Monday, May 5, 2014

Almost done!

We are more than half way through this school year and getting ready to start shopping for next year's curriculum.  It has definitely been a long year. We've had some successes, failures and discoveries but have come out victorious thus far. My 13 year old will be taking 8th and 9th grade classes so this will definitely be interesting. I will be keeping official records for her in order to build her transcript. I am so glad I picked up Setting the Records Straight How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admission and Scholarships  by Lee Binz. She really gets into the meat and potatoes of the whole process.   My 9 and 10 year old will both be in 5th grade next year with the exception of a few subjects. My 7 year old is already working at a 2nd grade level so by the time I begin purchasing curriculum , I will have to assess her to see what level she is working in. My 5 year old is still working at a kindergarten level. and will probably still be doing so for the first half of next year. We are still focusing on language development which I will go into in another post. My 1 1/2 year is absorbing everything like a little sponge and is already counting to 10, and can identify primary and some secondary colors.
                               My major focus for the following year will be writing and the sciences. I am still debating on what science curriculum to use. I have been using the Janice VanCleave science series but I think we are ready for something different. I am also looking for something that is already put together. I am finding that I have less time to piece things together. I'd much rather invest in a well made curriculum. I  have been eyeing Real Science 4 Kids for a few years. I like how they introduce scientific concepts that would generally be designated for the higher grades in the elementary level.  It spans from grades k-12 with textual and online support.  I will be searching extensively and look forward to sharing our final decisions.