Classical Christian Homeschool
I will not study history formally this year. I will continue reading out loud to Eleazar from "The story of the world". We are in chapter 6 "The Rise of Islam" in volume 2: The Middle Ages. We read and discuss 1 short chapter every day. As fascinating as history might be, it is not my favorite subject and since I am not passionate about it enough, I don't want to spend my time on creating timelines and trying to make Eleazar remember all the dates and names. I consider history a "reading material" and not a study material, roughly speaking. In addition to "The story of the world" we read a lot of books from the local library on all sorts of historical events and famous people.
After we are done with "The story of the world", I will start reading "Our island story" by Forrest, "The chronicles of Sir John Froissart" by Froissart and Holden, and "Our country's flag and the flags of foreign countries" by Holden. All are public domain books and can be googled easily.
In addition, for every National holiday we will read appropriate stories about the events and main historical leaders.
Our new globe arrived in the mail 3 days ago! A week ago I started to read to Eleazar "Geographical readers for elementary schools" by C. Mason. I love the way this book is written: informal yet thought provoking. Great read! And, again, it is a public domain book! As we read the stories, we find the places on our map or globe. We do the same when we read our history book.
I will not study geography formally in a classroom setting. Reading is enough for me.
Recently we read a lot about Constantinople and we are planning to visit the city (Istanbul) next year! It is going to be a blast!
This school year we will continue reading stories from Elson Basic Readers. Right now we are finishing Book 3, so in September we will start Book 4. These stories are our absolute favorite! Each story is followed by a set of questions to answer.
I might abandon "The Eclectic Readers" completely, because very often they are simply ridiculous and a little bit annoying. Luckily for me, Eleazar has a very good sense of humor and he finds the stories very "entertaining". At this point I have not decided yet.
We will start a formal study of Russian this year. I chose a very old textbook, called "Букварь" from 1959. We will try to cover the whole book in 1 year. Also we will work on cursive writing in Russian.
I will use a combination of 2 sources: "Integrated Chinese" traditional character edition and Pimsleur Chinese online. We will continue studying Chinese calligraphy and Chinese ink painting.
We will read Chinese stories from "Harmony" by Conover and Chen Hui. They are written both in English and Chinese. Since I am personally interested in I Qing, we will study it as well with English translation, of course.
I am excited to start a new school year! Eleazar is now 5 years and 6 months old.
This year will have a more formal format.
We will continue studying Shema Israel and my favorite prayers. We will do a lot of memorization and copy work. I am adding a new textbook for conversational Hebrew: Reif, Levinson “Hebrew Basic Course”. There are 40 units in the textbook and I will try to cover 4.
I will also use the book called "The wisdom in the Hebrew alphabet" by Rabbi Michael Munk just to show the beauty of Hebrew to Eleazar.
This year I am choosing a different textbook for English:
C. J. Barne “New National First Readers”.
After that we will move to “Introductory Language Work” by A. Reed.
I will still use Saxon Phonics 1 (certain chapters) though, I must admit, this program slows down Eleazar's reading and writing, because it makes easy things complicated. I will use it as a cross reference only. I will go the old fashion way this time! :)
I will also focus on cursive writing, spelling and phonics.
I will follow my own math program. We will start by reviewing addition and subtraction of numbers 1-20, move to multiplication and division, study in detail types of measurement, and then go to numbers 1-100 for all 4 operations. Right now we are capable of solving word problems involving 3 steps and we will continue working on more complicated ones.
Just for fun, I will continue reading from my last year reading books on mathematics: "Mathematicians are people, too" by Reimer and Reimer, volumes 1 and 2 and "A beginner's guide for constructing the universe" by M. Schneider.
My school year calendar 2014-2015
My teaching plan by subject 2014-2015
My teaching plan for years 1-11
Lesson schedule 2014-2015
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I can literally watch them forever! And there are so many of them!
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