Home-School Curriculum

March 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm (In So Many Words, The Whim) (, , , , , , , , )

Please read this post in its entirety before you judge.

I’m a be prepared kind of person. So even though I don’t have any kids, I want to be prepared if and when I do. With that in mind, I’d also like to say that I truly believe in the old saying (Marx was it?) that “the hand the rocks the cradle rules the world” and that if we are bothering to spit children out of our bodies, we should be prepared to be well invested in their lives AND their education. For some people, the best they can do is sending their child to learn from someone else, whether it be public school, private school, or private tutoring. I believe that a healthy combination of many things including home schooling would be best I can do for my children.

In this post, I want to share my planned curriculum/ education plan for my children. I’m posting it because I want input. I want my fellow bloggers to pipe in and tell me what’s its missing, what they would add, etc.

So… take a look:

The Lesson Plan (2nd edition)

Staples to be exposed to: A bible verse a week, two hours of reading a day (minimum), two hours of exercise a day, one hour of cleaning or gardening a day, never more than one-two hours of television/movies per day on average.

Try to include one audio lesson per week that changes from subject to subject… perhaps a book on CD once a month.

A possible minimum of 200 volumes to read per year… count it up once the lesson plans are more specific, like the Darwin and Egypt Studies.

Ages 2-3
• 2 15 minute Kung Fu lessons through out the day
• ABC’s, 123’s, etc.
• Learn a new bible verse each week (or segments of verse)
• Practice singing various songs
• Story time for as long as you can get them to listen
• Incorporate daily “art time”

Age 4
• Start McGuffy’s primer
• Basic addition and subtraction (using objects)
• Start 30 minute Kung Fu lessons a day
• Once a week nature walks, berry picking, plant and animal identification
• Learn new bible verse each week, Ten Commandments
• Singing time
• Story time for at least thirty minutes a day
• Daily art time
• Reading to include:
All the Beatrice Potter books
All the Dr. Seuss Books
Mercer Meyer Books

Age 5
• McGuffy’s first and second reader
• 30 minute Kung Fu lessons every day
• Learn basic Chinese words, purchase Chinese lessons on audio
• Learn basic Spanish words, purchase Spanish lessons on audio
• Learn new bible verse each week, Beatitudes
• Singing time, basic music lessons, early piano
• Once a week nature walks, berry picking, plant and animal identification
• Learn to make tarts and pies with the berries, include basic arithmetic with kitchen supplies
• Daily art time
• Take turns reading stories to each other for an hour a day
• Reading to include:
The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
The Little House on the Prairie series – Laura Ingalls Wilder
Grandma’s Attic series – (research and buy)
Beverly Cleary books
• History and science lessons to correspond with questions asked… ie:”Mommy, where do bricks come from,” sit down and do research on the topic. Keep track of such questions and research adventures in a notebook and incorporate them into fun games the following week to keep the things fresh in their mind, but unassociated with the question. Have them make up a story about a brick maker and an adventure he had, etc.
• Organize once a month field trips to places like the zoo or the museum.

Age 6
• McGuffy’s third reader
• 45 minute Kung Fu lessons every day
• Continue with basic Chinese and Spanish
• Start American Sign Language
• Start basic Latin
• Music theory, piano lessons, and fun singing time
• Continue once a week nature walks and baking parties, in these get more focused and researched with science and math lessons. Go into detail on how water boils and bread rises, the science of heat, talk more about the math behind cooking. On nature walks talk about all the plants, the science of those plants, their origin, how to use them in the kitchen. Also, in the kitchen, teach them to tell time and utilize a timer.
• Continue reading out loud to each other for an hour a day and memorizing a bible verse once a week.
• Continue once a month field trips.
• Basic anatomy
• Daily art time, creative assignments pertaining to anything we’ve read or started learning.
• Reading to include:
Amelia Bedelia books
Max and Me and the Time Machine
Louisa May Alcott
Let the Circle Be Unbroken seriesluding a twenty-six word spelling and definition list every week (one word from each letter of the alphabet, go in order)
• Start a basic Spanish vocabulary list each week as well, 10 words a week.
• 1 hour Kung Fu lessons a day, to include the work out as well as Chinese history and philosophy.
• Piano lessons with Stephen, find a children’s choir to join or look into local children’s theatre
• Continue once a month field trips.
• History lessons to include: Susan Wise Bauer’s History of the World and historical fiction books
• Each month we’ll pick an animal to study… what they eat, where they’re from, different names people use for them all over the world, they way they move, how they affect humanity
• Continue learning a new bible verse each week.
• Continue reading to each other for an hour a day.
• Swimming lessons in the summer.

Age 8
• McGuffy’s fifth reader
• Enroll in Kung Fu lessons at Davey’s school
• Piano lessons, children’s choir, children’s theatre activities if they like
• Reading to include:
The Looking Glass Wars Trilogy
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Lord of the Rings series
• Continue with basic Latin, basic Spanish, basic Chinese, and ASL
• History lessons to be included topically with books we read and languages studying. Also read Susan Wise Bauer’s History of the World.
• Start working through basic Science texts (use the textbooks as a loose outline to collect interesting literature on those topics)
• Spend an hour every other day with math assignments
• Go to first Kung Fu tournament, continue going every third month if they enjoy them
• Start multiplication tables
• English Grammar, start including a twenty-six word spelling and definition list every week (one word from each letter of the alphabet, go in order)
• Continue learning a new bible verse once a week.
• Continue once a month field trips.
• Continue once a month animal studies… what they eat, where they’re from, different names people use for them all over the world, they way they move, how they affect humanity, and how humanity affects them.
• End of year project on any topic.

Age 9
• Archery classes
• Do a Native American Indian Study
• Native American Legends and practices
• Camping trip, teach to fish
• Have the multiplication table memorized
• Master division and word problems
• Find/hire a Spanish teacher or kids Spanish classes
• Continue listening to Chinese audio lessons
• Continue Piano lessons
• Continue Latin and ASL lessons
• Reading to include:
The Wrinkle in Time Series – Madeleine L’engle
The Prince and the Pauper – Mark Twain
The Five Little Peppers and How they Grew – Margaret Stewart?
• English Grammar, cont. including a twenty-six word spelling and definition list every week (one word from each letter of the alphabet, go in order)
• Continue learning a new bible verse once a week
• Continue once a month field trips
• Continue Kung Fu lessons
• Continue once a month animal studies… what they eat, where they’re from, different names people use for them all over the world, they way they move, how they affect humanity, and how humanity affects them.
• Make sure we have covered basic TX and U.S. History (have all the president’s memorized).
• End of year project on anything.

Age 10
• Continue Kung Fu and Piano lessons, along with any activities they enjoy that go along with that (ie: tournaments, recitals).
• Continue learning one bible verse a week.
• Continue with Spanish, Latin, and ASL lessons.
• Go to Deaf Fest.
• Mastery of Fractions.
• Continue once a month animal studies… what they eat, where they’re from, different names people use for them all over the world, they way they move, how they affect humanity, and how humanity affects them.
• Obtain a fifth/sixth grade curriculum for science and history to be covered, or write own.
• Study the weather, climates, environment, etc. Spend the year completing a 20 page assignment on any major weather event in all of history. Combine the 12 animal studies from the year into this assignment by including information on how those 12 species were affected (or not affected) by the major weather event.
• Enroll in any electives desired at the middle school (second half of being ten).
• Cover lots of music and art history, as well as basic European history (summer vacation in England).
• Start reading the Get A Grip On… series. We own Evolution, Ecology, Astronomy, and New Physics.
• Reading to include:
Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
Anne of Green Gables series – L.M. Montgomery
I am Charlotte Doyle – Avi
The Giver – Lowry
The Phantom Tollbooth – Junger

Age 11
• Start covering the Russian alphabet, start mastering basic Russian vocabulary, study Russian culture and history. Spend the year completing a 30 page research paper on Russia. Learn to cook Russian dishes. Vacation in Russia.
• Buy a Rosetta Stone for Russian.
• Continue translating basic Latin texts.
• Spanish and Latin lessons should be conversational, translate history and science lessons into Spanish and Latin and then back to English again.
• At some point in time I want to include Hebrew lessons
• History reports due once a month, pick their own topic out of lessons covered (2-3 pages).
• History lessons would include three sessions of reading and researching a week and two history channel selections that tie into the topic of each week.
• Spend a year putting together a “States” project together; include a 1-2 page written assignment on a state event that had/has international impact. Include a 10 page paper on the state that they find most interesting. Include in depth study on the presidents, their wives and their significance.
• Field trips to the beach, summer swim team if interested.
• Science: the equivalent of sixth grade basic science – Home-school or public school science classes for labs and such.
Read Get a Grip on Ecology
Study basic botany and whatnot
• Choose a sport at the middle school to join, or continue with Kung Fu training, or both.
• Start using modules (like from middle school) for math lessons, mastery of each topic before moving on.
• Reading assignments to include:
Invitation to the Game
Push Cart Wars – Jeanne Merril
Robinson Carusoe – Daniel Defoe
Robin McKinley books
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Remaining Harry Potter books
• 50 Book Challenge every year. Shelfari account and reviews on each book read.
• Continue memorizing one bible verse a week, but now include in depth word studies, meaning, history, and context of the verses.
• Piano lessons continue, unless they want to pick up another instrument (more than welcome to join the middle school band).
• Health, Kinesiology, Grey’s Anatomy and whatnot

Age 12
• Hire a Russian tutor
• Continue a sport. Continue musical instrument. Begin voice lessons if interested.
• Spend the year studying the Chinese culture. 35 page report due at the end of the year. Read through Kung Fu: History, Philosophy & Technique. Vacation in Taiwan.
• Study the nature and history of the Asian religions. Study Chinese poetry. Include discussions on our worldview.
• Begin reading through the U.S. History List
• 5 page once a month history reports due on any topic, 3 of these assignments through the course of the year may be incorporated into the 35 page China report.
• Reading to include:
Dai Sijie, go through his writing together, discuss worldview
• Astronomy, spend the whole year on stars and planets – field trip to NASA with friends. Space Camp?
• Pre-Algebra modules.
• Continue once a week bible verses and 26 word vocabulary tests.
• 10 page animal report on animal of choice, incorporate information on how the stars and planets affect this animal. Find out if this animal is part of any of the astrological charts and discuss metaphysical ideas and world view.
• Take Chinese calligraphy classes together somewhere.
• Egypt Studies (refer to the JARS Egypt project/ Appendix)… these studies will overlap ages 12-13 and take 4-6 months or as long as interest in subject is maintained
• Field trips to Museums are a MUST

Age 13
• Start Greek lessons
• Algebra modules
• Once a month 6 page history reports due on any topic.
• Geology, field trips to include rock climbing and natural science museums. Include introductory topographic map information to lead into age 14 topographic map stuff.
• Additional reading material:
Yearning for the Land: A Search for the Importance of Place – John Warfield Simpson
The Map that Changed the World – Simon Winchester
• Continue studying musical instrument, Continue playing or practicing a sport.
• Continue bible studies. Go through the history of Christianity up through the Roman Catholic Church.
• History lessons would transition from our Egypt study into Alexander the Great and the Greek/Roman period.
Possibly include the Manfredi trilogy
• Greek History, Greek Mythology. Architectural and cultural studies. 40 page end of year report. Vacation in Greece.
• Read The Illiad and The Odyssey together.
• Reading to include Bauer’s Novels:
Cervantes – Don Quixote
Bunyan – Pilgrim’s Progress
Swift – Gulliver’s Travels
Austen – start with Pride and Prejudice, if we can’t fit ALL of Austen we must include Northanger Abbey
Dickens – Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, Nicholas Nickleby
Bronte – Jane Eyre
Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter, House of Seven Gables
Melville – Moby Dick
Stowe – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Flaubert – Madame Bovary
Dostoyevsky – Crime and Punishment
Tolstoy – Anna Karenina
Hardy – The Return of the Native
James – The Portrait of a Lady
Twain – Huckleberry Finn
Crane – Red Badge of Courage
Conrad – Heart of Darkness
Wharton – House of Mirth
Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
Woolf – Mrs. Dalloway (read Michael Cunningham’s The Hours together)
Kafka – The Trial
Wright – Native Son
Camus – The Stranger
Orwell – 1984
Ellison – Invisible Man
Bellow – Sieze the Day
Garcia Marquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude
Calvino – If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
Morrison – Song of Solomon
Delillo – White Noise
Byatt – Possession
A Separate Peace and Peace Breaks Out – John Knowles

Wizard of Oz and Maguire’s Trilogy, also see the musical “Wicked”

Literary Criticism Assignment for the year: Discuss Fantasy vs. Reality, What literary pieces throughout history have focused on fantasy vs. reality? What novels have skewed your idea of reality? Include a study in pop culture when a novel or set of novels have skewed the public’s view of fantasy and reality? (Twilight, Harry Potter, pretty much any book fad, follow the rise of the book in culture, the economic value, quote reviews, and find any/all statistics regarding behavior directly or indirectly related to the fad.)

• Start studying plays and theatre history, as well as films and film history.
• Cover a brief stint on writing, creating, and publishing:
Penguin Special – Jeremy Lewis
Learning a Trade – Reynolds Price
Infamous Scribblers – Eric Burns
• Continue taking any electives that the public schools offer.
• Go through 365 Intellectual book together.
• Dickens on the Strand and Ren Fest every year.

Age 14
• Bauer’s List to be read on Monday’s and Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are to cover all other material, Friday’s schoolwork will be determined on a weekly basis
The Story of Me: Autobiography and Memoir – PART TWO of The Well-Educated Mind
Augustine – The Confessions
Margery Kempe – The Book of Margery Kempe
Michael de Montaigne – Essays
Teresa of Avila – The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself
Rene Descartes – Meditations
John Bunyan – Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners
Mary Rowlandson – The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration
Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Confessions
Benjamin Franklin – The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Henry David Thoreau – Walden
Harriet Jacobs – Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself
Frederick Douglas – Life and Times of Frederick Douglas
Booker T. Washington – Up from Slavery
Friederick Nietzche – Ecce Homo
Adolf Hitler – Mein Kampf
Mohandas Gandhi – An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth
Gertrude Stein – The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Thomas Merton – The Seven Storey Mountain
C.S. Lewis – Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life
Malcolm X – The Autobiography of Malcolm X
May Sarton – Journal of a Solitude
Aleksandr I. Solzhenistyn – The Gulag Archipelago
Richard Rodriguez – Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez
Jill Ker Conway – The Road from Coorain
Elie Wiesel – All Rivers Run to the Sea: Memoirs

• Geographical mastery: memorize locations of every significant country on the globe. Study topographic maps, pick twelve countries not already studied and write a ten page report on each. Include topographic information, and create a topographic map of at least one region.
• History to cover all the third world countries being memorized and the history of map-making.
• Additional reading material:
• One page animal report including information on how the topography/terrain of their homeland affects them and their lifestyle to be tacked onto the end of each country’s report… the animal must be from/found in that country.
• A Study of Mormonism and various occults and secret societies around the world. Go in depth. Include the various occult studies in the geographical, political, and economic studies of the third world countries verses America. Discussions on our world view. Cultural aspects of religion and money, how one affects the other and whether it should or not.
Books on Mormonism, Freemasons, The Templars, etc.
• Darwin Study – see appendix
• Darwin Study to lead into Biology I material
• Additional reading material:
The Anthropology of Turquoise: Meditations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit by Ellen Meloy
• Geometry
• Continue utilizing Shelfari
• Start looking through writing competitions for college scholarships
• Choose any language to pursue.
• Pick the country, set up a budget, and schedule the family vacation.
• Choose any electives or regular courses at the public school.
• Continue bible verses and historical/contextual studies.
• Continue sport and music lessons of choice… join the public school choir? Or band?

Age 15
• Bauer’s List to be read on Monday’s and Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are to cover all other material, Friday’s schoolwork will be determined on a weekly basis
The Story of the Past: The Tales of Historians (and Politicians) – PART THREE of The Well-Educated Mind
Herodotus – The Histories
Thucydides – The Peloponnesian War
Plato – The Republic
Plutarch – Lives
Augustine – The City of God
Bede – The Ecclesiastical History of the English People
Niccolo Machiavelli – The Prince
Sir Thomas More – Utopia
John Locke – The True End of Civil Government
David Hume – The History of England, Volume V
Jean-Jacques Rousseau – The Social Contract
Thomas Paine – Common Sense
Edward Gibbon – The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Mary Wollstonecraft – A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Alexis de Tocqueville – Democracy in America
Karl Marx and Friedrick Engels – The Communist Manifesto
Jacob Burckhardt – The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy
W.E.B. Du Bois – The Souls of Black Folk
Max Weber – The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Lytton Strachey – Queen Victoria
George Orwell – The Road to Wigan Pier
Perry Miller – The New England Mind
Joh Kenneth Galbraith – The Great Crash 1929
Cornelius Ryan – The Longest Day
Betty Friedan – The Feminine Mystique
Eugene D. Genovese – Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made
Barbara Tuchman – A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein – All the President’s Men
James M. McPherson – Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich – A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard
Francis Fukuyama – The End of History and the Last Man
• Algebra II
• Chemistry
• Continue sport and music lessons of choice
• Continue lingual studies
• Interested in any certifications?
• Interested in any activities at the public high school?
• Go through European literature and history
• In depth study on Catholicism all the way up to Martin Luther. The History of the protestant and catholic churches, how that affects America historically and politically. Discussion of our World View. Read ALL C.S. Lewis material.
• 50 book European literature/history challenge in chronological order of history itself…
To include:
Man of Blessing: A Life of St. Benedict – Carmen A. Butcher (H)
Autobiography of Henry VIII – Margaret George (FIC)
The Constant Princess – Philippa Gregory (FIC)
Mary Queen of Scots – Margaret George (FIC)
Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire – Amanda Foreman (H)
Horatio Hornblower series – C.S. Forster (FIC)
• Vacation in Europe, go backpacking this time
• Additional Reading to include:
Age 16
• Bauer’s List to be read on Monday’s and Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are to cover all other material, Friday’s schoolwork will be determined on a weekly basis
• Bauer’s Part Four: Plays
• Pre-Cal/Trig
• Physics, read the Get A Grip on New Physics book.
• First aid and CPR certified
• Interested in any activities at the public high school?
• Continue sport and music lessons of choice
• Start taking college courses at the community college or AP Duel Credit at the High School or a mix of both: English, History, Macro-Economics and Government
• In depth study of sexuality, culture, nature vs. nurture and political stand points. Discussion of world view. Include in depth scientific research.
Jeffrey Euginedes’ Middlesex
Wesley Stace’s Misfortune
Ovid’s Metamorphosis
Recall Mrs. Dalloway and The Hours
• In depth study of art history and the relationship between sexuality, religion, and politics with art.
• Vacation to country of interest (tie into art)

Age 17
• Bauer’s List Part Five – Poetry
• Margaret George’s Helen of Troy to accompany the re-reading of The Illiad
• Calculus, Business Calculus
• Read A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Narr
• Biology II
• Anatomy
Complete Grey’s Anatomy
Find the Anatomy Color Books
• English II
• Micro-Economics through the college
• History II…. Any or all of these can be taken at the community college or mixed with AP Duel Credit classes at the High School, whichever they prefer.
• Continue with any sport and/or music lessons
• Continue with their language courses
• Really start making their own plans

By Age 18
I hope to send them out into the world with an associate’s degree and a rock solid understanding of all religions and faiths. From there, they can choose whatever they wish/ God has led them to: more education, whatever job opportunities, more travels, missions, work with their father (whether Jon is still a millwright or if we’re running our own businesses). The garage apartment would be built for them to live at home if they like for minimal rent fees (give them benefits without making them irresponsible).

Feedback desired and encouraged.

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5 Comments

  1. anakalianwhims said,

    APPENDIX

    EGYPT STUDY

    Non-fiction Books that cover from the Predynastic Period to the Persian Period:

    What Life Was Like: On the Banks of the Nile Egypt 3050-30 BC –
    by the editors of the Time-Life Books – anthropology/history

    Egyptian Magic – Sir Wallis Budge – Egyptology/ Metaphysics

    The Dwellers on the Nile: The Life, History, Religion, and Literature of the
    Ancient Egyptians – E.A. Wallis Budge – Egyptology/Anthropology

    The Mummy: Funereal Rites & Customs in Ancient Egypt –
    Ernest A. Wallis Budge – Anthropology/Egyptology/History/Occult

    Non-fiction Books that cover from the Archaic Period to the Roman Period (this is an overlap, for instance Predynastic to Persian is periods 1-10, Archaic to Roman covers 2-11):

    Egyptian Myths – George Hart – mythology

    Ancient Egyptian Literature: an anthology – translated by John L. Foster –
    Egyptology/World Literature

    These books we will read in chronological order of Egypt’s History starting from the Hyksos invasion:

    The Queen of Freedom Trilogy – Christian Jacq – historical fiction
    1. Empire of Darkness
    2. War of the Crowns
    3. The Flaming Sword
    Covers the Second Intermediate Period:
    Queen Ahhotep’s fight against Hyksos, Dynasties 16-17 when Egypt was split into an upper and lower

    The Twelfth Transforming – Pauline Gedge – historical fiction
    Covers the New Kingdom Period:
    Akehenaten and his mother, Dyansty 18
    (discuss theories presented in this novel as a part of historical and scientific development / culture and thoughts of the eighties, but it is not necessary to read)

    Nefertiti – Michelle Moran – historical fiction
    Covers the New Kingdom Period:
    Akehenaten and his wife, Dynasty 18

    The Search for Nefertiti – Dr. Joann Fletcher – anthropology
    Modern Day search for Nefertiti’s remains

    The Heretic Queen – Michelle Moran – historical fiction
    Covers Nefertiti’s niece who marries Rameses

    The Entire Rameses Series – Christian Jacq – historical fiction
    Covers the New Kingdom Period, Dynasty 20

    Need something for the Third Intermediate Period, Dynasties 21-24

    An Egyptian Princess – Professor George Ebers – historical fiction
    Covers the Late Period, 26th Dynasty

    We plan to pick up some non-fiction on Xerxes or Darius
    To Cover the Persian Period, Dynasties 27-30

    We plan to pick up some non-fiction on Alexander the Great
    To Cover the Greek Period, Macedonian Kings

    Memoirs of Cleopatra – Margaret George – historical fiction
    Covers the Greek Period, Ptolemaic Dynasty

    Kleopatra – Karen Essex – historical fiction
    Pharaoh (Vol. II of Kleopatra) – Karen Essex – historical fiction
    Covers the Greek Period, Ptolemaic Dynasty

    Obviously missing a huge chunk of history here!

    Amelia Peabody’s Egypt: a Compendium edited by Elizabeth Peters – non-fiction
    Covers the historical aspects of the Amelia Peabody Mystery series (1884-1917)
    Includes “A Splendid Overview of Egyptology: Napoleon to WWI”

    Crocodile on the Sandbank – Elizabeth Peters – historical mystery
    Covers 1884- 1885 Season of Egypt

    AMERICAN HISTORY Reading List
    To begin at age 12 and slowly work way through in chronological order, read a U.S. History book every few months or so…

    Founding Brothers – Joseph Ellis
    General George Washington: A Military Life – Edward G. Lengel
    1776 – David McCullough
    John Adams – David McCullough
    Thomas Jefferson – RB Bernstein
    America Afire – Bernard A. Weisberger
    James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic – Jack Rakove
    …list incomplete…

    Darwin Study
    (To Preface Biology I)
    Books read during this plan:
    Get a Grip on Evolution – David Burne – science, evolution
    Origin of Species – Charles Darwin – science, evolution
    The Origin – Irving Stone – historical fiction, biographical novel
    Genesis, John
    Why We Believe in Creation not Evolution – Fred John Meldau
    Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction – Michael Ruse
    The Darwin Conspiracy – John Darnton – mystery (for fun)
    Evolution of Jane – Caroline Schine – general fiction (for fun)

    Movies to watch during this plan:
    GATTACA
    The Mysterious Islands

    Optional Additions:
    The Botanic Garden – Erasmus Darwin
    Essay on the Principle of Population – Reverend Thomas Malthus
    Voyage of the Beagle – Charles Darwin
    The Autobiography of Charles Darwin 1809-1882
    Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution – Kenneth R. Miller

    Read through Chapter 1 of Get a Grip on Evolution

    Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
    Introductory Note
    Historical Sketch

    Read Books 1-4 of Irving Stone’s The Origin

    Spend a day researching Unitarianism.

    Chapter 2 of Get a Grip on Evolution
    (Optional: Read Thomas Malthus Essay)
    Watch GATTACA and discuss “Natural Selection”

    Origin of Species through Chapter V

    Complete Part I of Irving Stone’s The Origin

    Complete Get a Grip on Evolution

    Complete Origin of Species

    Complete The Origin

    Read Genesis

    Essay questions:
    Can Christianity and the theory of Evolution coexist?
    Can Christianity and Adaptation coexist?
    Can Adaptation exist without Evolution?
    Address the differences between Darwin’s theories and the Book of Genesis.
    Darwin was intending to become a clergyman, what effects do you think Unitarianism had on his observations while on the Beagle?

    Read Behe’s Darwin’s Black Box amidst Introduction to Biology lessons. Address all “old” science with “new” discoveries.

    For Fun: Read The Darwin Conspiracy and The Evolution of Jane

  2. Interested said,

    Good luck. Sounds like you will have your hands full. Having been a teacher I have only one piece of advice…be flexible.

  3. Andrew said,

    You have put a ton of thought and effort into this already, haven’t you!

    First impression, it looks aggressive and ambitious, two things that the public school certainly isn’t.

    Huge thumbs-up to the time dedicated to phys. ed / exercise. One of the major heartbreaks I had while I was a teacher came from seeing schedule for my first class (Grade 6). For the whole week, 2 1/2-hour gym classes. That’s it. I realize the kids had recess and lunch, but only 1 hour of supervised and directed phys. ed… and all I could do about it was shake my head and accommodate the in-class work whenever possible.

    As Interested said above, be flexible. And also, take great care with pre-assessments. If you want to take the child from A to B to C, make sure they have a good grasp of A already, and make sure you know how well they take in new concepts.

    • anakalianwhims said,

      My sister homeschools her five kids and when it comes to the assessment part, they just don’t move on to the next topic until there is 100% mastery with the first – especially with languages, math and science (all the stuff that builds). She doesn’t issue grades or grade levels. The kids kind of function on a year round school idea, but the beauty of that is they get to vacation whenever, the kids get to play outside any time the weather is nice, and they seem to be far more interested in researching things that interest them because they know when they have a question the answer will be pursued until everyone is satisfied. I will probably function somewhat like that. It also allows for the flexibility you all were talking about – its not too big a deal for them to go “off topic” with a line of questioning that actually ties into the subject. In a public school with 30 other kids and a 55 minute class per subject that’s just not a practical option. And, a thing I noticed in public schools, its too easy to slide by with B’s when you really don’t understand the topic (like physics and chemistry and whatnot…). If I have to I would hire tutors or have them take additional courses at the public school or community college. For instance, if Algebra is difficult to them, there’s no reason why they can’t take Algebra at the high school as well and just spend a semester focusing on really harnessing those math concepts. To me, public school is an awesome tool and supplement, but the problem is if you are enrolled in it full time you end up being spread too thin without learning much. (Just my personal opinion from my many years in public school GT and AP programs.) Rather than be in 8 GT and AP classes, why not pick the one you like the best and use it like an extracurricular candy course to your more in depth studies at home. You can do in an hour or two at home things that takes a full week or two to get through in a public school setting. (I’m kind of ranting here, not at you, just in general. I just get so excited because I really think that there could be so much more to education where kids would learn twice as much and have more positive attitudes about the process of learning…)

  4. anakalianwhims said,

    I really appreciate everyone’s input. Thanks.

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