Friday, August 17, 2007

Follow Up

A follow up to previous posts on planning. I've kind of worked out some year plans for my son:

-phonics: basic alphabet sounds as well as combinations (ou, on, an, ill, etc.)
-handwriting: print and cursive
-be able to write basic phonetic words
-be able to read basic phonetic words
-be able to read a beginner French book that he has NOT had read to him (otherwise he pretty much memorizes the book and doesn't look at the words, just "reads" from memory)

I've had a look at the APS and modified certain things to fit better with my Montessori materials. It's rather detailed so I will try to summarize quickly:

  • number concepts: numbers to 9999, read and write number words to 20, fractions
  • number operations: work towards mastery of addition and subtraction tables; start multiplication and division; be able to add and subtract numbers up to 9999
  • days of the week, months of the year, seasons, hours, minutes...
  • money
  • measuring in cm, dm and m
  • cubes, spheres, cones, pyramids; making their skeletons; identifying vertices, edges and faces
  • symmetry: creating a symmetrical 2D shape by drawing half, folding and cutting

I *almost* looked at APS for this, but then just thought about my son's interests and looked at the old moteaco sequence for ages 6-9. Here's what I've come up with:
  • zoology: external (fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, mammal); internal (fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, mammal), "animal stories" (little research projects on animals; this could be done as notebooking instead); beginning classification
  • astronomy: solar system, astronomical "objects" (comets, nebuale, etc.), formation of stars
  • Magic School Bus books :D

Social Studies

  • continents and oceans
  • Canada, Belize
  • land forms
  • parts of a mountain; parts of a volcano
  • north, south, east, west
  • using our timeline book

Now, none of this has been worked out in terms of months or anything yet. Just a beginning plan!

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