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What’s New In your Curriculum? 2014-2015 Curriculum

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Each August I write a post on what curriculum we will use for the coming school year. Here is my 2013-2014 home school curriculm2012-2013 school curriculum and  2011-2012 school curriculum posts. 

This summer I was really relaxed in regards to 'summer schooling'. We schooled full time the entire month of June. Then, I just let it go, I am pretty strict when it it "school time" and I felt that my kids had a REALLY good school year. We finished everything I wanted to and actually were ahead in Math!! So, I gave my kids the rest of the summer off. Mind you, it was only six weeks.

This school year begins in three short weeks. My middle child is fully prepared on what to expect at academy. My little one will be attending academy with her sister this year for the first time and I know she will have a great time. She is a bit scared and wonders what to expect, but I know she will sail through her days there. My son has made the decision to no longer home school and will we attending private school in four weeks.

Math: Saxon Math (Level 5/4 and 6/5)
Does it work? Yes
Will I continue to use it for 2014-15? Yes.

We are heavy on Math in this house! {As you can see} This is the second summer we have not tutored during the  summer or completed daily work to remain fresh. The reason is that my little one is so far ahead in Math that I needed to slow her down a bit. She literally flew through Saxon 2 & 3 this year - BOTH BOOKS!! My oldest daughter excelled in Math this year - she finally grasped major concepts and we were able to get though a Math book in one school year! Yeah for her!  I'm hoping we can dive right in and pick up where we left off. I will continue to use Saxon Math as I really like this curriculum, the children are familiar with it and it works!

My 3rd grader will begin Saxon Math 5/4 andmy 5th grader will continue (we did a bit during the month of June) Saxon Math 6/5.

Grammar: Shurley Grammar (Level 3 & 5)
Does it work? Yes
Will I continue to use? YES

This will be my fourth year using Shurley Grammar. I have to say it is one of the best Grammar curriculum out there, for us. Both of my girls love these books and are very familiar with them.

Spelling: Spelling Power
Does it work? Sort of
Will I continue to use it?  Yes

I have been using this curriculum o and off for a couple of years. I can't find a Spelling curriculum  that I love and adore, so I continue with this one. My girls like it and they know what to expect. I have a great speller and an average speller, so there is my question of whether it works or not. I really think, you can either spell or you can't or you simply don't care (I have one of these)  The Spelling Power book is for all levels, so I will use it for both of the girls.

Handwriting/Penmanship: Classically Cursive

Does it work? Sort of
Will I continue to use it?  Yes

My daughters have wonderful fine motor skills, but their handwriting is not the best. The girls are both lefties and I think they struggle more with where to place their paper in relation to their writing utensil. My 3rd grader will continue Classically Cursive for cursive writing. My 5th grader will continue to improve on cursive. 

Literature/Composition: Introduction to Composition Student
Guide (Grade 3) AND Classical Composition I: Fable, Classical Composition II: Narrative  (Grade 5)
Does it work? YES
Will I continue to use it?  Yes

Grade 3Hittite Warrior, Alexander the Great, Archimedes and the Door to Science, D’Aulaires Greek Myths, Detectives in Togas, Bronze Bow

Grade 5: Hittite Warrior, Alexander the Great, Archimedes and the Door to Science, D’Aulaires Greek Myths, Detectives in Togas, Bronze Bow, The Golden Goblet

Omnibus: Mystery of History, Volume 1 Creation to Resurrection,
Does it work? YES
Will I continue to use it?  Yes

We are so excited to use this again this year. We so missed it last year!! My son, who will no longer be homeschooled, even told me not to read any pages unless he is home. This is GOOD stuff!!

English/Vocabulary/Language: I feel this is covered well with Shurley Grammar and Lit/Comp work
Does it work? yes
Will I continue to use it?  yes

Science:  Exploring Creation with Zoology I
Does it work?  YES
Will I continue to use it? Yes, We love Apologia!

My children adore Science and I'm happy to fill their brains up with whatever they want.  We all adore Science and I will continue to be Science heavy in this house. This will be an exiting year as we will be hosting / hatching baby quail eggs for academy - can't wait!!

Biblical Studies/Religion/Memory: God's Great Covenant, OT 1: A Bible Course for Children
Does It Work? GGC - yes
Will I continue to use?  yes

Bot girls will be using GGC this year . . . oddly enough the academy selected the same book I used last year for my little one. SO - she will be using the same book again this year. It is okay, bible stories never get old. My oldest daughter is excited to be back to GCC after a year break. I love the GGC books!

Foreign Language:  Pre Via Latina (Grade 3), Via Latina II (Grade 5)

Does it work? yes
Will I continue to use? Yes

Latin is always a struggle and I know we will have many hours of studying this year! But, we shall persevere!

Art & Music:  Violin, Symphony Orchestra for my 5th grader, Chamber Orchestra for my 3rd & 5th graders. Art classes at academy, Study of Art Through the Masters - Drawing (Grade 3) & Study of Art Through the Masters - Color (5th Grade)
Does it work? Yes
Will I continue to use? Yes 

Field Trips/Extra Activities:

We have many, many field trips since we live in a great city with numerous museums. Field Trip day will always be the favorite.

About Tiaras & Tantrums: Rese is a mom of three. She enjoys home educating her kiddos, taking photos, and traveling the globe. Rese is a family photographer and home educator. Connect with Rese on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Tiaras & Tantrums.

Latin Present Tense Verb Endings Chant

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What is a {latin} tense?

This lesson is on the "present tense". This describes what is happening presently (as in now). There are three ways of translating the present tense into English.

This example is the verb "to carry".

  1. I am carrying
  2. I carry
  3. I do carry

To decide which one to use, simply pick the one that makes the most sense in the sentence. Usually, the first version makes the most sense.

The first few Latin tenses that you learn tend to have the following endings:


LATIN VERBS: THE BASICS

Latin verbs have different rules governing the way they conjugate. For the most part, Latin verbs conjugate by attaching endings to the stems themselves, without all the separate helping words put in front of the stem as in English to tell you how to understand the action.

You must learn two things for Latin verbs: (1) the stems, and (2) how the stems are modified at the ends to show different conditions under which the action is occurring.

Here is the conjugation of the verb "to see" in the present tense in English.

SINGULAR PLURAL

I seewe see
you seeyou see
he, she, it, seesthey see

Here is the Latin translation for the verb English verb "to see" with these modifications.

 LATIN ENGLISH

1st videoI see
2nd videsyou see
3rd videthe/she/it sees

1st videmuswe see
2nd videtisyou see
3rd vident they see

Latin conjugates its verbs by attaching endings to the root of the verb itself. The common feature of the verb "to see" in Latin is the stem "vide-" and to show changes in person and number, Latin adds a suffix. These suffixes are called the "endings", because they indicate the person and the number of the conjugated form of the verb.

About Tiaras & Tantrums: Rese is a mom of three. She enjoys home educating her kiddos, taking photos, and traveling the globe. Rese is a family lifestyle photographer and home educator. Connect with Rese on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Tiaras & Tantrums.

HEAVEN Stick book

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Heaven for Kids, by Randy Alcorn: Teaching my children now about the New Earth, before they develop negative or untrue, ideas about Heaven, is quite important to my husband and I.  We want our children to be excited about meeting Jesus and God and not to have fears or doubts. The book raises all of the questions that kids ask about heaven and answers them with illustrations they can understand.

This book should be a part of every curriculum for children in my opinion. The truths it teaches are timeless and necessary to combat the lies about Heaven and the New Earth that too many Christians start believing when they are young children.

We have been studying Heaven and my daughter has been keeping a little journal called a Heaven stick book.  Each week, she answers questions related to the chapters we read together.  She is learning about a very special place that God is making.

Where relevant, I am including pages from Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven for Kids, for you to reference if you need to.

Questions for week 1:

page 1 Questions I have about Heaven:

page 2 Sometimes, I am afraid to die because:

page 3 Other times, I am not afraid to die because:

Questions for week 2: (1-5 sentence answers)

page 4             What is the present Heaven? (pp. 36-38)

page 5             What is the future Heaven?  (pp. 36-38)

page 6             Things I hope to ask Jesus:

page 7             When I see Jesus face to face, I think I will feel like this:

Book cover Decorate the cover of your book.  Use Rev. 21:1-22:21 as a reference and color a picture of the New Earth.  Use your imagination and make it as beautiful as you can.  Include a title for your book.  It can be as simple as “Heaven.”

Please use your neatest penmanship and write 1-5 sentences for each answer.  Where relevant, pages from Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven for Kids, are included for reference.

Questions for week 3: (1-5 sentence answers)

page 8             What I am most looking forward to about Heaven:

page 9             Who will be in Heaven?  (Use your knowledge of the beings in heaven as well as the Book of Life, etc.

page 10           How do you get to go to Heaven?  (pp. 179-184)

page 11           The part of the New Earth that seems most awesome to me is: (Use Rev. 21:1-22:21)

Name Write your name on the back of your book

About Tiaras & Tantrums: Rese is a mom of three. She enjoys home educating her kiddos, taking photos, and traveling the globe. Rese is a family lifestyle photographer and home educator. Connect with Rese on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Tiaras & Tantrums.