Forum Comments

Assignment Sheets
In General Questions
lkkmind
May 25, 2022
Hi Amanda, We used assignment sheets in our homeschool. I think my younger daughter started around 4th/5th grade, but she was a strong reader and very independent. I tend to recommend them at least by Year Five/Six, but it definitely depends on the student. I created a very open assignment sheet, since over time I came to realize that this worked best for us...it was very adaptable. My general goal was to give the assignment sheet on Monday morning and expect the work to be completed by Friday afternoon. I liked giving the girls as much flexibility as I could, so they could work on most assignments in whatever order they wanted. Of course, sometimes, there were some assignments that needed to be completed by a more specific date, but I would mark those and point them out when I gave them the sheet on Monday. There were also many weeks when "life happened" and they could not complete everything on their sheet in a week, so I would add a few things I wanted them to complete for the next week and then give them another week to work on all of it. My goal was to develop organization skills and make sure they had lessons to work on throughout the week (especially for when I was engaged in teaching their sibling), but not to create an atmosphere of tension and anxiety. I'm attaching my assignment sheet here, so that you can see it...in case that helps. :) I wrote it so that assignments could be written on the top and the four main books of which they were independently reading at the time were listed. They were expected to choose one of these four each week and give a written narration for the reading section they had completed. For the remaining three books, they just gave an oral narration. I expected them to rotate through the four books, although I didn't have a regimented schedule for it. I hope that makes sense. Both girls are/were excellent students in college (one has her BA in English already) and have very good organization skills with regard to assignments.
1
0
Weather Study
In Foundations
Weather Study
In Foundations
lkkmind
Dec 08, 2021
Hi Amanda, You have both the Foundations Outline Guide and the Lesson Guide, correct? I just wanted to be sure... The Foundations Lesson Guides allows you to use any of the four listed science/natural history guides: Weather, Seed Dispersion, Farm Animals and Woods, Fields & Forests. You can definitely be flexible with these. You can use any number of them, for as long as you prefer and in any order. You could start Weather now and work through it slowly, using only this guide for the entire year of Year One. You could also start now and follow it with a different one in Term Two or vice versa. The calendar work extends throughout the entire year. I wanted to set it up this way for Year One in particular, so that families could keep the year flexible but also very specified to their family. Some children at this age need to take things more slowly than others and I wanted to support that. Year One is such a foundational (pardon the pun), and pivotal year! General guidelines aside, I can see how doing Weather in the first or second term would benefit your child's ability to expand their calendar work to include weather sooner rather than later. I would recommend starting it no later than Term Two, so that you would have at least one term where your student can fully appreciate and include the weather portion of the calendar work before the year ends. I don't have this written out for Year Two, but I can certainly see continuing calendar work into and possibly throughout Year Two as well. Time is a bit abstract for younger children and there are many mathematical concepts which can be pursued through calendar work as well. I hope this helps! :)
1
0
Lesson Guide
In Foundations
Guided studies
In Program 1
What are the lesson guides?
In Program 1
What are the lesson guides?
In Program 1
lkkmind
Mar 10, 2021
I think the main difference in Curriculum by Programs vs. Curriculum by Years is in how much students of the same family can work together. The former program was my effort to allow families to share in books and topics more frequently (although not always) than the latter scope and sequence. Curriculum by Years follows a year by year approach similar to Ambleside Online, while Curriculum by Programs follows a program by year approach similar in some ways to Charlotte Mason's PNEU programs. The Foundations Guide is a program guide for the early years, including Year One. Since formal lessons are not meant to start until Year One, complete lesson plans will only be written for Year One students for the Foundations Guide. There are sample schedules, but the thought in this guide is to keep lessons lighter and more flexible, particularly for the Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory Levels. Children will move on into Lower School B after Year One is completed or when parents feel their student is ready for it. This level combines Years Two-Four, but Year Four will have less in common with Year Two and Year Three students in that they will still share the same time period of study overall and share some books together, but they will also have more books of their own-books which reflect their growing maturity. The schedules are aligned as much as possible and picture study, music appreciation and many other studies can be shared as well. Program 1 focuses on Pre-17th Century history, so students in this program will study Native Americans and early settlements of America. Students in Year One will also study Native Americans and the story of the first Thanksgiving, so this aligns well with this guide. Year One students always study these topics, since they are not part of the historical time period divisions. Program 2 focuses on 16th-18th Century history, so these students study this time period in American history. A student would begin in Foundations and then move on to Program 1, 2, 3 or 4, depending on where you want to begin you study of history or where your older students are in the study of history. Lower School B is always designed to meet the needs of students in Years Two-Four no matter what time period they study. The idea is that you would then move on to the next program the following year. Curriculum by Programs does not make it so that you would not have to buy a new program or set of lesson plans each year (you would have to do this with the Curriculum by Years plan), but that if you choose this approach with children of varying ages then they can be kept together in at least the same historical time period, picture study, songs, etc. as well as children closer in age sharing many of the same books. For example, your children could start in Foundations and Program 1: Lower School B together. The schedule allows for the flow of the day to be similar and you choose whichever artist, song, composer, handcraft, etc. you wish for both children to study together. A couple of the books used for American History in Foundations will also be read in Program 1: LSB. The following year, your Year Two student will move to Program 2: LSB along with your Year Four student. Both children can work from this Program guide. However, you will need separate lesson plans, since Year Two and Year Three students have one set and Year Four students have another. This is because of the differences in book titles and expectations. The following year, both students will move to Program 2 -with one student still in LSB, but the other now in LSA (Years Five and Six). Again, students will study the same time period and you can choose new composers, artists, etc. so that both students can share this study. Some books from LSB might be shared with students in LSA, but usually only a few. Books chosen for reading aloud during the Children's Hour can be selected to best augment sharing. Older students will also be given books to read independently, so this will help offer appropriate upgraded choices as well. Some years will have students studying the same thing, no matter which program they are using. For example, in Year Three, all students will study their home country and read Paddle-to-the-Sea. The additional book for geography for that year will change according to the time period, but the former books will stay the same. Students who follow the Curriculum by Years guides will each work through each year independently. The schedule does allow for a better flow of joining students together, even with this plan, in that children will take breaks, have nature experiences, sing songs, study foreign languages, etc. at the same time. You could certainly also adapt this approach so that more books are shared, particularly during the Children's Hour. Once you buy your student's complete guide for that year, you can certainly use it again with a younger student. If I make any major changes, I'm usually pretty happy to offer you the new updated version for free. I try really hard not to let my changes overly affect your budget. :) I hope this helps.
1
1
Year 2- term 1
In Form I: Years 1-3
lkkmind
Sep 15, 2020
Welcome!
0
0
lkkmind
Admin
More actions