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P'once a little time there was a girl. This girl grew up to be a Mamma to three little girls all very much like herself. And this little Mamma knew she just had to have a place of her own to keep all things home school right at her fingertips.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

2013/2014 List of Subjects to be covered

We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to allow the girls to participate in an instructional and fun day camp each summer. Beginning late-July through mid-August Mara is gone from 9am-3pm with an hour each day doing Arts & Crafts, Tennis, Swimming and 2.5 hrs of sailing plus a few more hours of sailing on Saturdays too! Elinor will be in tennis once per week with 4 days per week at the beach. Sounds like fun.

I am trying something a little different this year with regard to our schedule. (I'm always trying new things.) In the past we have typically started school after labor day. And that works well, although by the end of the school year we just want to play! So to combat that, I've started a tapered school year. Not sure if anyone else has done this, but it seems logical enough to me. It may complicate my "attendance sheet," but, hey, what's life without a few complications, right?

How do I 'taper' our school year you ask? Well, we have already started one of Mara's classes July 1. We will continue to add courses to her schedule as time and readiness permits until we are at a jam packed schedule in the fall. What this mean is that while we may be going full steam this winter, it also means that these classes will begin to taper off as early as February, leaving more time for play in the Spring! Gonna beat burn out. yeah.

Imma genious.

So, what are we discovering this year?

  • Bible
  • Memory
    • Elinor
      • Bible, Poetry, Nursery Rhymes, or songs
      • 1 short piece per week
      • 5-10 minutes per day
    • Mara
      • Bible and Poetry for passages
      • 1-2 short pieces each week
      • 1 short play, speech, or longer poem each month 
      • 5-10 minutes per day
  • Mathematics
    • Elinor
      • Number recognition 0-20, Number sense
      • 10-20 minutes per day
    • Mara
      • Math-U-See: Gamma
      • 1 hour per day
  • Stretching and Exercise
    • Alternating days of stretching, coordination, physical strength, as well as what it means to have a healthy body
    • 30 minutes per day
  • English Grammar
    • Spelling
      • Mara
        • 15-30 minutes 3 days per week
    • Writing
      • Mara
        • 15-30 minutes 3 days per week
        • Using Grammar workbook and a free writing assignment each week
    • Reading 
      • Elinor
        • Sight words, coloring pages, wooden letters
        • 15-30 minutes per day
        • Bedtime stories
      • Mara
        • Cricket Magazine
        • Bedtime stories
        • Booklist material, free reading list
        • 30-60 minutes per day outside of regular school time
  • Science
    • Elinor
      • Alphabet Cookbook
      • Nature observation and craft time
    • Mara
      • 1 hour 2 days per
      • Unit Studies and Lab/Classroom observation
  • World History
    • Semester 1 Project Timeline Ancient History- Early Modern
    • Semester 2 Modern World History
  • Language
    • Latin
      • Winnie Ille Pooh Semper Ludet 
      • 60 minutes 2 days per week
    • French
      • French Reader
      • French Audio
      • 60 minutes 3 days per week

Tapered Schedule Color Key: 
Light Green =  July 1 Start Date
Yellow = July 11 Start Date
Peach = Opportunities to begin are available soon
Teal= July 22 Start Date
Plum = Late August Start Date
Merlot = September Start Date


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