Monday, July 13, 2015

2015-2016 Homeschool Curriculum


It's been quite a while since I've posted anything at all here on the blog, and even longer since I've shared anything about our homeschool journey. I've been deep in the teaching trenches with not one, but two of my kiddos homeschooling now. Last November (for a variety of reasons) we pulled Caitlin from public school and the Ruhl Academy enrollment instantly doubled. Since then, we've been trying to "just keep swimming" in the words of the wise Dori. 

With the better part of a year under our belts, we've all adjusted to the new school situation and are looking forward to the upcoming year. Last year was a bit like learning to swim by jumping in the deep end, but this year I have the luxury of time to plan and prepare.  We are continuing to  use a classical approach to education but with one big change. We are using Tapestry of Grace for the first time. I'm excited and a bit nervous to take on this ambitious curriculum.  Here's a quick run-down of each kid's curriculum for 2015-2016:

Caitlin, 8th grade


We are using Tapestry of Grace, year 3, dialectic level for the following subjects:
  • history
  • literature
  • writing
  • geography
  • church history
  • government
  • fine arts
For math, we will be finishing up Saxon 8/7 and beginning Algebra 1. I will definitely be investing in the Dive CDs or something similar to supplement my teaching. 

For science, we are using "Biology for the Logic Stage" from Elemental Science.

For grammar, we are continuing to use Rod and Staff. Caitlin had almost no grammar instruction in public school, so I had her jump in with Hunter in book 5 last year. It is such a rigorous and thorough program (if a bit boring), that I am keeping them at the same level. We will finish up book 5 and continue with book 6 this year. 

Foreign language- Caitlin will continue to receive private tutoring in Mandarin Chinese and will be taking the HSK level 3 language proficiency test this fall. We will also be studying Latin, albeit at a very basic introductory level.

Hunter, 6th grade


We are using Tapestry of Grace, year 3, upper grammar level for the following subjects:
  • history
  • literature
  • writing
  • geography
  • church history
  • government
  • fine arts
For math, we will be using Saxon 7/6.

For science, we are using "Biology for the Logic Stage" from Elemental Science.

For grammar, we are continuing to use Rod and Staff book 5, moving into book 6. 

Foreign language- We will be studying Latin, albeit at a very basic introductory level.



As you can see, there is a lot of overlap in the kids' curriculum. I tweak their workloads and assignments to the appropriate level and it seems to work well for everyone. We will also continue a group study of Shakespeare's work using this book as a guide. Last year we read, studied, and memorized from "Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Twelfth Night." This year, I hope to get through "Romeo and Juliet", "Hamlet", and "The Tempest." This has been a favorite activity for both kiddos and I've really enjoyed it too. We went to a beautiful production of Midsummer at the Guthrie Theater in the early spring and it was so fun to see how much both kids enjoyed it. 

We also attend a weekly co-op for a variety classes. Last year we did gym, art, drama, science, and business. I'm not sure what this year's co-op will entail but I know the kids look forward to it every week. 

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4 comments:

  1. Looks like a great year. I hear lots of great stuff about Tapestry of Grace.
    Blessings, Dawn

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  2. We have missed reading your blog and catching up with what is going on in your family. You are simply an amazing mother and teacher. We are sure Chris is 100% behind the scenes with you and the kids. They are lucky children to have such caring parents. Take care, dear Jessie. Sending our love from AZ.

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