In my last post, I spoke about the philosophies we tend to follow in our home in regards to schooling. Today, let’s get into the nitty gritty…curriculum.
For the first time, we are going to loosely follow a science curriculum. I have chosen the R.E.A.L Odyssey Earth and Science program and the chemistry program. Both programs appear fairly hands on with lots of labs-which is a big plus for us. My plan is to have the Earth and Science curriculum out with all of the needed materials available. We will go over the big picture lesson together and then they will be able to pick which labs they want to follow up with. I plan to do chemistry during a block, or maybe two, later in the year.
The kids are in three very different grades. This year we will have a first, third and fifth grader! Parks’ main curriculum will come from the Institute for Excellence’s Primary Art of Language program. I plan to use the program with a Waldorf Twist. He will use his main lesson book for the work and we will go through it using folk tales and fairy tales. For math, he will continue with Singapore math along with Montessori math using materials. I found a new reading and spelling program this summer that I am very excited to get into. We already started the reading program and so far it is terrific. The programs are by Sound Foundations. The reading program is called Dancing Bears and the spelling is called Apples and Pears.
The mighty third grader is going to delve into Waldorf Essential’s third year program which focuses on the Jewish religion and the Old Testament. The fifth grade Waldorf Essential’s program is filled with adventures from ancient civilizations, Greek mythology and geometry. Along with their Waldorf curriculum, they will do teaching textbooks for math along with Montessori math and Apples and Pears for spelling. Together, they will also use Institute for Excellence in Writing to begin some more formal writing.
I am still trying to narrow down which chapter books we will read together. If you have suggestion, I would love to hear them! I would love to find a few books with themes that will flow with what they are learning.