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Lesson Planning Overview for 2008

Language Arts

Grammar
Koala -English for Australian Schools 2 by Ronald Ridout.
Carpenter- Lingua Mater by Margot Davidson.
Einstein- Intermediate Language Lessons bu Emma Serl
Michaelangelo- Primary Language Lessons by Emma Serl
Princess- First Introductory English Workbook by Ronald Ridout

Spelling
Fred Schonell’s Spelling books and a couple of LEM Phonics workbooks

Copywork
Quotes from Saints of the Day, Bible Passages and Poems.

Dictation
Literature Paragraphs from various books of the children’s choice.

Various Writing Styles
Still our weak area and still undecided. Perhaps I may buy “Write Best”

Reading
Michaelangelo and Princess to continue reading aloud daily.

Literature
Continue to read high quality literature, each book selected will be with a different child in mind.
Commit to reading poetry once a week.

Latin
Prima Latina and Latina Christiana.

Maths
Children to continue with Singapore Maths, still a little undecided regards Koala.

Faith
To follow the liturgical year more faithfully this year and a big help will be my ‘Liturgical Resources’ list.
Koala-Peter Kreeft’s Understaning the Bible. Enlist K’s help with the liturgical year so she develops a deeper understanding.
Boys- Baltimore Catechism 2
Girls- Moira Farrell’s Albums

History
This year we will continue with the Ancient World up till the Birth of Christ. We will use RC History as the spine but be more flexible with it as it killed my enthusiasm to ‘stick to the plan’ last term.

Geography/Cultural Studies
After giving it due consideration I am going to eliminate jumping around and our geography will shadow our history. So for example when we are studying Ancient Egypt we will look at Geography and Culture in Modern Egypt. We will be using various non-fiction and living books.

Science
Koala- The History of Medicine-John Hudson Tiner, look into adding a hands on component.
Carpenter-The History of Chemistry – John Hudson Tiner, supplemented with related experiments.
Primary Children-To use as a spine Susan Marra’s- Life Science Using Real Books.

Creative Arts
Using Mary Ann Kohl’s Discovering Great Artists and Art Around the World as spines.
Michealangelo may be doing art lessons.

Use the ‘Craft Club’ for ideas and ‘Art Attack’.
I do need to plan in advance for this area otherwise it doesn’t happen.

The younger children to participate in more cooking.

Children to continue piano lessons.
Find somebody to give Michaelangelo a few guitar tips.

Industrial Arts- Koala and Carpenter undertake a project. To help build our ‘playground.’

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2 Comments

  • Therese

    Erin,

    Your program looks great. We have Fred Schonell’s spelling book too. I think I will also use Saint of the day and get my two writing out bible passages.

    I noticed you are going to follow the liturgical year more. Do you have any suggestions for me to do this with my two? They are 6 and 8.

  • Donna

    Hi,
    I’m a homeschooler from Sydney. I have been searching to buy “English for Australian Schools – Book 1” (Ridout, McGregor). Would anyone have a copy they’d be willing to sell?
    God bless,
    Donna

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