Monday, June 30, 2014

Middle School Years!

I almost can't believe we are here already. The years are flying by so quickly. Following is an overview of plans I've been working on for the next three years of ds' education. We will still be using Easy Peasy for most subjects. He has stated that he liked it well enough and did not want to change that. I am looking forward to our studies. Yes, 'our.' I learn as much, if not more, as he does as we go along this road - and I love it.

Year 6 Year 7 Year 8
Bible EP Poetry EP New Testament EP Old Testament
English The Logic of English Repeat LoE? MaxScholar + EP?
Math Life of Fred/EPstep1 Life of Fred/EPstep2 Life of Fred/EPstep3
Science EP Biology EP Zoology EP Earth Science
History EP World-Geography Texas History EP Ancient History
Economics Toothpaste Millionare Common Sense Bus. & Capitalism for Kids Young Economist
Art/Music EP Cultures EP Early American EP Ancient 
Computer Programing for Kids Graphic Design Using Spreadsheets
Thinking Using Logic Art of Logic Course EP Foundations
Pers. Dev. Practical Happiness Boyhood and Beyond Do Hard Things
For. Lang. None Visual Latin 1 Visual Latin 2

Of course this is not all written in stone. And, as you see, I'm really not sure what we'll do for English, spelling, & grammar after this next year. The Logic of English can be done a second round with a more advanced spelling list - we will probably do that. But ultimately it depends on how it goes the first time around and what he is ready for after that. I also have no idea at this point what we'll do for Texas history, or even whether we'll spend a whole year on it.

But I'm thankful to have an overall plan - some direction as we do work out those details. I am also thankful we now have a better understanding of his learning strengths and weaknesses. That also helps in choosing materials and knowing what accommodations to make. We have used and enjoyed audio books in the past, and will continue to do so in the future. I will continue to do much of the reading this year, but will be transitioning in the following years to having him utilize those accommodations more independently. And, hopefully, he will also do more reading on his own. I realize these next three years will involve many leaps and bounds as he grows in so many ways towards that young man he is becoming.

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