School Plans 2014-15: The Elementary Schoolers

Dear Reader,

I have already posted on our school plans for my high schooler and middle schooler. So all that is left is the two elementary students. They will be in fourth and fifth grade next year. Here is what they will be up to:

History: We will be studying American history beginning with the Revolution. We use a spine book which I read aloud to all of them and then they read more age-appropriate books on their own. Especially with the fourth grader, I tend to use a lot of fiction. There is a lot out there on the Revolution for these ages so it will be tough to pick but I am sure I will post here on the ones we end up using. We will also likely do a lot of field trips as we are near many historic sites (Lexington, Concord, Bunker Hill, . . . ).

Science: As my high schooler does his own thing and my middle schooler concentrates on nature journaling, I plan to send some time with my younger two reading natural science books like Jack’s Insects and Sam Campbell’s How’s Inky.

Math: I am going to try having both kids use only the Life of Fred series for math. I may supplement with some Math-U-See if I see a need. The fourth grader will be doing Fractions and the fifth grader Decimals and Percents.

Geography: We will continue to do map drills with online programs or iPhone apps like our latest favorite Stack the States. We will also go through Simply Charlotte Mason’s Visits to North America.

Bible: They read assigned passages on their own. We also read through the Bible together using The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study and study church history with The Chronicles of the Ancient Church series.

Fine Arts: We look at artists using Cornerstone Curriculum’s Adventure’s in Art and listen to music with the radio broadcasts of Classics for Kids. Both kids are also taking music lessons.

Language Arts: To go along with my high schooler’s studies, we will read some poetry and short stories from the likes of Edgar Allen Poe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. We will also look at one Shakespeare play (see the post on my middle schooler for more on how we do that). They do copywork with Spelling Wisdom. I may try and transition to dictation this year. They have both shown an interest in it. We use Spelling Power as well and I will have them do periodic exercises from KISS Grammar or possibly Easy Grammar Plus which was given to us.



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