Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Well, it turned out to be a weird week. I felt like I ran around in circles, did a lot but didn’t accomplish much. Oh, well! Here’s how it went down:

1. Read at least one chapter of  the gospel of Luke per day. (Finished! Now I’m on to reading the gospel of John.)

2. Pray the rosary each day.

3. Finish reading “Secrets to a happy Life” and write review. (Didn’t get hardly any reading time this week. Hopefully will get it finished this week.)

4. Have nephew over for a sleepover. I can’t wait. He is visiting from Florida and I haven’t had much time with him at all! It was so much fun spending time with him!

5. Continue unpacking and  organizing our stuff. (Well, I put maybe three things away, but I’m counting it anyway!)

6. Continue making and adding items to my Etsy shop. (Put two new items to the shop)

7. Spend five minutes per day on fiction writing.

8. Spend about half-hour of playtime with Andrew each day. (We spent time together but not specifically playing.)

Here’s my plans for this week:

1. Read at least one chapter of  the gospel of John per day.

2. Pray the rosary each day.

3. Finish reading “Secrets to a happy Life” and write review.

4. Finish unpacking and  organizing our bedroom.

5. Continue making and adding items to my Etsy shop.

6. Spend five minutes per day on fiction writing.

7. Spend about half-hour of playtime with Andrew each day.

8. Revamp and prepare our homeschooling curriculum for the fall.

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

Our Home Education Curriculum 2012-2013

Our Home Education 2012-2013

For kindergarten and first grade with used the complete Catholic Heritage Curricula. As I mentioned in my review of the program, I was very pleased with the program and was going to continue with Catholic Heritage for a few more years at least. I’ve changed my mind.

Oh, I’m still pleased with the program. I would still recommend Catholic Heritage to others. I kind of wish I could use the program again. The more I’ve prayed over it and reflected about our home education experience up until recently, though, I realized that I needed to make a change. A big change. The thing is, as much as I loved the program, it didn’t fit our needs, or Andrew’s way of learning or even Andrew’s personality.

So this year, I’ve put together my own home education program based on the Charlotte Mason method of teaching. I chose this method because I like the gentle, hands-on method of teaching, the short time periods for each lesson and the emphasis on living books and narration. I think this method will work well with Andrew. As a matter of fact, when I started showing Andrew what he will be doing for school he was so excited he wanted to skip camp and start school right away!

To put my curriculum together, I relied heavily on the inspiration and suggestions of the following websites: Simple Charlotte Mason,
The Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Scheduling, and Simply Convivial’s Homeschooling Planning, A year at a time series. I also used FiveJs year-at-a-glance calendar to get an overview of the whole school year. I am also adapting my own version of Amongst Lovely Things color-coded progress list, however, I am using last year’s version which I think will work better for me.

So, without further ado, Here is our plan for Andrew’s second grade curriculum:

Daily

Religious Education:

Bible Memorization (5 minutes)

Bible Reading (5-10 Minutes)

Little Acts of Grace (10-15 minutes)

Memorize the Apostle’s Creed (5-10 Minutes)

Math:

Right-Start Mathematics (20 minutes)

Chore payment counting and sorting (save, give, spend)

Language Arts:

“Delightful Reading” and spelling using my adapted method (15 minutes) – I am planning on getting the full curriculum for this soon. It just isn’t in our budget quite yet.

Handwriting practice by doing copy work (10 minutes)

Composition: (Writing a sentence or paragraph on a subject of choice. 5-10 minutes)

Narration: Reading a chapter from a book and having Andrew explain it back in his own words. (20-30 minutes)

Literature: Read-alouds as per our compiled list (done as part as our night-time routine. (Here’s the pdf if you want to print it to use for your family)

Spanish:

Pimsleur Spanish DVDs (30 minutes)

Physical Education:

Free play and/or directed play + weekly karate and weekly Co-op gym class

Art:

Drawing, sculpting, coloring, etc. (30 minutes)

Trice Weekly

Science:

Guest Hollow’s Little Otter’s home-school curriculum (30 minutes)

Biweekly

American History:

From Sea to Shining Sea for Children (30 minutes)

Supplemental videos and DVDs

Geography:

Scrambled States of America the book and the board game.

Art Appreciation/biographies of artists:

Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Auguste Renoir (30 minutes)

Music/Music Appreciation:

Bach, Mozart, Beethoven (30 minutes)

Other

CCD and First Communion Prep on Tuesdays 4-5 pm

Home-school co-op on Fridays 1-3pm

In case you want to print out this schedule in order to adapt for yourself, here’s a pdf copy of the curriculum in list form and a pdf copy in chart form.

I haven’t completely fleshed out all the books I will be using, especially for handwriting, composition and narration, but I have some idea. I will probably add these as we go along.

My next step is going to be putting together a daily schedule so I can figure out how I am going to fit in our home education with me going to back to college full time. It is going to be tight, but with God’s help it will work out! When I have the daily schedule finished I’ll put it up for you.

How about you? Is your home education curriculum solidified yet? What programs or curriculum are you using? Do share in the comments.