2010-2011: In which J does 5th grade, O does 2nd grade, M does 1st grade, and I try to keep SweetP clothed and out of the pantry.
Bible: memorization and reading– Acts, Joshua.
Math: Singapore Primary and New Elementary Mathematics, Year 2
Latin: Latin Primer III (for 6th grade & me only)


Geography: Around the World in 80 Days (Verne) + Map Work

Logic: Analogies

Nature Study: Birds, Trees, Reptiles… plus anything we find

Science: Exploring Creation through General Science (Apologia) (6th grade only for the written work, but everyone will do the experiments together)

Composer Study: Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Copland, Mozart, Beethoven

History: a variety of reading set in the Middle Ages, with biographies and  historical fiction (not in this order)

  • The World of Columbus and Sons (Genevieve Foster)
  • Black Horses for the King (McCaffery)
  • Archers, Alchemists, and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed
  • Science and Technology in the Middle Ages
  • A Medieval Feast (Aliki)
  • The White Stag (Seredy)
  • The Sword in the Tree (Bulla)
  • The Door in the Wall (De Angeli)
  • The Samurai’s Tale (Haugaard)
  • A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver (Konigsburg)
  • The Second Mrs. Giaconda (Konigsburg)
  • I, Juan de Pareja (de Trevino)
  • Luther, Tale of a Reformer (Nohl)
  • Michelangelo (Stanley)
  • Leonardo da Vinci (Stanley)
  • Who in the World Was the Unready King? The Story of Ethelred
  • Adam of the Road (Gray)
  • The Shining Company (Sutcliff)
  • Leif the Lucky (D’Aulaire)
  • Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare (Stanley)
  • Joan of Arc (Stanley)
  • Brother Francis and the Friendly Beasts (Hodges)
  • St George and the Dragon  (Hodges)
  • Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! (Schultz)
  • The Beduins’ Gazelle (Temple)
  • Aladdin and Other Favorite Arabian Nights Stories (Smith, ed.)
  • Classic Starts: 100 Arabian Nights
  • Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press (Koscielniak)
  • Marguerite Makes a Book (Robertson)

Picture Study: Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Vermeer, Cassatt, Rembrandt, Velasquez.  We’ll continue to read a bit about their life stories, as well as copying several of their works in multiple media– watercolor, pastels, ink, pencil.

Literature:  as much as we can read.  Obviously, we’ll be reading a lot of history.  But also this year, I’ve bought a bunch of books to have on hand, so that our precious reading time isn’t all spent on rereading old favorite series, as fun as they are, or Pokemon twaddle.  Among things I plan for us to read:

  • Enright: Gone-Away Lake  and Then There Were Five
  • Pippi Longstocking (Lindgren)
  • Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain series.  (All right, I know– this is an old favorite, but…)
  • deJong: Peppermint Street
  • Ransome: Secret Water
  • Burnett: The Little Princess
  • Montgomery: Emily of New Moon

Writing: I think we’ll all have a free writing notebook for the year, in which we’ll write for 5-10 minutes every day. For J, I’ll take some of those themes to develop into deeper essays, and I hope to have him do 3-4 reports on different topics of his choosing.  We’ll continue copywork, dictation (for J), and narrations.

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