We got some good ideas there, and I just kept asking around and searching on bing.com. So here is how I compiled our curriculum for The Boy-11 in 6th grade (learning mostly ahead) and The Girl-10 in 5th grade (learning mostly on her grade level)...
Subjects we do together:
History: I took all of the resources I could find and came up with my own schedule and assignments for the kids. Here are the resources (once my schedule is done, I plan to get that onto this blog as well):
- Story of the World Volume 1 and the Activity Guide (borrowed from a fellow homeschooler-who also lent us some books that were on our library list)
- The Times Complete History of the World (The Boy already owned this)
- The Story of Mankind (downloaded to my iPad Kindle App for free)
- The Library! We are borrowing so many books from the library! (and even some DVDs too)
- Netflix- Great for documentaries!
- http://themommywriter.blogspot.com/2013/06/free-charlotte-masonliving-bookshands.html has a great outline using SOTW as a spine, and she offers extra reading for grade levels 1-9 (which is awesome for families with multiple grade levels)!
- http://classicalhouseoflearning.com/logic-stage-literature.html This is an amazing website that has so much to offer for different levels with a focus on literature. She offers so much, it is really awesome how much some people are willing to share for free!
- https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?hl=en_US&key=0AumgWD14ZCPSdGNRQVVjeVotbjcwVlByV3pPS2xJRlE&hl=en_US&gid=0 This is a great list, though much if it is no longer streaming on Netflix-but still offered in DVD format (we only subscribe to streaming, but it was a great place to start for us)!
- http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/SOTWmenu.htm This is a nice site for additional resources.
Science: I looked and looked and really thought I would end up just coming up with my own plan, but I was lost. Luckily, an angel was looking out for us and pointed me in the direction of http://store.ellenjmchenry.com/ and the angel (via an internet chatboard) told me she would like to purchase our first unit for us, and to choose one and let her know which one. We chose The Elements since The Boy has been showing an interest and also already owns some books about the elements. We have been working on a separate project for our homeschool group, but next week we start The Elements and we are pretty excited!
We are also doing an Engineering class with the co-op, this is one thing we did pay for (it ended up being around $75 for each kid, they meet every other week from September-April), we felt this was a good place to spend our very limited funds so the kids could be part of a group and I would have some help with science!
Art: Lost again. But I found my way, I can't get over how much we have been blessed and how much guidance I have found. This is what we are using:
- http://donnayoung.org/art/art-lessons-draw1.htm Again with Donna Young, amazing. We are doing these drawing lessons just as a starting point.
- Confessions of a Homeschooler has offered her World's Greatest Artists-Volume 1 for free! So we downloaded that, and are borrowing the books from the library!
- A Young Person's Guide to Music (borrowed from the library)
- After we finish this book, I plan to come up with some kind of composer study.
- http://www.pianolessons.com/ is being used by both kids, with a keyboard for now since we don't own a piano.
- http://www.guitarlessons.com/guitar-lessons/beginner-guitar-quick-start-series/ is being used for The Boy who also wanted to do guitar lessons.
Bible: I wanted to introduce The Bible since my kids don't know a lot about it, although my husband and I are both Catholic. We don't practice often enough, so I wasn't sure where to start. We decided to start at the beginning so it could go along somewhat with our history plans. I downloaded the YouVersion Bible App onto my iPad. You can sign up for different "plans"that guide you through reading the bible. There is also an option to have it read aloud to you, so we have been listening to it during lunch.
Typing: I also wanted to give the kids some typing lessons so they could avoid the "two finger" approach that they both seem to have! It is much faster and more efficient to have some actual knowledge behind typing. So we found a fun place to start at http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/.
I think that is everything we do together, with some Life Skills things thrown in there as we go. This post was very long, so I will save the separate subject resources for my next post!