Saturday, December 29, 2007

Curriculum changes for a new year


Apologia Exploring Creation w/ Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day
This will be our third attempt at an Apologia science text. (We started Botany twice but have yet to finish it.) Instead of notebooking and narration for science, I'm working on a lapbook where the girls can fill the information into booklets. So far I have the first 2 lessons scheduled to cover 4 weeks and the corresponding booklets ready to go. To make it more interesting, I'm trying to incorporate a wider variety of booklet types and vary the activities within the booklets (fill in the blank, matching, crosswords, riddles, diagrams, etc.). We'll see how it goes.


Bible time from Grapevine Old Testament to reading through the Vos Children's Bible. The girls enjoyed watching me draw the stick figures so we may add in a few stick figure illustrations with our reading, but the worksheet portion of the Grapevine studies took to much time for the girls to fill out cutting down on our time to sing and pray.


FLL for Violet.
We had problems with the pace of the program, lack of application (what's the point of learning the definition of a noun if you can't identify it), and just sheer boredom. I'll take out what we like, add in some application, and hopefully have it ready by fall for 2nd grade as a one year introduction to grammar.

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