essays, hopefully one related to art history

- work on creative non-fiction writing

- start bumping up the output level. We have pretty high input, but not so much output at this stage

- keep working on strategies to manage her anxieties

 

 

I love hearing how everyone structures their days/weeks and what they are using.

Thanks Pegs for starting this thread.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:20 PM

You've totally got this! Here's to making many happy homeschool memories with your older boy while you still can.

 

Yes! Thanks for the reminder.  I have only 3 main goals, all to shore up weaknesses as I see them:

 

1) Be able to write a research paper in humanities - (2 literary analysis research papers and 1 socio-scientific research paper)

 

2) Lab write ups (1 for physics and 1 for biology (bio will be a full scientific research paper write up comparing findings to literature))

 

3) Learn to use some important tools: statistics software, citation organization software, and research databases

 

Those are the holes I think we need to fill.  The rest of his schedule is just ticking some american boxes like foreign language and economics, and of course a wee bit of maths just to fill in the time.  :001_smile:

 

I definitely want this time to be fun and less stressful than last year, which was pretty stressful!



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:27 PM

We pretty much homeschool year-round and only take semi-breaks when my husband is home for holidays. It's in my daughter's best interest to keep her mind active.
And schooling year-round gives us the flexibility to have some off days here and there for various reasons.

If my daughter (11yr old) were at school, she'd be starting Grade 7 in late January, which is the first year in highschool here in QLD.
I don't think this milestone will change how we do things here at home, but it is a little reminder that she's growing up.

Our first couple of days have gone quite well.

Here's how we organise ourselves:

Daily: some maths, some independent reading, some spelling (commonly misspelt words lists), some fitness. She chooses when to do these and how long to do them, with a bit of nudging here and there if needed.

Within the week: I have a list of tasks that she can choose from at any time, with the goal that they will all be done by the end of the week.

At the moment, this week's list looks a bit like this (with some identifying bits and pieces left out):


Jan 8 – 14, 2018

Daily must-dos: M T W Th F

Whiteboard maths
Own reading
Spelling/vocab
Fitness

Get done this week:
· Cello – at least 2x
· Piano – at least 2x
· Phineas Gage book
· Navajo Codetalkers book
· Creative writing – work on your own writing or choose an activity from your Great Courses Fiction course
· Brain chapter (Ellen McHenry)
· Molecules book (Theodore Gray)
· Science lecture - chemistry (Great Courses Joy of Science)
· Some coding (with older sister)
· Quiz book – pick some geography pages
· Korean – at least 2x
· Friday – re-check all spelling/vocab
· Radium Girls book
· Planning/filming - drama/media

There's always a lot of crochet going on too. A lot of crochet.
And a lot of our reading ends up with Google searching of this and that and discussions about all sorts of things.

And some bigger-picture stuff -

Short-term goals:
- somehow reignite her interest and confidence in maths (Pegs, any ideas??)


Some overall goals for the year:

- two or three essays, hopefully one related to art history
- work on creative non-fiction writing
- start bumping up the output level. We have pretty high input, but not so much output at this stage
- keep working on strategies to manage her anxieties


I love hearing how everyone structures their days/weeks and what they are using.
Thanks Pegs for starting this thread.


Hi Chooky, my oldest is Dd age 12 who would be going into grade 7 - high school - this year too!
I'm surprisingly not at all worried about it, I'm really happy with our plans and we're pretty much just doing the next thing from grade 6 to 7.
My biggest worry in upping output is probably spending longer on maths. She's good at maths and enjoys it, it just simply takes longer!
Would adding missions in Khan Academy help her interest in maths?
My daughter has been compulsively watching Vi Hart (maths related) videos on YouTube so I have hexagonal bits of paper all over my house!
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 05:42 PM

Hi Chooky, my oldest is Dd age 12 who would be going into grade 7 - high school - this year too!
I'm surprisingly not at all worried about it, I'm really happy with our plans and we're pretty much just doing the next thing from grade 6 to 7.
My biggest worry in upping output is probably spending longer on maths. She's good at maths and enjoys it, it just simply takes longer!
Would adding missions in Khan Academy help her interest in maths?
My daughter has been compulsively watching Vi Hart (maths related) videos on YouTube so I have hexagonal bits of paper all over my house!

 

Thanks for reminding me about Vi Hart. It's been ages since we watched her videos. That could be maths-inspiring.

 

Khan... we did some of that a few years back and my daughter got frustrated with how repetitive it is for maths. 

We use Khan for isolated bits and pieces in other subject areas, usually to supplement a topic we're already studying with some other spine.

I'll ask my daughter if she'd like a maths mission on there though. She may be interested now. Thanks for the suggestion.

 

Ha. Things all over the house. I can relate. We still have playing cards blue-tacked all over the house from when my daughter went through a memory-training phase, after watching Todd Sampson's show Redesign Your Brain. Great show.

 

All the best for your year ahead  :)


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