Includes History, Geography, Church History, Music and Art Appreciation
Growing with Grammar Level 6 (Grammar)
Following Narnia: Writing Lessons in Structure and Style (Composition)A Reason for Handwriting, Letter F (Cursive Practice)
Typing Instructor for Kids
Art/Music/PE/Sci, SS or Lit Enrichment:
Activities within Tapestry of Grace
Weekly Piano Lessons
Weekly Piano Lessons
Weekly Homeschool Co-op (PE, Art and U.S. Government and Elections Class)
This year, I decided to try TS 1 in the Dialectic level of TOG. He is a sixth grader this year, which is the first year that TOG recommends trying the Dialectic Level of the curriculum. Since TS 1 enjoys history and is a fairly quick reader, I thought he might be able to handle this level. The difference between the Dialectic level and the level he was on last year (Upper Grammar) is that in addition to learning important facts about people and events, the student is also challenged to make and articulate connections across events, people and countries. Moving up to the Dialectic level has turned out to be the right decision for TS 1. He is enjoying history more than ever before! The amount of reading has not been overwhelming and he is so curious and interested in the content. We are having a discussion of the content and the connections across the different readings and events at the end of each week plan. We both really enjoy these discussions, but we have had to spread them out over two days because they are quite lengthy. I can't really express in words just how delighted I am to see TS 1 enjoying history, to see it coming alive for him. This was one of the subjects that had been so dry and lifeless for him in school, so to see this change makes my homeschooling mama heart happy :)
(What? Doesn't everybody do their math hanging off the couch???)
Spelling Power has turned out to be a truly painless way to work on spelling a little every day. Growing with Grammar works the same for us for grammar. This year I added a handwriting component for TS 2 because his handwriting is quite poor. He learned beautiful d'nealian print and manuscript in school, but he usually rushes when writing and produces sloppy work. He is capable of much more in this area, so we are working on that this year. He works on handwriting three times a week, and keyboarding once a week.
(What? Doesn't everybody do writing on their knees leaning on the chair???)
TS 2 continues to work through the first book in Apologia's worldview series, Who is God? I am pleased with how the curriculum teaches biblical concepts plainly and clearly and then links them to real-life situations through stories and probing questions. We use the accompanying notebook, although it is not a necessary component of the program. It simply enhances it and makes it easier for me to be sure he is understanding and applying what he has read.
Tom is doing science with the test subjects again this year, and they seem to be enjoying the Human Anatomy study. They recently completed the lesson on muscles and are on to the Digestive system this week. I have been finding you tube videos to reinforce what they are learning this year, as the content is much more detailed than last year's Astronomy study.
TS 2 is continuing through the first level of Rosetta Stone's Latin American Spanish course. I believe he is almost through with Level 1. To be honest, since this is not a required elective and won't be for some years now in our state, my goals for Spanish right now are just to provide exposure to the langauge. As a result, I haven't been as diligent as I would like in keeping tabs on his progress up to this point. I'm working on that :)
As for all the extras, co-op is in full swing and TS 1 is really enjoying his classes. He is taking U.S. Government and Elections, Physical Education and Art. Piano lessons are also going well and he performed Bizet's Habanera from Carmen a few weeks ago at co-op assembly. He was also invited to play on the sixth grade basketball team at the school he attended through fourth grade. Practices have already started and games begin sometime around Thanksgiving. He is enjoying it so far! TS 1 also participates in a weekly baseball clinic, and has learned a lot of new skills so far.