A few weeks ago I shared a post on Simple Homeschool about my 3 step process for homeschool planning. I thought it might be nice to record a vlog as a companion to that post, so here it is!
If you're interested in the original Simple Homeschool post, head here:
My 3 Step Process for Homeschool Planning
In the video, I mentioned that I would share the list of books I've been using to plan the next homeschool year, so this post is me making good on that promise.
Next school year my kids will be 15, 10, 8, and 5. Our homeschool will include the following grade levels:
- ninth grade
- fourth grade
- second grade
- and preK age 5 (we delay kindergarten until age 6, or I suppose some would consider what we do to be a Kindergarten from age 3 to age 6)
Note that this list varies a bit from the video because I'm adding resources as I'm continuing to plan. New books are being added almost daily as I'm currently creating our 2016-2017 plans, and I will update this blog post as the book list grows.
Books I'm Using to Plan Our Next Homeschool Year
- The Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer (a newer edition is coming out in August)
- Homelearning Year by Year by Rebecca Rupp (this is about ten years outdated, but I still find it useful)
- Real Learning: Education in the Heart of My Home by Elizabeth Foss
- The Sonlight catalogue (we use this for the book lists, mainly)
- The Waldorf Student Reading List by Fenner and Rivers (last I checked used copies of this were selling for one penny + shipping on Amazon)
- Make Way for Reading by Karen Latimer and Pamela J. Fenner
In addition to books I'm using for general planning, I'm also breaking things down per child and plan to use the following books and curriculum:
- Vocabulary - Vocabulary from Classical Roots C and Master the Top 150 Misspelled Words
- Rhetoric - Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion
- Literature - right now my plan is for her to keep a Reader's Notebook, to work her way through the booklist for Sonlight's Classic Literature, and we also recently purchased a second-hand copy of The Language of Literature, including the teacher's guide. I'm still firming up these plans.
- Science - we're going to do Biology next year, but I'm still working on plans
- Algebra I - still working on plans here, as well. Possibly Teaching Textbooks?
- Spanish - possibly Rosetta Stone?
- Art - two to four hours a week of Art Club and private lessons
- History and Reading - working through the ninth grade book list (many of these I've found as Kindle freebies) in The Well Trained Mind and writing a one to two page summary, along with using The Timetables of History and The Almanac of World History. She keeps a Book of Centuries, as well.
- She wants to pursue more culinary study independently, too. Possibly look into classes?
- Math - he will move on to the next Teaching Textbooks
- Spelling, Grammar, Writing - The Write Start (Max is in the storyteller/scholar phase) and also the games and lessons ins Dorothy Harrer's An English Manual
- Reading - we're going to use the Sonlight Grade 4/5 readers
- Science - Physics, probably using Van Cleave's Physics for Every Kid
- History - The Story of the World IV, also learning about our home state. He keeps a Book of Centuries, as well.
- Art & Music - 2 to 4 hours a week, Art Club and piano
- Taekwondo - 3 to 6 hours a week
- History - the Story of the World vol. II, working on reading, narrating, and illustrating and she also keeps a Book of Centuries.
- Math - A Journey Through Waldorf Math from Waldorf Essentials
- Spelling, Grammar, Writing - The Write Start (Lucy is a speller) and also the games and lessons ins Dorothy Harrer's An English Manual
- Reading - pulling from a variety of different book lists and making sure she always has 1) a book to read in her head, 2) a book to read aloud, 3) a book to listen to mom read aloud. I feel like this gives practice for many different reading/comprehension skills.
- Science - earth science and astronomy. Still working out these plans.
- Art & Music - 2 hours a week. Begin piano?
PreKindergarten, age 5:
- continue to work our way through Sonlight Core P4/5
- The Write Start (Amelia is a scribbler)
- play, play, play!
As I said, I'll more than likely be adding to this list, but so far these are the books that I'm using to plan for next year.
Are individual planning posts for each kid and their grade level, including our curriculum plans, something that you would be interested in reading about? Or/and in my creating vlogs for? Let me know in the comments. Thanks!