Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pioneers & our 2018-2019 Curriculum Choices

Our theme for this school year is "To Be a Pioneer!"

You don’t have to push a handcart,
Leave your fam’ly dear,
Or walk a thousand miles or more
To be a pioneer!

You do need to have great courage,
Faith to conquer fear,
And work with might for a cause that’s right
To be a pioneer!

LDS Children's Songbook, 218

We all share a history of pioneers...whether our ancestors participated in the great western migration or immigrated from other lands, pioneers demonstrated amazing qualities of courage, conviction, faith and sacrifice.

President Monson told us:  “Can we somehow muster the courage and that steadfastness of purpose which characterized the pioneers of a former generation?... Can you and I, in actual fact, be pioneers today? A dictionary defines a pioneer as ‘one who goes before, showing others the way to follow.’ Oh, how the world needs pioneers today!”

We are excited to get started in a new school year!

We will be doing a few things a little differently this year.  We had originally planned to do Heart of Dakota, but after much reflection we decided we didn't need the stress that comes from trying to keep up with a curriculum that is so FULL.   It is a great curriculum but, we wanted to minimize a little this year...  and I have been reflecting often lately on this quote:

“The question is not, – how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education – but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?”-Charlotte Mason

Wow.  I spend each year trying to throw everything at my kids because I want them to be "smart."  But, what good does that do?  I don't need children who can remember what they need for a test, or to show-off.  I need children who CARE.  Children who love others.  Who appreciate God & His creations.  Who recognize His hand in all things.  I want kids who want to read because it's fun.  Who want to learn because it is rewarding.  Who thirst for knowledge.

According to Dr. Perrin of Classical Academic Press, we need to teach our children "to love that which is lovely...and cultivate affection for that with is true, good, and beautiful." 

So, we are seeking simple beauty and virtue in our homeschool this year...and it required some shuffling of curriculum.  After a year apart we opted to use a curriculum that brought us back together.  Oh how I have missed the family style learning!  I'm so excited and I am looking forward to my 8th year homeschooling!

So without further ado, here is our curriculum lineup!

We are excited to do The Good & The Beautiful for both History and Science this year!  We will be doing these 2 subjects as a family.  We will be using History Year 1 & supplementing with some reading from The Story of the World series.  For science we will start the year with Kingdoms & Classifications.  We will decide a bit later what topic to pursue next based on where our interests take us.  The Good & The Beautiful science is geared toward K-6th with extensions for 7-8th graders.  We are really looking forward to using a microscope for the 1st time in our homeschool!  It's on order and should be in soon!

Maggie, Grade 3

Math-U-See Gamma
Discover the Scriptures: Book of Mormon, Gr 1-3
Piano & Cake Decorating

Kayley, Grade 7 

Math-U-See PreAlgebra
Discover the Scriptures: Book of Mormon, Gr 4-7
Sewing & Calligraphy

Our Joy Basket (tentative) rotation this year includes:

Semester 2:   Robert Frost

Semester 2:  Frank Lloyd Wright


Character Studies:
Character Concepts - Profiles of Valor
*includes scripture memory work

50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know
George Washington's Rules of Civility

Nesbit's Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare

Natural Science:
Semester 1:  Astronomy/Star Gazing
Semester 2:  Cave Exploration

Of course, I delight in throwing other random items in our Joy just never know what else might end up in there!

You can probably tell that we are trying out many more units from The Good & The Beautiful.  We used TG & TB Language Arts & Science last year.  We purchased the history and took it for a short test-drive over the summer and my girls LOVED it.  So, we are going all in this year and really hoping (fingers crossed) that this is a wonderful, relaxing school year and a lot less stressful than last year.  (Heart of Dakota kept us hopping).  This more laid-back, "teaching from rest" style of curriculum should leave plenty of time for following rabbit trails and interests.  

We have just a couple more weeks of Summer then we begin!  


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