Our Plan for Gifted Homeschooling 2015 – 2016 – English/Language Arts, Reading and Spelling

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I am working hard this year to be prepared and have a plan on everything I would like to cover in September, October, November and December. I am going to break down what I plan on covering by subject. This post will focus on English/Language Arts, Reading and Spelling. We will start our day with our new morning routine which also includes Grammar and Comprehension.

We will continue with our Moving Beyond the Page Language Arts Curriculum. It will include reading:

Little HouseLittle House in the Big Woods

The Sign of the BeaverThe Sign of the Beaver

Native American Animal StoriesNative American Animal Stories

Ben and MeBen and Me

The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The BFGThe BFG

Madison will also continue EPGY from GiftedandTalented.com. Between EPGY and Moving Beyond the Page we are covered for English/Language Arts, Reading and Spelling. As of right now, Madison is at 4.75 in Fourth Grade EPGY Language Arts, so next year Madison is planning on getting through at least Fifth Grade. The Student Course Details outlines what is specifically covered in each grade. You can save 10% off of any course giftedandtalented.com offers by using my personal advocate code PGEK2FP when checking out.

I really like Wordly Wise 3000, so we will be continuing on to book 4 this year. I think vocabulary is extremely important. Moving Beyond the Page has quite a bit of vocab, so using Wordly Wise 3000 is overkill, but we are doing it anyway. ūüôā We use the Student book, Answer Book and Test booklet.

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Our Plan for Gifted Homeschooling 2015 – 2016 – Our New Morning Routine

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Pictures 041Last year, our first year of homeschooling I thought I had a plan, but with hindsight being 20/20, I really didn’t.

This year I feel much better about what will work for us and what won’t. I am going to try to integrate a lot more into our curriculum this year because I bought a lot of things and I would like to use them. I am an out of sight – out of mind kind of person, so I am creating a plan to keep myself on track. There is a lot so I am going to break it down by subject. Before I do that, I am going to lay out our new morning routine.

I am going to attempt to have Madison doing morning work independently. My plan is to have her do the following every morning on her own:

*Grade 2 Comprehension and Critical Thinking. This is a Grade 2 level, but I had bought it awhile ago and we never used it, so I thought it would be good as a morning warm up to get her brain jump started and to practice handwriting at the same time.

*Level 2 Nonfiction Comprehension Test Practice. This is a Level 2, but for the same reasons as above I believe it will be perfect for morning warm ups.

*Grammar Minutes Grade 3. A great review of basic grammar in a quick and easy way so Madison doesn’t forget.

*Daily Journal Prompts for Grades 1-3. Madison is not fond of writing, so this gives her a choice between two daily prompts and she picks one and writes a paragraph. It is a good, quick, fun warm-up.

*Geography Regions of the U.S.A. Madison scored ‘at grade level’ for her Map Skills, so we are going to work on those with this workbook each morning.

I plan on starting out by having a list for her each morning that she can check off on her own for her morning routine. I am trying to establish a morning routine that enables Madison to complete her morning work without me having to tell her what to do step by step and that she can complete it in a timely manner.

I will let you know how that works out for me. ūüėČ

Our Week of Gifted Homeschooling – The Rest of July 2015

Madison had a great time attending Vacation Bible School this week. I also had scheduled Speech and Debate Camp before I realized it would be the same week as VBS. So she did VBS Monday, Thursday and Friday and Speech Camp Tuesday and Wednesday. Madison was one of the 6 chosen to receive a certificate out of 27 in the Speech and Debate competition. Jeff and I were thrilled. Madison was upset she didn’t get First Place. She’s a perfectionist and always wants to be the best. We had a very good discussion about how that takes effort and time and how to be a good sport.

Madison loves VBS. She had a great time and looks forward to her religion class starting back up in the Fall.

¬†¬† We don’t do school during the weeks she is in a camp during the summer. I was excited to use this time to myself to plan and get ready for next year’s curriculum. I bought a bunch of extra stuff and I’m trying to figure out how to fit it all in so that we actually use it. I’m still working on it, but that post will be coming soon.

In the meantime, Madison has had fun doing things around the house, like making a clay pot with her new pottery wheel. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and staying cool!

Gifted Student Advocacy 

Since I have chosen to homeschool, I will admit I have given up on public schools accommodating ¬†gifted learners. To an extent. But when I see an article like this one, it gives me hope.¬† If only those who made the decisions on children’s education would listen.¬† It’s not just one person or one section of Education. It’s all. Educators, Administration, School Boards and Policy Makers…..

http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/04/25/what-do-we-risk-losing-by-not-challenging-gifted-kids/

Do not let down a life of child. It is heartbreaking. Research and provide assistance for gifted and 2e children. Test scores will rise. It is a win/win situation that all are missing out on.  Most importantly the students.