We're planning on starting our school year on August 27th and working for 34 weeks, finishing on or about July 12th. We school year round, taking a week off every 4 weeks or so. 2 weeks at Christmas and Holy Week/Easter. This year we have a family vacation planned to the Smokey Mountains to see fall leaves. We school 4 days a week, taking Wednesday off. This works extremely well for us. It allows time to get work done, but a day for shopping, errands, doctor's visits, household projects, etc.
A few years ago, I got an idea off a blog about planning a school year with Post-It's. I thought about it, and it just seemed like a really good idea. I only had 2 students at the time, and it worked great! The world has gotten more complicated :)
I have columns for each child on each day (Monday for each, Tuesday, etc). In years past I've put the kids down the side and the days across the top. Down the side are the times. Each Post-It has the subject written on it.
I was planning on making a household schedule after I got the school schedule done, but everything just started flowing. So, I let it flow around the school schedule :)
The Plan... (do you hear God laughing???)
The Professor ~ 4th grade (though he's doing mostly 5th grade work)
Math ~ Math U See level Epsilon. The focus is fractions.
Religion ~ Faith and Life 4
reread of Baltimore Catechism 1
Stories of the Saints and celebrating the Liturgical year
Catholic Tales for Boys and Girls
More Catholic Tales
Rare Catholic Stories
Science ~ Finish Physics
Exploring Creation with Anatomy & Notebooking Journal (I'm really excited about this program.)
We ordered the lab kit from Rainbow Resources so doing the experiments should be a lot of fun. There are a lot of supplies called for in this program. I'm also thinking about getting models of the heart, the eye, and the ear.
World History ~ Connecting with History book 2 63 BC to 1066 AD. He'll be working at the Grammar
level, reading lots of books and completing several projects.
American History ~ We'll be covering the 1600's and 1700's. I have 5 units planned:
American Government~ this is a brief overview of how our government works. I'm going to tie it in with
the upcoming election.
The Colonists~ The Pilgrims as well as the other colonies that have settled here.
Colonies ~ how the colonies were established.
The Revolutionary War
The Constitution ~ The conventions, writing, the signers.
Geography ~ We'll be completing the rest of the states in order of statehood and completing our
Map Skills ~ level D
Writing with Ease ~ level 1 The Professor has been having trouble summarizing and narrating from his
reading, though he answers questions without difficulty. Hopefully this will help.
Grammar ~ Language of God level D
Vocabulary ~ 240 Vocabulary Words 4th Grade Kids Need To Know.
Art ~ Drawing Basics
Velcro Boy ~ 2nd grade
Math ~ Math U See level Beta
Religion ~ Faith and Life 2
Baltimore Catechism 0
Celebrating the Liturgical year and Stories of the Saints
Devotional Stories for Little Folks & Devotional Stories Too
We'll also be preparing for First Communion, so I'm sure there'll be some projects :)
Science ~ Behold & See 2. We've been using the Exploring Creation series with The Professor, but I
don't think it will hold Velcro Boy's interest. In reviewing this, I think it's just perfect. I'll also
supplement with other books and we'll be dong the experiments.
World History ~ Connecting with History book 2, he'll be doing the Beginner level.
American History ~ same as The Professor, just with books geared to his level.
Geography ~ Same and above, just doing a sticker book instead of a scrapbook and cooking projects!
Phonics ~ Reading Eggs
Writing with Ease ~ also level 1
Spelling ~ All About Spelling level 1
Art ~ Art Pac 1
various projects I have around the house
Doodlebug ~ Kindergarten (like the Professor, this kid is too smart)
Lucky little Doodlebug gets to walk the Alphabet Path (again)!!!! I say again, because he tagged along when Velcro Boy walked it 2 years ago. It's going to be so much fun (and work) and fun, but so worth it!
Math ~ Math U See Primer. Since he already has a good grasp on the work in this level, I'm sure he'll fly
through and move on to Alpha.
Religion ~ with Velcro Boy
Science ~ with Velcro Boy and alphabet themed reading
World History ~ with Velcro Boy
American History ~ with Velcro Boy (Doodlebug loves to read, so there's no getting rid of him when a book
Geography ~ with Velcro Boy
Phonics ~ Reading Eggs
Handwriting ~ Catholic Heritage Handwriting level K
Art ~ Glitter letters
coloring pages (saints, virtues, and alphabet)
Alphabet Path ~ a new letter every week or so
a Mrs. Applebee story
An Alphabet of Catholic Saints
My ABC Bible Verses
different animals and topics each week based on the alphabet letter we're covering
several kitchen projects
learning to walk
learning to talk
learning to climb stairs
learning to dress himself
learning to feed himself
learning to handle a cup
learning not to eat the books!