As spring nears a young girls fancy may turn to love but this girls fancy turns to homeschool curriculum. Like many homeschoolers we purchase our next years homeschool curriculum with our tax return. Aspired Living as we enter the Middle School years with our second child moving another child out of the rigors of the grammar stage and coming into a time to start planning the logic stage.
We are a Classical Homeschool in the vain of Teaching the Trivium and we use a relaxed classical style. We are currently transitioning our 5th grader into the Logic Stage (according to the WTM) or the Later Knowledge Stage for the Teaching the Trivium.
So Teaching the Trivium has a list of 10 Things to do from ages ten through twelve and this is how we plan on addressing these items.
Family Worship – I am going to skip the details of this because this is led by my husband and often varies for this post we will jump to memorization & copywork. We use the Truth & Grace Memory book from Founder’s Press. This book contains scripture memory, Baptist Catechism & Hymns to memorize. We will continue with these books until completed. She will also need to explain the meanings of the verses,hymns & catechism. Additionally, she will start working on Journibles “In Deuteronomy 17:18, future kings of Israel were commanded to not simply get a copy of the law, but to hand-write their own copy, for themselves. ”
Literature & Reading Aloud – Next year for Literature we will assign boo
ks that correspond with our current History & Science Cycle’s. We use Mystery of History and God’s Design for Science as our spines. I still have not decided how to have her record/report on these literature books. If you are aware of any Classical Literature providers I’d love to hear about them in the comments. I like to be through in my investigations of potential curriculum. Right now I am thinking she will need to do short written weekly narrations for each book. Teaching the Trivium suggests we read aloud 2 hours per day, we tend to listen to audio books and read for about an hour at bedtime. We plan to continue doing this.
History: This year we are going to be using Mystery of History Volume 3: Renaissance, Reformation and the Growth of Nations and I am currently planning on lightly combining it with Truth Quest’s Renaissance/Reformation/Exploration & their Age of Revolution II (US/Europe, 1800-1865).
Composition– Now here is one of our dilly whoppers for next year … “To IEW or not to IEW that is the question, whether it is nobler in the …” anyways you get it we’ve been happily using using IEW for the past couple of years. But now I am considering a switch to a simplified curriculum closer to the suggestions of the Bluedorn’s. Or possibly switching to a more traditionally classic Writing & Rhetoric from Classical Academic Press.
So next week I’ll just continue thinking out loud here at Aspired Living as we work our way through the 10 subjects we cover on a regular basis. Now I did want to clarify that one of the distinctives of our homeschool is independent work, I am not teaching 10 subjects I am tutoring the older children. I provide direction and make sure they get their work done. So same Bat Channel and same bat time next week and we’ll cover the next couple of topics.
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