Posts Tagged ‘Spanish’

Homeschool Curriculum – 10th Grade


01 Aug

High School Curriculum Books

Here it is – our 10th grade curriculum. I decided to take the easy way out this year, and hopefully eliminate some costs and headaches, by deciding to do most of my son’s schooling using Abeka Academy. We won’t actually be reporting to them, but we get the DVDs for each class, and have paid for all the necessary books to go with them.

In all honesty, I don’t mind using an eclectic method and choosing things from here and there, as that’s what I’ve done for my son’s schooling every year up until now, but he doesn’t seem motivated enough to get what he needs to get by just reading books and using various other resources. I felt something more structured was needed this year, and this seemed the most cost effective with minimal effort on my part.

 

The courses my son will be doing through Abeka Academy consist of the following:

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Curriculum – 8th Grade


05 Jun

Well, 7th grade is over, and 8th starts in a month! Yikes. I am way behind in ordering and figuring out curriculum this year, but I’ve finally got everything taken care of. Whew! I can relax…briefly. So, here it is:

Spelling: A Beka’s Vocabulary, Spelling, Language II

Writing: Benjamin Franklin Writing Method from SchoolhouseTeachers.com

Math: The second half of Saxon Algebra 2

Science: Earth Science using Glencoe Earth Science: Geology, The Environment, and The Universe, AND McDougal Littell Earth Science  I bought both used, and I found a high school teacher that posted all his labs online and will choose which of those I’ll use.

Bible: Lightbearers Curriculum from Summit Ministries

Spanish: Lessons from the Homeschool Spanish Academy

Social Studies/History: His California Story: In Christian Perspective (for CA history), and A Beka’s America: Land I Love

Physical Education: This will be a variety of physical activities, including local PE classes, swimming and bike riding, and other activities that come up throughout the year.

Health: Total Health, Middle School by Susan Boe, and A Beka’s Sex, Love, and Romance

Music: We’re looking into the possibility of drum lessons.

Art & Home Skills: Art classes will be here and there as we find things my son likes. We will be going through this book though to do a bit of review and some exposure to artists my son hasn’t studied yet: A Child’s Introduction to Art : The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures . Home Skills will occur through everyday tasks, along with outside classes (he wants to be a chef, so we’re looking into the various opportunities that are available for that), as well as guidance from an e-book we purchased on home skills for boys.

**We will no longer be doing grammar,  or a formal study of Latin/Greek roots.

My New Favorite Language Book


26 Mar
Spanish Dictionary
Italian Dictionary French Dictionary

 

If your homeschooler (or someone else in your household) is learning a foreign language, these books are a great resource. I stumbled upon these accidentally, and fell in love with the Spanish version immediately. Yes,  I have my son learning the language, but I have also taken a considerable amount myself and love the language. I’m not fluent, but wish I was, so I love any awesome resources I come upon.

What’s Inside

These books have tons of vocabulary for lots of different subject areas, complete with articles, and beautiful colorful pictures. A lot of pages also have a chart of related phrases or adjectives to go along with the main topic area.  Topic areas include sections such as:

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Two months in….


02 Sep

Two months in and not a lot of posts. *Sigh* It’s happened again! I guess I should just do this as my beginning of the year post, and never mind the fact we started in July. So, let’s have at it!

Sixth Grade. Middle School. I can’t believe it. It’s kind of scary when you think about it. Pretty soon I’ll have to be worrying about high school transcripts! Imagine that! Let’s survive middle school first, because, quite frankly, it looks like it’s going to be a rocky road.

Here’s our curriculum for the year:

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¿Hablas español? If not, here’s your chance!


03 Aug



Free Spanish Lessons


Since I thought it was essential that my child start with a foreign language, it seemed like Spanish would be the way to go. I know quite a bit – though I’m not fluent – and could help him, and there’s numerous resources available. There were several programs we tried out with him, but one seemed to be the best way to go. What do we use?

Visual Link Spanish

If you’re looking for a good Spanish curriculum for you child, this program may be for you.

The benefits?

– computer-based
– teaches vocabulary and grammar, while teaching useful sentences and phrases for everyday situations
– allows the learning of proper pronunciation, because all words are spoken through the program
– has a homeschooling option
– has lessons along with various games and activities that make it fun
– has progressing levels
– good for various ages, including both children and adults (you can learn too!)
– has FREE online lessons to try before you buy!

Why am I bothering to write this? Because for the next couple of days (Wednesday, August 3, and Thursday, August 4, 2011) they have a GREAT SALE going on! 40% Off!! It really is a good deal – so much so that even I couldn’t pass it up and ordered the next level up for my child!

Go to Visual Link’s website and try out a few of their lessons and see if it will work for your family. If you decide it’s what you’ve been looking for, take advantage of the 40% off sale by using coupon code 40SALE!

Happy Learning!

Preparing for the Upcoming Year


12 Jun

Well, it’s that time again – time to buy new curriculum! Fourth grade here we come!

Actually, this year I am a bit late with it, working on getting my curriculum for each subject together much later than I did last year. By this time last year I had half my subjects scheduled for the year and this year I’ve just barely ordered everything – half of it has yet to come, and I’m hoping it will be here next week!

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