Thursday, July 03, 2008

J's Schedule

Would you believe that 2 days after we went to the Hall of Science, W asked to go again? I told him we'd go again next month.

J had her last dance class for the 1st summer session and has 2 weeks off until the 2nd summer session. She's been joined at the hip to her friend, A, and is never home. They were swimming yesterday in the pool and today will be at the beach. They're still doing well with their juice (water and cookie) stand, too.

Here's the AO Year 6 layout for J this year:

Scheduled reading:
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock
School of the Woods by William J. Long
The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson
Secrets of the Universe by Paul Fleischer
Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity by Cwiklik
Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick
Galileo and the Magic Numbers by Sidney Rosen

With a focus on crops, flowerless plants, fish, astronomy, amphibians, and reptiles. Will also include nature study, nature notebook, readalouds, sketching, painting, observations, collections, experiments, and projects.
Will also include field trips to various science museums, attractions, and events.

Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Iliad by Homer
or Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff
or Tales of Troy
A Shakespeare Play
One Life from Plutarch
Poetry: Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Alfred Noyes

Additional reading:
The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Hautzig
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth Speare
Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott
The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Penrod by Booth Tarkington
Little Brother of the Bear by William J. Long
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Blue Willow, by Doris Gates
Miracles on Maple Hill, by Virginia Sorensen
Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
Jungle Pilot: The Life and Witness of Nate Saint, Martyred Missionary to Ecuador by Russel T. Hitt
The Von Trapp Family Singers by Maria Von Trapp
God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Will include copywork from various sources (Classic literature, Bible, Poetry), oral and written narrations, weekly dictation exercises, and foreign language: Spanish and Latin. Grammar work will include Spectrum and Bridge workbooks and various websites.

Will primarily use the Teaching Textbooks Math 7 and PreAlgebra programs.
Will also include consumer math, mental math, banking, budgeting, entrepreneurship, and hands-on calculations in context.

History and Geography
Will include:
The Story of Mankind by Hendrick Van Loon
The Story of the World Vol 4 by Susan Wise Bauer
What Everyone Should Know About the 20th Century by Charles Phillips
Augustus Caesar’s World by Genevieve Foster
Story of the Greeks by H.A. Guerber
Story of the Romans by H.A. Guerber
Missionary Travels by David Livingstone

Will also include the creation and continuous updating of a wall timeline and a Book of Centuries, projects, map work, and field trips to various ethnic and historic neighborhoods, history museums, attractions, and events.

Visual Arts
Will include: Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes

Plus various art tools including: watercolor, acrylic, and tempera paints, charcoals, colored pencils, sculpting clay, pencils, canvasses, crayons, felt, chalk, oil pastels.
Methods: still life, nature sketching, sculpting, painting, collages, holiday crafts, photography, and computer graphics.
Artist study will include Botticelli (bio. works, etc)
Will also include field trips to various art museums, attractions, and events.

Will include wide exposure to all forms of music, with emphasis on traditional, folk, and classical music and composers. Will also include unstructured piano, recorder, and guitar practice.
Composer study will include Bach, Baroque

Physical Education
Will include participation in structured group dance classes (6-12 hrs/week Year-round), Weekly circus arts classes (Sep to May), and free indoor and outdoor play.

Continued discussions, reading, websites, and projects.

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