Posted on October 5, 2017
Home Education Plans for 2017 – 2018
Already the summer has gone and we started homeschooling again at the end of August, so I thought I would share our home education plans for 2017 – 2018. I do not plan out our entire homeschool year week by week, but over the last fortnight of our holidays I jotted down books that I want us to read aloud together this year, and marked dates on a ‘year at a glance’ calendar for events that I already know will be happening throughout the year, such as a conference and our son’s exams. I have also typed out a rough routine for us to follow with our days, in terms of the order in which we do our work. This is fairly similar to the routine we have had in the past.
This year we are changing some of the curriculum we have been using for English and Maths, so I am looking forward to our 10 and 8 year olds getting started with that. Our eldest daughter, who will turn 14 later this year, is starting to study for IGCSEs which she will sit in 2019, so that is also something different for us. However, I am keen that we continue to read aloud together after Bible time in the morning, and do activities together in the afternoon, so I have planned for that in our routine. This year we are using Rod and Staff Bible workbooks for our Bible time, so that is another change.
At the moment we are reading Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, which we are all thoroughly enjoying, and I have a list of books I hope to read aloud for the rest of the year. These include some classics that were free to download on my Kindle, some more modern ones, and a few biographies.
Our afternoon activities typically include history, nature notebooks, science, art and music on one afternoon each.
As I mentioned in my end of homeschool year wrap up post in July, I have been looking forward to our son being included in our ‘together’ activities in the afternoons again. We use Mystery of History (currently volume 3), for history, and we have just finished Apologia’s Anatomy and Physiology for science, which we have been doing over the summer holidays. We will now revert back to Apologia’s General Science, which we were going through last year. We are continuing to use Classics for Kids for music appreciation, and Art Lab for Kids for art.
Something I am really looking forward to is doing a unit study on the Scottish Covenanters. The last Mystery of History lesson we covered before the summer holidays was on the Covenanters, so that gave me the inspiration. I will hopefully find the time to write a post on our unit study here. Being in the Hebrides, we are further north of most of the Covenanters-related heritage sites in central Scotland, however I have discovered one or two places closer to us that I hope we will visit before winter sets in too hard!
For the children’s individual work in the mornings, here is what we will be using:
16 Year Old Son
Our son has just turned 16, and is beginning A Level Maths and A Level Accounting, along with O Level Religious Studies. He will also be using Language Lessons for the High School Student Vol. 2 from Queen Homeschool (available from Ichthus Resources in the UK), Economics for Everybody course from Compass Classrooom, and How Maths and Music Relate from The Great Courses. He will be working towards Grade 5 in both Music Theory and piano practical with his piano teacher.
13 Year Old Daughter
Our daughter is starting to study for IGCSEs this year, as I mentioned above, and she will be doing English Language, Maths, Geography and Human Biology. She is quite excited about starting Human Biology, having been doing the Anatomy book over the summer. She will also continue with the Christian Light Publications Home Economics 2 course, her craft business, the Modernity history course from Compass Classroom, and Money Matters for Teens. She is also going to do Queen Homeschool Language Lessons for the High School Student: Grammar Review and More, interspersed with IGCSE English Language, as I feel Language Lessons has a lot of positive, encouraging content, compared with the rather depressing, negative stories, articles and poems which the English Language IGCSE seems to focus on.
10 Year Old Daughter
This year we are changing from using Learning Language Arts Through Literature (LLATL) to Language Lessons for the Secondary Child, from Queen Homeschool. Our 10 year old is really enjoying the Charlotte Mason style lessons, particularly the picture studies, and creative writing. For Maths she will change from Singapore Maths My Pals Are Here to Math Lessons for a Living Education 4. She has used Math Lessons for a Living Eduation before (you can read what I said about it in my post on Homeschool Maths Resources), and she is looking forward to going back to it. She will continue to use Mapstart for Geography, and Voici une famille francaise by Rosalind Surtees for French.
8 Year Old Daughter
Our 8 year old will also swap LLATL for Language Lessons for the Elementary Child Vol.1. She loves to narrate (unasked!), and she has previously used Queen Homeschool’s Pictures in Cursive. She is using Math Lessons for a Living Education Book 3, which she loves, and is on the last World Watch geography book. For our 8 and 10 year olds, I am assigning them fiction books to read at least one chapter a day (more if they want to!), which they then narrate to me before lunchtime.
I think that about covers our home education plans for 2017 – 2018! Do you have a favourite book or curriculum this year? Are you using something new that you would recommend? Please leave a comment and let me know.
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