I joined up with OCEANetwork on Instagram for a 7-Day Instagram Challenge. Today is CURRICULUM. Here are a few shots of what we are using this year.
Rea is using Abeka Book. There is more seat-work to do and she loves that. She will do worksheet after worksheet. Her curriculum is the pink binder that still says January (oops!) and the spiral teacher guide beside it. To the very far right are a few small workbooks on sight words and mazes that are from Kumon and purchased at Barnes & Noble.
Bubba has everything else (and not all the books are there for this year). His co-op textbook isn’t up there either. He has those 3 white binders left of the pink one. 1-Science, 2-Language Arts, extra paper, and his syllabus is on the outside of the binder, 3-Eastern Hemisphere Notebooking Pages. All of this is from Sonlight. Sonlight is amazing. It’s intense, but I know it is setting him up for success in the future. The blue Sonlight binder is all of the teaching guides. Left of that is his science textbooks, vocabulary, art, and two supplemental (Spectrum) language arts and reading comprehension books that were purchased at Barnes & Noble. I just ordered Abeka’s 5th Grade Language Arts and Tests. Sonlight is wonderful but for me, I feel like it’s on a high school level already (or maybe my school was behind). In Sonlight, for L.A., he would be writing thesis statements and research papers. I’ve put all that aside to slowly work in each week and through the summer. Marty plans on doing all that with him in the next 2 months (fine with me). The reading books are just some of the ones he has to read for 5th grade. Let me be honest, we did not read some. Those have been moved to another shelf that holds the already read ones. They break it down by “readers” and “read alouds”. Readers are the ones he reads by himself. Read Alouds are ones we do together because they are a higher reading level. For instance, The Hobbit is coming up soon. We are reading together Around The World In Eighty Days. The read alouds can be annoying but I get to read with him and some of these I have never had the chance to.
Oh look! There is my camera battery charger. I was looking for it.
While Sonlight does cover Bible reading and Strobel’s “Case for Creation/Christ/Faith”, it isn’t overwhelming religion in your face.
We are almost done with Food & Nutrition, The Human Body, Intro to Genes and DNA, and we are done with The Boy’s Body Book. We just went over “the birds and the bees”. It wasn’t awkward but it was weird. I had to go over it with him and the Boys Body book helped me out 120%. That small book like thing next to Genes & DNA is his math. We use Teaching Textbooks. I am not a fan of him being in front of a screen but he loves the way they teach. It keeps everything graded for me and is a win-win.
All these books go along with each country we are studying in the Eastern Hemisphere. We are still on India but it is coming to an end. So far, we have covered: China, North & South Korea, Japan, Russia, Southeast Asia, and Vietnam. Following India will be: the Middle East, Africa, Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia, and Antarctica.
What curriculum do you use?