Sunday, August 8, 2010

Books, Books and More Books

McGooger Academy will launch its 2010-2011 school year on August 23rd with the theme of Books, Books, and More Books. I loosely follow the 'Carole Joy Seid' method which combines the best of Charlotte Mason, Dorothy & Raymond Moore, and a little bit of classical methodology. This translates into math, nature exploration, chores, time to create, some writing and MUCH reading (i.e. on their own, read-alouds by mom, read-alouds by dad, and some group reading out loud to each other and to their youngest brother).

My main plan is to use already purchased curriculum but not yet finished. Some of the books I hope to dent heavily:
* Considering God's Creation
* English From the Roots Up, Vol. I
by Lundquist
* A Child's History of the World by Virgil M. Hillyer
* Five In a Row Vol. 1
(for the pre-K student but all will enjoy, I'm sure),
* Emma Serl's Language Lessons (Both Primary & Intermediate depending on which student)
* Catherine Vos' The Child's Story Bible,
* Life of Fred: Fractions

* Making Math Meaningful
by David Quine (three different levels),
* Drawing with Children
by Mona Brooks
* Creating Books with Children
by Valerie Bendt (oh.. to finish this project! it is up first!)

Additional items:
** nature & field trip notebooks (they draw a picture & write a bit (varies based on age of the child) about our nature walk or field trip)
** global puzzle, Rummy Roots, math games (Yahtzee, cribbage, muggins)
** AWANA handbooks
** sign language class
**Unit Studies Made Easy by Valerie Bendt (for further ideas, just in case (gasp!) I finish all this and need more to do!!)

And we'll read, read and read some more some great books. I'm sure there are more books that I want us to cover for there are many on our shelves and those of the library that we would like to read. But this looks like a good place to start.

May we be encouraged to walk out the path before us.

With joy & peace,

p.s. For more curriculum choices look at Heart of the Matter Online's Not Back to School Blog Hop and with Angie at Bring the Rain. I found these links through Edie's blog at lifeingrace.


  1. Kathleen,
    Now see when I read your list, I wanna do just what you're doing too! Looks like it'll be a great year of learning for those adorable kiddos!
    love to you and yours,

  2. Sounds like a good plan to me. : ) I found out last week that Noelle's plans for this year have shifted in social studies from Ancient Civilizations to U.S. History from the mid-1800's to the present. Not that we won't enjoy Ancient Civ when it is time for that, but there is some really fun stuff to read right at her level in the 1800's. :)


Thanks for being part of the conversation...I love hearing from you. Kathleen

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