Wednesday, May 2

Planning Year 2

We are just over half way done with math for this year but with summer fever and testing happening all round us, I cannot help looking at the Fall Curriculum.

Here is what we will be doing this Fall for our Secular Studies.  I won't plan our Limudi Chodesh until after the conference this Sunday.

For Math - We will continue as we have since the very beginning with Singapore Math.  There are tons of great programs out there but this one works for Froggy so we stick with it.

For History - We will continue reading An Island Story.  We started it this year and will just continue straight through.  We will also add A Child's History of the World.  We will also start This Country of Ours but this is really more a year 3 book that we just peek into at the end of year 2.  Our Biography this year is supposed to be The Little Duke but I have not yet decided if we will actually do it.  If I can find a biography of comparable quality of a Jewish person, we may do that instead.

For Science, we are doing the Burgess Animal Book and Pagoo.  Froggy is so excited.  She has been asking to start it since it arrived in the house.  We are also going to do sections of the Burgess SeasShore book this summer at the beach as it is relevant.

For Geography - We will do Tree in The Trail.  We are also supposed to do Seabird but again I am hesitant.  Unlike both Tree in the Trail and Paddle to The Sea, Seabird is a journey through time rather than space. 

The biggest changes next year will come in Literature.  We will do two Shakespeare plays per term rather than just one like we did this year.  The first will be All's Well That Ends Well and we will see a live professional performance of it.  Also Froggy is taking over reading one of her books, Understood Betsy, to me rather than me to her.

It looks like a fun year and I am looking forward to it.  I will play with the books and the schedule over the summer, maybe read pieces of them to Froggy to get her opinion as finalize things but it is mostly set and looks pretty good.  There is more than double the amount of material expected to be covered in a given week than this year and that is going to be a challenge if we keep all the books but since we school year round we can easily extend our terms and spread things out some.

Here is the spreadsheet I created for the first trimester based off all the wonderful work by the Ambleside Advisory Committee.


World
History
An_Our
Island Story
Ch. 22:
Harold
Ch. 23:
The Battle of Stamford Bridge
Ch. 24:
The Battle of Hastings
Ch. 25:
William the Conqueror– The Story of Hereward the Wake

Ch. 26:
William the Conqueror-Death of the King
Ch. 27:
The Story of William the Red
Ch. 28:
Henry I-The Story of the “White Ship”
Ch. 29:
The Story of King Stephen
Ch. 30:
Henry Plantagenet The Story of Gilbert and Rohesia
- or -
Ch. 31:
Henry Plantagenet
The Story of Thomas รก Becket
Ch. 32:
Henry Plantagenet
The Story of the Conquest of Ireland
World
History
A Child’s History of  the World
-OR-

Ch. 47:
Two Empires, Two Empires
(Ch. 45 in 1st edition)

Ch. 49:
The End of the World
(Ch. 47 in 1st edition)


Ch. 50:
Real Castles
(Ch. 48 in 1st edition)

Ch. 51:
Knights and Days of Chivalry
(Ch. 49 in 1st edition)

Ch. 52:
A Pirate’s Grandson
(Ch. 50 in 1st edition)
Ch. 53:
A Great Adventure
(Ch. 51 in 1st edition)
World
History
The Little Duke
Ch. 1:
A Welcome Visit
1st half
Ch. 1:
A Welcome Visit
2nd half
Ch. 2:
An Untimely Death
1st half
Ch. 2:
An Untimely Death
2nd half
Ch. 3:
Richard Assumes the Ducal Mantle
1st half
Ch. 3:
Richard Assumes the Ducal Mantle
2nd half
Ch. 4:
A Comrade
1st half
Ch. 4:
A Comrade
2nd half
Ch. 5:
Danger in the Castle
1st half
Ch. 5:
Danger in the Castle
2nd half
Ch. 6:
At the French Court
1st half
Ch. 6:
At the French Court
2nd half
American History
This Country
of Ours




Ch. 1:
How the Vikings of Old Sought and Found New LandsLucky
 by d’Aulaire







Geography
Tree in the Trail
Ch. 1:
The Lone Sapling

Ch. 2:
The People Who Walked
----------
Ch. 3:
Arrows and Spears

Ch. 4:
The Feasting on the Hill

Ch. 5:
A New Animal on the Plains
----------
Ch. 6;
The Bearer of Messages
Ch. 7:
The Talking Tree
Ch. 8:
The Thunderbird Speaks
----------
Ch. 9:
Trappers Cross the Plains
Ch. 10:
Wheels Turn on the Santa Fe Trail
Ch. 11:
Jed and Buck
----------
Ch. 12:
The Race for Life
Ch. 13:
Post Office Tree
Ch. 14:
Cottonwoods Don’t Live Forever
----------
Ch. 15:
The Old Tree Dies
Ch. 16:
A Kansas Twister
Ch. 17:
The Past Comes to Light
----------
Ch. 18:
The Ox Yoke

Literature
Understood Betsy


Ch. 1:
Aunt Harriet Has a Cough
Ch. 2:
Betsy Holds the Reins
Ch. 3:
A Short Morning
Ch. 4:
Betsy Goes to School
Ch. 5:
What Grade is Betsy
Ch. 6:
If You Don’t Like Conversation in a Book, Skip This Chapter!
Ch. 7:
Elizabeth Ann Fails in an Examination
Ch. 8:
Betsy Starts a Sewing Society
Ch. 9:
The New Clothes Fail
Ch. 10:
Betsy Has a Birthday
Ch. 11:
“Understood Aunt Frances”
Literature
Tales from Shakespeare
All’s We;; That Ends Well





Romeo and Juliet






Having this set before the Jewish Homeschool Conference is great because now I can go in ready to focus on Limudi Chodesh.

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