Curriculum suggestions for 4th grader new to homeschooling
I am currently letting DS 8 finish up 3rd grade public school and will then pull him out to start homeschooling. In regards to where i want to go, I plan to do a LCC. I currently use Prima Latina and plan to finish with that and do Latina Christiana over the summer so that I can do First Form with my son in the fall. I have done some SOTW with volume I: The Ancients, but have only gotten through the first few chapters since I don't want to overwhelm my son with such a long day as it is.
So here are my questions and thoughts for what I plan to use for DS:
1. It appears as though Logan's school has focused more on local history and not too much, though I would hope the school would of hit on some other areas at this point! Anyway, should I stick with SOTW, vol. I until completed for 4th grade?
2. I plan to use your MP English Grammar for the Grammar Stage (book I) to dovetail with his Latin/English grammar studies.
3. In following with LCC in regards to the progymnamasta, I plan to use MP Classical Composition (Book I).
4. For literature, I think I will use your 4th grade literature set.
5. In regards to math, I am really struggling with this one. I am looking to do a mastery concept program instead of spiral method because my son seems to be struggling with the spiral approach currently being used in school. I thought of using Right Start, to minimize worksheets. I think my son would do well with the games, but I am concerned about introducing an Asian approach that he has never had in any of his math lessons. I had also considered Math U See and Singapore, or using a combination of the three with Right Start as the spine. Thoughts on this from anyone?
6. Science is another area that I'm having difficulty narrowing down. My friend who also homeschools recommends Creation through Zoology. I looked at it and it looks good, but I'm unsure in regards to teaching creationism vs evolution. I am still on a spiritual path myself, but I do want my children to have a good foundation in Christianity and God. I have no problem teaching creationism, but I want them to understand evolution too so that they can make up their own minds. Regardless of what approach, I also struggle with what I should be teaching for science this upcoming year.
7. For art and music, I really haven't considered that and don't know that it's really necessary at this time.
8. I don't know whether I should be including American History and Geography as well. I know Andrew Campbell did mention something to this affect, but I haven't really spent much time when it comes to deciding on the American history, geography part of the curriculum.
Anyway, sorry for the lengthy post, but any thoughts and recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
Regards & Many Thanks,
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