Friday, July 10, 2009

Homeschooling Plans

This year is going to be a little weird for me because I will only be homeschooling my youngest son, MonkeyBoy, instead of all three heathens like usual. Big B has started college and Sis is going to a snazzy new charter school so while I will miss them at home, I really hope they both enjoy their new schools.

So with that, here is what I plan to do with MonkeyBoy but I reserve the right to vary from this list whenever I feel like it. LOL. One never knows what will catch the attention of my little ADHD child so I'm going to go with the flow whenever he wants to.

Plans For 2009-2010

Reading- I purchased a subscription to Click N' Read through Homeschoolbuyers Co-op that we have been using and will continue to use. So far it seems to be working really well and hopefully will continue to. I have also downloaded several File Folder Games that teach reading and we'll also practice during our nightly bedtime stories.

Writing- Since first learning about Copywork I have enjoyed implementing it in our homeschooling. With MonkeyBoy I plan on using several different sources for his Copywork including downloads, Beginning Reader books, his Ranger Rick magazines, and whatever else we find interesting. He will also be starting a Spelling List this year beginning with two letter words and working his way up from there.

Math- Oral addition and subtraction problems as we've been doing (the kid loves to walk around the house doing Math problems for some reason), learning about and counting money, File Folder Games I've downloaded, and a computer program I picked up.

Geography/History- We'll do Lapbooks about different countries and history, read books including the Magic Tree House series again, the Time Warp Trio books and show, do some map recognition, and the Highlights Top Secret Adventures packs we get.

Science- The local Explora museum is offering 14 weeks worth of classes starting in August so MB will be going to class once a week. I think it's a great opportunity for him to be in a class with other children his age and have another teacher besides Mommy for an hour a week. We will also be doing a Nature Journal, photo journaling our finds, doing Lapbooks on various subjects, and watch shows on National Geographic channel and Animal Planet.

This year we are also buying a microscope so we can study the various ecosystems in our area which should be a lot of fun and I hope to have MB do the homeschool version of Hogwarts School that so many friends have enjoyed with their kids.

Art- We will study several artists ending each lesson with MB doing his own version of their art, he will take a few classes at the local Art Gallery, we'll make several trips to the Albuquerque Art Museum, do a few Lapbooks, and also various crafts (such as a Toad House, stepping stones, pet rocks, etc).

Music- He'll study composers and music by listening, reading, and doing Lapbooks on them. His favorite thing in the world is Phantom of the Opera so we will probably do a Lapbook for that to make him happy. We'll also watch a few musicals and he would like to learn to play the keyboard this year.

Physical Education- He plans on joining Teeball again this fall, we take walks to our community park, exercise in the backyard, and might looking into putting him into another activity in between playing ball.

Extra- I'm going to look into Roots & Shoots for him and find badges he can earn for learning certain skills. As a family we don't agree with groups like Boy Scouts so putting him in that is out of the question. I also hope we can go on tons of Field Trips all over the place this year.


  1. sound like a great year I am in planning stage myself right now. I will have three doing school and a toddler sitting in with us should be fun.

  2. " (the kid loves to walk around the house doing Math problems for some reason), "

    My son use to do that. I would show him a flash card and he would run past me or jump on the sofa, to give me the answer. lol It worked!

    Great list you have there. :)