Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The End of the Year is Near

The end of the school year that is. Math and reading will continue through the summer and I plan to sneak in the occasional history movie. What could be more exciting than the history of Britain on a 4 disk set?! Some of you are well aware that I really do find that entertaining. In fact I did find a nice set made by the BBC. It sure was dangerous to be the king of England!

We in fact have finished our books for this year and started in on next years work 2 weeks ago. We will continue for at least 2 more weeks and then jump into our summer schedule. I have made 2 major changes to our curriculum for the coming year. First is with Language arts/ writing. We have started using "Classical Writing" which uses classical Greek methods to teach writing. We also incorporate handwriting, a little spelling analysis and grammar into this program. The second big change is that we are using a "My Father's World" unit study. It is classically based and brings together music, art, history, geography/ culture study and science under one topic. This year we are doing their "Exploring Countries and Cultures" year which is focused on geography and culture study. After this they have a 4-year chronological history cycle. So far we are learning a lot and it is fun too!

Our most exciting news today is that Abigail has finished her first grade reading curriculum. She is doing great and we are very proud of all the effort she has put into her reading.

David went to "The Physics of Baseball" event at the Rose Garden; so look for a note about this from him coming soon.


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