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Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Rest of Our Year

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Not too bad, math and science will be done the first week of June, I didn't schedule anything else because it is variable. I don't need to schedule out what else we'll be doing (Grammar workbook, Spelling or Explode the Code). I am going to plan out what poems we'll cover*, one poem every two weeks. I'm taking this schedule with me, I'll be gone Dec 24-Jan 4th and we'll do a week of lessons at my parents' house because it'll just be Camille and me. Hopefully I'll be able to come back and create memory cds for her for each quarter that I've planned above. Two cds- one for Monday/Wednesday and one for Tuesday/Thursday that will contain grammar songs from First Language Lessons, math skip counting songs, poems that I will need to record myself (using Audacity software), science items, french songs, history timeline (Veritas Press History songs) and anything else I'm forgetting right now.

I also hope to plan out the rest of this quarter with Tapestry of Grace, through January 25 on the schedule above. If I feel very ambitious I'll do a quick overview of the second quarter too. Before you say, "just enjoy your family time" you need to understand that I will and that is first priority but there really is just so much family time I can handle and this gives me something to do.

We are going to stop doing Spelling Workout C and start Explode the Code Book 5 to help solidify phonics. I've purchased books 5-8 and once those are finished, we'll do SWO C again. This is the time to do this and I pray it will lead to more fluency for Camille, which will make 3rd grade a year of transition into solid reading. I hope. If not, we'll do what we need to.

Poems in order:
I Heard a Bird Sing by Oliver Herford (now-Jan 11)
The Night by Myra Colm Livingston (Jan 14-25)

Once I Saw a Little Bird, an old nursery rhyme (Feb 4-29)
Time to Rise by Robert Louis Stevenson (Mar 3-Mar 14)
Singing Time by Rose Fyleman (Mar 17-Apr 4)

Rain by Robert Louis Stevenson (Apr 14-25)
Singing by Robert Louis Stevenson (Apr 28-May 16)
Happy Thought by Robert Louis Stevenson (May 19-23)
The Purple Cow by Gellett Burgess (May 26-June 6)

The Secret Song by Margaret Wise Brown (June 23-Aug 22)

Most of the poems are based on memorizing two lines each week as in The Harp & Laurel Wreath and it is how I will put the poems on Camille's memory CDs. Each sequential cd will have the new poems at the beginning of the cd and any past memorized poems at the end for review with any other items that just need review. I'm starting to think this memory CD thing is ingenious! I do the work to make the cds and the repetition is not something *I* have to worry about anymore or feeling guilty that we didn't do our memory work today. Smiling BIG!


I'll try to post while I'm gone but it may be sporadic. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

 

4 comments:

~christa~ said...

YAY!! That is what I am working on (hit or miss) this weekend and I know I will be so relieved when it is done!! I am one of those who plans out the entire yar as well - always leaving room for life to happen as well.

Have a blessed holiday season!
~christa~

Mom2legomaniacs said...

Jessica,

Just wanted to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas. I am sending you strength, peace, and patience to get through this time! I really hope it goes well and you have fun!

Love all the neat gifts for the kids. I remember one year (I think mine were 3 and 6 or 4 and 7 one) they asked for Imaginext things from Santa.

It took a LONG time to put them all together. Now they ask for Lego kits -- very easy to put a box under the tree instead ;-)

Merry Christmas dear!
Melissa

Amanda said...

I will be spending our break organizing the rest of our school year. I really love your schedule breakdown.

I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

Amanda
theelmoreacademy.blogspot.com

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

Have you done a post on the Harp and Laurel Wreath? I have heard you talking about it but I haven't ever seen it anywhere in person.

My youngest loves poetry and I was wondering how you use it...is there a place for me to look at it?

Thanks Jessica,
Barb-Harmony Art Mom