Thursday, March 13, 2014

Plans for Dollygirl's Grade Seven, Term Three, or, Oh Boy, Are We Off the AO Track Right Now

Jeanne is pleased that we're only about a term ahead of her Jemimah in Ambleside Online's Year 7 (breaking through the snow first, if you like). But as we move into our third term, we are so far off the main AO road that I'm not sure our groundbreaking is going to be that helpful. Actually it's Jeanne's posts about Jemimah's work that are keeping me inspired this year--reminding me that yes, this is now middle school, and the bar does need to be raised a bit. Part of the reason we're off-kilter here is that we've been going more slowly with history; unless we speed up quite a bit this term, we'll end the school year in June at the point where Year 7's Term Three begins, around 1327; and that rules out the Year 7 books that cover people and events past that time period, like Joan of Arc.
So while a bit of this (admittedly ambitious) outline is borrowed from AO Year 7, more of it is based on the original PUS programmes, particularly Programme 94 for Form III, a term when the PUS students were studying the same time period in history and literature.  I've tried to keep to the PUS programme format as much as possible, updating books and incorporating both books we happen to have and online resources.  DISCLAIMER AND ALL THAT: This post is not meant to be a curriculum proposal or anything other than "This is what we have planned." 
Bible Lessons.
(a) Basic Bible Studies, by Francis Schaeffer. (Continue)
(b) Daily Bible reading. Use Bible atlas/dictionary and The Bible Reader's Companion.  . Deuteronomy 28-34; Gospel of Luke 15-24. Book of Numbers, Gospel of Mark
(c) The Book of Hymns, by Martin Manser. For memory work, transcription, reading aloud.
For Sunday Reading (optional): Books on Bible history, church history, archaeology, inspirational biography; sometimes poetry or books about exploration and missions.  (Family reading of A Search for the Spiritual, by James Emery White, during Lent.)
Sunday Occupations:
A Century Book. 
Calligraphy projects, especially Scripture; card making.
Writing.
Choose and transcribe passages (in beautiful writing) from poetry and the other books set, using the script taught in Fix It...Write, by Nan Jay Barchowsky. Review handwriting exercises as needed (especially this term)
Dictation 
Two or three pages or a passage to be prepared first from a newspaper, or, from the prose and poetry set for reading; a paragraph to be then dictated.
Composition (includes oral and written narration). 
How to Read a Book, pages 69-95 (see summary on pages 94-95).
The Grammar of Poetry (continue)
Write letters to friends on general news. Alternative assignments: writing and responding to invitations;  describing visits to places of interest.

English Grammar.
Easy Grammar Plus pp.227-299 (Noun Unit). Use books from other subject areas to demonstrate examples of the grammar you have learned.

Literature (including holiday and evening reading).
England in Literature (Scott, Foresman high school textbook) (reference only) (Note: the PUS almost always included chapters from Marshall's History of English Literature, but it is stated that Marshall is "omitted" this term.)
Shakespeare play: King John
Ivanhoe (continue)
Watership Down (continue)
Regular poetry reading; know the poems of six poets, e.g. Keats

English History.
Arnold Forster's A History of England  (1154-1307, or more as time allows), page 131-186
Scott's Tales of a Grandfather, Scottish history (pages 84-106, chapter on "The Rise of Robert the Bruce")
Make Century Charts for the 13th and 14th centuries (Dorothea Beale, "The Teaching of Chronology").
Read the daily news and keep a calendar of events.

French and General History.
First History of France, pages 45-81
Keep a Book of Centuries, putting in illustrations from all the history studied. 

Citizenship.
Ourselves, Book II, pages 56-108, Section II: Conscience in the House of Mind.  This section describes various studies and types of books that can help to "instruct" our conscience, such as poetry, theology, philosophy, essays, and more.  It correlates well with How to Read a Book.

North's Plutarch's Lives: Cicero.
Money Matters for Teens Workbook, Ages 11-14 Edition, by Larry Burkett (followup to Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?)

Geography.
Heidi's Alp (continue), with map work  We stopped partway through this because of lack of interest.
Into the Unknown, by Stewart Ross (library book we will be using in the first couple of weeks)
Know something about foreign places coming into notice in the current newspapers.
Ten minutes' map exercises every week (use online quiz sites such as Seterra).

Incorporate requirements from outdoor "Scout Badges" (or similar tests) where possible.


Natural History and Botany.
Books on plant life.   Read The Spring of the Year by Dallas Lore Sharp, and try some of the challenges outlined in that book (things to see, do, and hear in the springtime)
Keep a Nature Note-Book, with flower and bird lists, and make daily notes.  Refer to books such as Keeping a Nature Notebook, Janet Marsh's Nature Journal, local bird guide
When illustrating with watercolours, use drybrush technique as outlined in "Nature Study Workshop" (at Charlotte Mason in the Bluegrass ).

General Science.
Apologia General Science, units on Human Body; Energy and Life. Regular work with a microscope and/or other magnification tools.
Architecture Shown to the Children: "Gothic Architecture."  Supplement: David Macaulay, Built to Last (compilation of Castle, Cathedral, Mosque).
The Sea Around Us (postponed from last year)

Mathematics.
Begin Saxon Algebra 1/2,  lessons 38-65. 
Key to Geometry, first one or two workbooks in the series. 
Balance Benders Level 3.
Computer skills.

French.--to be decided
 
Drawing.
Study, describe (and draw from memory details of) six reproductions of pictures by Winslow Homer.Jan Vermeer.
Drawing work, including illustrations of scenes from literature. 

Recitations.
Learn two suitable passages of about 20 verses each from chapters in Bible Lessons.
Two hymns.
Two Psalms, e.g 103 and 104..
Two modern poems, or a scene from  the term's play, or two ballads.
Reading. (including holiday and evening reading).
Books set under Literature, History, Geography, Recitations, should afford exercise in careful reading and in composition. Poetry should be read daily. Legends from The Bear Says North: Tales from Northern Lands (Barton). (This was started but not completed, it seemed a bit too young.)
Musical Appreciation.
Continue History of Music for Young People, emphasizing Schubert, Schumann, and Liszt.
Singing
Choose new songs in English and in any other languages you are studying.
Follow the Sight Singing lessons on Carol Raedy's website.

Physical Education and Health--to be decided.

Work.
Do some definite house or garden work.
Gardening books: Rosen, Down to Earth.
Cooking: Use books we have on hand (or on the iPad) such as Baking without Bothering, by Rachel Wizenfeld. Muffin tin / baking in a mug recipe books.
Clothing: designing, sewing, laundering, mending, "upcycling." Choose one focus or special project for the term. Resource on clothing alterations (lengthening, taking in, moving buttons etc.), JanSaunders' Wardrobe Quick-Fixes (1995)
Craft work: Books and magazines on sewing, knitting, crocheting, beading, basketry, scrapbooking, or cardboard crafts.  Choose useful projects or those that would be good for gifts.  Possible resources:.Hundreds of Things a Girl Can Make. Stitch by Stitch: A beginner's guide to needlecraft, by Jane Bull. (Covers six different areas of needlecraft; choose new work each term.)
Take a babysitting or First Aid course.
Read The Twelve Teas of Friendship or Special Teas. Plan a themed tea party for friends or family. Include invitations, decorations, food, and activities.
Use your creative talents to help in your community, in church or other ministries. You can make things for others, volunteer at a thrift store or a breakfast club, help care for younger children during church programs, or participate in fundraising projects.

Photos by Mr. Fixit.  Copyright 2013/2014 Dewey's Treehouse.

1 comment:

Jeanne said...

Isn't it great that we can inspire each other! I can't wait to see what your plan looks like on a day to day level. Thank you for posting this - and for the encouragement.

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