". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New School Year

For my homeschooling friends who might be interested, here's what we'll be studying at Philip Nicolai Lutheran Academy this year:


Apologia Physics

Teaching Textbooks Pre-Calculus

Barron's SAT vocabulary and writing prep

Chess (of course)

Voice lessons

Church choir

Life Skills - bank account and checkbook management


Apologia General Science

Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra

Art and Choir at the Day School

Confirmation class at church


Catechism (Daily devotions and catechism instruction are handled by my husband, the principal of our school, and he draws from a variety of sources, but I feel pretty confident we'll be using the second item listed here.)

French in Action (we're on Lesson 16 of a 52 lesson course; the entire course is equivalent to 2 years of college French, so I guess we're in second semester now!)

World history with the Teaching Company (the Fertile Crescent to the American Revolution) supplemented by Streams of Civilization and various other history books and encyclopedias lying around the house

World literature - teacher-crafted by yours truly (meaning we'll read whatever I feel like reading), but utilizing this text to provide a loose framework and source of background information

Grammar - My English teacher status notwithstanding, I have never done a lot of grammar work with my children, and although they don't write dangling modifiers I'm not sure they could tell you what one is, so this year we are going to do some formal grammar study using Jensen's Grammar.

Piano & organ (of course)

P.E. - We've decided to take the plunge and join our neighborhood fitness center. Heck, our taxes are already financing the place in part; we might as well get some use out of it.

Manners and conversation skills

Home "Ec" - I've got to get these kids cooking more!

Handwriting improvement (sorry to break it to you here, my dears, but we could use a little more work on this)

I think that about covers it! What do you think? Too ambitious? Not ambitious enough? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. (By the way, my youngest is not included here because we're farming out his education this year to our church's preschool.)

Now I just have to come up with some sort of schedule for making this all happen! Wish me luck--I'll report back when that gets done!


Phil said...

Hey! What about the organ lessons?! :)

Cheryl said...

You read my mind! I was thinking about my post in the shower and realized I left that out. Going back to add it now!

Marie N. said...

Thanks for including your source for background information on the literature. I bookmarked it! I look forward to seeing which books you select as you go through the school year.

atara said...

You are amazing! I wouldn't even know where to begin!