School Planning

Even though we’re only a little more than halfway through our current Core, because of our move I’m having to plan out (and purchase) our next year or two of schooling now. I think I’ve got it more or less figured out. Here’s the plan.

Core (history, bible, literature): Sonlight Core E. I expect that with taking time away from schooling both before and after our move, we’ll probably finish Core D somewhere around the end of 2012. I’m going to order Core E (the second half of Intro to American History) before we go so we have it when we need it. My big question, though, is whether to order the current version or the new version which will come out after April 2. There are a lot of nice features in the new version, but I’m not sure whether it will ship in time for us to get it before we move. I’m waiting to hear back from Sonlight about that. Core E should take us through late 2013 at least.

Language Arts: my nemesis. Sonlight’s LA just hasn’t worked for us in the past. For writing, I’ve decided to go with Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Student Intensive, which I can use with all three girls. For spelling I’ll keep going with Sequential Spelling for Ellie and Micah. It’s working pretty well, and since we take it at half-speed it will be quite a while before we’re through it. For Bethany I’ll keep going with her current book as well (Zaner-Bloser), then decide what to do next after she finishes it. She may or may not need a formal spelling program after that, we’ll see. I’m still trying to figure out what I’ll do for grammar. Sonlight says they have really changed up their LA for 2012-2013 with a stronger grammar emphasis. It will also be completely integrated into the new Core programs, so if I order the new Core E, I will automatically have the Sonlight LA that goes with it. In that case, I will probably give it a try for just the grammar portion while using IEW for writing. I’ll just have to wait and see both what it looks like and what Sonlight says about availability and shipping. I might also consider going back to First Language Lessons, at least for Ellie and Micah.

Science: we’re using Sonlight Science D now and will go with Sonlight Science E for next year.

Bible: I’m loving Apologia’s “What We Believe” series. We’re about 2/3 through the first one, “Who is God?” and I will order the next one (or two) before we go.

Math: Tim says that CLP is still working well so he’ll continue with that.

I think that’s everything. Any thoughts or ideas for me?