Saturday, August 15, 2009

8th Grade School Plans

I used to really enjoy planning out our year. Now? Not so much.

I've got spelling, writing and punctuation mapped out. We'll do a punctuation book half the year and then our grammar book the other half. I need to get the rest put together today and tomorrow.

Here's the plan for this year:

Spectrum Writing Grade 8
I bought Jensen's and Spectrum, and we'll cruise through the Spectrum workbook. We'll finish it up well before the end of the year, and I haven't decided yet if we'll start Jensen's or if I'll just make up writing assignments. I think for my son, the reluctant writer, Spectrum's will be pretty good. It's light, but I think it will get him going. It's better than jumping in with Jensen's Format Writing for now, as I think that would overwhelm Thomas.

Capitalization and Punctuation
A nice little workbook from Rainbow Resource. Straight and to the point. Will finish up in half a year or less, if he wants to push forward. Short little lessons. Nice review on some things, new material for other things.

Analytical Grammar
We started this last year, and will forge on. We're going to do 17 weeks' worth of lessons. Thomas hates this. I think it's an excellent program, though. We won't get to their punctuation part for a year or so, which is why we're doing a little workbook now, as we're pushing writing this year.

Apples Spelling
So my kid can't spell. We've done spelling every single year. He's finally making spelling connections. I think this year we'll have a breakthrough--I'm getting glimpses of it this summer. This is a Christian book, not secular, but well, since we are Christians, I guess it's not a problem. I always like secular materials better, though.

Glencoe Civics
We've read half of this, but need to finish it. Will listen to books from once we finish our Civics course. I think we'll listen to Hakim's series again.

Glencoe Geography and Trail Guides
Haven't planned this out yet, may just do the textbook. We've done a lot of the Trail Guides, but we can do the upper grade.

Spanish-Rosetta Stone
Started last year, but need to forge on. We did not finish, but that's the beauty of Rosetta Stone, just keep on going.

Science- Glencoe Physcis
My child has surpassed me by a longshot in the science realm. I actually bought a teacher's edition, workbooks, etc. He's going to teach me a thing or two. Bob will be on hand to answer questions.

Are we supposed to do art? Yikes, I forgot to order something. Thomas has his art classes that he takes, so I may buy the Annotated Mona Lisa. Or not. Or something art history related.

Lightning Literature
Bought this last year, couldn't fit it in. Of course Thomas has read half the books and won't be happy about reading them again, but oh well. I think there are some valuable lessons in the program, and some we'll skip.

We're about to finish up Lial's Basic College Math. I bought Spectrum Math for supplementation. My child has developed a severe math phobia--and I mean severe. If I mention the word math, he nearly has a meltdown. So we'll finish BCM and do Spectrum for a review. I had hoped to start algebra this year, but that will not be happening.

I will also be putting some health units together. Thomas wants to be a vegan. Thomas still doesn't like vegetables. So we'll work on this, trying new veggies each week, I'll let him cook, etc.

I'm still toying with joining the homeschool group in the big city. They do a lot of social things, and I think at this age, Thomas would greatly benefit from that. Our local homeschoolers are all nice people, but to them, it's all about co-op. I'm just simply not interested in co-op. (It's an all-day thing where moms teach the classes and all moms must volunteer. If we could pay to send our child to select classes, I would consider it. Maybe. It's just not for us.)

Well, back to planning. My new printer arrived and it is HEAVEN. I am just giddy having laser printouts in color.


Gerky said...

I have been working on 9th grade plans myself. What a chore! I am looking into the Lightning Literature. The name makes it sound neat!


audrey said...

8th grade! Wow, time flies! :)

Can you just count his art lessons for art? I wish we had art lessons available here. I subscribed to the Mark Kistler online art thingy, and it's lots of fun for T, but still... I think a class would be so good for him.

Joi said...

Great plans. We were going to do Rosetta Stone this fall, but have decided to wait until the spring.

There are some great vegan cookbooks out there. One of my favorites is Vegan Planet & Vegan baking. There is also a great book called Vegan Meat & Potatoes.

If you need any other know where to find me. :-)

Wendy Hawksley said...

Wow - awesome job! I'm still freaking out over Homeschool Tracker and having fun entering LAST YEAR's work into it...

Right, gotta plan for '09-'10. LOL

While I cherish these years, I do look ahead at the things the children do in their teen years and get a bit jealous.

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I shared it with a friend of mine whose wife homeschools, and he appreciated it very much.


Steve a.k.a. Magister Christianus

jesnicole said...

WOW!! Looks like a good year!! You're quite the planner!! :) How do you like Rosetta Stone?? And, how are you doing? :) Hope things are going well!!

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