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.................and they're off! Admittedly, we are starting this school year a bit later than planned. But if you look at the fact that we school year-round, it's not so bad. I mean, the first several weeks of public school are usually review from previous years. As we began our new Saxon math units, we've flown through the review. There's no 'brain drain' when you never take more than a week off at a time. (Which is not to say that they just don't feel lazy once in a while...mimicking 'brain drain.')
We're going in a new direction this year, with a boxed curriculum. For the past two years, I have busted my heinie creating unit studies. It's a lot of fun, but takes an incredible amount of time and was causing mommy burn-out. To get the kids excited about the new curriculum, I unrolled six feet of butcher paper and had them make a large mural to show what we will be learning.
First up this year? Six weeks on Ancient Egypt! For the next six weeks, look for more Egypt-specific posts, as that is what we will be focusing on. I will post games, resources, unit studies, etc to accompany our curriculum. Of course, I will not be posting our actual curriculum itself, as that would violate all sorts of copyright laws. However, if you're really interested, I have the information at the bottom of this post.
Leaving Egypt with Cleopatra, we will travel to Ancient Rome....home of the Spartans, Caesar, and some pretty neat Lego sets that the kids already have their eye on. Naturally. They're doing a good job of 'selling it' under the guise of "but it's educational! it's what we're studying!"
After Rome, we will hop over to Ancient Greece and study Greek mythology and Aesop's Fables. Again, there will be plenty of unit study resources on these posts.
Our second semester will be begin in the Dark Ages, the Medieval Times. I foresee a trip to the Dallas area to visit the Medieval Times arena...
Following the Dark Ages comes the Age of Enlightenment....the Renaissance & Reformation. If we're able to find a Renaissance Faire during our spring travels, it will be a great addition to this unit!
Finally, we will wrap up our general study of world history with six weeks on the Age of Explorers. This will take us from the 15th century through the early 19th century!
Having never used a boxed curriculum before, I'm excited to have less 'planning' responsibility this year. Sure, we're supplementing with art projects, short unit studies, and some additional workbooks. I felt that the grammar section was weak, so each child has a language arts workbook. Also, math & typing are not included in this unit, so they each have their Saxon books and spend ten minutes each day typing and playing computer games. Finally, they have Latin workbooks, as we continue our foreign language studies. It will be interesting to see how this year compares to the previous ones, on both learning & ease of the school day!
Here's a breakdown of the curriculum we will be using this year :