Monday, September 15, 2014

A New Year - 2014-2015

Our new year has started and the kids are easing back into the school routine with Jennifer.  Our curriculum hasn't changed too much from last year since it's been working well and both kids are working at or above grade level.

FOR VICKI (7 years old/2nd grade):

Language Arts: 
Evan Moor Reading Comprehension, Grade 2
Evan Moor Skill Sharpeners Spell and Write, Grade 2
Evan Moor Word-A-Day, Grade 2
Evan Moor Grammar and Punctuation, Grade 2
Writing With Ease 1/The Wand/Literature Pockets (alternating)

Math Mammoth 2A and B
Evan Moor Skill Sharpeners Math, Grade 2
Scholastic Success with Addition and Subtraction, Grade 2
Algebra Readiness Made Easy, Grade 2

FOR GEORGE (9 years old/4th grade):

Language Arts:
Evan Moor Daily Reading Comprehension - Gr.5
Evan Moor Skill Sharpeners Spell & Write - Gr.5
Scholastic More Proofreading Practice - Gr.4
Evan Moor Word-A-Day - Gr.4
Writing with Ease 2 /The Arrow/Literature Pockets (alternating)

Math Mammoth - 4B
Evan Moor Daily Word Problems - Gr.4
Evan Moor Skill Sharpeners Math - Gr.5


They will continue doing a variety of topics using a little bit of this, a little bit of that, lots of books and other resources.  We are also looking into possibly joining a 4-H group – either reptiles or nature based - and I'm hoping for more weekend family field trips.

They will be continuing with American History using the Complete Book of US History, History Pockets and various other books and resources.  Upcoming units will cover Explorers, Early Settlements and Colonial America.  This is another area that I'm hoping for more weekend family field trips since we have a lot of historical sites in our area.

We are participating in a US Postcard exchange that will form the base for a US Geography study.  While trying to find postcards, I ended up purchasing them at Washington’s Headquarters Historical Site in Morristown, NJ and they gave me a fantastic educational/teachers kit about the Revolutionary War that will be a great resource when the kids get ready to study that time period.

Extra Curriculars/Physical Education/Etc.
The kids are back in swimming lessons for the year.  Vicki had a great summer and has moved up to the Guppy class at the Y.  I expect she’ll continue to progress fairly quickly.

Their other physical activities, including bowling, ice skating, Zumba, and fencing will be starting up over the next few weeks.   

The homeschool classes at the Montclair Art Museum start this week and I’m looking into other art curriculum and activities.

I think it's going to be a great year!

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