What does 2019 hold in store for us here at the Patch?
Well, as we have done over the past two years, we will be having a mix and match of curricula so that I feel like we’ve touched all of the core basics with the kids. That’s what I’ll detail for you today. We may add in extras throughout the year, depending on how we’re doing with the workload of this central core. Most of the work can be accomplished during the morning, leaving the afternoons for the kids’ own interests or general play / downtime.
Just a note: rather than do one level of learning for each child we go for the middle ground, with the exception of maths. And we adjust expectations for each child based on their skill set.
The curricula we have chosen are:
Build Your Library (BYL) : Grade 4 – The Modern World
It covers history, literature, poetry, science and art.
We are currently mid-stream with this. It’s an annual subscription that runs with the US school year. It covers the mechanics of writing as studied from good works of children’s literature. There’s A LOT of crossover between the books used in the 2019 Bravewriter Arrow and those recommended in BYL.
Your Pals Are Here! Maths
This is a Singaporean maths series. It is supposedly used in many of their schools and I’ve found it to be pretty solid and not excessive in the amount of work required of the kids. This year they will be doing 3A & B, and 5A & B.
RSO Earth & Space – Level 1
This is a secular* science curriculum out of the US. It covers the earth sciences and astronomy. We may add in “The Stargazers Notebook”, which is a year long study of the sky. It depends on how our time and energy goes.
We may also look at doing “Bravewriter Jot It Down” for creative writing. I’d really like to encourage Master Oh’s creativity to come out in some form of writing and this may be the best way to get him moving on it.
There will also be the ongoing tutoring to assist with Master Oh’s probable dyslexia. Perhaps some use of Nessy and other apps that can reinforce the learning we will be working through.
And for variety we will probably dip in and out of Khan Academy as we need a break from our regular programme.
There may be extracurricular items as well, but they will probably come later in the year and I’ll post about any changes as we go.
As always, we try to be flexible and adapt to changing needs. What seems like a good idea today may turn out to be a horrible idea in a month or two. Watch this space for any updates.
Also, if anyone is interested I’ll write another post with a full listing of the books we will be using this year, along with an approximate cost for all of the year’s core curricula and resources. Just let me know in the comments if this is something you’d like to know about.
Here’s to a fantastic range of learning happening in 2019 !
*I note this as secular as it’s a bit of an issue when you use curricula out of the USA.
As I’ve learned from their online secular community, a lot of the curricula available are considered “neutral” so they can be sold to people whose faith does not agree with the concept of evolution. So they skirt the subject, ignore the subject or explain it as “one theory” while giving a faith based “theory” the same platform. That, obviously, wouldn’t suit us.