Monday, September 8, 2008

Our First Term

We are in full swing of our first term of school. Just in time to break for a two week vacation! More on that later. I know homeschoolers love to see what others are doing, so I thought I'd share what we're doing this term. I'm not going to share the whole year because things change so quickly, and I don't have everything mapped out that specifically.

We joined a co-op this year called Lighthouse Gang. It's incredible. Last week was our first week, and we all had a great time. There are over 120 families, and being that homeschoolers seldom have small families, you can imagine how many kids! The elementary students all do history, science, music and art and put on a huge musical production at the end of the year. Micah's 4th grade class is focused on Missouri history. The jr. high and sr. high students get to choose from a large variety of classes. Noah is taking Computer Graphics II, Christian Worldview, Physical Science, and U.S. History. One aspect I particularly like about a co-op is that my kids are being held accountable by someone else other than Mom. It is oftentimes difficult to wear the hat of Mom and teacher at the same time.

At home, this is what Noah (9th grade) is working on:
Government studies written by Mom (which I really thought I shared here but can't seem to find)
Are You Liberal, Conservative or Confused? by Richard Mayberry
Passion and Purityby Elizabeth Eliot
VideoText Algebra
Christianity 101 followed by Dig Deepfor personal devotions
Spelling Power
Dynamic Memory and Study Skills
The Count of Monte Cristo on audiobook
The Innocence of Father Brown
The Good Earth
English from the Roots Up
The Fallacy Detective
Paradigm Writing Assistant
Written Narration three times a week
Rosetta Stone Spanish

And here's what Micah (4th grade) is doing at home:
Math U See Delta
English from the Roots Up
Typing Tutor
Apologia's Flying Creatures of the 5th Day
Christian Liberty Nature Reader
It Couldn't Just Happen
Copywork four days a week
Spelling Power three days a week
At the Back of the North Wind
Robinson Crusoe
The Borrowers
Chronicles of Narnia
Gentle Ben
Great Americans and their Noble Deeds
The Age of Fable
Trial and Triumph
Poor Richard
A Child's Geography of the World by Hillyer
Madam How and Lady Why by Kingsley
This Country of Ours by Marshall
Mom's government studies
Poet: Alfred Lord Tennyson

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