Originally when we started talking about pulling Ben out we thought we would wait till the end of the month... but he begged to start right away. So I am pulling together our first 5 weeks right now... Our biggest focus is on phonics and math -- beyond that I wanted something that would be fun for a 7 year old boy to get into -- so I picked Egypt and Greece. Gods, heroes, mummies, mysteries -- great stuff. Since Ben loves both art and non-fiction these are easy eras to cover. Lots of potential projects. Lots of time curled up on the couch reading books.
Phonics: Barton Reading and Spelling System, Explode the Code
Reading: Henry & Mudge books, Frog & Toad Books, Little Bear books, graded readers sent home from school
Copywork: Lines from memorized poems
Memorization: various poetry, 1 poem/week
Math: Math U See - Alpha
Nature Study: Guidebooks, gardening, journaling
History/Art/Music/Geography/Literature/Science: Ancient Egypt
Wk1: Modern and Ancient Egypt: Introduction to geography and archeology: Where is Egypt? What does it look like? What is ancient egypt? What is a timeline? When was ancient egypt? How do we know about it?
Wk2: Everyday life in Ancient Egypt: What was everyday life like in Ancient Egypt? What did people do? What was life like for kids? How did people communicate?
Wk 3-5: Pharaoh, Mummies, Gods, Temples and Tombs: Who were pharaohs? What were the Egyptian gods? Why did Pharaohs make mummies? Why did they build pyramids? How is a mummy made? What is inside a pyramid?
Out local used bookshop is having a big sale this weekend so I am off to buy some books on Egypt and Greece (our second unit).
Unfortunately we also have to start with a little testing. We needs to see what Ben's accurate Word Count Per Minute reading level is so we have some way of judging objectively if what we are doing is working. Ms M last measured him at the end of December and his WCPM was 22 (that of an entering first grader). In Georgia the minimum standard is 60 WCMP minimum by the end of first grade.