Monday, January 19, 2015

January Update

I'm currently at the beginning stages of starting a website. I'm not very computer savvy and I have much to learn. The website, hopefully, will have all that I have here already, an Amazon bookstore with books categorized by each individual year needed for this curriculum and the ability to download the lesson plans/schedules for each year for a small fee. The Amazon bookstore would be there for your convenience. If you can find or have better methods for obtaining the books, that would be ideal. Many of the books used in this curriculum are available as free online books, too.

I've decided to go ahead and re-post the booklists. I do this with some caveats:

  • I will be substituting, adding and removing books as I continue to work on the Year by Year lesson plans. This is one reason I had originally taken the yearly booklists down.
  • The new lessons plans, and the revised original lesson plans/guides will be less reliant upon additional resource links.
  • I will not be putting up the booklists by time period, for now, because I intend to more dramatically change this work.
  • Some of the booklists are already showing changes. I use the pages on this blog as a workplace for myself...a sort of quick look at what I have laid out with the links ready-to-go. This may cause some sections of some years to look cluttered until I'm ready to streamline the list with final decisions. (For example, I'm currently still working on poetry selections: both books and recitations for each year. In some years, there are too many books and in some years there are not enough recitations.) Please remember that I'm only posting the booklists to be helpful. They are still a work in progress and should not be judged as they are yet. :)

I love feedback of any kind. If you wish to point out an error, to offer a suggestion, to question anything that is confusing or any other type of feedback, please feel free to do so here, in the comments section, or at the WTM forums. I'm know as Kfamily there and you can send me private messages there as well.

P. S. I also wanted to add that I hope to design the website so that you can download guides/lesson plans by year, by time period, by book and maybe even by individual subject. I'm not sure how this will look in the end, but I'm going to strive for a great deal of flexibility. This would allow you, essentially, to take a yearly plan or a family plan (by time period) and add and subtract books/subjects as needed, while still keeping in mind the larger goals set out by this curriculum.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's time to say good-bye.

Okay, so I'm thinking that it's now time to say good-bye.

Thanks to all of you that offered me such kind comments. :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November Update

  • In the previous post (below this post), I linked printable narration suggestion for Tales from Shakespeare as well as some additional resources. Tales from Shakespeare begins in Year Three with one story, continues into Years Four and Five with three stories each and is completed in Year Six.
  • I've also just recently added two more readings for The History of Art for Young People. These are located under Book Notes.
  • Today, I've added a printable and slightly adapted leaf schedule such as is suggested to use with The First Book of Botany by Eliza A. Youmans. This can be found under Year Four.
  • ETA (11-16): I've added another chapter to both The Book of the Ancient Romans and Age of Fable.

Tales from Shakespeare

I've been struggling with the idea of creating more formal Book Notes for Tales from Shakespeare or not over this past year. My younger daughter has begun this book, so a plan for what we will do with it is long overdue. :)

I've decided to have her draw from our narration box each time she finishes one of the chapters/stories in the book. This will offer her a variety of options and yet still make reading and narrating it more independent.

I compiled an assortment of narration suggestions and made them large. You can simply print the pages, cut up the strips and place them in a  jar or basket. Have your student draw from the container after each reading and follow the instructions on each narration suggestion strip of paper.

I've also included the link for a set of paper dolls, which are very nice for acting out scenes as a form of narration and a PDF of coloring pages which can be used as coloring pages or can be used as images that can be colored and cut and used for posters, collages, etc.

ETA: I've had to remove this, because my account with Adobe expired.

Here are some additional resources:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Timeline of Narration Work: A Referral

This post is to refer you to my personal blog. I write more openly about my two daughters and the work we are doing in our home at this blog. I posted some samples of their narration work, if anyone here would like to see what this looks like for a variety of ages. I posted several of varying ages from my younger daughter's collection and three current ones from my older daughter's collection to illustrate narrations from the upper years.

A Timeline of Narration Work

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October Update 2: Year One is Complete!

I'm so excited! Year One is now complete!

See Year One for the links for this year.

New Additions:

  • Guide for The New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689 by Betsy and Giulio Maestro

Added Chapters/Weeks:

  • Children of the New Forest
  • The Book of the Ancient Romans
  • Age of Fable

Current List of Work in Progress:
  • History of Art for Young People
  • Lab work for Tide Pool Life
  • English Literature for Boys and Girls
  • Ornithology with The Burgess Book of Birds, The First Book of Birds and The Story of John J. Audubon