Posted on August 10, 2015
Our Home Education Plans for 2015 – 2016
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Summer has gone a lot faster than I expected here, (I don’t know what I was expecting, exactly), and in two weeks we will be back into our ‘term time’ homeschooling routine. I have been thinking about our home education plans for 2015 – 2016, and praying about how best to spend our time together each day.
As I mentioned in my End of School Year Wrap Up post in June, I would like to do some things slightly differently this coming year, and that inclination has been confirmed over the holidays as I read through RC Sproul jr’s book When You Rise Up, A Covenant Approach to Homeschooling. I found the book encouraging and convicting, with regards to how the way we spend our time homeschooling matches up with a biblical view of education, and I want to make sure this year that we are not cramming in ‘learning’ just for the sake of it, for example regarding too many modern languages, or to measure up to some unwritten expectation of the world regarding ‘school’.
I would also like our home education to be more fun for the children, (and me!), and for us to include more Charlotte Mason inspired learning, such as nature study, music appreciation and living books. We already enjoy these ways of learning, but it will be great to include them more, and reviewing Kerry Beck’s book Approaches to Christian Homeschooling has renewed my enthusiasm for using more of the Charlotte Mason method in our homeschool.
At the same time, our son will now be starting to work towards IGCSE qualifications, so we have been discussing his interests and which subjects he wants to focus on, and I have been researching the various exam boards using the very helpful HE Exams Wikia pages. Although our son will have his own IGCSE books, he will still join the girls and me for our Bible and read aloud times first thing in the morning, and our various topics which we share together in the afternoons, for example, art or history.
Over the summer I have been making note of interesting books I would like us to read over the coming year. I will first of all be looking for these on our library website, and failing that, I will get them secondhand, a few at a time from Amazon, as I earn vouchers through the various surveys that I take part in. I am also keen to use as many free resources as I can this year, so I was very pleased to learn from Sheri Graham’s blog about a homeschooling resources giveaway, and also the Charlotte Mason Tutor which is free until August 15th 2015, for Homeschool Freebie of the Day subscribers. I will be using my time this week to sort through and plan out various resources I have downloaded onto my homeschooling memory stick over the past months.
I was able to read part of Weston A. Price’s book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration: A Comparison of Primitive and Modern Diets and Their Effects, when good friends stayed with us in July, and aside from the health lessons in the book, it was fascinating to read the details about traditional life and diet in the Hebrides, to which we have now moved, of course. This has given me the inspiration to do a unit study on Hebridean island life in the upcoming term, and will also mean we can fit in some fun relevant field trips! I also hope to include lapbooks, on the geology of our area.
With regards to books and curriculum we already have, here is an idea of what we will be using this year. My apologies for the graininess of some of the photos, but my camera phone has packed in.
6 year old:
Learning Language Arts Through Literature (LLATL) Yellow
My Pals Are Here 2A (Singapore Maths)
Boxcar Children series for reading practice
8 year old:
LLATL Orange (and the accompanying fiction books)
My Pals Are Here 2B, moving on to 3A (Singapore Maths)
11 year old:
My Pals Are Here 4B (Singapore Maths)
World Watch 4 (Geography)
Duolingo for German practice
Apologia General Science
13 year old:
Teejay F Mathematics (moving on to IGCSE Mathematics)
LLATL Grey (moving on to IGCSE English Language)
Voici Une Famille Francaise (from Rosalind Surtees)
Duolingo for French practice
‘Hello World’ (for learning code)
Apologia General Science
Mystery of History Vol. 3
Voici Une Famille Francaise Junior
Speaking Our Language (for Gaelic)
Various Art books, e.g. Art for Children: Raphael
We will also be doing lots of baking, cooking, nature walks, playing piano, recorders, listening to music and audiobooks. But not all at once, of course!
At the moment, these are our home education plans for 2015 – 2016. If you home educate, are you planning to do something different this year? Please let me know in a comment.
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