Sunday, August 4, 2013

Yay! We're Not-Back-To-School! LOL

The annual Not-Back-To-School Blog Hop--that showcase for homeschoolers who are celebrating their homeschooliness--is for me a huge amount of work but also a huge amount of fun, and since I missed it last year I'm ready to get back in and join the fun.

The first week of the blog hop is always curriculum week, and the instructions on the iHomeschool Network announcement are as follows:

"First week in August:  It’s a curriculum hop. Share your well-researched plans on your post."

Uh, yeah, I am not an organized person.  Never have been, never will be.   So these days I bow to my inner bedlam.

Instead of well-researched plans, I have well-enough-researched plans.  I still use the "What Your __ Grader Needs to Know" from the Core Knowledge series--in our case, "blank" = 5th.  Using that as a baseline measurement, I figure out what we have available to us each week as far as time, materials, etc, and figure out what we can reasonably accomplish if I'm optimistic and nothing goes wrong.

Then I put that on my favorite blank weekly lesson plan form from Donna Printables and Resources--just the facts, ma'am-- such as "Review Electricity";  "Cut and paste Division lapbook";  etc.

THEN the magic happens:  at the end of the week, I make note of what we actually did, and go from there for the next week.

See?  Good enough.

Oh--the other part of the instuctions for curriculum week are "Show us what you love", so if you must have details:

Found the entire "What your ___ Grader Needs to Know" series at a local used bookstore.

Science: is where we now get our science curriculum, and if you are in the Nashville area you can join us for a weekly science lab at our home studio.  For Fall we are doing Animal Survival.  For Spring we will do introduction to chemical analysis.  We're also trying the video program from The Happy Scientist, which will supplement nicely, I think.

Math:  a few lapbooks from Homeschool Share, and some "curriculum" books we got at Costco.  And I ordered the Get a Grip job box from, which covers working with volumes, working with fractions, decimals, percentages, and symbolic algebra.

Literature:  lifted direct from the Core Knowledge 5th Grader book:  we'll be reading from Sherlock Holmes, Don Quixote, Homer's epics (Iliad and Odyssey), and if she can stand it, Jekyll and Hyde.

There will be other stuff--field trips and guest scientist visits--and the usual lounging around watching Mythbusters.

Take a moment to visit the curriculum blog hop at iHomeschool Network and check out what other homeschoolers are doing this year.  And please be sure to leave a comment when you visit their blogs--it is a huge encouragement to know someone has seen and heard your plans!

1 comment:

  1. I plan in the same general way. If it happens ~ great. If not, we have next week.
    Blessings, Dawn