Literature ~ Literature is one place where I had to let go of some of my ideals. For instance, we will be reading some books that are not in chronological order or that I have been saving to read when I thought we would be traveling to that destination. However, they are all worthy books and will be enjoyed even if they are not presented at the perfect time. I also have unit studies to go along with almost all of the books that cover language arts, art, music, science, history, geography and sociology. We will be using the lessons from these other disciplines that apply to our current studies.
- The Saturdays
- Neil Armstrong Young Flyer
- The Cricket in Times Square
- The Trumpet and the Swan
- A Wrinkle in Time
- The Great Gilly Hopkins
- Julie of the Wolves
- From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
- The Year of Miss Agnes
- The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
- A Long Way from Chicago
- A Year Down Yonder
- The Big Orange Spot This is one of my favorite childhood books and the kids have heard it many times before. However, I want to share some of the fun art activities in the FIAR unit study with them.
- Song and Dance Man
- Angel Child, Dragon Child
- A Chair for My Mother
- Frank and Ernest
- Rehema's Journey ~ A Visit to Tanzania
- Real Science-4-Kids Physics Level 1
- Our Solar System and Space travel unit study ~ This will go nicely when we are studying this period in history.
- Nature study ~ I plan on picking a place to study for the entire year and watch it change. I haven't decided where this place will be yet. It will probably be a pond, lake or wet lands in our area.
- We will be finishing World War II for the first five weeks of school ~ America, Japan, Pacific Theater and maybe Africa.
- Unit study on the space race
- Unit study on the Civil Rights Movement
- All the rest ~ History of the 1960's to current (I will probably be only mentioning the Korean and Vietnam wars and come back to them when the kids are older. They are getting burned out on war.)
- Geography Unit Study ~ Minn of the Mississippi, Seabird, Paddle to the Sea, and Tree in the Trail
|Tom Sawyer's independent work|
|Little Red Riding Hood's independent work|
They will be doing some group language arts, too. Our spelling is done together. We will also be exploring together Grammar Ace and different forms of writing.
We will also be using the Language Arts Explorer Junior How to Write series. Our library has about 8 of the 24 in the series. They are easy to read and do a good job explaining in detail how to write things like lab reports, poems, a play, emails, ads, comic books and fractured fairy tales.
Math ~ I am going to have to buy our math program. We will continue with Teaching Textbooks. They both need level 5. We will also continue with Life of Fred books. I am going to borrow the next two books from a friend. The kids have done a wonderful job with this combination of math curriculum.
Art ~ My mother will continue to teach much of the art lessons next year. After searching my shelves, I found a few books about modern artists already on my shelves. I also found two masterpiece art coloring books and two anti -coloring books. These will be used for creative coloring and to review artists we have already studied. We hope to study two artists each five weeks and do one craft/art project that isn't related to a particular artist. We will learn about the artists below and others of my mother's choosing. There are many modern artists represented in the Getting to Know Great Artists series in our state's library system.
- Alexander Calder
- Edward Hopper
- Andy Warhol
Life Skills and Health ~ Our health studies will mostly be around taking care of our changing bodies. My students are 10 and 12. It is time to learn about pimples, deodorant, and all the changes that boys and girls go through in their early teen years. For some time now, we have maintained open conversations about our family's courtship beliefs and what intimacy in relationships looks like. We will continue those conversations in gentle ways. In addition, Tom Sawyer, who has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, struggles at times with lots of social situations. For example, he does not always recognize when he is being bullied. We will continue to work on creating social stories that help him deal with more complicated issues within relationships.
- What's Happening to Me
- The New Social Story Book
- Comic Converstations
- American Girl Doll Health and Beauty Cards