Next Years Plans

Our plans for next year keep changing, but I think I have finally gotten everything figured out. Our first major change is that Autry has decided she wants to be homeschooled next year. I was very surprised when she told me, but she thought it out and weighed all the pros and cons. She is going to spend the year at home working on her art and writing, and then she is going to try to get into OCHSA next year.

What this means to me is that I had to plan our year out differently because Autry is a different learner than Tru, but I finally have a plan, and I am quite satisfied with it. For LA we are going to continue with K12 LAs which I am very happy with. Tru has done a few weeks of it, and Autry will join him in the work. For math the twins will be doing Life of Fred as their main program. Many people use LoF as a supplement, but I have found it to be a very rich program that teaches all the math concepts. I look forward to using this program with the twins. Tru has almost finished LoF fractions, but I think we will review it with Autry and then move on to decimals. I am hoping that we can get through these two books and LoF pre-algebra with biology by next May.

The twins have picked out a science program from Winter Promise called Sizzle, Solve, and Survive. It sounds like a very interesting program, and I know I would have loved it when I was little, so I am excited for them to work with it.  From the WinterPromise website:

Learn to Use Sustainable Resources to Survive!

You are about to be stranded on an island, where you will need to learn to live sustainably using the resources available to you on the small island. To survive, you must learn how to harness the power of the sun and the wind as well as tap the energy of other physical forces. You will read the journal entries of islanders and build models of the same projects or conduct the same experiments right alongside them.

The program uses this kit from Thames and Kanos, and I am hoping that it keeps their interest all year. In addition they will be working through Singapore Science.

For history they are going to do K12’s World History using  the Human Odyssey along with reading The World In Ancient Times and The Medieval and Early Modern World.

Tru is going to continue his Latin studies using Latin for Children, and Autry will be working on Chinese. Together they will also be working on Spanish using Rosetta Stone.

Then they have their classes. Autry is in acting, homeschool choir, private voice lessons, and homeschool orchestra. Tru will be in homeschool orchestra, a p.e. class (either swimming or basketball), and Lego engineering. All in all I am very happy with our plan. Hopefully it will all work out…

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