Well it’s almost that time of year. Time to get organize all the homeschool stuff for this upcoming year. I’ve made a few changes from my initial plan. Mostly those are curriculum changes instead of major subject swaps.
I bought the Apologia General Science used for $15 for my son. After looking it over, we decided it just wasn’t what we needed after all. A tenant had left behind a Life Science book from Holt Science & Technology. He liked the format, but like the Apologia general science, it would have been mostly review of stuff he already knows. However, I looked online and they have 2 other books in the series: Physical Science and Earth Science. Since we did geology and astronomy last year, that just left physical science still to cover to have a good science base going into high school sciences, so I’m ordering the physical science books. It’s a bit expensive ($132), but unlike Apologia, it is fundable with out state allotment.
The other change is Karen’s social studies. I didn’t really like what Christian Light has for 4th or 5th grade. I looked on Rainbow Resource and found several world history workbooks and narrowed it down to my top 3 choices then let Karen pick which seemed most interesting to her. She decided on 2, which is ok since one is a bit light to use by itself.
I asked at our school district what they do for Alaska studies and they told me about a website which is a complete curriculum. So I’m going to have him go through that in addition to the Judy Fergesson books I already picked out.
So here’s the revised plan for how this year will go:
RICHARD 8TH GRADE
Language Arts– LA800: CLE $40,
Writing– Rockets Radar & Robotics: Institute for Excellence in Writing $29
Literature- (All Veritas Press Guidebooks $12) Call of the Wild & White Fang, Fahrenheit 451, Around the World in 80 Days
Math– Math 800: CLE $52
Reading– Reading 800: CLE $27
Bible– Bible 800: CLE $70
Science-Holt Science & Technology: Physical Science homeschool pkg & CD: Rainbow Resource $132
Social Studies– AK state study online (www.akhistorycourse.org), Judy Fergusson books
KAREN 5TH GRADE
Language Arts– LA500: CLE $50
Math– Math 500: CLE $52
Reading– Reading 500: CLE $27
Literature– (All Veritas Press Guidebooks $12) Heidi, Anne of Green Gables, Secret Garden, Where Red Fern Grows
Bible– Bible 500: CLE $26
Social Studies– 2 world geography workbooks from Rainbow Resource $12 & $16
Writing– Student Writing Intensive A & Continuation Course A: Institute for Excellence in Writing
Science- Real Science 4 Kids: middle school physics, chemistry, biology $65/subject Rainbow Resource