This year we will be incorporating the Charlotte Mason learning style. Below is our Course of Study for the 2007-2008 school years.
Recitation: (10 min.) Monday-Friday
Monday, Wednesday & Friday-Bible Memory Verse
Tuesday & Thursday-Poem
Math: (30 min.) Monday-Friday
Workbooks M-Th & Math in everyday life
Fri- My 13 and 7 year old work independently for 15-20 min.
5 yo and 3 yo morning kitchen chores or centers (blocks, marbles, cars, clay etc.)
Language Arts & Literature (20-30 min.) Monday-Friday
Monday-Thursday 13 yo- reads for 20 minutes and narrates verbally for 10 minutes
Friday- 30 min. written narration
Monday-Friday 7, 5 & 3 yo-7 yo reads aloud for 10 minutes while 5 & 3 yo listen. 10 minutes for all three to get a chance to verbally narrate.
History (Monday, Wednesday & Friday) Nature Study (Tuesday) Science (Thursday) (30 min.)
Monday- American History
Friday- World History
The children read a living book on a person or event in history. Then they complete a (13 yo) written or (7 & 5) verbal narration from one of the events read in history. Finally they all participate in creating one index card for each event to be added to our wall time line.
Current Events: (10 min.) Monday & Wednesday
(7 & 13 yo)
Wednesday- Choose the most important 2 or 3 stories of the week
Monday- Re-write one story in their own words as a chronicle of the year, making the heading of each page something like “This Week in History, March 15, 2007.”
Mapping: (15min.) Monday-Friday
Locations read in literature and history is pinpointed on the map by the children. I also allow the children to compete at mapping drills.
Composer Study: (15 min.) Tuesdays & Thursdays
We study one composer per term.
Tuesday: work on our composer biography sheets.(on going)
Thursday: study and listen to the composers work.
Biography: (15 min.) Tuesday & Thursday
13 yo- 3 people studied per school year
7 & 5 yo- 15 people studied per school year
Geography: (15 min-20 min) Monday & Wednesday
3 locations assigned per school year
Read living books about assigned location
Oral and written narrations about location
Map work of location
Sketches related to location
Citizenship: (15 min.) Tuesday & Thursday
Read 3 pages of Charlotte Mason’s “Ourselves”
Foreign Language: (15 min) Wednesdays & Fridays
We will use the language we learn daily in conversation to reinforce knowledge
Physical Education: (30 min) Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Drills & Athleticism
Each child is given a number of push-ups and jumping jacks. They practice three times a week to build muscle and endurance. Each child must be able to demonstrate for their end of the term grade.
Learn and demonstrate an athletic activity; kickball, ping-pong, track etc. each term
Bible Study: (15 min.) Monday-Friday
Study 3 books of the Bible in conjunction with Bible study worksheets
Reading-“Saint’s and Heroes” Vol. 1 and “The Pursuit of God”
Life & Work Skills: (30-60 min.) Monday-Friday
housekeeping, cooking, menu planning, grocery shopping, sewing, knitting, crocheting, volunteer work, wood working, typing, dictation, babysitting
Poetry: (15 min.) Monday, Wednesdays & Friday
3 poets per year
All children must practice and memorize a poem written by the poet studied as well as be able to recite it for part of their end of term exam grade.
Composition: (20 min) Monday-Friday
(13 yo only) Written narrations are graded for composition. 2-3 per week, varying among subjects.
Copy work & Handwriting: (5-10 min.) Monday-Thursday
(7 yo) A sentence from his literature is printed on handwriting paper for him to copy.
(5 yo) Alphabet handwriting sheets-we move to a new letter once a letter is mastered.