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2016/2017 School Plans

August 28, 2016

A while back I saw a picture on the internet that said something to the effect of, “So is it just me, or did June and July go by in about 5 minutes?”

Yes. Yes, they did. At least at our house they did. I know I’ve sorely neglected blogging this summer.  I’ve taken a break from a lot of things this summer, although we’ve been quite busy.  It was just so nice to not worry about moving or packing or anything else.  We feel settled for the first summer in years!  I wish we’d enjoyed our backyard a little more, but it’s been a good summer.  And I do have a lot of pictures to share.

But suddenly it was August, and now practically the end of August, so for the better part of this last week I’ve been surrounded by a sea of books, dvds, planning sheets, and my computer trying to pull everything together.  It’s always nice to write this post about our school plans.  They feel solidified when I can see them all written out in one place.

I used to do long-term planning.  Ha ha ha.  Children are getting more independent with their own ideas.  This year A decided to do choir at the high school plus seminary.  So we’re working around Men’s Chorus right in the middle of the day which conflicts with his online history class twice a week, but luckily those are recorded so he can catch up any time, and he says he doesn’t mind being responsible for that.  So if he doesn’t mind, then neither do I.  A and C are also taking science from Liahona Academy, but then everything else is at home as follows:

A (age 15, 10th grade):

  • Finishing up his MCT grammar book, plus exercises in  Jensen Punctuation and Killgallon Sentence Composing
  • German using German Made Simple and German: How to Speak and Write It (an awesome book from the 60s that I got for a quarter on amazon!), supplementing with online programs Memrise and DuoLingo.  We’re focusing on more writing and reading German this year.
  • KidCoder Advanced Web Design and then a programming course from Udemy
  • How Math and Music Relate from the Great Courses (12 lectures)
  • Finishing Jurgenson Geometry (3 chapters left!) then moving back into Dolciani for Algebra 2 with Trigonometry (and this is absolutely the end of the line for me; I cannot do pre-calculus with him next year.  I can’t believe I got talked into doing Algebra 2.)
  • Astronomy with Liahona Academy
  • Piano and organ lessons with Poppa plus Men’s Chorus at the high school


C (age 13, 8th grade):

  • Earth Science with Liahona Academy
  • MCT grammar and vocabulary
  • Finish First Form Latin and move into Second Form (which I think was last year’s goal too!)
  • Apples and Pears spelling level D
  • Dolciani Pre-Algebra just to shore up a few weak areas, then jump into algebra at a slow pace
  • How to Draw from the Great Courses plus some simpler drawing curricula that I’ve been meaning to use for the past several years but haven’t.
  • Piano lessons and bagpipes!

D (age 11, 6th grade): 

  • Apples and Pears spelling level C
  • Grammar Town and Practice Town grammar and sentence analysis
  • Continuing First Form Latin
  • Finishing Singapore 6B math and then we’ll see.  Technically 6 A/B count as pre-algebra and D is pretty math-minded so he may be able to go into algebra with C.
  • Oxford University Press The World in Ancient Times series to beef up ancient history–I’ve been tracking down the entire set used at super cheap prices and I think he’ll enjoy reading them.
  • As far as writing goes for this kid, our aim is to learn how to summarize and outline passages from his history, science, and literature books, and do a little writing every day without too much of a formal curriculum
  • Piano lessons and considering violin (because we’re not busy enough)


E (age 6, 1st grade): 


I’m kind of excited about doing anatomy again.  Making paper bodies and adding parts to them every week was one of my favorite homeschool activities when the older three were younger.  We also have a butterfly garden that we’re going to use.  In all of our many years of homeschool, we’ve never gotten caterpillars and watched them turn into butterflies.

We’re also going back to ancient history with Story of the World and the accompanying Activity Guide.  We took a year off from history last year to do world geography with D while his brothers did history with Liahona Academy.  While it was an ok plan, I’m excited to start world history over again with E and D.  I also have an activity book called Time Traveler (that apparently is now out of print) which covers art, music, drama, and architecture for Egypt, Greece, and Rome.  And we’ll be reading A Child’s Geography books covering the Holy Land and the Ancient Classical World in addition to the geography/map work and projects in Story of the World.

Science was a total bust last year for the younger ones, but we’re trying again with Science in the Ancient World in addition to anatomy.  We’re still working on cursive with Presidential Penmanship excerpts.

I found a great new art lesson website, Art tango, that I’m going to try out.  It seems like some of these fun extras are the first ones to go when life gets a little rough.  I’m going to try harder this year to not let that happen.

A and C together will be doing American Government and Civics with Bro. DeGraff at Liahona Academy.  We’re also doing a Music History course together and starting a Literary Analysis program called Windows to the World, after which we’ll go back into The Lost Tools of Writing that we began last winter and never finished.  We conquered Homer with Roman Roads Media dvd courses last spring, completing both the Iliad and the Odyssey (a huge accomplishment!), but never got to Greek drama so I’m planning to revisit that at some point.  The rest of their literature has yet to be decided, but I’m trying to balance fiction selections with nonfiction that will complement their government course.


Last, but certainly not least, we’ll be reading the New Testament together since that is what A is studying in seminary this year, and we’ll continue using  Gospel Principles as part of our morning devotional.

I think that covers it.  We start tomorrow; Liahona starts Tuesday.  And we have orthodontist appointments, orchestra rehearsal, Kindermusik, book club barbecue, and cello/piano/bagpipes all scheduled for this week.  I’m tired already just thinking about it, but ready or not, here goes!


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Grandma permalink
    August 29, 2016 11:16 am

    School plans sound great. Almost makes me want to be a student. Did you hear Music and the Spoken Word? There was a story about a caterpillar becoming a butterfly.

  2. Grandma permalink
    August 29, 2016 7:17 pm

    You’re tired….I’m tired just reading about it all and I don’t even have to do it. We can’t believe there’s a whole blog and not one mention of little A….. what, is she going to daycare during school time?

  3. August 30, 2016 11:39 am

    Looks like a great year. I’m trying to make my schedules and plans and everything, too, which is exciting — but nothing so interesting as bagpipes on our list this year!

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