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Preparing and planning for our next school year

I have wrote about what we will be doing this next year a lot on my blog and now I just need to get all my thoughts together before really sitting down and planning everything.

BIBLE:
- We will be doing more 'in depth' studies of some bible stories (creation, jonah, noah, etc...) and include lapbooks and fun projects. 
- Leading Little Ones to God... we will be using this as their nightly devotion

MATH:
- We will be using Abeka for all 3. I had thought about changing but after lots of researching have decided to go ahead and stick with Abeka. It is working great for us, so I see no reason to change.

SPELLING:
Abeka

LANGUAGE:
Abeka

PHONICS:
Abeka

HANDWRITING:
Abeka

SCIENCE
- Exploring Creation with Astronomy
- Abeka 1st Grade - I will be using the student workbook as my 'guide' and preparing the following unit studies: Human Body; Wind & Air; Wheels, Ramps, Levers; Magnets; Weather; Seasons; Rocks & Minerals; Plants (starting next spring)

We will also be studying about more animals (elephants, frogs, ducks, owls...)


HISTORY
- Bob Jones Heritage Studies 1

COMMUNITY HELPERS (18 weeks)
Abeka

HEALTH (18 weeks)
Abeka

ART
- Artistic Pursuits
- Draw! Write! Now!

THINKING SKILLS
Critical Thinking Company (Building Thinking Skills, Mind Benders)
Venn Perplexors
Logic Links
Developing the Early Learner

MUSIC
- Kindermusic

PE
- Activities/Skills I have planned (checklist of what each kid needs to accomplish)

SIGN LANGUAGE
- Signing Time DVD's

LAPBOOKS & UNIT STUDIES
(We will not be doing all of these, just kind of a 'wish list' at this point... lol. We will also not be doing them like most do, they will be much more simple unit studies)

* Jesse Bear what will you wear?
* Ask Mr. Bear
* Blueberries for Sal
* The Big Green Pocketbook
* The Runaway Bunny
* Caps for Sale
* The Carrot Seed
* Katy No Pocket
* We're Going on a Bear Hunt

ALEXIS
* A New Coat for Anna
* Hello Ocean
* Boxes for Katje
* Leah's Pony
* Aesop's Fables

AUSTIN
* Space Boy
* The Giant Jam Sandwich
* The Giving Tree
* Berlioz the Bear
* Curious George

RYLEE
* If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
* A Rainbow of my own
* Three Little Kittens
* Brown Bear, Brown Bear
* Poky Little Puppy

OTHER UNIT STUDIES
* Chocolate
* Ice Cream
* Beatrix Potter
* Gymnastics

I wanted to do a big study on geography and started working on planning it this past March, however, there just isn't enough time for it this year. I will continue working on the geography plans through out the school year and we will start it next summer :)

The kids will also have fun with the Evan Moor take it to your seat centers, file folder games and many other activities and games that I am in the process of planning (and making)!

I really hope I'm not planning to much. I also hope I can manage to get everything in order by the time we start in August. I have tons to do still!

So, that's the plans for this year. I know we are going to have LOTS of fun... I just need to sit down now and plan it all out. LOL!

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