Posted on August 8, 2016
Home Education Plans for 2016 – 2017
Next week we will start our new homeschooling year, so I have spent a bit of time over the last couple of weeks praying and thinking over our home education plans for 2016 – 2017.
As our priorities for this year, I have written down that I want our homeschooling to:
- be focused on Jesus
- emphasise real learning rather than ‘busywork’
- include more outdoor time and exercise
Obviously this year we will be adding a newborn baby into the mix, sometime close to the beginning of the academic year! I do not have any ambitious plans to do anything particularly new or challenging in terms of our routine, but hope just to keep the same rough routine as last year. This worked well when our fourth baby was born, almost 8 years ago. However, as a result of thinking over what had worked well and what hadn’t for my end of school year wrap up, I do want to add in a few things:
- more crafts and painting on Monday afternoons, now that the weather is beginning to push us towards less nature study!
- a set time for each child to do narration for me each day- this will be before lunch
- our son to write questions for me for the end of his chapters in his IGCSE Physics and Geography books. This form of narration was an idea which came from Karen Andreola’s book Charlotte Mason Companion, which was one of my non-fiction books for reading this summer.
For field trips this year, I have written a list of possible destinations to find out about, mainly so that I don’t end up forgetting all about trips due to baby brain! Currently I have a castle, a boat trip, a museum, a lighthouse and several local craft businesses on my list, but we probably won’t do all of them!
For each of our children, here are the curricula we will be using:
Our Son (almost 15 years old):
- Learning Language Arts Through Literature Gold (British Literature) and associated reading books
- Edexcel IGCSE English Language
- Alan Smith, IGCSE Mathematics for Edexcel
- Teejay Int 2 Credit Mathematics Book 1
- Teejay Int 2 Credit Mathematics Book 2
- You Tube maths tutorial videos
- Money Matter for Teens workbook
- Collins Edexcel IGCSE Physics
- Pearson Edexcel IGCSE Physics
- Hodder Edexcel IGCSE Physics Practice Book
- You Tube revision videos
- Trinity Guildhall Grade 4 Music Theory Workbook (moving onto Grade 5)
- Piano lessons
- Self-teaching guitar
Our 12 Year Old Daughter:
- Learning Language Arts Through Literature Grey and associated reading books
- Teejay Level D Mathematics (moving on to level E)
- Piano and recorder
Our 9 Year Old Daughter:
- Learning Language Arts Through Literature Purple and associated reading books
- Copywork- Write Through the Bible
- Singapore Maths My Pals are Here 3A (moving on to 3B)
- Piano and recorder
Our 7 Year Old Daughter:
- Learning Language Arts Through Literature Orange
- Copywork- Write Through the Bible and Queen Homeschool’s Pictures in Cursive A
- Reading aloud associated reading books to Mummy
- Piano and recorder
This list doesn’t include extra-curricular type activities. For work we do together in the afternoons, we will be using Mystery of History Volume 3, Apologia General Science, Rosalind Surtees’ Junior French workbooks, Classics for Kids for music appreciation, and The Art Doodle Book for art appreciation.
As always, we will start our homeschooling days with Bible time and a family read aloud book. I will probably write a post with our planned read aloud books for the year within the next few weeks.
What are your home education plans for 2016 – 2017? Are you doing anything new or different this year? Please comment and let me know.
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