We are following Teaching the Trivium which I would consider to be a more relaxed classical schedule then the WTM, but equally rigorous. I am continuing the discussion of curriculum choices that we are making for our rising logic student.
Planning the Logic Stage and Spelling & Grammar
Because we have had some issues with spelling (with a different child) we have tried several programs. Thanks to a suggestion from the Mahogany Homemaker I watched Andrew Pudwea’s Spelling and the Brain .
After which it became very apparent that the one type of spelling program that I had not tired was one with an oral approach. Which makes sense because that sort of spelling program could be teacher intensive. However, IEW’s Phonetic Zoo can be easily modified to be an independent audio curriculum.
I do not do a written grammar program in the Grammar Level instead we do Grammar Recitation by Memoria Press. So keeping in mind that my children have memorized grammatical terms we have decided to use Winston Grammar because I feel like it really answers the question why? Which is the predominate question of this stage. Winston Grammar is basically a hands on grammar course using sentence diagramming.
The purpose of The Winston Grammar Program is to help students understand the structure of language and comprehend the principles of traditional grammar. The Winston Program uses innovative means to achieve conventional ends. It does away with the traditional grammar textbook, lecture approach, and heavy emphasis on memorization. (Winston Grammar Website)
We currently plan to complete the Basic & Advanced Levels of Winston Grammar.We plan to use Basic & Advanced Winston Grammar and round off their Grammar education with Nancy Wilson’s Our Mother Tongue. At which point they should be working on Latin or Greek Grammar “which renders the study of English grammar largely superfluous.” (TT pa 357)
Planning Latin & Greek in the Logic Stage
We are going to end this year by cramming Song School Latin 1 (by Classical Academic Press) into one semester. I am still reviewing Latin programs but as it stands Latin’s Not So Tough fits in well with our homeschool distinctives.
She is working on Building Thinking Skills Book 2 on CD and as soon as she finishes that she will work through the Fallacy Detective with her father. Since I really want to take this course too we may end up doing it at the dinner table and letting the younger children glean as much from it as possible too.
Math in the Logic Stage
We plan to continue with Saxon Math and she should start Math Pre-Algebra at mid semester. We use the DIVE CD with Saxon math in order to make it an independent curriculum.
Planning Science in the Logic Stage
We will continue to use Answers in Genesis Science next year. She will, however, begin to work on the challenge questions and assignments. We do most of the experiments in our Classical Homeschool Co-op.
Planning Art & Music in the Logic Stage
We do Feed our Sheep in our Co-op we plan to provide a bit of variety to it with Harrington Harmonies Art Lessons and a few other programs. But Feed our Sheep with the DVD Teacher is the core of the program and we will be continuing through that book.
We participate in the Homeschool Music Bells & Choir which meets bi-weekly. Additionally, she takes private music lessons, which include theory. This year however she will be able to pick a different instrument other then the piano to pursue if she so desires.
So as of right now this looks like the direction we will be taking the Logic Stage of our Homeschool Academy. I will have to commit these plans to prayer and review. I want to make sure we challenge our children and that we neither overload or fail to provide her with a challenge.
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