For my homeschooling friends who might be interested, here's what we'll be studying at Philip Nicolai Lutheran Academy this year:
Teaching Textbooks Pre-Calculus
Barron's SAT vocabulary and writing prep
Chess (of course)
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!