For the middle school years, we’ve moved to being much more project based and more child led. That means that beyond the math and language arts plans, I have less to put here this year. However, I’ll try to be a good blogger and update it at the end of the year to let you know what we did.
Mushroom will continue using Jousting Armadillos from the Arbor School. Then he’ll move into Coconuts to Crocodiles. He will also practice problem solving and keep up his elementary math skills with Process Skills in Problem Solving grade 6.
BalletBoy will use MEP Math grade 6 and continue using Khan Academy.
We’ll try to back up and have a geometry focus this year with some geometry projects. We’ll use a variety of resources, including Zome Geometry and a lot of hands on projects.
We will continue using the Brave Writer lifestyle approach to language arts as a whole. We’ll be using Faltering Ownership for our writing projects, however, I choose our own dictation selections instead of using The Arrow or Boomerang. This means that we’ll have a routine for language arts:
- dictation from literature twice a week
- reading a nonfiction article and doing a written narration once a week
- freewriting once a week
- poetry tea once or twice a month
- a writing project once a month
- a short story once a month
We’ll be reading the MCT book Building Poems as part of our poetry study. In addition to continuing our short story routine and reading nonfiction weekly, we’ll read a few things for required reading. Last year we did two fiction books that we all read and discussed together. This year, I’m hoping to double that. I want them to choose a biography to read and I’m planning on The Giver and A Wrinkle in Time as two of our together fiction reads. As always, the kids choose their own books for independent reading time and the Husband and I continue to read aloud.
Right now, we have two projects lined up to begin in the fall.
We’re going to use two spines for this: Philosophy for Kids from Prufrock Press and Philosophy Rocks! This will likely be a writing heavy project. We may also read aloud the classic book Archimedes and the Door of Science to tie in with this book in terms of thinking critically.
Evolution, Dinosaurs, and Extinct Stuff
This is a nebulous topic right now with lots of avenues for exploration. We’ll be joining the Coursera Dino 101 class, which has been highly recommended to us. I have a variety of books about the topics that we’ll start off with and then see where it leads us.
Arts, Movement, and Extras
We will continue most of the extracurriculars that we have in the past, in particular BalletBoy will continue ballet and Mushroom will continue theater. We are taking a break from piano and Mushroom still needs to decide for sure if he’s committed to soccer again.