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What you will find here in my post:
Curriculum and resources for homeschooling a gifted, 11 year old boy who loves to read, loves logic, history and science and is being taught using a classical, literature rich, year-round method. This year, my son has pretty much chosen all of his curriculum and books and I couldn’t be more pleased!
Science right now consists of marine biology and detective science. The spine is Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Zoology: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day, supplemented by some great books from DK Publishing, like Everything You Need to Know About Sharks, and Everything You Need to Know About Frogs. As a DK Publishing blogger, I feel so blessed to have received a copy of the first 3 books in this new series. Simply gorgeous books! I have never seen a DK book that I didn’t instantly fall in love with.
The detective and crime scene books are from are from our other favorite publisher Prufrock Press.
- Rockets, Radar, & Robotics: Technology-Based Writing Lessons from Institute for Excellence in Writing. This new product follows the same format and guidelines as the history-based writing curriculum that we had been using through Classical Conversations. However, since we are taking this year off from CC, we are using this subject instead. We just do not feel he needs another year of the current CC program, but will only be taking one year off, as the following year he will be old enough to go into the Challenge program!
- Just to brush up on some skills, he is also going through these super fun workbooks from the Teaching the Boring Stuff series.
- To teach vocabulary, I have created visual cards that go along with the 100 words every middle schooler should know list.
- For foreign language, we are using Rosetta Stone: Greek.
- We have been using Teaching Textbooks for a couple of years and love the, but I discovered a massive sale on Life of Fred last month and ordered several levels. Once my son picked one up, he didn’t want to put it down. Thus, we are going through Life of Fred’s pre-algebra before going back to finish Teaching Textbooks. Both of these curriculum make math fun!
- We are also reading One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Math!, which I absolutely love because these are real world problems that are often full of twists that really make you think.
- Logic puzzles from Prufrock Press, The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning, and The Thinking Toolbox: Thirty-five Lessons That Will Build Your Reasoning Skills, as well as How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week.
- The Hands-on Bible by Tyndale
- Who is God? (And Can I Really Know Him?) from Apologia. This is volume 1 in a series
- Now that we are in your second round of history, we are taking our time and delving deep into each culture and time period. We are still using the Classical Conversations History Cards as a basic timeline guide and just finished up the Greco-Persian Wars.
- More than any other resource, we are using the classic books packaged by Heritage History.
- Books galore! One of our favorites has been Ancient Greece: An Interactive History Adventure, a book that allows you to be in charge of your own fate.
- Another great book has been The Archaeology Book from the Wonders of Creation Series.
- We also go back and reread a chapter or two of Story of the World and Mystery of History whenever we can.
- Timeline Figures from Homeschooling in the Woods
- My friend Mary, from Homegrown Learners, wrote a superb music resource called SQUILT, which stands for Super Quiet Uninterrupted Learning Time. Isn’t she created!! The first volume covers the Baroque era and composers. Mary has made it really easy and fun to teach music history and theory.
- Those cards above, next to Mary’s SQUILT are artist cards for Van Gogh. These have been great for in-depth art study because I hand a few to my son, along with a flashlight and magnifying glass, and he will spend forever combing through every speck looking for things that do not belong. Such as the TARDIS. If you are a Doctor Who fan, you’ll understand this from the episode called Vincent and the Doctor Who. I’ve made these cards for several different painters.
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