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Courtney_Ostaff

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    DD #1; DD #2
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  1. Logic: Art of Argument & Discovery of Deduction at CLRC Math: Saxon 8/7 Science: Fall: Earth Science CPO Science Earth Science Middle School TOPS 23 Rocks and Minerals Spring: ES Astronomy History: Middle Ages for the Logic Stage at WTMA Geography: Evan Moor Daily Geography 6 Spelling: Vocab from Classical Roots Grammar: Grammar for WTM (1/2 speed) Writing: WWS 2 at WTMA Foreign Language: Latin: some of the Oxford Latin Course Part 1 at CLRC Spanish: Homeschool Spanish Academy?? Art & Music: HFA Grade 6 – Medieval and Renaissance Art and Music I'm thinking hard about investing in Atelier Literature 400-1600: I'm working on this list now PE: swim team
  2. My baby will be 5 next week, so we're starting then: phonics & handwriting: finish memorizing the sounds of the alphabet, then 100 EZ Lessons and OPGTR Math: probably RightStart A, with some Saxon K thrown in for reinforcement Science & Social Studies (required in my state): MP's Kindergarten Supplemental Science & Enrichment read aloud set & BFSU Lit: read-alouds, lots of mythology Foreign Language: my mother thinks it's only fair to sign this child up for Spanish if Big Sis is getting it too, so...maybe Homeschool Spanish Academy?? Extras: swim lessons, maybe a Kindermusik class, a substantial art table, Girl Scouts Daisy, 4-H Cloverbuds, the occasional Ivy Kids kit
  3. DD will be in 6th next year: WTMA Expository Writing II Middle Ages for the Logic Stage CLRC Intermediate Latin Beginning Logic Homeschool Spanish Academy I'm investigating Spanish I through here
  4. Here you go: https://www.memoriapress.com/curriculum/american-and-modern-studies/states-and-capitals-set/
  5. I would not be in the least bit surprised if we cut out the extras, the memorization, the logic, and some of the supplemented history--but I like to plan for more than we get done, in case it does all get done. Math: RightStart E, with BA 3D then as far as we get in 4 (daily) Latin: Ecce Romani I (daily) Grammar: maybe Hake again, but I'm looking forward to SWB's new one (MWF) Spelling: Spelling Workout D (MWF) [we skip a lesson if she passes a pre-test with 100%] Composition: CAP W&R III M/W/F, EIW 4 (only the writing) T/R, then some of LToW in the spring Literature: (MWF) -- Heidi (MP guide), Collodi's Pinnochio, HG Wells Time Machine, War of the Worlds, Blue Fairy Book (MP guide), The Secret Garden, Wind in the Willows (MP Guide), Beatrix Potter, MP Grammar Stage Poetry. Memorization: poem memorization, probably with IEW's poetry guide (daily) Logic: Logic Countdown, Logic Liftoff, Orbiting With Logic (daily) History Memorization: US Constitution Preamble, Gettysburg Address, US Constitutional Amendments, US Presidents 1850-present, major US Wars 1850-present (daily) Handwriting: Grace Song's Brush Pen Lettering (M/W/F) and Angela Lord's Creative Form Drawing (T/R) Science: Pandia Press's RSO Astronomy Level 2 (12 weeks), Exploration Education (12 weeks), and Nitty Gritty Earth Science (12 weeks) History: 5 day loop with SOTW 4 (3 days), with AG (questions, maps, some suggested books) supplemented with little bits & pieces from Teacher Created Materials, Inc.'s out of print Thematic Units (Industrial Revolution, Transcontinental Railroad, The Depression, Native Americans, WWI, WWII, Westward Ho, Immigration, Gold Rush, African Americans), looped with Kristin in VA's History of US schedule (1 day -- just read and oral narration), and WV history (1 day -- just read and oral narration). Geography: MP's US States & Capitols (MWF) Extras: 9 day loop of MCT Poetry (2 days), Harmony Fine Arts (3 days), Computer Projects, hand sewing/embroidery, health, and Lynne Seddon's Exploring Nature with Children. G3 Scratch class in the autumn swim gym MWF piano lessons Girl Scouts possibly 4-H if we get a homeschool club going
  6. My DD, at her current age, does much better with a plan, as do I. She needs to make written lists and plans and schedules. We're both "give me a list and let me be" type people. She enjoys diagramming like other children enjoy jigsaw puzzles. She enjoys comparing languages, and had my mother in stitches the other day by making jokes in Latin. She writes stories constantly -- she needs to create entire worlds in her mind. I am trying to support her strengths. Here are my thoughts this morning: If the four main parts of grammar-stage English language arts are spelling, composition, grammar, and reading, then the progression of those topics would be: 1) spelling graduating to etymology (programs such as English from the Roots Up) and then more languages 2) composition would graduate to a) technical writing (a rhetoric progression) b) creative (short stories, novels, etc) 3) literature analysis is a field all its own 4) grammar would graduate into linguistics So then, I think, my long-range goals for her, so that she can demonstrate mastery in those four areas are: 1) Continue to study Latin, possibly pick up Greek, and maybe pick up a modern. Demonstrate mastery in one or more language, possibly through some sort of national exam. 2) Composition: a) Continue and complete a rhetoric progression. Demonstrate mastery, possibly through an AP English Language and Composition course and exam. b) Continue creative writing and demonstrate mastery by being published (not self-published). c) Begin and complete a research project in an area of interest with a substantial formal paper as part of the product. 3) Grammar: continue prescriptive grammar, and then successfully take a linguistics class in high school. 4) Continue to read widely and deeply. Demonstrate mastery through something like the SAT II literature exam. Possibly take Am. Lit. and Brit. Lit. at a college. Intermediate goals would then be: 1) Continue to study Latin, and possibly pick up Greek. 2) Composition: a) Continue a rhetoric progression b) Continue creative writing (and maybe get published in an age-appropriate place) 3) Grammar: continue prescriptive grammar 4) Continue to read widely and deeply, with required reading around the history cycle and for the study of literature analysis. "Fun" reading at her discretion. When emotionally ready, tackle more advanced themes.
  7. Hi! I'm looking for suggestions. My DD is a rising 4th grader, but asynchronous in language arts (not mathematics). She enjoys classical education Well-Trained Mind style for its language-centered focus. Looking forward to middle school and then high school, I'm wondering how I customize a middle/high school pathway that would showcase her language arts talents? If she was talented in mathematics, it would be easier, I think -- algebra earlier, and then follow some variation on the typical sequence. But I'm having trouble thinking about something similar for language arts. It's very clear that a student has completed Calculus, for example, but how does one show an equivalent level of accomplishment in the language arts? What goals am I aiming for here? I feel as though the destination is out of focus, and if I don't know at least what continent to paddle towards, we'll end up in the South Pacific Garbage Patch. :) MCT just doesn't speak to me, but I'll give it another look. Suggestions? (cross-posted)
  8. I'm a Saxon fan here, mainly because it's pretty much idiot proof, and some days I need that. :)
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