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Friday, November 16, 2007

Grade 3 - The Plan

Below is the plan as submitted to the state authorities in our homeschool renewal application. I neglected to add the following coda to the end of the report: Or not.


Educational Program for [Elle]
Application for Registration for Home Education
Item 6


SUMMARY:

We have chosen to home educate [Elle] using classical materials organized along a chronological study of history, guided by the principle of multum non multa: not many things, but much, and incorporating ideas of self-led learning as espoused by Benjamin Franklin and John Holt.

Timeless imaginative literature, fairy tales, legends, plays, and poetry will be utilized as a foundation for language lessons. Along with the reading of classics, [Elle] will be engaged in a formal study of grammar using selections from these same books. Narration, penmanship, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation skills will be incorporated according to her ability. [Elle] will also keep a Commonplace Book, a daily journal of lessons or ideas particularly interesting or important to her, not limited to language arts. Language skills will be further enhanced with a continuing study of Latin.

Mathematics will be taught using a manipulatives-based program and exposure to real life math in everyday situations.

History will continue to be studied chronologically focusing on the Middle Ages using readings from our spine texts and appropriate supplementary literary selections. Exposure to the arts and culture of the historical period will be accomplished through corresponding themed craft projects selected to capture her interest, and her chess skills will be honed as another thematic tie to the era under study.

Participation in extracurricular activities including membership in local junior tennis club lessons and aikido lessons will round out her need for social development and provide physical fitness opportunities.

Lessons will be short with an emphasis on excellent execution for focused attention and variation, and to enable [Elle] to enjoy creative free time. Character development will be a priority.

CORE RESOURCES

Commonplace Book

Harvey’s Elementary Grammar – Mott Publishing
The Red, Blue, Green, Yellow Fairy Books – Andrew Lang
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table – Roger Lancelyn Green
The Adventures of Robin Hood – Roger Lancelyn Green
Tales From Shakespeare – Charles and Mary Lamb

Latina Christiana I – Memoria Press

Math-U-See Alpha – Ethan Demme
Math-U-See Beta – Ethan Demme

Story of the World Volume 2: Middle Ages – Susan Wise Bauer
Story of the World Volume 2: Middle Ages Activity Guide – Susan Wise Bauer
Kingfisher History Encyclopedia – Kingfisher

Tennis Lessons
Aikido Lessons
Chess

2 comments:

gengen said...

This looks great--I have one child at the exact same level, following the exact same curriculum. I hope your report helps spark an interest in Classical Education among the educators who read it! :)

Sherri said...

You'll think I'm dumb but I thought it would make you laugh if I told you. That is if you read this since this is an older post but ...
I just discovered your site and since I'm basically doing the same thing and there doesn't seem to be many of us around - I love it! I've been looking up resources that you've listed (that I didn't already know about or have) I just spent a few minutes looking up "Commonplace book" on all the online homeschooling supply places that I shop at - then I googled it. As the genie would say "I feel sheepish"