Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Subject planning and resources, part 1

I recently received a complaint from my mother about the lack of pictures on here, so I'll go wildly in the opposite direction now. ;)

I have the large bulk of my planning for the first nine weeks done.I also think that I have our daily schedule planned.

I intend to start with the subjects that my girls will do together- Bible, Catechism, and french.

My goal for Bible work this year is to make it through the major points of the Old Testament, with one story worked on per week for the full week. I used Child's Garden of Bible Stories to pick what to do. We'll also be reading it from other sources, as well as the actual Bible, so I think we'll preserve accuracy.

At the end of the week I'll have Sweet Pea write a sentence or two in her own words about the story and have Little Bird narrate her thoughts. The next day I'll have them both make a picture about the story and we'll put them into book form so each girl has a book about each story. We'll also work through the pages of the Child's Garden of Bible stories workbook.

Just for fun, here are some of our "supporting texts". My main goal was resources on level for both kids.

We're also using CPH's Arch Books series.

To coordinate it all I planned out nine weeks of lessons, with five days of work for each lesson. I didn't date anything on purpose- we can work in vacations and sick time without altering the time line this way.

Same format, only math here. I put together Singapore Primary Mathematics 1a (standards) with Math Mammoth Addition 1 and Subtraction 1.

I've put together a preliminary course of study- it looks like a lot all together! Form from Donna Young, my favorite home-school organization site.

Next, I'm guilty of jumping on the current trend of file folder organization. Here's the folder for week one.

Contents of week one- everything but the textbooks. I've already done all the printing I need for the lessons so no running to the computer for worksheets!

And the checklists. A big goal for the year for me is to get Sweet Pea working a little more independently and starting to take some responsibility for time management. To that end I'm putting a weekly list in each week's folder so she can see and mark off everything as it gets finished. I hope this'll help her see what is done and needs to be done.

Week one has a slightly different checklist since we aren't starting all subjects the first week.

And that's where I'm at currently!

I still need a start date. ;)


  1. Were not starting until after Labor Day, we like to have a nice long summer, lol.

    I wish I would have kept in contact with you better because I had the Singapore 1A/1B I could have sent you...

  2. We're doing a folder system, too, but I don't think it's like that one. I'm just having Mon-Fri folders and putting his assignments in there.



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