I have given both LA and Science a lot of prayer, thought and research and I'm satisfied with what we've decided to do.
For science, we'll be reading books and exploring more from there through experiments, more reading or nature study. This will be our most child-directed subject. We will continue to follow Barb's Green Hour assignments until I feel confident enough to do it on our own. We didn't go to the animal preserve yesterday, it was raining and we didn't have enough time.
For grammar/composition, I've decided to use Primary Language Lessons, Writing Tales 1 and Intermediate Language Lessons, in that order with nothing else.
Looking the curricula chart I made, I realized I had overkill in the LA department, I have writing programs alongside LA programs that include writing. I also have Writing Aids from Tapestry of Grace and I've since looked at it more closely. I feel confident enough to allow Primary Language Lessons, Writing Tales 1 and Intermediate Language Lessons be our only language arts products through 5th grade. Since I have Writing Aids, I can always beef it up if I need to.
There are a few clarifications I need to make to the chart, a few curricula selections are dependent on another being finished. For example, phonics instruction will be finished before spelling begins. We will be starting Explode the Code 6 on Monday and Camille will finish book 8 before starting Simply Spelling 3.
If we stay on track with our schedule, she'll end Book 6 before 3rd grade and have about 23 weeks of 3rd grade devoted to Explode the Code, depending on how quickly she moves through the books. Of course, there may come a point where using them may not as worthwhile but we'll cross that bridge if we come to it. It's really not about making sure we do Simply Spelling in 3rd grade, we're building skill sets and there is no reason to move into a new area without finishing the previous.
I'll have more about Natural Science by Seasons as we get our books in and I have time to think more about it. I have a list of books I want to read during PreK-4th and I'm still gathering that list as well as thinking about our approach. There will be a structure to our lessons, this just requires more refinement of thought.
I'm feeling very good about these changes, I feel they have been made with our best interests in mind.