Schulzke Family

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Anybody know a good logic curriculum?

I am finding my problem in posting isn't so much that I don't know what to write, it is getting the pictures. I have put off posting because I keep meaning to get a picture of my kids with their latest history project. It isn't happening, so I need to post without a picture I guess.

Does anyone know a good logic curriculum? I hate how much time I am spending over agonizing over curriculum this year. I am happy with most of what we are using, but there is a part of me that thinks if I find the right program I will suddenly have geniuses. Also, this year I have three I am schooling, so I am having to switch Tristian to a more independent mode--which he needs anyway. I want to add logic for him this year, but I don't have any personal recommendations yet. Ugh, having three kids with such very different needs can be a challenge. I am looking forward to it!

Homeschool convention is in just a couple of weeks, so I feel like I need to be prepared to take advantage of any deals, but not waste time or money on something that isn't so great, btdt. So far my plans are

History--continuing with Story of the World, by the end of the school year, we should be up to the modern age. This year will be lots of fun--we will cover about 1500-1800.

Science--Physics! Not my forte, but we will be using Noeo. I hope that I can find a deal so that I can get both levels. Otherwise, I will just adapt level II for Ammon and Miranda.

Math--I am thinking of starting Miranda with Saxon 1. I don't have any experience with it, but it looks like she can handle it. I already have the teacher book, so the student pages are probably the cheapest way to go at this point. I will look at convention and see if there is something better, but I think shee needs the repetition. Ammon just did different workbooks, but is in Saxon 2 now, but I plan to have him finish before December break. Tristian is in Saxon 7/6 and should start 8/7 in Jan (if he doesn't keep dinking around).

Phonics/Reading/Language--Tristian will keep working with Total Language Plus. I love it, he is still getting used to it. I think this year we will study The Incredible Journey, The Wheel on the School, and possibly The Cricket in Times Square, the Twenty-one Balloons, The Hobbit, and Adam of the Road. Ammon is working in Learning Language Arts through Literature. His reading program is constantly evolving and I find new things that will interest him. Miranda is still just learning to read in 100 Easy Lessons, but I will add LLATL for her soon. I am trying to get her too frustrated yet.

Spanish--I just need to be more consistent in getting them to practice.

Writing--I want to try 6+1 Traits for Tristian, but I haven't been able to get my hands on a book to look at yet. He has been using Writing Strands, but I don't think it is helping him reach his potential. When Ammon gets to where he can get a little more done, he will start Writing Strands. Right now, he and Miranda need so much one-on-one I can't do as much as I would like. Miranda just needs to get writing. I forgot how frustrating this process can be!

Of course, the boys are continuing with abacus, Tristian is still working on piano, and we still run everywhere. Football starts again soon.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Busy week

Sorry it has been so long. I hate it when people take forever to update their blogs. I have a good excuse--first my computer was down (sometimes it pays to be married to a geek, it does get fixed!), then I couldn't find the camera, then I was just scrapbooking. I *almost* finished my book from our trip to VA. I just need to cut out some titles on the cricut and buy refill sheets. I hate that all the album manufactures have different refills--I have a ton of refills, but not the right size for this particular book.

Anyway, Miranda started Tae Kwon Do today. Ugh, I hate that I didn't think to take pictures at the time. She is pretty cute out there. She tries so hard. I'll just say she has my coordination.

Tristian had his last football game of the season. They finished the season with a three game winning streak. He is also doing awesome in abacus. He is doing double-digit multiplication and division in his head. I keep teasing him that my human calculator is defective because he needs to see the problem written down to be able to do it better. I guess I need to carry a pencil to the store. All in all, it is pretty amazing.

This week we did a few different little projects. I hate it when I am so excited about something and then it doesn't work out! We were studying Russia, so we made borscht. The kids did not like it, I thought it was okay. Most of it went down the disposal. The part that was most disappointing was our art project. We drew a picture with wax on a piece of muslin then soaked it in beet juice. The place where the wax was was supposed to stay white and everything else would be purple. Well, it all turned purple so when we pulled the wax off, there was no picture. Bummer!

We have also been studying geology. Our fun project was to make mini-earths. The core was a peppermint, the mantle was a marshmellow, and the crust was chocolate. Yum! When we were done, I found some earths with only the core left. This week we will be studying volcanoes, and of course making our own little model.