I originally had planned out a nice little “mom reading time” post for this week, but as the school year has officially started or will be starting soon for people, it seems like every other homeschool blogger is posting their curriculum choices for the year. So I felt compelled to post about Gohan’s curriculum choices for this year. Each year, I hand select curriculum options, schooling options, outside classes options, etc. for each of my children. I now have three children in college, so this is getting to be less of a chore. I don’t do this because I’m a great mom who puts so much effort in to preparing lessons, I do this because this will make the whole school year easier for me. For me, in the long run, using the best curriculum and schooling choices that I can find for each individual child, even though it means having to do all new school/co-op researching and all new lesson planning each and every year, takes less time than trying to reuse curriculum from one child to the next. If I don’t use individually hand-picked selections, I spend the year pounding my head against the wall, wondering why one child can’t learn from the same book his or her older sibling did.
This year, Gohan will be doing much more bookwork than usual as he is hoping to go to a very competitive public STEM school for 9th-12th grades. He has a lot of catching up to do, because of his learning disabilities (not sure how well this is going to work, but it is what he really wants). His curriculum plan is:
- Language Arts
- Literature – hand-picked selection of novels
- GUM (grammar, usage, and mechanics) – Galore Park’s series of So You Really Want to Learn English series (we will be completing all three books in one year)
- Vocabulary – Vocabu-Lit series from Perfection Learning (we will be completing 2-3 books this year)
- Spelling – AVKO spelling, we will be quickly finishing up the If It Is to Be, It is Up to Me book and then moving as quickly as we can through as many of the other books as possible
- Math – Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra and Algebra
- Science – “Chemistry and Physics” class from our local co-op
- Social Studies – The Cartoon History of the Universe III, The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part 1, The Cartoon History of the Modern World, Part 2, and a index card timeline in a notebook with Amy Pak’s Timeline Figures (please note that the history books are PG-13 and the timeline figures use biblical dating, so we use other clip art resources for any BC dates)
- PE – taekwondo
- Extras – Chess Club and self taught computer programming and animation
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