We sat down tonight and drew up plans for (hopefully) the rest of the school year. Some books are getting finished, and I felt the need for a new focus, so...
Math - she has 1 week left of Horizons Gr 6. After that, she'll spend about 4 weeks brushing up on her multiplication speed and recall. I'm planning to add in some practice from this book (Math Minutes). Note to self: order book. Then, right before we're ready for our next 6 week break, she'll be ready to crack open the Horizons Pre-Algebra.
CC - We'll continue with Cycle 1 Foundations Classical Conversations. This is a good dose of memory work in all the subject areas.
Science - She will pick her own topics to study. She'll write 1 5-page paper (12 pt. font, double spaced typed) every 6 weeks, and will also provide a Powerpoint presentation of what she learned on her chosen topic.
Dh would like her to do a science fair project, so we'll entertain that idea, too. I plan to get the Janice VanCleave book from the library for her to peruse.
History - This will also be interest-led, topic of her choice. She'll write 1 3-page paper per week (12 pt. font, double spaced typed), and 1 6-page summary at the end of 6 weeks with a Powerpoint presentation.
Grammar - most of Grammar will be studied through the writing process. The 6-page, 6-week paper will need to be planned, outlined, and rough drafted. Next year, dh and I are hoping she can join a CC community, where she will be enrolled in the Challenge A program. The only skills I feel she would be lacking for this program is the Grammar skills necessary to study Latin. So, I'll try to find a decent Grammar Diagramming program, or we'll continue with Easy Grammar (although I suspect EG won't be enough to prepare her for Latin next year). Note to self: find a good diagramming program she can work through.
Formal Typing Program - this will replace Handwriting, since she has completed cursive handwriting. Note to self: find a good typing program and order it.
Spelling - we have decided to be done with formal spelling.
Literature - I will give her a list of books to choose from, and she will read 1 book per month. Note to self: find a good list of books.
Goals for next year:
I'm really hoping that we're able to start a Challenge A group locally next year. That's Plan A. Plan B is: enroll her in Foundations and Essentials (she'd be the oldest kid in the group), but work with the teacher to see if she can write longer assignments. Then, our co-op will offer the same Science that Challenge A teaches, so I'd just enroll her in the co-op's science program. Anything that isn't covered in CC and co-op will be taught at home, either using the same approach as this year, or trying to mimic the Challenge A program.
And note to self, we should probably cover test taking skills at some point.