Curriculum 2016-2017

Here’s the plan for 2016-2017!

General for 2016-2017, 5th and 7th grades:
  • This is the first year we’re using a detailed student planner with specific assignments to be completed for the week.  In the past, it’s been a bit more fluid.
  • About 3 hours per day, 4 days per week is spent in structured time doing core subjects (math, language arts, literature, alternating some other subjects)
  • The rest of the time is spent loosely pursuing everything else.  This varies but usually includes fine arts, history, science, co-ops, friend time, field trips, etc.
Language Arts:
Literature:
  • Reading lists are developed collaboratively with the boys.  I pull a bunch of ideas (from Google searches, friends, etc.) and they select their top choices (I probably insist on a few!)
  • 7th grader’s reading list:  Leviathan; Dragon’s Blood: The Pit Dragon Chronicles; The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm; The Giver (with lit guide); Jacob Have I Loved; From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiller; The Dark is Rising; Holes (lit guide); Sounder; Julie of the Wolves; The Book Thief; Inkheart; The Graveyard Book
  • 5th grader’s reading list: My Side of the Mountain, On the Far Side of the Mountain, Nim’s Island, The Twenty-One Balloons (lit guide), The Indian in the Cupboard; Cricket in Times Square (lit guide); The Phantom Tollbooth; Kit’s Wilderness; Peak; Hatchet (lit guide); The Secret Garden; The Island of the Blue Dolphins; From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil; Time Stops for No Mouse; The Pepins and Their Problems; Ranger’s Apprentice
  • For literature study:  Literature guides as noted from Progeny Press or Teachers Pay Teachers , keeping lists of words to be looked up, discussion, and/or BookAdventure.com quizzes.
Math:
  • Both are doing Teaching Textbooks this year for the first time.  I have no plans to keep my 7th grader (doing Pre-Algebra currently) in it, but I’m keeping it as a holding pattern for one year until he’s in 8th grade for Algebra.  My 5th grader is a bit math phobic, so we’re trying it out to see what he thinks.
  • Times Tales (5th)
  • Monster Math Flash Cards App (5th)
Science:
This subject is a bit hodge podge for us, though we do spend a lot of time on it!

World History / Geography:
Fine Arts / Electives:
PE / Health:
  • 7th grader is learning to cook, signed up for a YMCA FAST class, and wants a FitBit
  • 5th grader does a lot of dancing with his theater group, is thinking about taking a separate dancing class, plays Pokemon Go and wants a FitBit
  • As a family, we’re hoping to get out kayaking more this year!

If only we had more time, I’d love to include the following as well.  I tend to pick a focus area for each year or semester (this year’s is literature), so perhaps these can be included someday!

  • Journaling
  • Something better for a PE type of experience
  • Prodigy Math for math review and reinforcement
  • Band or orchestra for my non-theater kid
  • Foreign language
  • Texas history
  • Critical thinking skills

 

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