Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Findings: AP Test Revisions, Benefits of Bedtime Read Aloud, Binder Time....

Have you heard about the new AP test revisions?   I find it very alarming, but definitely a sign of the times...
"But if you want to do well on the new Advanced Placement (AP) examination in American history, you’d better know about homosexual activist Harvey Milk, too."
In The Science Behind How Bedtime Stories Help Kids, writer Esther Crain cites scientific reasons supporting reading aloud at bedtime.  We've made a bedtime read aloud habit for the past few years and I agree with Crain's reasoning.  The kids and I love this time together!!...and it really does help them settle down for bed.  We're currently reading Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright.  It's a great summer read!  Ruben laughs out loud and begs for more. 

I'm in full steam planning mode as I intend to begin school next Monday.  I have most of our resources chose and I spent yesterday ordering last minute books.  I'll be posting our final 2015-2016 choices here next week.  In the meantime, check out Celeste's Form II binders.  Mystie Winckler also has a great little video in which she shares her circle time binders.  You may remember, last year, we ditched the binders and went to composition books.  This year, I'm trying to decide.  There are things I like about both.  I think a circle time binder is a great idea for keeping everyone on the same page. 

BTW, here are a couple of planning sheets I've created this year while making book/curriculum choices. 

RileyAnn’s Year 6 Planning Ideas
Subject
Year 5
Year 6
Additional
Bible
Trial & Triumph
Trial & Triumph
Genesis Study
Missionary Study
History
STOW 4 or Axelrod
The Story of Mankind
BF World & Modern
History Biography
Passion for the Impossible

Helen Keller
Carry a Big Stick
Never Give In

Geography

The Story of David Livingstone

Natural History/Science
Wild Animals I Have Known
School of the Woods
Apologia Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day
Science Biography
Alexander Graham Bell
Albert Einstein
BF History of Science
George Washington Carver (Sower)
Archimedes
Couldn’t Just Happen
Literature
The Age of Fable
The Age of Fable

Kim or Captains Courageous
Letters from Rifka


The Hobbit

Poetry

Robert Frost


Carl Sandburg


Alfred Noyes

Daily Work
Math
SCM Business Math; Life of Fred; Fact practice; Misc. living math books
Grammar/Comp
Michael Clay Thompson
Spelling
All About Spelling; Spelling Wisdom
Copywork/Dictation

Foreign Language
Latin
Weekly Work
Nature Study

Shakespeare

Plutarch
Finish Timoleon; Aemilius Paulus; & comparison
Book of Centuries

Recitation

Geography
Minn of the Mississippi
Mapwork
Livingstone
Current Events

Health
God’s Design for Sex: Book 3
Art

Picture Study

Drawing

Handicrafts

Music

Composer

Folksong
Choir
Hymn
Choir




Ruben’s Year 5 Planning Ideas
Subject
Year 4
Year 5
Additional
Bible
Trial & Triumph
Trial & Triumph
Genesis Study
Missionary Study
History

STOW 4 (audio)
BF World & Modern
History Biography






Geography

Halliburton or Voskamp

Natural History/Science

Wild Animals I Have Known

Science Biography

Isaac Newton
BF History of Science

Alexander Graham Bell
George Washington Carver (Sower)
Literature
The Age of Fable
The Age of Fable

Robinson Crusoe





Poetry
Tennyson
Kipling

Dickinson
Longfellow

Wordsworth
Whittier/Dunbar

Daily Work
Math
SCM Business Math; Life of Fred; Fact practice; Misc. living math books
Grammar/Comp
Using Language Well
Spelling
All About Spelling; Spelling Wisdom
Copywork/Dictation

Foreign Language

Weekly Work
Nature Study

Shakespeare

Plutarch
Finish Timoleon; Aemilius Paulus; & comparison
Book of Centuries

Recitation

Geography
Minn of the Mississippi
Mapwork

Current Events

Health
God’s Design for Sex: Book 3
Art

Picture Study

Drawing

Handicrafts

Music

Composer

Folksong
Choir
Hymn
Choir


Once again, each student is split between two years of Ambleside Online.  This sheet helps me to see book choices from two years.  This visual picture aids me in deciding what will work best.  I still have a few holes, but it's slowly coming together. 

I absolutely LOVE this photo of little brother following big sister....

It shows how powerful sibling relationships are and the responsibility of being a role model.