Monday, June 7, 2010

Curricula Chosen. Angelicum Academy Wins!

I've finally committed! My research is done, my plans are set. We are enrolling with Angelicum Academy this year again!! I know you probably already knew this; however, I'm tweaking the system to make it work for us. The great thing about Angelicum is that they are flexible and I can borrow from not only different grade levels (as you'll notice I'm doing for Isabella), but also from outside sources. There really is no "one size fits all" curricula out there, which is why homeschooling is such a wonderful thing!

I'm sure if you've looked at what we've done in the past, you'll notice that we are not straying far from the path. My biggest failure this past year was spelling. Spelling Workout was a huge bust and Click n Spell was fun, but not producing results. After much research, I'm giving All About Spelling a go and I'll be combining Marco & Isabella together. I'm excited about using a multisensory approach, which is what I think will produce a better speller for me.

History was my biggest conundrum. Should I continue with History Odyssey or go with Angelicum's history cycle? After much thought, prayer, and back-and-forth emails with Angelicum...I decided to stay with what was working. History Odyssey (HO) is great to use with several kids and all the planning is done for me. My plans are to finish the level 1 cycle with HO and then switch over to Angelicum's cycle. But I suppose we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Language arts has been going well for us this past year too, so switching over just didn't make sense to me. Rod & Staff is a super solid grammar program that we enjoyed and I plan on keeping up with it. Writing With Ease has also been producing great results, but I am planning on doing Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) with Marco mid-year, perhaps sooner.

As for religion, we have the most fun with it! I believe that Faith & Life is a great program and combining them with Angelicum's recommended saint books has been a big success. This year Marco made his own saint book and I'm planning on having him continue with another one for this year as well as starting Isabella with one of her own (she is looking forward to it already!). Add some Catholic lapbooks on top of that, and we are set!!

I'm happy that I won't have to worry about making my lesson plans, keeping grades, or even grading some of the kids' writing. Interested in Angelicum? Check them out at www.angelicum.net You can also join the Angelicum Yahoo Group (the button is on the left bar).

Marco 3rd Grade

Religion

Faith & Life 3, Baltimore Catechism, Saint Stories, Catholic Lapbooks

Math

Saxon 54

History

History Odyssey Level 1 Early Modern Times

Literature

Good Books from Angelicum

Phonics

Hooked on Phonics Master Reader

Grammar

Rod & Staff English 3

Writing

Writing With Ease 3, IEW

Spelling

All About Spelling

Handwriting

Zaner Bloser Cursive 3rd Grade

Music

Piano, Stories of the Great Composers

Art/Nature

Misc. Art Materials/Handbook of Nature Study

Unit Studies

50 States Geography, Animals, anything fun!

Science

Apologia Astronomy with co-op

Cartography

Map Essentials 3


Isabella 1st Grade

Religion

Faith & Life 2, Baltimore Catechism, Saint Stories, Catholic Lapbooks

Math

Saxon 2

History

History Odyssey Level 1 Early Modern Times

Literature

Good Books from Angelicum

Phonics

Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read 2nd Grade

Grammar

Rod & Staff English 2

Writing

Writing With Ease 2

Spelling

All About Spelling

Handwriting

Zaner Bloser 1st Grade

Music

Stories of the Great Composers

Art/Nature

Misc. Art Materials/Handbook of Nature Study

Unit Studies

50 States Geography, Animals, anything fun!

Science

Apologia Astronomy with co-op

Cartography

Map Essentials 2



Anthony Kindergarten

Religion

Who Am I?, Saint Stories, Catholic Lapbooks

Math

Saxon 1

History

Dinosaurs, History Pockets Ancient Civilizations

Literature

Good Books from Angelicum

Phonics

Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Kindergarten

Spelling

Spelling Connections K

Handwriting

Zaner Bloser Kindergarten

Art/Nature

Misc. Art Materials/Handbook of Nature Study

Unit Studies

Anything fun!

Science

Dinosaur Study with co-op


Christian Nursery

Religion

Who Am I?

Math

The Shoemaker and the Elves Numbers 1-10, Number flashcards

Literature

Good Books from Angelicum

Language Arts

Alphabet Flash Cards, A Apple Pie by Kate Greenaway, Snow White and Town Mouse pre-writing workbooks

Art/Nature

Rumpelstiltskin, Cinderella, and Pinocchio workbooks

2 comments:

Laura O said...

We started using All About Spelling this past year and my boys are doing MUCH better with it. Previously, we used Catholic Heritage Curricula's books. They were fine for one son that didn't have any issues with language arts. But, for one son it just didn't cut it.

I need to start really planning out the next year while I have the downtime. August will be here before we know it!

The Towers Family said...

Hi Liz,

My name is Jen. I have kept an eye on your blog for a while and I am having a curriculum crisis. Well, really just in Grammar. I have a 2nd grader. And I am re-evaluating my grammar. I am looking at Easy Grammar (which some friends have recommended) which Cathy Duffy recommends but commented that it is too repetitive. I am also looking at Rod and Staff which has a lot of information. I know that you do Rod and Staff and wonder your opinion. I also see that your first grader does 2nd grade Rod and Staff and your 3rd grader does 3rd grade. I just need more information to make a decision. I would appreciate your insight. Thank you.