Thursday, June 14, 2018

4th Grade Reading List 2018-2019

Zoe's 4th Grade Reading List 

Zoe had a couple books from her 3rd grade list she didn't get to last year. I have left a couple off as they were already on my 5th grade list and she can just do them next year, and the other 3 I have moved to this 4th grade list. She will also be doing the Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts which has 3 suggested books that accompany it. The Socratic assignments and discussions that go along with them will take about 3 months. She will have 8 other books that will give her about 3 weeks to read each one.

 Little House in the Big Woods- Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Island of the Blue Dolphin - Scott O'Dell

Bunnicula - James Howe & Deborah Howe

The Lion, The Witch, and the Waredrobe - C.S. Lewis 

How to Eat Fried Worms - Thomas Rockwell

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien

The Borrowers - Mary Norton

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

MCT LA Trilogy

7th Grade Required Reading for 2018-2019

Cian's 7th Grade Required Reading List

I have changed up my original 7th grade reading list to include a couple more challenging books and also things that would appeal to Cian- shockingly he wasn't super excited about reading Little Women and Anne of Green Gables from my original list, lol. I have also changed his list from 20 books to one each month from September to May. He has a little bit heavier load compared to last year and will be working on a High School credit this year. I want him to enjoy reading, yet not feel overwhelmed.

The Incredible Journey - Sheila Burnford

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank 

Wonder - R.J. Palacio 

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Gentle Ben - Walt Morey

Swiss Family Robinson - Johann Wyss 

The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton

To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

Subjects 2018-2019

2018-2019 Subjects

Here are our 2018-2019 subjects for all but Grace's high school curriculum. There are a couple I am undecided on still, so those have question marks after them.
Cian – 7th Grade
Religion – Be My Disciples Jr. High: 1st semester: New Testament, 2nd semester: Mystery (RCL Benziger)
Bible- Story of the Bible 2
Math-   Thinkwell Algebra 1
Grammar-  Easy Grammar Plus
Grammar- Punctuation Puzzler C1 (PC games)
Spelling- Building Spelling Skills 7
Vocabulary- Wordly Wise 3000 4th Ed. Book 7
Vocabulary- Vocabulary from Classic Roots A
Reading/Literature- Classic 7th grade books (link here)
Writing- IEW SWICC-B
Science-1st semester: Behold & See Life Science
Geography- Map Skills G
Latin- Latin for Children: Primer A
Health- Total Health- Talking About Life's Changes
Arts Instruction- Drama classes
PE- Dance classes
Music- Piano Lessons

Zoe – 4th Grade
Religion – Be My Disciples 4 (RCL Benziger)
Bible- Story of the Bible 2

Math-   Math Mammoth 4A&4B
Grammar- Punctuation Puzzlers A1 (PC games)
Grammar- MCTLA Grammar Island, Sentence Island, & MCTLA Practice Island
Vocabulary- MCTLA Building Language
Vocabulary- Wordly Wise 3000 4th Ed. Book 4
Poetry- MCTLA Music of the Hemispheres
Spelling – Building Spelling Skills 4
Literature- 4th Grade Reading List including: MCTLA Classics: Mud Trilogy
Writing- IEW SWICC-B
Typing- Jump-Start Typing CD-ROM
Science- Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics
Social Studies – Steck-Vaughn Social Studies 4
History- Story of Civilization II- Medieval Times
Geography- DK Geography 4
Geography- MAPS D
Latin- Latin for Children: Primer A
Health- Developing Good Health
Critical Thinking- Red Herring Mysteries

Art- Usborne Art Treasury
Arts Instruction- Drama classes
PE- Dance classes

Music- Piano Lessons

Ellie – 2nd Grade
Religion – Image of God 2 & 1st Communion supplements??
Bible- Story of the Bible 2
Math-   Singapore Math 2A & 2B
Grammar- Easy Grammar 2
Spelling– Building Spelling Skills 2
Reading- American Girl History
Reading Comprehension - Time Magazine for Kids Comprehension and Critical Thinking Grade 2
Vocabulary- Wordly Wise 3000 4th Ed. Grade 2
Handwriting – D'Nealian 2
Journaling – "If I Were.." Writing Prompts and Scholastic 1st Writing Prompts
Science- Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics
History- Story of Civilization II- Medieval Times
Social Studies – Steck-Vaughn Social Studies 2
Geography- DK Geography 2 
Geography- MAPS B
Health- Health, Safety, and Manners 2
Art- Usborne Art Treasury
Arts Instruction- Drama classes
PE- Dance classes
Music- Piano lessons 

Fionn – K4
Religion – Stories of God’s Love Ages 4/5 or Image of God Workbook A
Bible- Story of the Bible 2
K4 Learning Packs by theme (various creators) and K Literature Based units (1+1+1=1)
Sight Word Work: Reading the Alphabet (1st semester) from This Reading Mama
Sight Word Work: You Can Read –(2nd semester) from 1+1+1=1
Sight Word Work: Sight Word worksheets in D’Nealian (TPT)
K4 (some materials) from Confessions of a Homeschooler

Supplements- My Kindergarten Learning Book & various K workbooks
Reading- Let’s Go Read CD-ROM & Phonics readers
Reading- Starfall: Learn to Read, Reading and Writing Journals, and ABC Printouts

Journaling- My First Journal (from TPT)
Handwriting – D’Nealian K
Math-   Total Math K
Science- science reader books weekly / listen to Z&E’s science
Geography- DK Pre-K Geography
Art- Usborne Art Treasury
Arts Instruction- Drama classes
PE- Dance classes

Music- Boomwackers and Songs

Monday, May 28, 2018

Summer Goals 2018

Summer Fun One-On-One Goals 2018

We do one-on-one summer fun activities with each of the kids during the summer. They each get to do one with mom and one with dad. We have a "goal" for the goals themselves that they try to make one free or really cheap also! It takes a little creativity (and lots of good summer kids' movies) to find 10 unique things! Last year, I also promised the older two I'd take them to Jurassic World, so we are adding another category to the previous three called Big Kid and Little Kid summer fun. (Zoe will kill me to be called 'Little Kid' so I guess I should say 'Younger Kids.' LOL!

Kids One-On-One Goals

Fionn & Mom - Ice Cream at DQ - ✔ 5/28/18

Fionn & Dad - Go get ice cream ✔

Ellie & Mom - See Paddington 2 (AMC has a really cool summer program for kids! $3.99 for a ticket AND a kids' pack with drink, popcorn, and a bag of fruit snacks.) ✔ 6/13/18

Ellie & Dad - Go to the park & get shaved ice ✔

Zoe & Mom - see Nut Job 2 (Also an AMC summer special) ✔

Zoe & Dad- Go for a drive to get candy from the store & eat it all on the way home ;)

Cian & Mom -  Go see Incredibles 2 ✔ 6/16/18

Cian & Dad - Go to a White Sox game (in full disclosure, Cian gets to go for free as a thank you for serving at our church.) ✔ 6/14/18

Grace & Mom - Go see Searching (Am I scoring on all these movies or what?!? Mom's fun summer ;)

Grace & Dad - Go to Monical's ✔

Melissa & Brian - summer fun dates

  • Go out to dinner ✔ 6/15/18
  • Date nights to see Grace & Cian in their theatre shows this summer ✔✔
  • Go see Mama Mia 2! -Brian pooped out on this one, so Grace & I went with her bestie & her mama (and prob had more fun, lol) 

Family Fun Goals

  • Bowling & Hawaiian shaved ice - the good one, not the crunchy one. I'm dreaming of a Pina Colada flavored one now!We had to do milkshakes as the shaved ice was closed :( ✔ 
  • Fireworks - it will be Fionn's 1st time going! -didn't make it this year, will try again next!
  • STL zoo -✔ oldest two had theatre, but the other 3 had a blast: 

Big Kids, Younger Kids

Grace, Cian, & mom are going to see Jurassic World! ✔

Zoe, Ellie, & Fionn will see a kid movie together instead. ✔

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Zoe's 3rd Grade Required Reading List

Zoe's Required Reading List for 3rd Grade

1. The Trumpet of the Swan* E. B. White

2. Island of the Blue Dolphin* Scott O' Dell

3. Mr. Popper's Penguins Richard & Florence Atwater

4. Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis

5. The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid

6. Charlotte's Web E. B. White

7. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis

8. Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren

9.  Anne of Green Gables L. M. Montgomery

10. The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett

11. Julie of the Wolves Jean Craighead George

12.Bridge to Terabithia  Katherine Paterson

13.  Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

14. Harriet the Spy Louise Fitzhugh

15. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH* Robert C. O'Brien

16. The Egypt Game Zilpha Keatley Snyder

17. Mary Poppins P. L. Travers

18. The Witch of Blackbird Pond* Elizabeth George Speare

*These books with the star were on Grace or Cian's 4th or 5th grade list and will need to be replaced when she gets to those grades. 
Update:The ones crossed out she didn't get read and will be moved to her 4th or 5th grade list.

Plus, a weekly book for our last 6 girls of the American Girl studies adds 36 more required books.

Monday, July 10, 2017

A Look at our 3 year-old Preshool Curriculum Choices

Fionn's: We use confessionofahomeschooler's LOTW- that is what is in the totes. I also have a mathematical reasoning, pre-K logic, and a Kumon Let's Cut Paper! that are not pictured I'm going to try and include this year also.

A Look at our 1st Grade Curriculum Choices