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August 28, 2009

I'm Back!

It's been a rough year, but we're still here, and still homeschooling. This year I'm teaching 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 8th grade, and we're gearing up for the Great High School Adventure next year (eek).

And we're busy. This year we have a weekly D&D group, Lego League, Scouts for everyone, and a new co-op. Plus, I am working part-time as a tutor for Kaplan. So ... it's going to be interesting.

Our plans for this year include:

2nd and 3rd Grades
Right Start Math/Singapore Math
Writing With Ease 2
First Language Lessons
2 (2nd Grade)
Rod and Staff English 3 (3rd Grade, until I can buy FLL 3 - OR I may go with the incomparable Kathy Jo's Language Lessons Through Literature - just published! Do yourself a favor, and check this out!
History/Literature selections drawn from The Latin-Centered Curriculum

The Writing Road to Reading (co-op)
Song School Latin (co-op)
Song School Greek (co-op)
Geography (co-op)
Science/Nature/Art (co-op)

6th Grade
Latin Prep 1 (plus Cambridge Latin at co-op)
Elementary Greek 1 (co-op)
Singapore Math 5-6
Classical Writing Homer B
Tapestry of Grace Upper Grammar/Dialectic Year 3/4 (modern history 1850-present)
Literature and Classical Studies drawn from The Well-Trained Mind, TOG and LCC
Greek History (co-op)
Science (co-op)
Drama (co-op)

8th Grade
Latin Prep 2/3 (plus Lingua Latina at co-op)
Elementary Greek 2 (co-op)
Dolciani Algebra I/II (he's about 2/3 finished with algebra I)
Classical Writing Diogenes Chreia
TOG Dialectic/Rhetoric Year 3/4 (modern history 1850-present)
Literature and Classical Studies drawn from WTM, LCC, TOG
Greek History (co-op)
Drama (co-op)
Science - Science Matters (Hazen) and The Joy of Science lectures, also by Hazen, from The Teaching Company, plus experiments for a general overview of science.

I think this means we will have no time for drawing, this year, which is irritating. You can't do everything, though. We're going to be in the car a great deal, which is where I will pull out music appreciation and poetry CDs.

We've just finished week 3. So far, so good. The older two are currently reading:

Aidan - Tom Sawyer, D'Aulaire's Norse Myths, Story of the World 4
Connor - Great Expectations, The Odyssey, Abraham Lincoln's World, and This Country Of Ours

I would link more for you, but MT is not behaving, and I just want to post. something.

Posted by lynx at August 28, 2009 4:29 PM


Welcome back! Good to hear from you again!

Posted by: Daniel Kirk at September 6, 2009 10:28 PM

Welcome back:-)

I'm very glad to see your return (and not just because I want to see your birthday cakes for the year:-) )

Posted by: Fe at September 7, 2009 2:34 AM

Hi Stephanie!

Glad to see you guys are still hanging in there.

Hoping your road is less bumpy (especially seeing as how much time you'll be on the road),


Posted by: Lynne at September 7, 2009 11:11 AM

This has nothing to do with your posts or anything, as I have not read them all yet. But I just found you on some kinda forum and I am wondering…Did you husband ever write that MAC homeschool planner software? I really hope this doesn't open up a can of worms for you, but I couldn't find a way to contact you privately.

Posted by: deanna at September 18, 2009 10:02 PM

Aw, thanks everyone! People still remember me! :)

Deanna, no, he has not written it yet. He's going to be pretty busy for awhile, but if he ever does get it written I will post about it here, and probably on the Well-Trained Mind forum.

Actually, you could help us by emailing me at blog@caerdroia.org and letting us know what kinds of features you'd like to see in a Mac homeschool planner.

Posted by: Stephanie at September 19, 2009 7:44 AM