Friday, March 20, 2009

Plan for history for next year

I haven’t put anything on the blog about it, but my plans for next year’s history studies have changed fairly dramatically.  Connor will continue, by himself, on to Sonlight Core 6, the first half of a two-year world history core.  Richard and Trina will probably be using Core B.  And William and Thomas?  They are the subject of this post!

I’m going to give them a two year break from Sonlight.  We are going to focus on the four R’s, and also on science.  I plan to take things pretty lightly as far as history.  I have a few ideas, but I’m going to focus right now on planning the first part.

To start with, we are going to continue our geography/cultures study we’re doing this year, rather informally, with Europe, South America, Central America, and probably Canada.

I’m using Around the World in 180 Days to figure out Europe and South America.

My Europe plans:

The Morning Star of the Reformation by Thompson

The Hawk that Dare Not Hunt by Day by O’Dell (and watch the Torchlighter video about Tyndale too)

Pilgrim’s Progress by Bunyan (haven’t decided which version) and the Torchlighter video about him

Read about the Grimm brothers, then read some of their stories

I have an opera study somewhere, I plan to look and see what we could do with that

At least one of the Benge books -- Corrie ten Boom, Brother Andrew, C.S. Lewis, Count Zinzendorf, John Wesley, or William Booth

More to come... 

Comments on my original blog:

Jen in Oz --


Found a site the other day that explains why my now 10.5 yo ds has struggled with his reading and writing. Her explanation of right brained learning really fit him. If I remember rightly William was struggling too last time I was in contact with you regularly. Maybe this idea would help.

Best of luck,

An old friend

--Monday, April 13, 2009 - 01:04 AM

Debra --

Hey, Jen,

How are you????

Thanks for the link, it's opening in another window. I'm always interested in things that help me to figure this kid out!

--Monday, April 13, 2009 - 09:49 AM

Jen in Oz - 

Doing well thanks Deb. DH has been doing some studying so hopefully our personal economical situation improves soon. lol

The boys are doing well but I have realised that my eldest, now 10.5yo, really learns better when he teaches himself. I have to sort of slide the curriculum by him and see what he catches of his own accord. If I try to directly teach him it causes us too much angst.

He is flying with Maths, not like your eldest, but still doing quite well with confidence and confidence is my most important marker for success down the track. Lang Arts is just our "bugged" subject.

My 7yo ds and 4yo ds are typical boys, would have no problems in the PS system but I am enjoying homeschooling too much to hand them over. lol

It would be great if AppleStar's ideas match with your struggling boy. It took a big weight off my mind to know that I just needed some patience for reading and writing.

Best wishes

Jen in Oz

--Wednesday, April 15, 2009 -- 06:17 PM

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