Monday, April 25, 2016

The Game Plan: 2016 - 2017 Home School Year Game Plan

**I have updated the school plan as of July 2, 2016.  You will see there are still a few areas that are still in question.
*** The updates in purple were made during the school year or were changed as of Jan. 15, 2016.

For once, I have a tentative game plan that didn't take weeks to get together... or lots of stressful, sleepless nights!

Please do not interpret that to mean I did not take next year's planning seriously with much prayer and consideration.  Here are just a few points I consider while planning for the next year:

1.  Evaluate how well each child has progressed during the previous year.

2.  What curriculum did we finish?  (Or at least, almost finish.)  If we come close to finishing a curriculum then I know that we made time for it and probably enjoyed it.

3.  What areas did my child show most interest?  How can I encourage my child to want to learn more in this area?  Extra Classes? Trips?

4.  What are my child's weakest areas?  Do we need a change of curriculum?  Dedicate more time to this subject?  Invest in a class to help?

After considering the above, I have put together this tentative plan for next school year:

2016 - 2017 Tentative Home School Game Plan
for 5th & 6th / 7th Grade

- Weekly Bible memory verses
- This Means War Bible Study
- Continue YWAM & other missionary books read alouds
- Work on mission blog
- Write letters to our sponsored child through Compassion International.

- Check Bible verses for best handwriting.

- ABeka Spelling Grade 5 - Spring semester we decided to switch from the curriculum we were using, back to ABeka so I could work more with them both.  In the two weeks we have been using this curriculum, which seems to be tougher, their grades have improved drastically.  Both are making A's.  I believe this has more to do with me actually working with them instead of just letting them do spelling on the computer on their own.  We knew at the beginning of the school year, this was something we were going to have to work on, so the switch seems good.

Language Arts
- Daily Grams & Easy Grammar 6
- Jump In: A Workbook for Reluctant and Eager Writers from Apologia
- ABeka 7th Writing assignments only 
- ABeka 5 writing assignments only.  
- 1 book report per quarter for each student.

- 6th / 7th Grader - Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra.  
-5th grader - Teaching Textbooks 6.  
Both will go through Life of Fred books: Fractions and Decimals and Percents this year. (3 days a week)

- Geography - 2 days a week - Easy Peasy (Only did this during summer semester)
- Modern History - Easy Peasy
- Field Trips & reading books to go along with topics

- Answers in Genesis God's Design for the Physical World - 7th grader
- Answers in Genesis God's Design for Heaven and Earth - 5th grader
(We were having science issues.  For the first time I let them pick individual books and do science on their own.  My older child has already gone through the book my 5th grader chose, and my 7th grader selected a book that my 5th grader has absolutely no interest in... so we reached a nice compromise this way.)
- STEM Scouts - weekly

- Spanish / German - They each picked a foreign language they were interested in learning, and are using for 5 - 15 minutes a day, depending on which level they chose.  This is a free sight we will use until we need to purchase a curriculum once we know which language they will stick with.

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